India Wins IEC Vice Presidency, SMB Chair For 2023-25 Term: Ministry Of Consumer Affairs

New Delhi: India has won the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution informed on Friday.

This came as India secured over 90% of the votes cast by full members of the IEC during its General Meeting held recently in San Francisco, USA.

India’s representative, a member of the Indian National Committee of the IEC and various technical committees of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS-India), was elected, an official statement read.

Vimal Mahendru will be the IEC Vice President representing India.

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It comes as an important development as the representation of BIS (India) in policy and governance bodies of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and IEC ensures that Indian viewpoints on important strategic and policy matters are put forth and it also gives opportunities to align the national standardisation priorities with International best practices.

“BIS is continually expanding its international footprints by working on the growth mantra provided by the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumers Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal,” the statement read.

It further stated, “Currently, BIS (India) is represented in various policy and governance bodies of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and IEC such as ISO Council, ISO Technical Management Board (TMB), IEC SMB, IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), IEC Business Advisory Committee (BAC), etc.”

The IEC is an international standard-setting body that publishes international Standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. Standardization Management Board (SMB) is an apex governance body of the IEC which is responsible for technical policy matters.