Call for Comments: Proposal to submit the Quality Standards to the IEC

Call for Comments: Proposal to submit the Quality Standards to the IEC

The IFC/World Bank-supported Lighting Global Quality Test Methodology has become the world standard for clean off-grid lighting products, following its incorporation into an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical specification in 2013. The Lighting Global team regularly updates the Quality Standards and Lighting Global policies to ensure that they remain responsive to the changing market and proposes comments to the IEC to help improve and maintain the test methods (IEC/ TS 62257-9-5). During these update processes, Lighting Global aggregates feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, including manufacturers, distributors, micro-finance institutions, NGOs, governments, product testing laboratories, standards bureaus, and consumers.

Since 2010, Lighting Global has maintained Quality Standards for off-grid solar products with modules smaller than approximately 10 peak watts (pico-solar products). These standards set a baseline level of quality, durability, and truth in advertising to protect consumers. Lighting Global is now considering whether they should to submit these quality standards for adoption by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Making such a transition could provide benefits to the sector, but it also involves some drawbacks and risks.

Lighting Global welcomes your comments on whether the Quality Standards should be submitted to the IEC. To provide feedback:

  • : qa@lightingglobal.org
  • : Quality
  • : Assurance
  • : Lighting Global
  • : Volunteer


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