IEC 61360

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IEC 61360, with the title "Standard data element types with associated classification scheme", is a series of standard documents defining a general purpose vocabulary in terms of a reference dictionary published by the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Intended use[edit]

The vocabulary specified in IEC 61360 may be used to define ontologies for use in the field of electrotechnology, electronics and related domains.[1]


The IEC 61360 series is structured into different parts:

  • IEC 61360-1 - Part 1: Definitions - Principles and methods
  • IEC 61360-2 - Part 2: EXPRESS dictionary schema
  • IEC 61360-4 - Part 4: IEC Common Data Dictionary (IEC CDD)
  • IEC 61360-6 - Part 6: IEC Common Data Dictionary (IEC CDD) quality guidelines

IEC 61360-1 provides a detailed introduction to the structure of the dictionary and its use.[1] IEC 61360-2 specifies the detailed dictionary data model and IEC 61360-6 stipulates quality criteria for the content of the dictionary.[1] The data model defined in IEC 61360-2 is also published in ISO 13584-42.[2]

The IEC provides a technical dictionary for the use in the electro-technical and electronic domain which is published as IEC 61360-4. This dictionary is called IEC Common Data Dictionary (IEC CDD) and can be accessed as a web page (

See also[edit]

IEC 61360 also defines the base for other product taxonomies like eCl@ss.

Industrie 4.0 uses product property description based on IEC 61360.[3]


  1. ^ a b c IEC 61360-1: Standard Elements Types with associated classification scheme for electric items - Part 1: Definitions – Principles and methods (Edition 4 ed.). IEC. 2017.
  2. ^ ISO 13584-42: Parts library – Part 42: Description methodology: Methodology for structuring part families. ISO. 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Details of the Administration Shell" (PDF). Plattform Industrie 4.0. 2018-08-09. p. 37. Retrieved 25 September 2018.