Codes and Standards

National Electrical Code

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is a standard for electrical safety and is concerned with the installation and use of electrical products. The NEC governs the installation of wires and electrical products installed in our homes and businesses. IEC believes electrical contractors should participate and help to develop the rules and regulations that govern their industry.

It is for that reason IEC has two electrical contractor members seated on each panel of the 19 Code Making Panels of the NEC. IEC also participates with the development of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), which safeguards the electrical supply stations.

Members benefit from having IEC representatives seated on panels that develop electrical codes. For example, a proposal was recently submitted that would restrict the work of electrical contractors to install parking lot lamps. IEC’s panel members were able to have the proposal rejected. 

Because IEC has members seated on the NEC, members are able to voice their concerns over certain proposals, and have those concerns represented within the code making process.  

The NEC is not only lengthy, but can be quite complicated. Therefore, IEC provides certain resources to help members fully understand the many intricacies of this living document.

In every issue of IEC’s national magazine, Insights, a special column is dedicated specifically to the NEC. “Code Corner” goes over different articles in the NEC and discusses what they mean and how to apply them to electrical construction. This column is written by IEC members who serve or have served on code making panels.