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NEC or IEC? Electrical Standards Listed by Country

When you are working on a project that is in a foreign country it can be difficult to know which electrical standards are applied to the building code – the National Electrical Code (NEC) or the International Electrical Code (IEC).  Most of the world, outside the U.S. and its neighbors, have adopted a version of the International Electrical Code. For example, all of the European Union countries use a version of the IEC, however, they have small differences and sometimes create whole new translations for their local languages. Some countries have created their own version of the International Electric and others have adopted editions from other nations. Needless to say, with multiple codes and multiple versions of electrical codes, it can be confusing which countries use exactly what code.

Here we have collected electrical code information for many of the countries of the world.  We have made it as complete and accurate as possible but it may inevitably have some small errors. If you have updated information we would appreciate it if you contact us via email with your corrections. This way we can keep this information updated as a general reference of the electrical standards and codes throughout the world.

CountryStandard UsedLanguageCountry Standard is From
MexicoNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
JapanJapanese version of NECJapaneseUSA
United StatesNFPA 70: NECEnglishUSA
ThailandNFPA 70: NECEnglishUSA
BelizeNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
ColombiaNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
Costa RicaNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
El SalvadorNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
UruguayNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
NicaraguaNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
GuatemalaNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
MexicoNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
MexicoNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
HondurasNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
KoreaKorean version of NECKoreanUSA
PanamaNFPA 70: NECSpanishUSA
South AfricaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
Sierra LeoneBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
SeychellesBS 7671 (2008)French / EnglishUnited Kingdom
Saint VincentBS 7671EnglishUnited Kingdom
RwandaBS 7671 (2008)French / EnglishUnited Kingdom
Trinidad and TobagoBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
CyprusBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
The GrenadinesBS 7671EnglishUnited Kingdom
GambiaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
GhanaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
ZimbabweBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
NigeriaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
TanzaniaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
GibraltarBS 7671 (2008)English / SpanishUnited Kingdom
CameroonBS 7671 and NFC 15-100EnglishUnited Kingdom
NamibiaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
MozambiqueBS 7671 (2008)PortugueseUnited Kingdom
SwazilandBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
GuyanaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
United KingdomBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
MauritiusBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
MalawiBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
St. LuciaBS 7671EnglishUnited Kingdom
ZambiaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
LesothoBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
Sri LankaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
KenyaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
UgandaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
BotswanaBS 7671 (2008)EnglishUnited Kingdom
SwitzerlandNIBT-NIN (2010)French / German / ItalianSwitzerland
AndorraREBT 2002 (2004 revision)Catalan / French / SpanishSpain
SpainREBT 2002 (2004 revision)SpanishSpain
Cape VerdeNP (2002)PortuguesePortugal
PortugalNP (2002)PortuguesePortugal
PhillipinesPhillipine Electrical CodeTagologPhillipines
ParaguayIEC 60364 (2009)SpanishNon-Governmental
BoliviaIEC 60364 (2009)SpanishNon-Governmental
PeruIEC 60364 (2009)SpanishNon-Governmental
ChileIEC 60364 (2009)SpanishNon-Governmental
RussiaIEC 60364RussianNon-Governmental
EcuadorIEC 60364 (2009)SpanishNon-Governmental
ArgentinaIEC 60364 (2009)SpanishNon-Governmental
SurinameNEN 1010 (1996)DutchNetherlands
NetherlandsNEN 1010 (1996)DutchNetherlands
Vatican CityCEI 64-8 (1998)ItalianItaly
ItalyCEI 64-8 (1998)ItalianItaly
IndiaSP 30: 2011 / Complies with IEC 60364EnglishIndia
Hong KongCode of Practice for Electricity Regulations 2009 / Nearly identicle to BS 7671EnglishHong Kong
EgyptIEC - No Specific code. It looks like Germany is helping them set one upEgyptianGermany
GermanyVDE (2010) / Complies with IEC 60364GermanGermany
CameroonNFC 15-100 (2002) / BS 7671 (2008)French / EnglishFrance / United Kingdom
LuxembourgNFC 15-100 (2002) / VDE (2010)French / GermanFrance / Germany
FranceNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
AlgeriaNFC 15-100 (2002)French / EnglishFrance
TogoNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
MauritaniaNFC 15-100French / EnglishFrance
DjiboutiNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
Democratic Republic of the CongoNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
MaliNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
Republic of the CongoNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
Côte d'IvoireNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
MadagascarNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
SenegalNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
MoroccoNFC 15-100 (2002)French / EnglishFrance
MonacoNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
ChadNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
Central African RepublicNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
NigerNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
BeninNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
TunisiaNFC 15-100 (2002)French / EnglishFrance
GabonNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
Burkina FasoNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
French PolynesiaNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
French GuyanaNFC 15-100 (2002)FrenchFrance
LibyaNFC 15-100 (2002)French / EnglishFrance
Czech RepublicCSN (2000)EnglishCzech Republic
ChinaIEC 60364 in General, based on Russian IEC / Not confirmedMandarinChina
CanadaCanadian Electrical Code (NEC)English / FrenchCanada
BahamasCanadian Electrical Code (NEC)EnglishCanada
BrazilNBR 5410 : 2004 (2008 revision)PortugueseBrazil
BelgiumRGIE-AREI (2008)/RGIE-AREI DC (2001)French / FlemishBelgium
AustriaÔNORM (1998)GermanAustria
AustraliaAS / NZS 3008 : 2009 (revision 2011)EnglishAustralia / New Zealand
New ZealandAS / NZS 3008 : 2009 (revision 2011)EnglishAustralia / New Zealand