The Electrical Council works actively in North American and International standards harmonization arenas to ensure members interests are heard. Electrical Council members and staff sit on many Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical committee, and maintain a close relationship with CANENA, working to facilitate the harmonization of North American electro-technical standards.
The Electrical Council also works closely with its sister organizations in the United States – the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) — enabling constant engagement on the harmonization of electrotechnical standards, in turn allowing members on either side of the border to be kept current and involved with developments in each country.
The Policy Advisory Committee (E-PAC) of the Electrical Council acts as the “policy” group for the Council, reviewing technical issues, regulatory issues, government initiatives and programs in national, regional and international areas. E-PAC represents members’ interests in commercial matters such as: government affairs, conformity assessment, environmental activities, consumer product safety, import-export classification, national, regional and international standards activities and technical position papers. E-PAC members are active not only on the many CSA, CANENA and IEC technical committees, but also on the policy and management committees of these organizations.
While EEMAC Industry Product Standards have not been supported or updated since 1994, a number of the standards continue to be referenced in federal and provincial legislation, and many are still used by member companies. There is no plan to formally withdraw the EEMAC Standards at this time. All of the known EEMAC and CEMA (Canadian Electrical Manufacturers Association) Standards on this site are available free-of-charge for informational use only. None of these standards should be considered as substitutes for any CSA safety standards for electrical equipment (CEC, Part 2 standards).