With the end of Junji Nomura’s presidency in sight, in his address to Council, he praised IEC Officers, membership and Central Office for working hard towards the visions he formulated at the start of his mandate in 2012. He also reiterated, in the following points, why the IEC must continue to strive towards them.
Industry is still the priority
While the IEC needs to broaden its stakeholders to include regulators, academia and other interest groups, building sustainable relationships and delivering the Standards and conformity assessment services to industry remains the core. To do this, IEC must listen closely to the marketplace and seek feedback from many industry players. Equally, active participation in the IEC is of key strategic importance to companies and economies. During his presidency, Nomura participated in numerous global strategic CEO meetings, workshops and events to drive this message home to industry leaders, regulators and governments.
The speed of innovation has accelerated to the point where no company can do everything alone anymore; collaboration has become more important than ever. In order for innovators to choose IEC for all their standardization and certification needs, IEC must continuously pay attention to new technology areas.
Showing how IEC contributes to societal challenges
IEC contributions are not limited to the inner workings of technology. The impact of its work addresses many global challenges, such as universal energy access, sustainable urbanization, energy efficiency and disaster mitigation and recovery. Additionally, IEC International Standards and conformity assessment services are important for 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IEC has been familiarizing larger audiences about the broader implications of its work through events, meetings, as well as White Papers and other promotional materials.
In a future where broad societal challenges require integrated technology solutions, no single standards organization will be able to deliver all the required standards. IEC is actively reaching out to many consortia and fora, as well as national, regional and international standards organizations, to optimize outcomes, and reduce waste and cost for stakeholders.
There is a lot of talk about the smart world we live in. Everything smart is underpinned by electricity and electronics, which allow smart devices and systems to interact, collect data and communicate, all of which depends on IEC work.
This year, the IEC organized the World Smart City Forum, in partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in July in Singapore. Participants included all major standards organizations – ISO, ITU, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), as well as observers from around 70 countries.
Establishing structures and tools for the future of the IEC
The IEC continues to optimize how it operates. In the near future, a modern, digital platform will be available for experts to make it much easier for them to participate in IEC work. IEC has successfully put in place a new governance structure for its Conformity Assessment Systems. Finally, the new Masterplan being prepared will help the IEC to focus on the most important and urgent topics of the coming years. Nomura concluded by saying that he is “confident that the IEC is well prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead”.