The International Electrotechnical Commission, or IEC, is a standards organization that creates and publishes international standards for electrical and electronic devices and equipment.

As an ANSI accredited testing lab, we provide IEC testing services for a wide range of electrical devices, including consumer electronics, industrial equipment and medical devices. We’re often asked about what IEC standards are, as well as about specific standards created by the IEC.

Below, you can find a list of IEC standards for electronics. Note that this is note a complete list of all IEC standards, and only includes standards that fall within our accredited lab scope

For each standard, you can find a brief description explaining how the standard works and the types of devices to which it applies.

  • IEC 55011. This standard applies to industrial, scientific and medical equipment. It sets limits for radio disturbances within certain frequency ranges to stop these devices from causing interference.
  • IEC 55015. This standard applies to lighting equipment, neon signs, transport lighting and devices used with lighting systems. It sets limits on radiated and conducted radio frequency (RF) emissions.
  • IEC 55035. This standard applies to information technology (IT), audio and video, and some types of broadcasting equipment. It sets numerous immunity requirements, from electrostatic discharge and surge immunity to voltage dips and interruptions. 
  • IEC 61000-3-2. This standard sets limits for harmonic current emissions from devices into the power grid. 
  • IEC 61000-3-3. This standard sets limits for voltage fluctuations and flicker, which are short-term changes in voltage that may affect the functioning of other devices. 
  • IEC 61000-4-2. This standard sets requirements for electrostatic discharge immunity (ESD immunity) to prevent sudden bursts of electric current from damaging devices.
  • IEC 61000-4-3. This standard sets requirements for electromagnetic compatibility, or EMC. It measures a device’s ability to function reliably in a shared environment with other electronic equipment. 
  • IEC 61000-4-4. This standard sets minimum requirements for electrical fast transient or burst immunity, which refers to a device’s ability to tolerate rapid electrical surges.
  • IEC 61000-4-5. This standard sets minimum requirements for surge immunity, such as electrical network switching surges, surges caused by faulty wiring, or surges triggered by lightning strikes. 
  • IEC 61000-4-6. This standard sets performance requirements for immunity to conducted electromagnetic disturbances, such as disturbances through power and signal lines.
  • IEC 61000-4-8. This standard sets minimum requirements for power frequency magnetic field immunity, or immunity to disturbances in a specific location. 
  • IEC 61000-4-11. This standard addresses voltage dips, short interruptions and variations in voltage that may cause devices to malfunction or reset. 
  • IEC 61000-4-13. This standard sets immunity requirements and test criteria for harmonic and interharmonic distortions, which can introduce unwanted voltages and currents into a power system and cause equipment malfunctioning or failure.
  • IEC 61000-4-14. This standard focuses on immunity to voltage fluctuations for electrical devices connected to public power supply systems. It applies to equipment with a rated input current of up to 16 A per phase.
  • IEC 61000-4-27. This standard sets immunity requirements for electrical equipment that uses a public power supply. It measures immunity to unbalanced power supply voltage.
  • IEC 61000-4-28. This standard sets requirements for deviation immunity for electronic equipment. Devices need to demonstrate good performance when subjected to power frequency variations.
  • IEC 61000-4-29. This standard sets performance requirements for devices that use the direct current (DC) power supply regarding immunity to voltage dips, short interruptions and variations in voltage.
  • IEC 61000-4-34. This standard focuses on immunity requirements for electrical devices and equipment with an input current of 16 A per phase or more. It sets requirements for immunity to voltage dips, short interruptions and voltage variations. 
  • IEC 61326. This standard sets performance requirements for electrical devices used in measurement, control and/or laboratory environments. IEC 61326-1 is a standard that’s focused on EMC performance for measurement, control and lab equipment. 
  • IEC 60945. This standard sets immunity, emissions and environmental requirements for radio devices, such as navigation systems and communications equipment, used at sea.
  • IEC 60601-1-2. This standard sets EMC requirements for medical devices. It’s required and/or recognized for the approval of medical devices in many major markets, including the United States, European Union and Canada.

Contact Us About IEC Testing & Compliance

Achieving compliance with IEC standards is a core step in demonstrating your product’s quality and gaining market access. 

As an accredited testing lab, we can complete lab testing for IEC standards above and help you achieve compliance. Operating for more than 60 years, we’ve helped a large range of electrical device manufacturers, from consumer electronics to medical technology.

To request a free quote for testing your electronic device, or to talk directly with our engineering and compliance team about your project, contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287.