CIE and ISO New Partnership Agreement Signed

October 11, 2019

New Partnership Agreement between the CIE and the ISO Signed

In December 1986 the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU acknowledged the scope of each organization, each was to avoid overlapping work in light and lighting, and avoid duplication of each other’s scope. Further to this in 1989, ISO formally recognized the CIE as an international standards organization in Council Resolution 10/1989.

Moving on thirty years, and in recognition of the importance of the scope and work of the CIE in many aspects of daily life – thus having an impact on many activities in ISO – the 1986 MoU has been updated in the form of a Partner Standards Developing Organization Agreement (PSDO). The PSDO provides new opportunities to jointly develop international standards with ISO/TC 274 (Light and Lighting), to serve the global community, specifically in application topics within the scope of the CIE.

ISO, an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies, is the world's leading developer of international standards for innovation and solutions to global challenges. It has a current portfolio of more than 22810 standards for almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare.

The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) is devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science, art and metrology of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and photochemistry, and image technology. Originally formed as the International Commission on Photometry (CIP) in 1900 the organization was renamed in 1913 as the CIE in recognition that its scientific work encompassed more than the subject of photometry. Today the CIE is comprised of 39 Country Members, with its work distributed amongst six Divisions, each with a specific scope. CIE has produced in excess of 290 publications, including International Standards, Technical Reports, Technical Notes and Conference Proceedings. In addition to its recognition by ISO, the CIE is also recognized as an international standards organization by the International Committee of Weights and Measures (CIPM), whereby it is the CIE’s role to enable the system of physical photometry.