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An IEC reference number for a publication is composed of a header plus three elements: 1) the publication number, 2) the part number and 3) the section number.
As from 1997 all new IEC publications and parts, as well as new editions, revisions and amendments are being issued with a designation in the 60000 series, however this does not affect the content. It is now necessary to add 60000 to the existing base number.
Example: IEC 529 is now referenced as IEC 60529.
The 80000 series is allocated to multipart standards jointly developed by IEC and ISO in some exceptional cases, in which some parts are published by ISO and others by IEC. The use of the ISO/IEC prefix is strictly limited to ISO/IEC JTC1 publications as well as some ISO/IEC guides.
IEC publications are bilingual (English/French) or monolingual, some versions are derived from the bilingual publication by deleting the French-language or English-language pages as appropriate. Most publications are also available in Spanish and some in Russian.
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The International Electrotechnical Commission is the leading global organization that publishes consensus-based international standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electric and electronic products, systems and services, collectively known as electrotechnology.
The IEC develops different types of publications:
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The IEC publishes consolidated versions of its publications with all the amendments included in the base document.
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Since May 2010, additions and deletions are displayed in red, with deletions being struck through in all new consolidated versions. Since May 2012, the release of the consolidated version is strictly synchronized with that of the amendment.
I have edition 1.2, do I have to buy amendments?There is no need to buy the amendments because they are already included in the consolidated version.
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A technical corrigendum is issued to correct either:
- A technical error or ambiguity in an International Standard, a Technical Specification, a Publicly Available Specification or a Technical Report, inadvertently introduced either in drafting or in printing and which could lead to incorrect or unsafe application of the publication, or
- Information that has become outdated since publication, provided that the modification has no effect on the technical normative elements of the standard.
Once published corrigenda are immediately integrated in the corresponding publication. They are also available separately and can be freely downloaded here.
Electropedia contains all the terms and definitions in the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary or IEV which is published also as a set of publications in the IEC 60050 series that can be ordered separately from the IEC Webstore.
Electropedia is the world's most comprehensive online electrical and electronic terminology database containing more than 20 000 terms and definitions in English and French organized by subject area, with equivalent terms in various other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish (coverage varies by subject area).
An interpretation sheet provides a quick formal explanation to an urgent request by a user of a standard (testing laboratory, manufacturer, etc.). Changes of requirements or test procedures in a standard by means of an interpretation sheet shall be avoided. It is recognized that it is sometimes difficult to define what is a "matter of interpretation" for a given standard.
For more information please refer to ISO/IEC Directives.
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A Redline version contains both the current IEC standard and a Redline version of the document which shows changes from the previous edition marked in colour. With the Redline you can quickly spot changed sections and tell specifically what has been changed from the previous edition, saving time and avoiding confusion.
The development of a Redline version is not systematic. Criteria are the popularity of the Publication and the clear structure of the changes. If the changes are too much interwoven into the content, a Redline version may be unreadable and thus, lose the benefit of a clear and quick identification of the changes.
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Commented version is the only product where the consensus-based content of a publication is enriched with technical information. It is made of a redline version with highlighted areas where technical committee experts provide the reasons and rationale of the most relevant changes. The summary of comments is also provided at the end of the document.
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Commented versions are an enhanced version of the traditional IEC Redline Version (RLV) which highlights the changes between the previous edition and the new edition.
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We currently have the following:
IEC 61204-7:2016 EXV which includes the provisions of the general rules dealt with in IEC 62477-1:2012.
The Extended version is not an official IEC Standard. Only the current versions of the related standards are to be considered the official documents.
IEC 62040-1:2017 EXV which includes the provisions of the general rules dealt with in IEC 62477-1:2012.
The Extended version is not an official IEC Standard. Only the current versions of the related standards are to be considered the official documents.
The development process for IEC standards follows defined stages. The stage codes used by IEC are based on the international harmonized stage code system.You can find the list of stage codes at the following address.
Systems Reference Deliverable (SRD) is a deliverable produced by Systems Committees only. A SRD is a guidance document on the use and application of specific standards in the SyC domain. A SRD can be a normative document. SyCs may produce multiple SRDs that address, but are not limited to:
A Test Report Form (TRF) is a document prepared by a National Certification Body (NCB) allowing a test laboratory to record the evidences and the results of the tests and analysis made on a product. Its primary intent is to support the emission of a Certification Body Certificate.
Made available for all the community, a TRF represents the “State of the Art”. All the required information to document a test or analysis are included in the TRF and its use is ease by a common structure fully aligned with the structure of the IEC or ISO standard.
What is the added value for customers ?“Save time and money and promote your know-how by using TRF” !
When buying a TRF, you don’t need to “re-invent the wheel”. Developed by the Certifications Bodies engaged in the IECEE, they represent the “State of the Art”. All the required information to document a test or analysis are included in the TRF and its use is ease by a common structure fully aligned with the structure of the IEC or ISO standard. No need to spend days to create your own forms, with the risk to forget something. These TRF will save your time and your money.
Why they are only in English version ?As its main intent is to evidence of compliance to the customers, certification body, regulators and all other stakeholders on the market, it has to be understood by all. It’s why the TRF are issued only in English language, which is the most common language used by technical people.
How are these documents updated ?The issuance and the update of a given TRF is done and managed by one dedicated Certification Body of the IECEE, following the guidance provided in the document OD-2020.
Does it exist a TRF for each IEC standard ?Close to 2'000 TRF are available, they focus mainly on electrical safety standards.
How the customers can use a TRF ?The publication may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes as long as the IECEE is acknowledged as copyright owner and source of the material. IECEE takes no responsibility for and will not assume liability for damages resulting from the reader's interpretation of the reproduced material due to its placement and context.
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Stability periods are based on an assessment of the maturity of the technology and future, foreseen changes due to development or maintenance of associated publications. Typically stability periods are between 3 and 12 years. If a committee needs to process an amendment or revision before the review date, it may decide to advance the review date and modify the stability date accordingly.
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IEC 60061 - Lamp caps and holders together with gauges for the control of interchangeability and safety
Contains the recommendations of the IEC in regard to lamp caps and holders in general use, together with relevant gauges, with the object of securing international interchangeability. Some 900 standard sheets in PDF format can be accessed from the various indexes and through the search facility.
IEC 60191-2 - Mechanical standardization of semiconductor devices - Part 2: Dimensions
Contains more than 220 standard sheets covering device outline drawings and the types of semiconductor devices generally mounted in the packages. The drawings represent the unification of national standards.
IEC 60417 and ISO 7000 - Graphical symbols for use on equipment
Contains more than 5 000 graphical symbols used to identify equipment or a part of equipment, indicate functional states, designate connections, provide information on packaging or provide instruction for the operation of the equipment. Various search and navigation facilities allow for easy retrieval of graphical symbols.
IEC 60617 - Graphical symbols for diagrams
Contains 1 900 graphical symbols for use in electrotechnical diagrams. The database also provides classified views (by shape, function and application) and a search facility. Available in English, French and Japanese.
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Our attention has been drawn to a number of references “IEC 61216” being used in the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, more particularly in the field of certification.
IEC Central Office wishes to make clear that it has never issued an international standard (or any other publication) under the reference “IEC 61216”, neither in the PV field, nor in any other field.
The standard to be used in the field of solar photovoltaics is IEC 61215: 2005, Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules - Design qualification and type approval.
IEC 61215 is being revised; in its new edition (expected to be published in 2016) it will be available as a series of standards, under references IEC 61215-1, IEC 61215-1-1, IEC 61215-1-2, IEC 61215-1-3, IEC 61215-1-4, IEC 61215-2.
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The following publications are available: S+ CISPR 14-2 Edition 2.0 New Electromagnetic compatibility – Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus – Part 2: Immunity – Product family standard S+ CISPR 16-1-1 Edition 3.0 Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-1: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Measuring apparatus S+ CISPR 16-1-2 Edition 2.0 Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-2: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Coupling devices for conducted disturbance measurements S+ CISPR 22 Edition 6.0 Information technology equipment – Radio disturbance characteristics – Limits and methods of measurement S+ IEC 60068-2-78 Edition 2.0 Environmental testing - Part 2-78: Tests - Test Cab: Damp heat, steady state S+ IEC 60079-0 Edition 6.0 Explosive atmospheres - Part 0: Equipment - General requirements S+ IEC 60079-1 Edition 7.0 Explosive atmospheres - Part 1: Equipment protection by flameproof enclosures "d" S+ IEC 60079-2 Edition 6.0 Explosive atmospheres - Part 2: Equipment protection by pressurized enclosure "p" S+ IEC 60079-5 Edition 4.0 New Explosive atmospheres – Part 5: Equipment protection by powder filling "q" S+ IEC 60079-10-2 Edition 2.0 Explosive atmospheres – Part 10-2: Classification of areas – Explosive dust atmospheres S+ IEC 60079-11 Edition 6.0 Explosive atmospheres - Part 11: Equipment protection by intrinsic safety "i" S+ IEC 60079-18 Edition 4.0 Explosive atmospheres - Part 18: Equipment protection by encapsulation "m" S+ IEC 60079-26 Edition 3.0 Explosive atmospheres – Part 26: Equipment with Equipment Protection Level (EPL) Ga S+ IEC 60296 Edition 4.0 Fluids for electrotechnical applications – Unused mineral insulating oils for transformers and switchgear S+ IEC 60335-2-7 Edition 7.0 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-7: Particular requirements for washing machines S+ IEC 60502-2 Edition 3.0 Power cables with extruded insulation and their accessories for rated voltages from 1 kV (Um = 1,2 kV) up to 30 kV (Um = 36 kV) - Part 2: Cables for rated voltages from 6 kV (Um = 7,2 kV) up to 30 kV (Um = 36 kV) S+ IEC 60601-1-11 Edition 2.0 Medical electrical equipment – Part 1-11: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance – Collateral Standard: Requirements for medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems used in the home healthcare environment S+ IEC 60695-2-11 Edition 2.0 Fire hazard testing - Part 2-11: Glowing/hot-wire based test methods - Glow-wire flammability test method for end-products (GWEPT) S+ IEC 60831-1 Edition 3.0 Shunt power capacitors of the self-healing type for a.c. systems having a rated voltage up to and including 1 000 V – Part 1: General – Performance, testing and rating – Safety requirements – Guide for installation and operation S+ IEC 60840 Edition 4.0 Power cables with extruded insulation and their accessories for rated voltages above 30 kV ( U m = 36 kV) up to 150 kV ( U m = 170 kV) – Test methods and requirements S+ IEC 60904-2 Edition 3.0 Photovoltaic devices – Part 2: Requirements for photovoltaic reference devices S+ IEC 60909-3 Edition 3.0 Short-circuit currents in three-phase AC systems – Part 3: Currents during two separate simultaneous line-to-earth short circuits and partial short-circuit currents flowing through earth S+ IEC 61000-3-3 Edition 3.0 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-3: Limits - Limitation of voltage changes, voltage fluctuations and flicker in public low-voltage supply systems, for equipment with rated current ≤16 A per phase and not subject to conditional connection S+ IEC 61000-4-4 Edition 3.0 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – Part 4-4: Testing and measurement techniques – Electrical fast transient/burst immunity test S+ IEC 61000-4-8 Edition 2.0 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – Part 4-8: Testing and measurement techniques - Power frequency magnetic field immunity test S+ IEC 61000-4-15 Edition 2.0 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – Part 4-15: Testing and measurement techniques - Flickermeter - Functional and design specifications S+ IEC 61000-4-30 Edition 3.0 New Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – Part 4-30: Testing and measurement techniques – Power quality measurement methods S+ IEC 61010-2-081 Edition 2.0 Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use – Part 2-081: Particular requirements for automatic and semi-automatic laboratory equipment for analysis and other purposes S+ IEC 61010-2-101 Edition 2.0 Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use – Part 2-101: Particular requirements for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical equipment S+ IEC 61082-1 Edition 3.0 Preparation of documents used in electrotechnology – Part 1: Rules S+ IEC 61326-1 Edition 2.0 Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - EMC requirements - Part 1: General requirements S+ IEC 61347-1 Edition 3.0 New Lamp controlgear – Part 1: General and safety requirements S+ IEC 61508 Edition 2.0 BESTSELLER Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - ALL PARTS together with a commented Redline version S+ IEC 62055-41 Edition 2.0 Electricity metering – Payment systems – Part 41: Standard transfer specification (STS) – Application layer protocol for one-way token carrier systems S+ IEC 62067 Edition 2.0 Power cables with extruded insulation and their accessories for rated voltages above 150 kV ( U m = 170 kV) up to 500 kV ( U m = 550 kV) – Test methods and requirements S+ IEC 62087 Edition 3.0 Methods of measurement for the power consumption of audio, video and related equipment S+ IEC 62133 Edition 2.0 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes – Safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells, and for batteries made from them, for use in portable applications