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Lori Tennant

Lori L. Tennant is the senior standards engineer, international for Square D Company/Schneider Electric North America where she is responsible for the overall coordination of company activities related to International Standards as well as coordinating all USNC involvement. Tennant holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering from Purdue University. She currently represents Square D as the alternate for the Company Member Council Executive Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); and is also a member of NEMA's International and Regional Standardization Committee as well as the Joint Task Force on Conformity Assessment. Tennant is a member of NFPA and has represented the company in the electrical inspector community through the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).


How the IEC Relates to North America – Particularly IEC 60364

The second part in these series of articles ended by asking the question, "Why should an electrical inspector participate in the IEC standards making process?” The answer is simple: to ensure that electrical safety is not compromised by the ongoing efforts to harmonize codes and standards worldwide. There are those individuals in the U.S. and around the globe that believe the U.S. should just adopt the IEC 60364 standard for Electrical Installations of Buildings.

Basic Standards Development Process

The first part of this series of articles provided a general understanding of the IEC and how it operates. Often more confusing though, to a new participant in the IEC, is the overall standards making process. This article will provide information on how to process an idea from its initial conception as a proposal, through its final publication as an international standard. Although there are several procedures in the IEC process for expediting development and approval of standards, based on the needs of industry, this article will address only the principle stages involved in the preparation of an IEC standard or a revision to an existing standard.

What is the IEC?

As the electrical industry continues to grow and expand into a global economy, it is imperative that electrical safety not be compromised by the ongoing efforts to harmonize codes and standards worldwide.