Eng. Pablo G. Paisan
CEA | Argentinean Electrotechnical Committee
IRAM- Standards Division Manager
The FINCA 2016 meeting was held in the City of Buenos Aires, at the headquarters of the Argentinean Electrotechnical Committee (CEA). The event included a workshop held in the auditorium of IRAM.
On September 29 and 30, 2016, the annual meeting of FINCA was held in the City of Buenos Aires. The event began with a workshop held in the auditorium of IRAM – Argentine Institute for Standardization and Certification, whose main themes were Standardization for Renewable Energy and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The authorities of the CEA did the opening and Mr. Luis Iván Hernández Becerril from Mexico, Mr. Juan González Cornejo from Argentina and Mr. Amaury Santos from the IEC office for Latin America (IEC-LARC) made the presentations.
In the afternoon of September 29, FINCA meetings began at CEA headquarters, with a significant attendance that included delegations from the seven American countries that are full members of IEC (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, USA and Mexico), associate member countries (Cuba) and delegations of countries belonging to the affiliated countries program (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru). Amaury Santos (Regional Manager of IEC-LARC) and Kory Eguino (Executive Secretary of COPANT) also attended the meeting.
After the reception at the ARNC and approving the agenda, a report of the actions arising from the meetings in Cartagena 2015was giving, to lead then to a report by Amaury Santos on updating IEC activities, including IEC Master plan.
Later, Kory Eguino take the floor, to give a report on the activities of COPANT 2015-2016.
During the second day of meetings, the national committees of the IEC member countries of the Americas made the presentations, and then give place to Rosario Uria Toro, which provided an update of the activities within the program of affiliated countries of the IEC.
Towards the end of the day, members break out in working groups to elaborate the FINCA’s contributions to the IEC Masterplan.
As a summary, some of the topics considered during the meetings were as follows:
– The recognition of IEC conformity assessment schemes and the need for closer IEC work with NCs, regulators and accreditors in Latin America to achieve the countries’ recognition of these schemes. The situation of these schemes with local protection policies.
– The inconsistency of the annual membership with respect to the economic situation of the countries. A review of the processes for calculating these quotas is required. Participation in both ISO and IEC should have certain considerations regarding financing in a way that is feasible for more countries.
– More participation in the governance structure of IEC is needed. IEC needs to be promoted as a true international organization.
– Different public policies are being introduced that can affect standardization and conformity assessment. Energy efficiency and IT security are good examples.
– FINCA members raised as important if the message of the IEC should be “home of industry”. Other stakeholders may perceive this message as that IEC is not inclusive towards other stakeholders such as regulators, government and consumers, among others.
– The sale of standards continues to be a source of income for the National Committees since many of its resources are supported by the sale of the publications to support its activity.
– Innovation Solutions: The NWIP process and standards development should be faster for industry and other stakeholders to get answers. The alternative of other forms of publication of standards was also analyzed, for example digitally, available in smart phones and tablets, among others, with easy access during the work.
At the end of the meeting, the venue of the next FINCA meeting was defined. In this sense after some exchanges of opinions related to the COPANT TC 151 and TC 152 meetings to be held in Ecuador next year, the delegation of Brazil confirmed that they would maintain the rotation established in the terms of reference of FINCA, therefore the venue of FINCA/2017 would be São Paulo, Brazil.
This post was translated by Kory Eguino, Executive Secretary of COPANT.