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For more than half his life, Ulrich Spindler has participated in standards development and conformity assessment (CA) activities, at the German, European and international levels. Between 2002 and 2007, he was President of CENELEC , the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, and since 1 January 2015, he has been Chair of the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) and IEC Vice-President, the first time that a German national has occupied these roles. As his assignment comes to an end, he shares with e-tech what has motivated him and why his company participated in standardization in the first place.
The 21st century has already seen the ineluctable acceleration of technological developments that affect every one of us in our personal and professional lives. Electrotechnical standardization work and conformity assessment activities are also impacted by this. In 2010, the IEC, recognizing the need to reach out to the younger generations, set up the IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme and organized the first Young Professionals workshop.
Council, the supreme governing body of the IEC, held its meeting on Friday 13 October 2017 during the IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russian Federation.
IEC e-tech talked with Ralph Sporer, new IEC Vice-President and Chair of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) during the General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia. Sporer shared key decisions and expected impact as well as thoughts regarding his first year at the helm of the SMB.
Every year the IEC honours the commitment and work of a number of individuals in its community who, through their leadership and technical expertise, have contributed to making products and electrical systems safer, more energy efficient, more reliable and more compatible.
IEC National Committees have selected the IEC 2017 Young Professionals who will represent them at this year’s workshop, to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9-11 October 2017, during the IEC 2017 General Meeting.
National Committees (NCs) have until the end of July to register participants, selected at national level, for the IEC Young Professionals (YP) – 2017 workshop. The workshop will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, in October during the IEC General Meeting.
Meet the IEC 2016 Young Professional Leaders and learn more about how YPs are becoming involved in the technical work of the IEC.
Council, the supreme governing body of the IEC, held its meeting on Friday 14 October 2016 during the IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.
IEC e-tech talked with James E. Matthews III, IEC Vice-President and Chair of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) during the General Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. Matthews shared key decisions and their expected impact on IEC efficiency and effectiveness. Matthews will hand over to Ralph Sporer in January 2017. (see also his reflexions in this e-tech issue)
Over the past 6 years, IEC Vice-President and Standardization Management Board (SMB) Chair Jim Matthews served the IEC well. A calm, focused diplomat, he updated and helped put in place new structures and processes that will allow the IEC to satisfy market needs faster and even more efficiently. At the end of this year he will hand over to Ralph Sporer who has been elected at the General Meeting in Frankfurt.
This is how Jim remembers his time at the IEC; what he set out to do and what he accomplished.
Traditionally, the last issue of the year provides feedback on the IEC General Meeting (GM), held in 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,
The IEC extends its warmest congratulations to two IEC experts, Derek Johns of New Zealand and Vimal Mahendru of India. They recently received top honours from their respective countries.
IEC e-tech talked with James E. Matthews III, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) during the General Meeting in Minsk, Belarus. Matthews shared key decisions and why they are needed to ensure IEC relevance in the future.
Traditionally, the December issue of e-tech provides feedback on the IEC General Meeting (GM), held in Minsk, Belarus, on 12-16 October 2015.
The theme of this year’s Workshop for Industrializing Countries was "Challenges to Ensure Safety of Electronic Equipment". Held during the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, the meeting aimed to facilitate the sharing of experiences and help highlight solutions to a particularly pertinent issue for developing countries.