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The International Electrotechnical Commmission (IEC) is a worldwide organization for standardization, comprising all national electrotechnical committees (IEC National Committees).  Technical Committee 80 - the Maritime Navigation and Radiocommunications Equipment and Systems - develops certification standards for maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems, based upon the recommendations from the International Maritime Organization and International Telecommunications Union.  IEC TC80 standards are used in type approval/certification of equipment by national authorities such as the US Coast Guard and US Federal Communications Commission.  The national standards organizations of 16 participating countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea (Rep.of), Netherlands, Norway, Russian Fed., Sweden, UK, USA) comprise the voting membership of IEC TC80.

IEC TC80 standards are managed by Project Teams established to develop a specific new standard, Maintenance Teams established to update a specific existing standard, and four permanent Working Groups:

  • WG 6: Digital interfaces for navigational equipment within a ship
  • WG 15: Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)
  • WG 16: Bridge alert management
  • WG 17: Common Maritime Data Structure (CMDS)

US National Committee Technical Advisory Group for TC80

The U.S is represented at IEC by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its U.S. National Committee.  The USNC operates on the basis of Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), which consists of all U. S. national interested parties (companies, organizations, government agencies, etc.) directly and materially affected by the work of the Technical Committee.  The Technical Advisory Group for TC80 is administered by the US Coast Guard.

ANSI requires that all participants in IEC TC80 working groups be registered as members of the USNC TC80 Technical Advisory Group and pay a TAG fee of approximately $310 per person per year (ANSI will invoice participants directly).  Participants for invoicing purposes include voting members, U.S. experts on related TC Working Groups, U.S. delegates to related TC meetings, and corresponding members.  Employees or members of organizations which are ANSI members do not have to pay a TAG fee to join a TAG.  The US Coast Guard for example is an ANSI member.

Membership is open to all U.S. national interested parties who indicate that they are directly and materially affected by the activity of the U.S. technical advisory group.  If you reside in the USA and wish to be included in the US TC80 TAG, ANSI’s Standards Activity, USNC/IEC Program can provide further information.   US nationals not listed on the TAG roster may not attend TC80 working group meetings.

TC80 Documents and Voting Register

A current listing of TC80 documents and the voting register, including published new stardards, new work programs and draft standards being voted, vote closing date, and how the US voted, is now publicly available in Acrobat PDF form.   Items marked in red indicate a pending vote.