Guidelines for ensuring the coherence of IEC publications - Horizontal functions, horizontal publications and their application

IEC GUIDE 108:2019 defines rules for dealing with horizontal functions and horizontal publications. This Guide is to be used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC Directives and with the aspect­ specific Guides.
The fundamental concept of a horizontal publication is that it is an international publication (not a TS or a PAS) that is widely applicable and to be used by all relevant committees and that has undergone an enhanced approval process as described in this document.
In this Guide:
- the term "committees" includes technical committees, project committees, subcommittees and systems committees.
- the term "publication" includes International Standard, Technical Report, Technical Specification, Publicly Available Specification and Guide.
- the term "product" is used to refer to individual products, processes, services and combinations thereof, commonly known as "systems".

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CONTENTS

FOREWORD ........................................................................................................................... 3

INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................... 5

1 Scope .............................................................................................................................. 6

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................... 6

3 Terms, definitions and abbreviated terms ........................................................................ 6

3.1 Terms and definitions .............................................................................................. 6

3.2 Abbreviated terms ................................................................................................... 7

4 Horizontal publications .................................................................................................... 7

4.1 General ................................................................................................................... 7

4.2 Categories of horizontal publications ...................................................................... 8

4.3 Types of horizontal publications .............................................................................. 9

5 Assignment or change of horizontal functions .................................................................. 9

6 Responsibilities of Advisory Committees related to horizontal publications .................... 11

7 Responsibilities of committees with a horizontal function ............................................... 11

7.1 Informing relevant committees .............................................................................. 11

7.2 Requests from product committees for new work .................................................. 11

8 Responsibilities of product committees using horizontal publications ............................. 12

8.1 General ................................................................................................................. 12

8.2 Application of horizontal publications .................................................................... 12

8.3 New work item proposals to committees with a horizontal function ........................ 12

Bibliography .......................................................................................................................... 14

Figure 1 – Different categories, types and aspects of horizontal publications .......................... 8

Figure 2 – Flow chart showing the assignment process for a horizontal function

involving an AC ..................................................................................................................... 10

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IEC GUIDE 108:2019 © IEC 2019 – 3 –
INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION
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GUIDELINES FOR ENSURING THE COHERENCE OF IEC PUBLICATIONS –
HORIZONTAL FUNCTIONS, HORIZONTAL PUBLICATIONS
AND THEIR APPLICATION
FOREWORD

1) The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a worldwide organization for standardization comprising

all national electrotechnical committees (IEC National Committees). The object of IEC is to promote

international co-operation on all questions concerning standardization in the electrical and electronic fields. To

this end and in addition to other activities, IEC publishes International Standards, Technical Specifications,

Technical Reports, Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) and Guides (hereafter referred to as "IEC

Publication(s)"). Their preparation is entrusted to technical committees; any IEC National Committee interested

in the subject dealt with may participate in this preparatory work. International, governmental and non-

governmental organizations liaising with the IEC also participate in this preparation. IEC collaborates closely

with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in accordance with conditions determined by

agreement between the two organizations.

2) The formal decisions or agreements of IEC on technical matters express, as nearly as possible, an international

consensus of opinion on the relevant subjects since each technical committee has representation from all

interested IEC National Committees.

3) IEC Publications have the form of recommendations for international use and are accepted by IEC National

Committees in that sense. While all reasonable efforts are made to ensure that the technical content of IEC

Publications is accurate, IEC cannot be held responsible for the way in which they are used or for any

misinterpretation by any end user.

4) In order to promote international uniformity, IEC National Committees undertake to apply IEC Publications

transparently to the maximum extent possible in their national and regional publications. Any divergence

between any IEC Publication and the corresponding national or regional publication shall be clearly indicated in

the latter.

5) IEC itself does not provide any attestation of conformity. Independent certification bodies provide conformity

assessment services and, in some areas, access to IEC marks of conformity. IEC is not responsible for any

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patent rights. IEC shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

This third edition of IEC Guide 108 has been prepared, in accordance with
ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, Annex A, by the Standardization Management Board.
This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2006.
The main changes with respect to the previous edition are as follows:
1) adoption of common terminology for use in the aspect-specific Guides;

2) addition of the task of the Advisory Committee in charge of supporting a horizontal

publication;
3) addition of categories, types and aspects of horizontal publications;

4) addition of responsibilities for the different Advisory Committees and technical

committees.
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IEC GUIDE 108:2019 © IEC 2019 – 5 –
INTRODUCTION

This Guide defines rules for dealing with horizontal functions and horizontal publications.

This Guide is to be used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC Directives and with the
aspect-specific Guides.

The fundamental concept of a horizontal publication is that it is an international publication

(not a TS or a PAS) that is widely applicable and to be used by all relevant committees and

that has undergone an enhanced approval process as described in this document.
In this Guide:

– the term "committees" includes technical committees, project committees, subcommittees

and systems committees.

– the term "publication" includes International Standard, Technical Report, Technical

Specification, Publicly Available Specification and Guide.

– the term "product" is used to refer to individual products, processes, services and

combinations thereof, commonly known as "systems".
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GUIDELINES FOR ENSURING THE COHERENCE OF IEC PUBLICATIONS –
HORIZONTAL FUNCTIONS, HORIZONTAL PUBLICATIONS
AND THEIR APPLICATION
1 Scope
This Guide defines and describes:
– the concept of horizontal functions and horizontal publications;
– the relationship between horizontal publications and product publications;
– the optional use of types and categories of horizontal publications;

– the procedures for the designation of horizontal functions to a technical committee;

– the responsibilities of a technical committee with a horizontal function;

– the interaction between technical committees with horizontal functions and product

committees;

– the interaction between Advisory Committees and technical committees with horizontal

functions;

– the responsibilities of Advisory Committees related to horizontal functions and

horizontal publications;
– the responsibilities of product committees using horizontal publications.

Note: The IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) has decided that Guides such as

this one can have mandatory requirements which shall be followed by all IEC committees

developing technical work that falls within the scope of the guide, as well as guidance which

may or may not be followed. The mandatory requirements in this Guide are identified by the

use of “shall”. Statements that are only for guidance are identified by using the verb “should”.

(See IEC Directives Supplement Part 1, A1.1)
2 Normative references

The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document.

For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition

of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1:2019, Procedures for the technical work
3 Terms, definitions and abbreviated terms
3.1 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following

addresses:
• IEC Electropedia: available at http://www.electropedia.org/
• ISO Online browsing platform: available at http://www.iso.org/obp
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3.1.1
aspect
specific way of treating a product in an area of application

Note 1 to entry: The areas of application dealt with in relevant Guides are those of, for example, safety, EMC,

EMF, environment, and security.
3.1.2
horizontal function

task assigned to a committee to prepare one or more horizontal publications related to a

given scope

Note 1 to entry: The assignment of a horizontal function to a committee is a pre-condition for a committee

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