Message from the IEC President

The IEC provides a unique and highly efficient global platform where many thousand experts collaborate and share their know-how and expertise in a neutral, independent setting that covers the world. The IEC connects communities and is even able to bring to the table people within highly competitive industries. These experts, together with our Members and affiliates, are our most precious resource.

While the IEC was the first organization to start working fully electronically, we have to constantly reinvent ourselves. Right now, data and digitalization are fundamentally changing the way we communicate and do things. Like industry and society we need to be smart in how we use our resources and how we develop the Standards and Conformity Assessment Services our stakeholders need. Innovation happens faster than ever before and systems of increasing complexity require large integrated technology solutions. We have to be agile and more inventive than ever to deliver what is needed.

Remaining on top also requires strategic thinking, planning and cooperation. We need the best at the table. To this end, we have to reach up higher in companies and cooperate more with other organizations. We have to constantly strive to increase awareness of the benefits we offer and stimulate involvement in the IEC. You, the National Committees and experts of the IEC are the linchpin that allows your country to influence the rules for global business and trade.


Therefore, the 80th General Meeting has chosen the theme: Connecting Communities. Reinvent Standardization.

I look forward to seeing you in Frankfurt in October.

Dr. Junji Nomura
IEC President