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

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 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

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.