Electro Technical Council of Ireland

The Standardisation Process

The Electro-Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI) is the national body responsible for the harmonisation of standards in the electrotechnical field, in collaboration with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

ETCI promotes and co-ordinates standardisation in all branches of electrotechnology in harmony with international agreements, and in collaboration with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The Council also establishes liaison with similar bodies in other countries and with international bodies.

ETCI contributes to the development of international standards through the participation of members of its Technical Committees, with their counterparts from EU and other countries, in the deliberations of the relevant IEC and CENELEC technical bodies to which standard making is entrusted. ETCI refers the resulting agreed texts to NSAI for publication as Irish Standards.

This harmonisation of standards is achieved by a process of consultation leading to consensus, through the agency of a number of executive sub-committees, Technical Committees and Task Forces.

ETCI is the Irish Member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the European Committee for Electro-Technical Standardisation (CENELEC).

CENELEC produces three types of documents, European Standards (EN), Harmonisation Documents (HD) and European Pre-Standards (ENVs). European Standards are intended to be published or endorsed, in all Member Countries, as identical national standards. For Harmonisation Documents, the technical content is intended to be incorporated into the national standard, but not necessarily identically. The HD allows national deviations for a specified period. Membership of CENELEC confers obligations to implement both documents. ENVs are European Pre-Standards published by CENELEC to gain experience in newly developed areas of electro-technology and are intended to be converted into ENs within a few years.

ENs and HDs are based on IEC standards, or in the rare case that a suitable one does not exist, CENELEC may initiate the work. IEC does not start new work in areas where CENELEC has declared an interest. Their relative contributions are now determined in the framework of the IEC/CENELEC Co-operation Agreements.

The ETCI through its membership of CENELEC is able to participate in any of its Technical/Sub-Committees.




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