Product Safety

Product Safety Testing

Product safety requirements for equipment reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, high-current/high-energy and mechanical safety hazards. 

 

 provides clients with the experience to get  products approved and globally accepted. We generate reports, conduct testing and file applications with the

appropriate agencies. In addition, our engineering

staff specializes in design review and corrective

engineering services. Product Safety approvals open the doors to strategic markets throughout the world. Early preparation and certification of products by regional and international standards allows companies to do business worldwide, thus reducing time to market and without incurring any unnecessary costs.

We offer global market testing and certification services for a variety of electrical and electronic products including Information Technology Equipment (ITE), Laboratory, Test and Measurement Equipment, Industrial Control Panels, Audio and Video Equipment, Lighting Equipment as well as Household Appliances and Electrical Components. Nationally & Internationally recognized test marks are testimony to products' compliance with the relevant safety criteria.

 

 

U.S. and Canadian Product Safety Approval Marks

North America demand quality products that are reliable and safe to operate. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have specified that products must meet certain regulations before they can be placed on the market. The U.S. government requires that a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) certify the product per the appropriate national standard. The Standards Council of Canada has adopted many of the standards allowing manufacturers to demonstrate compliance for both markets by using a single mark. Listed below are some examples of accepted safety marks for the U.S. and Canadian markets:

  • UL Approvals
  • TUV Approvals
  • CSA Approvals
  • US Tech can provide an array of product safety services to meet your needs, including: design review, pre-testing, acting as your NRTL product safety representative, NRTL witness testing at US Tech's safety lab, full testi g and submittal of data and reports and factory inspection support.

    US tech is a TUV Product Service recognized Agent Laboratory for US and Canadian standards. We are authorized and capable of testing your product at our facilities (without additional witnessing), writing your test report and obtaining a TUV America (cTUVus) Mark for compliance with North American requirements.

    Please contact your representative at  770.740.0717 or via email at compliance@ustech-lab.com for detailed information.

     

    European Approval Marks

    The European Commission refers to the CE Marking as a passport for products. The letters "CE" are the abbreviation of French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally means "European Conformity". The term initially uses, "EC Mark, was officially replaced by "CE Marking" in the Directive 93/68/EEC in 1993. "CE Marking" is now used in all EU official documents. "CE Mark" is also in use, but it is NOT the official term.

    CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer's declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation in practice by many of the so-called New Approach Directives (see list below).

    The New Approach Directives contain the "essential requirements" and/or "performance levels" and "Harmonized Standards" to which the products must conform. Harmonized Standards are the technical specifications (European Standards or Harmonization Documents), which are established by several European Standards writing agencies (CEN, CENELEC, etc). CEN is the European Committee for Standardization. CENELEC stands for the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization.

    Gaining access to the European Union market requires that your product be marked with the CE marking. Because this is a self-declaration marking, a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is required to accompany your product/shipments. A CE Test Report should be made available to provide confirmation of your declaration.

    As more Directives become effective, more and more products are required to bear the CE marking for gaining access to the European Union market.

    Participating EU Members
    Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

    List of New Approach Directives

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    • 90/396/EEC: Appliances burning gaseous fuels
    • 00/9/EC: Cableway installations designed to carry persons
    • 89/106/EEC: Construction products
    • 2004/108/EC: Electromagnetic compatibility
    • 94/9/EC: Equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive atmospheres
    • 93/15/EEC: Explosives for civil uses
    • 95/16/EC: Lifts
    • 2006/95/EC: Low voltage equipment
    • 2004/22/EEC  Measuring instruments
    • 90/385/EEC: Medical devices: Active Implantable
    • 93/42/EEC: Medical devices: General
    • 98/79/EC: Medical devices: In vitro diagnostic
    • 92/42/EEC New hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fluids (efficiency requirements)
    • 90/384/EEC: Non-automatic weighing
    • 94/62/EC: Packaging and packaging
    • 89/686/EEC: Personal protective equipment
    • 97/23/EC: Pressure equipment
    • 99/5/EC: Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
    • 94/25/EC: Recreational Craft
    • 98/37/EC: Safety of machinery
    • 88/378/EEC: Safety of toys
    • 87/404/EEC: Simple pressure vessels

    To support the application of your CE Marking and substantiate your DoC, US Tech has the expertise to test your product per the required EN standard(s) and provide you with an EU accepted CE Test Report

     

    International Safety Recognition

    CB Scheme
    The CB Scheme is the world's first truly international system for acceptance of test reports dealing with the safety of electrical and electronic products. The CB Scheme is a multilateral agreement among participating countries and is based on the principle of mutual recognition by all participating members (currently over 40 countries) through the means of certification by applying internationally accepted standards. A manufacturer utilizing a CB test report issued by one of these organizations can obtain national certification in all other member countries of the CB Scheme.

     The CB Scheme is based on the use of international (IEC) Standards. In some cases, members' national standards cannot be completely harmonized with IEC Standards; thus national differences are permitted if clearly declared to all other members. The CB Scheme utilizes CB Test Certificates to attest that product samples have successfully passed the appropriate tests and are in compliance with the requirements of the relevant IEC Standard and with the declared national differences of various member countries.

    The main objective of the CB Scheme is to facilitate international trade by promoting the harmonization of national standards with international standards. The system fosters the cooperation among participating organizations worldwide in order to bring product manufacturers a step closer to the ideal concept of "one product, one test, one mark, where applicable.'

    Prior to the implementation of the CB Scheme, manufacturers were required to obtain country specific approvals for their products. This required testing and certification by many different testing laboratories/certification bodies - a difficult, time-consuming and expensive process.

    Participating Countries in the CB Scheme
    Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan,  Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

    US Tech has extensive experience working with IEC standards. With the ability to test per the IEC standards and generate a CB Scheme Test Report accepted by National Certification Bodies, we can offer our clients the doorway to the global market.

    Please contact your representative at 770.740.0717 or via email at compliance@ustech-lab.com for detailed information.

     

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    Other International Safety Marks

    The GS Mark
    The GS Mark is a voluntary test mark used in Europe. It is attached to a product to highlight that a third party has tested the product according to the safety requirements and that continuous production control is in place.

    Our affiliation with a German certification company allows you to obtain a GS Mark recognized throughout the EU.

    Please contact your representative at 770.740.0717 or via email at compliance@ustech-lab.com for detailed information.

    IRAM Mark for Argentina
    Instituto Argentino de Normalizacion (IRAM) is the standards institute in Argentina. In accordance to the Resolution 92, (effective since August 1998), the official compliance law, electronic and electrical products marketed in Argentina must bear the IRAM Safety Mark.

    For granting the conformity marks a Pre-License Inspection to the manufacturing factory is required. Once the license is granted, a follow-up inspection is necessary to maintain the license status. The IRAM License is valid for the time for which the holder pays the fees and complies with the regulations setforth by the certification body.

    The IRAM Safety Mark is granted on the base of the compliance with the Safety Requirements of a National IRAM Standard or an IEC Standard.

    Please contact your representative at 770.740.0717 or via email at compliance@ustech-lab.com for detailed information.

    GOST Mark for Russia
    GOSSTANDART OF RUSSIA, the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Standardization and Metrology, is charged with the implementation of a compliance system for imported products. The previously voluntary program became mandatory in 1994 and requires that most products imported to Russia have the bear the GOST-R Mark.

    Products bearing the GOST-R mark indicate that they are in compliance with the relevant standards and have been issued a GOST-R certificate by an accredited certification body.

    Please contact your representative at 770.740.0717 or via email at compliance@ustech-lab.com for detailed information.

    NOM Mark for Mexico
    In contrast to the United States where standards are primarily voluntary, market driven requirements, most product standards and all technical regulations issued in Mexico are government mandated.
    Mexico has two types of standards; voluntary and mandatory.

    NOM (Normas Oficial Mexicanas): These are mandatory technical regulations. All Mexican Government technical regulations, regardless of the Ministry that issues them, now have the prefix NOM. If there is a mandatory product standard in force for a given good, then all domestic, as well as imported, goods must comply with the applicable NOM.

    NMX: (Normas Mexcicanas) These are voluntary standards, intended for use as references. The use of voluntary standards, or NMXs is increasing.

    In 1995, Mexico issued an official statement mandating the implementation of the NOM emblem for all electrical and electronic products. Most products subject to mandatory standards or NOMs must receive a NOM Certification prior to importation. Only Mexican Corporations may receive product safety certification known as NOM Certificates. NOM Certificates are not transferable and must be renewed annually.

    US Tech has assisted clients in obtaining the international certification marks they either require or desire in order to optimize the sale of their product in that particular foreign market.  Our relationships with the agencies controlling and authorizing the use of these international certification marks allows for a streamlined process of quoting, evaluation/ testing and issuing of the certification marks.

    Please contact your representative at 770.740.0717 or via email at compliance@ustech-lab.com for detailed information.

     

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