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We are IEC TC 111

IEC Technical Committee (TC) 111 prepares horizontal International Standards which are key in helping to ensure electrical and electronic products are designed with the environment in mind.

In our globalized world, it is more essential than ever to develop harmonized and internationally recognized standards to guarantee a fair playing field between the different stakeholders, from raw or second-hand producers of materials, goods and products, right down to the end-user.

Environmental standardization to mitigate products impact on human health as well as on resource depletion or water pollution. Standards are also essential tools in the fight against e-waste, while aiding manufacturers to meet legislative requirements on toxic substances control.

When assessing the level of hazardous substances in a product, it is of the upmost importance to use the same international standard to describe the test method for measuring potentially toxic substance content. This will help to improve the product’s recycling and end of life management, in a circular economy perspective.

Standards provide a basis for trustful, harmonized and easy to understand communication about the various ways products can affect the environment. Improved transparency will help customers make the right buying decision and improve Green Procurement. For example, standards which improve the eco-design of products have been developed to help customers select goods which have less of a negative effect on the environment. Another key aspect is managing the end of life of materials and goods.

For all these reasons, IEC technical committee 111 is THE environmental committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). We work with international experts, scientists, engineers, from all around the world for the benefit of everyone.

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Scope

Standardization of environmental aspects concerns

Preparation

To prepare the necessary guidelines, basic and horizontal standards, including technical reports, in the environmental area, in close cooperation with product committees of IEC, which remain autonomous in dealing with the environmental aspects relevant to their products;

Cooperation

To liaise with product committees in the elaboration of environmental requirements of product standards in order to foster common technical approaches and solutions for similar problems and thus assure consistency in IEC Standards;

Monitoring

To monitor closely the corresponding regional standardization activities worldwide in order to become a focal point for discussions concerning standardization;

Work together

To liaise with ACEA and ISO/TC 207; 

EMC and EMF aspects are excluded from the scope.

TC 111 at a glance

Established in 2004, has:

17
participating members
7
observing members
172
experts from 37 countries
14
publications