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History

1906
The "Société Belge des Electriciens" ("Belgian society of electricians", the initial driving force behind electrotechnical standardisation in Belgium) actively participates in the founders' meeting of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in London.

1909
The BEC is founded in response to a growing need for technical specifications ensuring the quality and safety of electrotechnical devices. 

1912
The BEC drafts its own statutes, based on the IEC's. 

1914 - 1918
Limited activity. 

1923
The BEC creates its own national quality label CEBEC. 

1940 - 1945
Limited activity. 

1945
The Belgian Institute for Standardisation (BIN) is founded. The BIN entrusts the BEC with the electrotechnical and electronic sector of standardisation. Both organisations remain autonomous. 

1958
The BEC participates in the world fair in Brussels. 

1959
The BEC celebrates its 50th anniversary. 

1962
The Central Laboratotry for Electricity (LABORELEC) is founded to support Belgian electrical companies in the fields of research, development and specialised services. 

1971
An exceptional year for the BEC: the IEC General Assembly is organised in the congress palace in Brussels. 

1973
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ENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) is founded, with amongst others, CEB-BEC as member that managed the daily affairs of the organization.

1984
The BEC celebrates 75 years of activity in the congress palace, in the presence of HRH Prince Albert, Prince of Liège. 

1997
The BEC organises the CENELEC General Assembly in Antwerp (Belgium). 

2002
The BEC acquires the INCERT brand, the quality label for electronic burglar systems in buildings. 

2003
The CEBEC quality label is sold to SGS Belgium. 

2003
The law of 3 April 2003 concerning standardisation and foundation of the NBN comes into force. The BEC becomes sectoral standardisation operator. 

2004
The BEC launches EasyBec for its members, a system to access electronic documents and standards. 

2009
The BEC celebrates its 100th anniversary.