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The Common Information Model (CIM) is a standard developed by the electric power industry that has been officially adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for power transmission and distribution. The purpose is to allow application software to exchange information about the configuration and status of an electrical network. The CIM is currently maintained as a UML model. It defines a common vocabulary and basic ontology for aspects of the electric power industry. The central package within the CIM is the 'wires model' and is described by the IEC 61970-301 standard. This standard describes the basic components used to transport electricity. The IEC 61968 series of standards extend the CIM to meet the needs of electrical distribution, where related applications include distribution management system, outage management system, planning, metering, work management, geographic information system, asset management, customer information systems and enterprise resource planning. This presentation will cover the results of the work of PAP 8 and how that has impacted new or existing Parts to the IEC 61968 standard. These results will be presented in the overall context of standards development and will report on the impact of interoperability testing and other PAPs where there might be a "ripple" effect.