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Testing & Certification

IECEE NCB

IECEE NCB(Ansan)

As a national certification body (NCB) of the IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment (IECEE), KERI provides certifications based on 63 standards in 5 categories.

IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment (IECEE : www.iecee.com)

IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment (IECEE) was established through a merger between IEC and CEE (European International Commission for Conformity Testing of Electrical Equipment) in September 1985. The former implementer of the scheme, CEE, had been founded in 1946 with a purpose to promote international trade by mutual recognition of the conformity of the electrical equipment tested by a testing and inspection institution based in an EU country.

The main objective of IECEE is to promote trade and reduce the workload on testing institutions by mutual recognition of the test results reported by testing institutions of the member countries as a means to simplify the certification process, which had been creating a non-tariff trade barrier.

Of particular note, IECEE is the one and only worldwide organization granting certifications for electrical equipment safety with 50 member countries including England, Germany, and France, 62 NCBs and 263 testing institutions as of November 2007. The number of member countries and NCBs has been increasing annually.

The CEE standards, which had been adopted as the IECEE technical standards, were comprised of mainly safety requirements. No revised editions have been published since 1982, and from 1989, almost all the standards are adopted from the IEC standards.

The national standards of the member countries are typically stricter than the IEC standards and there may even be differences from the IEC standards depending on the product. However, there has been an effort to minimize the differences, with most EC countries adopting the EN standards consistent with the IEC standards.

Relationship between IEC and IECEE-CB

IEC is world-leading international organization founded in 1906 to establish international industrial standards for every field of electrical technology including electrical devices and instrument through cooperation among various technology sectors. Its formal name is International Electro-technical Commission, and a section of IEC is the IECEE-CB Scheme.

In IEC, one of the representative standardization organizations of each country forms the IEC National Committee (NC) to be registered as a member. The member NCs form the IEC, a non-governmental organization, which has a legal position as an incorporated body according to Article 60 of the Civil Law of Switzerland, which is where the central secretariat of IEC is located. At present, there are 68 NCs representing industrially advanced countries, of which 17 countries are registered as associated members.

The purpose of IEC is to promote international cooperation to resolve various issues related to standardization of electrical and electronic technologies and related fields, and to enhance mutual understanding of the member countries. Of particular note, it publishes international standards such as the IEC Standards and other related materials.

IEC standards are determined through autonomous agreement of the member countries; this is what gives IEC the authority and power and is the reason the IEC standards are observed by each of these countries. Also, each member country is required to ensure that its own national standard is consistent with the IEC standards as long as their domestic conditions allow it. Each IEC NC is comprised of members from the industrial sector related to electric, electronic and information fields, consumer organizations, government, and academic societies. In addition, the IEC members are industrially advanced countries accounting for 80% of the world population and 95% of electric power generation, and this factor has become a driving force behind IEC.