To keep IEC Young Professionals (YPs) engaged in IEC work at national and international level and increase their involvement it’s vital that there are ongoing opportunities after the General Meeting and the annual IEC YP workshop. In addition to individual IEC National Committees (NCs) who foster continued YP involvement, IEC Central Office is working closely with the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB), the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) (see e-tech article The next generation of IEC leaders for more details) and IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, to provide opportunities to drive engagement of these up-and-coming leaders and experts.
Since 2016, IECEE has sponsored an IECEE Young Professionals competition. Winners are invited to attend the IECEE Certification Management Committee (CMC) Meeting, which is to be held this year on 17-18 May, in Yokohama, Japan. There the YPs will benefit from the meeting and the networking opportunities it provides, to help them learn more about conformity assessment, IECEE operations and strategies, and to become more involved with IECEE work.
IEC would like to congratulate this year’s IECEE competition winners who are Siarhei Nazaranka, IEC 2016 YP from Belarus, and Dustin Tessier, IEC 2015 YP from Canada. To be eligible, candidates needed to be IEC Young Professionals, which means they had attended one of the IEC YP workshops held during the IEC General Meetings, and their work needed to be related to IECEE activities.
Last year’s winners found their participation in the IECEE CMC in Oslo, Norway, to be very valuable. Here is what they had to say about their experience.
Mauricio Wahast Ávila, IEC 2015 YP from Brazil: “It was a great experience, both for my professional and personal life. I learned a lot about internal and accreditation procedures. What made my participation special was to have information about the Certification Body (CB) Scheme as I am currently working to develop a CB Testing Laboratory (CBTL) application. I felt that the meeting looked like a big family – everybody really knew each other, the environment was inviting and inspired me to be part of it and contribute.”
Wong Lu Min (Linda), IEC 2015 YP from Malaysia: “I learnt about the IECEE Basic Rules & Operational documents and proposals for amendment in the pipeline. I also learned about the updated list of IECEE membership and the new applications, which can provide insights for industry. I found the information about collaboration activities with international / regional organizations valuable – this enables industry perspectives to be considered in regards to new implementation of technical regulations. Also, being a Customer Testing Facility (CTF), I found it interesting to see the comments of the Status of Acceptance on CTF Programmes from Member Bodies and the rationale for the case of non-acceptance.”
For more information about this, please contact Robert McLaren.
The IEC Young Professionals Programme was developed as a way for the IEC and its National Committees to reach out to the younger generation of experts, managers and leaders and to encourage their long-term participation in standardization and conformity assessment activities. This helps guarantee continuity in the availability of high quality experts, enabling the IEC to maintain its focus on responding to market needs on a long-term basis.
The IEC Young Professionals – 2017 workshop will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9 to 11 October, in parallel with the IEC 81st General Meeting.