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Fulfilling the Vision of the Founders by kti11930


									                                     Consejo de Armonización de Normas Electrotecnicas de las Naciones de las Americas
                                     Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas

                                     Annual Report 2008
  Fulfilling the Vision of the Founders                                                                               January, 2009

                                                                                                                           Issue 8
    By most measures, CANENA has                lished by the Mexican standards                                           are still largely
come to be much of what its founders            development organization                                                  focused on the
envisioned more than sixteen years ago.         ANCE, would be ready made for                                             technical aspects
The Council’s output, harmonized stan-          review and adoption in the                                                surrounding the
dards, is steady year-over-year; its mem-       Spanish speaking nations                                                  standards of im-
bership has been steady for several years;      throughout the region of the                                              portance to their
member satisfaction is high and, the rele-      Americas. After all, these na-                                            companies and
vance of its purpose growing in impor-          tions were and still are consum-                                          funding organiza-
tance as demonstrated by the results of         ers of North American standard                                            tions. They are
its latest member survey.                       electrical equipment and compo-                                           generally not the
                                                nents and hold them in high                    business strategists that develop and exe-
    Looking back, the Council’s foun-           regard.
ders, North America’s electrical industry                                                      cute market strategies and for most, even
leaders, mostly manufacturers, designed a           Fast forward to the present. What’s        the history and original vision of CANENA
voluntary process to reduce technical           missing today in the CANENA process            is vague or lost.
differences and barriers to trade between       are the industry’s market strategists. The         The founders perhaps did not antici-
Canada, Mexico and the United States.           long and arduous evolution of the              pate their role in the strategies to imple-
Elimination or reduction of these differ-       CANENA process and detailed technical
                                                deliberations surrounding the harmoni-         ment the harmonized standards once they
ences, coupled with the elimination of                                                         were adopted or to promote their value
tariff barriers promised through the sign-      zation of more than seventy electrotech-       and adoption throughout the region. And
ing of the North America Free Trade             nical standards are the success story to-      who at the time could have envisioned the
Agreement (NAFTA), was seen as funda-           date. But, the strategies necessary to de-     competition today for which standard is
mental to low cost and mutually open            liver the full benefits, the vision of the     best suited, fostered through political
market access.                                  founders, are not in place. Don’t be mis-      channels and commercial forces, and
                                                led, value has been created. Numerous          sometimes without regard to technical rele-
    The early CANENA Council were able          benefits realized through the CANENA
to foresee that the Spanish language edi-       process were identified at last year’s         vance with the installed infrastructure.
tion of harmonized standards resulting          Members Forum. However, the majority                                    Continued on Page 4
from the CANENA process, and pub-               of CANENA members, manufacturers,
                                                                                               Inside this issue
From the President                                                                             • Regional Standardization on a Fast Track

   Challenging economic times face us all.      globalization, cannot be understated.          • Company and Association Member Classifications
The events of 2008 have reinforced that            Times such as these, creates the need       • Dates to Remember
                     we are now part of one     for all to closely manage our resources        • CANENA Technical Programs
                     big global market. As      and costs of doing business. We have to
                     such, the benefits of                                                     • New SDO Initiatives Support CANENA Objectives
                     harmonized standards       evaluate what we’re doing and focus on
                                                what is essential, and then streamline the     • CANENA Extends an Invitation
                     are becoming more          way we do them. In doing so, we often
                     evident, both in realiz-                                                  • FINCA Offers Assistance to IEC Affiliate Countries
                     ing market opportuni-      emerge from such times better for the
                     ties and managing          experience. Changing market conditions         Executive Committee has established pri-
                     risks.                     often result in great innovation and that      orities to improve the Council’s website
                                                takes us back to standards. Standards          making it a better tool for committees to
    During 2008, CANENA sought to               need to accommodate innovation and             manage their work programs. New mem-
document the value of the investment in         manage its safe assimilation into the mar-     ber classes have been created to generate
harmonizing electro-technical standards         ket. These are not times to abandon stan-      additional revenue to fund our modest
over its more than 16 year history. Among       dards processes but to reinvent them.          administration and facilitate broader out-
the more tangible benefits that have been          The CANENA process has proven effi-         reach and communications. We have also
realized are cost savings from purchasing       ciencies that will serve well during this      invited more direct involvement by the
fewer standards, significantly reduced re-      period. Our members need to find ways          industry trade associations and companies
dundant testing, and increased productiv-       to continue their priorities in even more      of our members to advise the future direc-
ity by the shrinking numbers of technical       efficient ways, but their funding organiza-    tion of CANENA. The Council is well po-
experts dedicated to writing and main-          tions need to continue to place high           sitioned, even in these difficult times, to
taining our industry standards. The most        value on the work and develop strategies       continue to demonstrate value to its mem-
important benefits may not seem as tangi-       that deliver the results to market. In fact,   bers and the industry. I encourage all
ble or easily quantified, but the need to       times as these are often best for develop-     CANENA members to continue working
shape and define markets through stan-          ing strategies for the future. CANENA’s        hard to face the challenges ahead in 2009.
dards, like the realization of the fact of
                                                                                                                        Rafael Yáñez Hoyos
    Regional Standardization on a Fast Track
     The results of the                                                                                    of trade pacts may not
CANENA member sur-                                                                                         represent the size of
vey announced in 2008                                                                                      opportunity of a
provided a wealth of                                                                                       NAFTA, which was the
guidance to the                                                                                            catalyst for the creation
CANENA Executive                                                                                           of CANENA, but it may
Committee and the                                                                                          surprise many just how
Council at-large. By far                                                                                   big, and growing is this
however, the most                                                                                          market opportunity.
compelling and clear                                                                                       Many also know just
message is that the im-                                                                                    how fertile this oppor-
portance of coopera-                                                                                       tunity is, with a high
tion in electro-technical                                                                                  value perception and
standardization in our                                                                                     extensive installed in-
region is still on the                                                                                     frastructure of North
rise, and in fact ex-                                                                                      American products.
pected to accelerate                                                                                       CANENA members are
over the next five years. This is both good news and a wake-up   realizing though that markets without established standards
call.                                                            are high maintenance and very fragile. Feedback from the re-
    Why is the importance of regional standardization increas-   gion gives a strong indication there is demand for standards in
ing? For present CANENA members, there is an increasing          most every country. An increase in regional cooperation in
sense of urgency. New multi-national trade agreements            standards is seen as essential to close the gap between this de-
throughout the region are already in place or nearing comple-    mand and the supply of the right standards that solidify trade
tion. In aggregate, the nations involved in this new patchwork   relationships and provide safe electrical installations.

Company and Association Member Classifications
    In direct response to feedback provided by Council mem-      development and communications; increasing awareness
bers during the 2007 member survey, two new membership           and demonstration of value from regional cooperation; con-
classes are now available to participants in CANENA. Compa-      tinuous and increasing participation in the work programs
nies are now able to consolidate the individual members they     of our Technical Harmonization Committees; and strategic
fund, even those in multiple countries, under a single Com-      guidance from the Council’s most committed members.”
pany Membership. Additionally, the important contributions
of electro-industry associations are being recognized through
the creation of Association Membership. Individual member-               “Our members will ensure CANENA’s continued
ships are still available.                                                     relevance in the next five years.”
   Along with these new classes of CANENA membership, the
CANENA Executive Committee announced the formation of a          Company members will be entitled to an unlimited number
“Sustaining Company and Association Advisory Commit-             of CANENA individual memberships with up to ten desig-
tee” (SCAAC).                                                    nated as voting members of the Council. There are three
     According to President, Rafael Yañez, “Our members will     tiers of company members “Regular”, “Supporting” and
ensure CANENA’s continued relevance in the next five years.      “Sustaining”.
Through engagement of the companies and industry associa-            Learn more about Company and Association member-
tions that comprise large sets of our most dedicated members,    ships, and the Sustaining Company and Association Advi-
four areas of importance identified as keys to CANENA’s future   sory Committee at
success are addressed: sustaining funding for program

Dates to Remember
♦    CANENA Council 17th Annual Meeting — February 25-26, 2009 Orlando, FL USA
♦    COPANT General Assembly Meeting — May 11-14, 2009 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
♦    NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition — June 8-11, 2009 Chicago, IL USA
♦    CSA Annual Conference — June 14-16, 2009 Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec Canada
♦    Standards Engineering Society (SES) Conference — August 17-18, 2009 Toronto, ON Canada
♦    73rd IEC General Meeting — October 18-25, 2009 Tel Aviv, Israel

    Page 2
    CANENA Technical Programs
                 Published CANENA                      As a result of the   information and instruc-                  Work in Progress
                     Standards                      efforts under           tion on how to format                      New Standards
                                                    CANENA, there           and number national
                                                    were three (3) har-     differences. THCs tasked        20       15
                                                    monized standards       with developing draft

                                                                                                            No. Standards
No. Standards

                             24                                                                             15
      30                               Tri-national
                                                    published in 2008.      standards based on IEC          10
                                                                                                                                         IEC based

      10                                            The publication of      standards are encouraged         5                           Non IEC-based
                                                    these standards         to use the numbering             0
                  Standard Type
                                                    brings the total        guidance document dur-                   Standard Type

                                                    number of harmo-        ing development. Adher-
                                                    nized standards to      ing to these rules will
    seventy-three (73). The following are the most recent stan-             result in properly formatted documents being provided to the
    dards published as a result of the efforts under CANENA:                SDOs, eliminating the need for rework (and delays) at the time of
    Binational: [Canada and U.S.]: Communications Cable (UL
    444/ C22.2 No. 214-08), published July 11, 2008                            The publication of these documents reflects the continuing
                                                                            SDO commitment to the CANENA harmonization efforts.
    Insulated Multi-Pole Splicing Wire Connectors (UL 2459/ C22.2
    No. 2459-08), published August 22, 2008
    Trinational: [Canada, Mexico, and U.S.]: Electrical Rigid Metal         Addressing the Need for Urgent Standards Revisions
    Conduit – Aluminum, Red Brass, and Stainless Steel (UL 6A/
    C22.2 No. 45.2-08/ NMX-J-576-ANCE-2008), published October                 The Procedures for Harmonizing ANCE/CSA/UL Standards
    31, 2008.                                                               mention that an alternate approach may be used by an SDO in
                                                                            order to allow that SDO to address an urgent revision. However,
       In 2008, the Standards Development Organizations pub-                the process for addressing the urgent change has not been for-
    lished an updated document addressing the harmonization                 mally documented. Therefore, the SDOs are developing a proc-
    roles and protocols. This document, the Procedures for Harmo-           ess to be followed to process revisions that need to be made in a
    nizing ANCE/CSA/UL Standards, was published March 1, 2008,              shorter time than possible under the normal harmonization proc-
    and is available on the CANENA and UL websites.                         ess.
       The SDOs also collaborated to develop a document to fur-               Anyone interested in commenting on the draft approach for
    ther assist in the development of IEC-based standards. This             accelerating revisions to a harmonized standard should contact
    document, the Guidelines and Rules for Numbering National Dif-          Sonya Bird, UL, at
    ferences to IEC-Based ANCE/CSA/UL Standards, provides

    New SDO Initiatives Support CANENA Objectives
        Those who have been CANENA members for more than                    building block for industry driven market access strategies as they
    five years best realize how important the unique and voluntary          promote the use of North American standards in the region.
    cooperation among our participating standards development                   The truly unique nature of the CANENA process, that the
    organizations (SDO) has been in facili-                                                           control of the intellectual property rights
    tating the many successful industry                                                                of the standards always remains with
    harmonization initiatives. The con-                                                                the SDOs, makes the voluntary coopera-
    tinuous evolution of formal proce-                                                                 tion between them even more complex
    dures, aligning of quite different inter-                                                                    and remarkable. Yet even these
    nal standards development processes,                                                                         potential commercial barriers to
    agreement on format and other editorial                                                                      cooperation have been sur-
    policy, and training of THC Secretaries,                                                                     mounted. Agreement on co-
    Chairs and CANENA members all has                                                                            publication of harmonized stan-
    been vital to CANENA’s success. But for                                                                      dards, that is simultaneous re-
    many, this behind the scenes cooperation                                                                     lease of the published harmo-
    may be quite transparent and go unnoticed.                                                                   nized standards, helps ensure a
        Another cooperation among our SDOs that even                                       level playing field for the sale and distribution of
    long time CANENA members may not realize, is                                           standards publications.
    helping pave the way for broader regional acceptance of North               While the agreements our CANENA participating SDOs have
    American standard products. Independently, North American               with SDOs in Central and South American and Caribbean coun-
    standards development organizations, ANCE, CSA, NEMA and                tries do not include co-publication of harmonized standards at
    UL, have established Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or
    other agreements with national SDOs in many Central and                 present, adoption of harmonized standards in these countries is
    South American and Caribbean countries. These agreements                facilitated by the agreements. This feature can be a strong catalyst
    complement government- to- government trade pacts and of-               for the SDOs and industries in these countries to explore how the
                                                                            CANENA process can work for them to help meet their standardi-
    ten include sharing of intellectual property such as published          zation priorities.
    standards. These agreements represent another important

    Issue 8                                                                                                                           Page 3
CANENA Extends an Invitation
    The message of CANENA’s successful model for voluntary            Multi-national experts who are inti-
standards harmonization is being carried to the nations of            mately familiar with the electrical
Central America and the Caribbean. As a participant in the            systems throughout our region popu-
three-year program of seminars being conducted by the Na-             late our Technical Harmonization
tional Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), CANENA            Committees. Through their experi-
is extending a personal invitation to the industries and stan-        ence in CANENA they understand
dards bodies in these countries to become involved in                 that legitimate national differences
CANENA.                                                               do exist and must be considered in
    The experience in North America has proven that common            the resulting standards. CANENA’s
safety standards greatly facilitate the flow of products. The         members have initiated many work
more than seventy regionally harmonized standards that have           programs based on IEC standards in
already been developed through the CANENA process repre-              recent years. CANENA’s members
sent many of the products used safely for decades throughout          have no bias against IEC standards but do insist that any inter-
the region. The standards are up-to-date on the latest technolo-      national standard is inclusive of globally relevant test methods
gies and the CANENA process is integrally involved in their           and safe products.
ongoing maintenance.                                                      Over the past several years, CANENA has actively pursued a
    Many of the smaller countries in our region do not have a         complementary relationship with official standardization enti-
wealth of technical resources available to develop their own          ties in the countries of our members and throughout the re-
standards, or even to fully assess the available standards to en-     gion. We especially have nurtured a liaison relationship with
                                                                      COPANT and national committees of IEC.
sure their safe adoption. Of course there are many standards
necessary to address the complete scope of products in an elec-           The CANENA process has proven very adaptable and cer-
trical distribution system. No one should suggest that any            tainly must be ready to accommodate the needs of smaller na-
country adopt any standard at face value.                             tions who would like to participate. We invite all interested
    The CANENA process provides a forum for specific techni-          parties to learn more about CANENA and help form the proc-
cal discussion in each product sector and each standard.              ess to their needs.

 FINCA Offers Assistance to IEC Affiliate Countries
    Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A. was the venue for an October, 2008        like the IECEE-CB and Ex schemes.
meeting of the national IEC committees from full IEC member              Participation in the FINCA group will certainly benefit af-
nations Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and                                        filiate member countries through the sharing of
the United States. This group has met informally                                     experiences, organizational philosophies and
over many years in advance of the IEC Annual                                         procedures. And, since many affiliates lack broad
Meeting to collaborate on IEC subjects common                                        in-country industry sector representation, the
to the region of the Americas.                                                       forum presents the opportunity for IEC affiliates
    At this meeting, the participating countries                                     and full members alike to share sometime di-
christened this unique regional cooperation,                                         verse perspectives on a widening array of stan-
FINCA, Forum of IEC National Committees of                                           dardization issues.
the Americas, and invited IEC Affiliate Coun-                                            This gathering of nations of the region of the
tries from the Americas to join in the future dis-                                   Americas, is encouraging as is all regional coop-
cussions on mutual cooperation and assistance.                                       eration on standardization. CANENA members
   IEC created the Affiliate Country Program in 2001 with the         are interested to see if this new cooperation might reach be-
goal to nurture involvement by developing economies in inter-         yond policy and procedural collaboration to actually encour-
national standardization in pace with their growth. Recent de-        age real cooperation at a sector-technical level and how the
cisions in IEC afford affiliate members additional incentives to      CANENA process might fulfill a role. For more information
consider adopting IEC based standards through participation           about the IEC Affiliate Country Program visit:
in IEC conformity assessment programs,                                affiliates/

Fulfilling the Vision… from page 1                                    continuously demanded that the Council’s focus remain on
    CANENA’s success in recent years can be largely attributed
                                                                      its technical processes.
to its conscious strategy to ensure its complementary relation-           Besides the fact that CANENA’s financial resources and in-
ship with official standardization entities in the countries of its   kind contributions will just support its technical program ad-
members and throughout the region. This will remain very              ministration, its continued commercially neutral position is
important if CANENA is to attract participants from beyond            important to its relevance and complementary relationship in
our historical base. What’s wrong with CANENA? the lack of            the region. Therefore, it is incumbent upon our members’
strategic engagement by its commercial drivers.                       funding organizations and trade associations to put to work,
    Many of CANENA’s manufacturer members are affiliated in           the harmonized standards as part of a regional open market
strong, strategic trade associations, NEMA, EFC, CANAME,              strategy. Where in the past, lack of such a strategy can be seen
AHRI and AHAM. These associations, while having no official
                                                                      as marginalizing the benefits of the harmonization work that
standing in CANENA have been strong contributors to its suc-          has been accomplished, increasingly there is risk of closing
cess and administrative support. CANENA’s members have                markets in our region to North American standard products
                                                                      for the future.

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