Thursday, 27 March 2014

IEC welcomes MEPs’ support for its universal mobile charger standard

IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology, today welcomed last week’s near-unanimous vote by the European Parliament to embed the IEC’s universal phone charger standard for data-enabled mobile telephones into law in the EU by 2017.

Published in 2011, the globally relevant IEC International Standard IEC 62684, Interoperability specifications of common external power supply (EPS) for use with data-enabled mobile telephones covers all aspects of the charger, connector and plug. It also sets the standards for safety, interoperability and environmental considerations


The International Standard was the product of a cooperative effort within a group lead by the IEC, which included the USB-IF (Implementers Forum), CEN-CENELEC and ITU-T.

IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk commented, “We are pleased that our voluntary, consensus-driven International Standard for mobile phone chargers was backed by the European Parliament. When industry comes up with a good solution to an environmental and consumer issue, as it has in the case of this Standard, it is pleasing to see it being rolled out broadly.

“The proposed regulation will cut complexity for consumers by making smartphone chargers interoperable with a majority of handsets. It will also be good news for the environment.

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