lites.asia arose out of a meeting in October 2009, when representatives from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA and Vietnam met to discuss the potential benefits of regional co-operation on the development of lighting standards.
The forum resulted in participants proposing a ten-point plan for:
- Improving knowledge of standards in force and under development across the region;
- Increasing participation of regional economies in the IEC standards development process to ensure resulting test methods and performance standards are appropriate to the region;
- The development of national and regional capacity for compliance in standards and labelling processes.
Since the meeting in October 2009, membership of the lites.asia network has increased to over 700 participants from 30 countries, with delegates actively participating in IEC meetings, sharing knowledge on local standards and labelling electronically and in regional meetings, plus a number of other cooperative actions.