In some sectors, there are sufficient motivating factors for governments, their regulators and in certain cases, manufacturers and other stakeholders to work at the international level to promote policy and regulatory cooperation.

This may be, for example, because of the sheer volume of trade that is carried out internationally in a particular sector. Principles agreed to in the resulting international agreements are incorporated into national laws and regulations adopted by the agreement’s Parties. Many of the examples presented here are of ISO and IEC standards being used to support this international regulatory and other policy work. For more sector examples related specifically to electrotechnical standardization, please visit the IEC’s Website. 

Examples by sector Overview
Energy management
To continually improve energy performance and sustain it over time.
Environmental management
To address problems related to climate change, for example.
Food products
To ensure that food is safe for consumption.
Laboratory medicine
To offer an important alternative to prescriptive regulations.
Medical devices
Standards play an important role in allowing the rapid introduction of new medical device technology.
Radio services
IEC/CISPR is responsible for the protection of radio services.
IEC/TC 9 is responsible for the electrical equipment and systems used in railways.
Road vehicles
Work to harmonize worldwide regulations for road vehicles.
Ships and marine technology
Defining standards and requirements that affect safety, security and the environment.
Transport of dangerous goods
How regulatory needs can lead to revisions and improvements in ISO standards.