The IFC/World Bank-supported Lighting Global Quality Test Methodology has become the world standard for clean off-grid lighting products, following its incorporation into an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical specification in 2013. The Lighting Global team regularly updates the Quality Standards and Lighting Global policies to ensure that they remain responsive to the changing market and proposes comments to the IEC to help improve and maintain the test methods (IEC/ TS 62257-9-5). During these update processes, we aggregate feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, including manufacturers, distributors, micro-finance institutions, NGOs, governments, product testing laboratories, standards bureaus, and consumers.

To participate in these processes, check this webpage, sign up for email updates, or email info@lightingglobal.org. The success of the Lighting Global program is reliant on active stakeholder participation and we appreciate your feedback.  We appreciate all who have participated in stakeholder processes in the past. Click here to review outcomes from previous stakeholder outreach. 

CALLING ALL STAKEHOLDERS!

We are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to the draft quality standards that are currently under review by the IEC. As discussed in prior outreach, we submitted a draft of IEC/TS 62257-13-1 last September for consideration by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This document is largely aligned with the Lighting Global Quality Standards and once adopted by the IEC, will be referenced by the Lighting Global program to cover both pico-products and solar home system (SHS) kits up to and including 350 Wp.

We are currently updating the draft of IEC/TS 62257-13-1 in response to comments from the IEC committee members and recent safety incidents. In the process, we are investigating increased PV and battery safety requirements to include in the revised draft for submission to the IEC. We are also considering including additional labeling and performance reporting requirements. As we consider potential changes we have drawn from research conducted by the Lighting Global QA team and advice from battery and PV experts from Fraunhofer ISE, Intertek, SMQ, the IEC, and GOGLA’s Technology Working Group. We would now like your feedback on the proposed changes.

To provide feedback, please review the list of changes proposed in this document and then complete the survey to submit your comments. Please submit comments by 17 May 2019. We value your feedback and plan to use the insight you provide to ensure that the final document best meets the needs of our wide range of stakeholders.

We additionally invite you to join a webinar co-hosted with GOGLA on Monday 13 May from 16:30 – 18:00 CEST to discuss these topics, with a special focus on battery safety. Arne Jacobson of Lighting Global QA will present on the proposed changes to the requirements in the Lighting Global Quality Standards / IEC 62257-13-1. He will then be joined in a discussion panel by Jit Bhattacharya of Fenix International and Stephan Lux of Fraunhofer ISE, followed by a Q&A with attendees. Call in details are below:

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