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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC; in French: Commission électrotechnique internationale) is an international standards organization[3][4] that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, solar energy, nanotechnology and marine energy as well as many others. The IEC also manages four[5] global conformity assessment systems that certify whether equipment, system or components conform to its international standards.

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International Electrotechnical Commission
Commission électrotechnique internationale
Formation26 June 1906
London, United Kingdom
TypeStandards organization
Legal statusSwiss association[1]
PurposeStandardization for electrical technology, electronics and related fields.
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Official languages
English, French
Yinbiao Shu[2]
General Secretary
Philippe Metzger[2]
CHF 20 million / US$ 21 million / €19 million
WebsiteOfficial website

All electrotechnologies are covered by IEC Standards, including energy production and distribution, electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication and medical technology, as well as associated general disciplines such as terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement and performance, dependability, design and development, safety and the environment.