Peter Kerry, President of CISPR (left), and Don Heirman in front of the Lotte Hotel, site of the CISPR and IEC meetings in Korea.

EMC Standards Activities

CISPR and TC77 Go to Korea!
This year, the Special International Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) and Technical Committee 77 of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) wended their way to Jeju Island just off the coast of Korea for their annual meeting. About 200 delegates from 20 countries assembled for nine days of meetings to review and progress standards in these areas:

  1. Subcommittee A: Basic standards for measurement instrumentation, measurement methods and statistical applications including measurement uncertainty
  2. Subcommittee B: Standards for interference relating to industrial, scientific and medical RF apparatus, to other heavy industrial equipment, to overhead power lines, to high voltage equipment, and to electric traction
  3. Subcommittee F: Standards relating to household appliances, tools, lighting equipment and similar apparatus
  4. Subcommittee I: Standards for information technology, multimedia, and receiver equipment
  5. Subcommittee H: Basic standard for limits for protection of radio services

In addition to the usual CISPR meeting schedule, this year TC77 (Electromagnetic Compatibility) also met during the second week. TC77, for example, sponsors the IEC 61000-4-X series of standards, which includes the most commonly used immunity testing standards. Their subcommittees include:

  1. Subcommittee 77A: Standards for low frequency phenomena
  2. Subcommittee 77B: Standards for high frequency phenomena
  3. Subcommittee 77C: Standards for high power transient phenomena

The connection with CISPR involves joint projects, which at the present time include the following topics:

  1. TEM test methods (IEC 61000-4-20)
  2. Use of reverberation testing (IEC 61000-4-21)
  3. Uniform arrangements for both radiated emission and immunity testing
  4. Measurements in fully absorber lined rooms (FARs)

A myriad of work was conducted on topics ranging from extensive work on measurement methods, site validation, and limits above 1 GHz to preparing the next revisions of the immunity test procedures. More detail on the activity will be addressed in reports provided to the EMC Society Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom).

Included with this article are a few photos of the meeting, which was held at the Lotte Hotel. The host of the meeting, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea, selected this hotel. The Korea Testing Laboratory in Seoul, Korea organized the meeting. The facilities and organizational support were superb. We thank the host and organizers. Finally, we hope you enjoy the photos. EMC

Signage at the hotel welcomes the CISPR and IEC delegates to Korea.

Subcommittee A deliberations are moderated (from left) by Dr. Remy Baillif, the technical engineer of the IEC assigned to CISPR, Werner Schaefer of Cisco Systems, and Don Heirman.

John Lichtig of Lichtig EMC consulting (right), chair of CISPR Subcommittee I, Working Group 3, and Ghery Pettit of Intel, Secretary of Working Group 3, shut down their computers following their meeting in Korea.

John Wagner of Avaya (left) and Bill Hurst of the FCC pause by an interesting display outside the Lotte hotel restaurant. The restaurant featured US beef. Note that a pig is in the background; apparently, they had pork on the mind!

Ken Hall of Hewlett Packard, Werner Schaefer of Cisco Systems, Clark Vitek of Extreme Networks, and Don Heirman (from left) are shown on the first day of the CISPR meetings.

Eric Winter from South Africa (left), host of the 2005 CISPR meetings in Cape Town, is shown with the Korean on-site hosts.

Clark Vitek of Extreme Networks (left) and Bill Hurst of the FCC enjoy informal conversation during a break in the CISPR/IEC meetings.


The article in the Spring 2003 issue of the Newsletter on “Changes to ANSI C63.4” from the 2001 edition to the 2003 edition misstated the date in the first paragraph. This showed 1991 instead of 2001 for the edition of the standard, which is being replaced with the 2003 edition. We hope that this has not caused any confusion and it was clear in the rest of the article that the comparison was between the most recent two editions, not one dating way back to 1991.



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