IEC News

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

IEC Takes Decision to Form New PC

A proposal for a new Project Committee (PC), Low-voltage auxiliary power systems for electric power plants and substations, has been approved by the IEC National Committees. IEC is therefore setting up PC 127, with the following initial scope:

Standardization in the fields of low-voltage auxiliary power systems for electric power plants and substations, including:

  • system design;

  • installation and acceptance;

  • commissioning;

  • operation and maintenance;

  • safety and reliability;

and excluding nuclear power, railways and shipping.

SMB assigned the secretariat of PC 127 to China. Comments made during the ballot process are referred to PC 127 for resolution at its first meeting.

(SMB Decisions 165/17)

ISO/IEC Consider Cybersecurity Issues

Mr Andreas Wolf, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27, IT security techniques, gave a presentation on JTC 1/SC 27 activities at a meeting of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) on June 17, 2019. The presentation, titled Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection, is available here.

IEC publishes micro fuel cell standard

IEC 622982-4-600 - Micro Fuel Cells – Power & Data Interchangeability has been published in May, 2019.  This is a work product of IEC/TC 105.


by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

The 2020 Edition of NFPA 2: The Hydrogen Technologies Code, is now available. Free viewing access is available at

Public input for the 2023 Edition can be made until June 30, 2020.

The 2020 Edition of NFPA 55: Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code, is now available at

NFPA 55 facilitates protection from physiological, over-pressurization, explosive, and flammability hazards associated with compressed gases and cryogenic fluids.

Public input for the 2023 Edition can be made until June 30, 2020.

The Second Draft for the 2020 Edition of NFPA 853: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems, has passed Ballot. The Second Draft Report is scheduled to be posted by August 1, 2019.

To view public comments and draft report, please visit

Growing Interest in Standards for Unmanned Aircraft

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

ISO/TC 20 SC 16, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, held working group meetings and their 8th Plenary Meeting in London from June 23-28, 2019. Ad Hoc groups on Pictograms and Testing also met. Activities in this TC are moving quickly. New Work Item Proposal on items such as Test method for flight performance of multi-rotor UA under wind and rain conditions, Evaluation method for the resonance frequency of multi-copter UAV by measurement of rotor and body frequencies, Design of Accelerated Lifecycle Testing (ALT) for UAS/Sub-system/Components, Suggestion for improvement in the guideline for UAS Testing, and Environmental Engineering Program Guide for UAV, all under consideration. The Subcommittee meets twice a year. The next Plenary meeting will be held in China (17-22 November 2019). The 10th Plenary meeting is being scheduled for Spring 2020 (host needed).

In addition, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced recently the opening of registration for the 2019 meeting of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC), scheduled for September 12 in Washington, DC. The meeting is the official kickoff to support the development of a version 2 update of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (December 2018).

Goals for the roadmap version 2 include expanding the content to include topics such as spectrum, urban air mobility, and recreational operations, etc., bringing in subject matter experts not previously involved, identifying potentially overlooked gaps, tracking progress to address the roadmap recommendations, reviewing priorities, and otherwise incorporating feedback. The target date for publication of version 2 is the end of June 2020. Working groups (WGs) will convene semi-monthly conference calls starting in October to update the document.

For further information, including registration details, please visit

Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Quality Activities

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

ISO/TC 197 WG27, Hydrogen Fuel Quality, will hold their next meeting in conjunction with "Workshop on Hydrogen Quality and Flow Metering for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles" on September 11 and 12 at VSL in Delft in The Netherlands hosted by the EMPIR MetroHyVe and FCH 2 JU HYDRAITE.

This two day workshop will be held immediately prior to the ISO/TC 197 WG27 meeting.

For information on how to participate in this workshop, please visit

Draft Program for ICHS 2019 Now Available

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

The 8th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 2019) will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 24-26 September 2019.

For registration, location, and program details, please visit