1 ) The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is a
worldwide organization for standardization comprising all national
electrotechnical committees (IEC National Committees). The object
of the IEC is to promote international cooperation on all questions
concerning standardization in the electrical and electronic fields.
To this end and in addition to other activities, the IEC publishes
International Standards. Their preparation is entrusted to
technical committees; any IEC National Committee interested in the
subject dealt with may participate in this preparatory work.
International, governmental and non-governmental organizations
liaising with the IEC also participate in this preparation. The IEC
collaborates closely with the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) in accordance with conditions determined by
agreement between the two organizations.
2) The formal decisions or agreements of the IEC on technical
matters, prepared by technical committees on which all the National
Committees having a special interest therein are represented,
express, as nearly as possible, an international consensus of
opinion on the subjects dealt with.
3) They have the form of recommendations for international use
published in the form of standards, technical reports or guides and
they are accepted by the National Committees in that sense.
4) In order to promote international unification, IEC National
Committees undertake to apply IEC International Standards
transparently to the maximum extent possible in their national and
regional standards. Any divergence between the IEC Standard and the
corresponding national or regional standard shall be clearly
indicated in the latter.