IEC National Advocacy Efforts
Codes & Standards
IEC is actively engaged in developing codes and standards for the electrical industry.
Through the national Codes & Standards Committee, IEC is directly involved in a large variety of codes and standards activities, including representation on 18 code making panels of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70 National Electrical Code (NEC).
IEC works closely with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to develop the NEC. IEC also participates in the development of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and reviews standards created by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL).
IEC participation directly impacts the electrical industry.
Code Making Process
A new edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is developed every three years in what is called a “code cycle.” The NEC is composed of 18 Code making panels (CMP) with IEC representatives on each panel as well as manufacturers, inspectors, users, installers, labor, consumers, testing labs, and special experts.
IEC strongly believes in building a strong workforce that can adapt to changing economic times and bolster the electrical contracting industry. In this aim, IEC reaches out to various audiences to create relationships and provide education about the electrical industry.
IEC proudly works with various organizations to help veterans ease the transition into the workforce.
The youth of today is the livelihood of tomorrow’s electrical industry. It is crucial that today's children not only take an interest in sciences but also realize all the benefits of learning a trade. In an effort to keep youth engaged in these subjects, IEC is actively involved in two youth programs:
As merit shop contractors, there are certain legislative issues that directly impact the business of IEC members. Labor, energy, tax, jobs, and workforce development are all major political issues taking place at the national level that have the ability to greatly affect the electrical contracting industry.
There are a number of federal regulatory agencies whose actions and decisions may directly impact your business, the electrical trade, and the merit shop.
Many recent proposed new regulations have the potential to be costly and burdensome on IEC members, particularly smaller businesses. IEC makes sure to actively weigh in on any proposed regulatory changes affecting the electrical industry to ensure merit shop concerns are taken into consideration by key agency decision-makers.