International Standards

  • Active assisted living for everyone

    20 November 2020 by Ulrike Haltrich, Chair, IEC Systems Committee for Active Assisted Living
    At different times in life, people may wish to improve their well-being or require diverse levels of assistance. This could mean enhancing home comforts with smart heating and cooling systems or using intelligent...
  • Robots in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19

    15 March 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 November 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...
  • Standards advance the fourth industrial revolution

    15 September 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 September 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 July 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 July 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 March 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.
  • Clothes that reveal how you really feel

    15 July 2018 by Alan Hodgson, Chair, IEC TC 119: Printed Electronics
    International Standards for wearable electronics devices are now being actively worked on in a number of technical committees (TCs) within the IEC community.
  • A belt and braces approach to cyber security

    15 July 2018 by Mike Mullane
    We use the expression “belt and braces” to mean that we are being extra careful about something. The idea is that if our belt breaks unexpectedly, our braces will ensure that our trousers stay up.