International Standards

  • Robots in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19

    15 February 2020 by Michael A. Mullane and Catherine Bischofberger
    A recent article in Science Robotics suggests that robots could be effective resources in combating COVID-19. They can be used for disinfection, to deliver medicine and food and measure vital signs. A hospital at the...
  • New standard will enable trustworthy mobile driving licence

    15 January 2020 by Antoinette Price
    Reserve a table, purchase a plane ticket, pay a bill and receive all confirmations, tickets and receipts electronically. We’ve grown accustomed to the convenience and ease of carrying out many paperless transactions on...
  • Winning trust

    15 June 2019 by Claire Marchand
    In today’s world of ultra-smart technology, being smart doesn’t only mean being well connected, but also well protected against security breaches. While that is an aspect that individuals must consider, it has become a...
  • Health and environment at risk

    15 May 2019 by Claire Marchand
    The incident at the Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen, France, is a powerful reminder that the most drastic safety measures are a must in explosive (Ex) environments.
  • Standards advance the fourth industrial revolution

    15 May 2019 by Antoinette Price
    The 2019 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization was held on 27-29 October, under the guidance of IEC, ISO, ITU, the Standards Administration of China (SAC) and the People's Government of Shandong Province.
  • Equal opportunities to good health

    15 May 2019 by Zoë Smart
    Innovative technologies, driven by AI and big data have the potential to save and improve lives around the world, but only if the right data, analysed correctly, is used.
  • From apprentice to president

    15 April 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    In April, the board of ANCE appointed Juan Rosales as its new President, the youngest in the association’s history. With this appointment, ANCE, the leading association for standardization and conformity assessment in...
  • Certification advances renewable energy industries

    15 April 2019 by Antoinette Price
    According to the Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019 report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 2018 closed with a total renewable energy generation capacity of 2 351 GW, up by 171 GW on the previous year...
  • Digital learning is redefining education

    15 February 2019 by Antoinette Price
    In parts of Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, digital technologies are enabling students to learn more effectively and from entirely new perspectives.
  • Making cities smarter

    15 June 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Quayside, a waterfront district in Toronto, is advertised as the first city to be "built from the Internet up". A joint partnership between Google Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, Quayside seeks to...
  • Broad societal challenges

    15 June 2018 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    In his address to Council, Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, reminded the audience that electrotechnology is essential in addressing broad societal challenges, such as universal energy access, more efficient...
  • Healthcare needs doctors and machines

    15 June 2018 by Antoinette Price
    Imagine being able to predict medical conditions in healthy people and take steps to prevent them before symptoms develop, or having fully autonomous systems monitor critical patients in intensive care units instead of...
  • Eliminating bias from algorithms

    15 June 2018 by Mike Mullane
    Wael Diab, who is leading international efforts to standardize artificial intelligence (AI), has identified the mitigation of data bias as a priority challenge for eventual future standards work. Diab recently told the...
  • Protecting supply chains against cyber attacks

    15 June 2018 by Mike Mullane
    In recent months, a number of international studies and reports have highlighted an alarming increase in cyber attacks targeting the supply chain. One such survey, conducted in the Americas, Asia and Europe, suggests...