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Quality assurance team members at the 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo

5/7 webinar: IEC quality standards for pico-solar products & SHS kits

View the webinar recording and download a followup Q&A

Over the past 10 years, the off-grid energy access team at the Schatz Center has worked with the World Bank Group, CLASP, and a broad range of stakeholders to develop and maintain the Lighting Global Quality Standards, which have been the backbone of the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program.

In recent years, several national governments have adopted these standards to protect their markets from poor quality products, and others have expressed interest in adoption. To ensure a harmonized approach across countries, the Lighting Global Quality Standards are now moving to the internationally recognized and familiar standards platform of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC).

Our team has worked diligently to transfer the current standards to a new IEC document, consulted international experts on battery and PV safety requirements, sought stakeholder feedback, and shepherded the document through the IEC review process. The new document, IEC TS 62257-9-8, is expected to be published soon, and will cover quality standards for pico-solar products and solar home system kits. The IEC document is similar to the current Lighting Global Quality Standards, but includes additional safety requirements for lithium batteries and PV modules.

On Thursday, May 7 at 13:00 GMT, VeraSol* will host a free, public webinar about the IEC document. Participants will learn how the new IEC document differs from the Lighting Global Quality Standards and receive guidance on how public and private entities can successfully transition to using the new standards.

*VeraSol is the new name for Lighting Global Quality Assurance, and reflects the organization’s addition of non-lighting appliances such as solar water pumps, refrigerators, and media and communications devices. VeraSol is managed by CLASP in collaboration with the Schatz Center, with foundational support from the World Bank, UKaid, IKEA Foundation, and others. Learn more at

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