Electrical Product Safety Testing & Certification
Gaining Market Access
Electrical safety testing forms an integral part of the compliance process for Electrical and Electronic (E&E) products. Although referred to as electrical safety testing, some of the assessments go beyond electrical characteristics as the safety testing ensures that products do not present a danger or hazard during normal use or expected abuse.
Whilst harmonised international standards exist for electrical and electronic products, the certification process differs between countries and regions. Our global network of Eurofins Electrical and Electronic (E&E) laboratories offers accredited electrical safety testing and certifications for a wide range of products and global markets through single points of contact.
Our experts understand the regional variations in safety standards. Through appropriate gap analyses we can help you avoid duplicate testing so that your products can be placed on multiple markets in the most cost and time efficient manner. To find out more please contact your local E&E laboratory.
CE Marking (Europe)
To place a CE Mark on electrical products to be legally sold on the European Market, a manufacturer has to be able to demonstrate compliance with the applicable EU regulations and directives including: the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU; Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC; Medical Devices Directive (MDD) 93/42/EEC; and In-vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive (IVDD) 98/79/EC. Our global network of Eurofins E&E laboratories offers electrical safety testing for all of these directives and their respective regulations to enable you to place your products on the European market.
NRTL Testing & Certification (US) Eurofins MET Mark
In the United States, OSHA accredits Nationally Recognised Test Laboratories (NRTLs) to perform safety testing and evaluation on products, and certify them as safe for the US market. To maintain the certification mark, manufacturers are also required to have regular factory inspections (audits).
Eurofins MET labs was the first NRTL and now offers NRTL MET Mark electrical product safety testing, certification, and factory inspection services through our global network of Eurofins E&E laboratories. For placing and maintaining products on the US market please contact your local E&E laboratory.
SCC Testing and Certification (Canada)
In Canada, product safety is regulated by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), and as in America, also requires manufacturers to have regular factory inspections. For product safety certification, Eurofins MET has been accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Certification Body (CB) and has a wide range of SCC accreditation. As such, Eurofins MET can provide product electrical safety testing and certification services plus factory inspections (audits) through its global network of Eurofins E&E laboratories.
CB Scheme (accessing over 50 Countries)
The IECEE CB Scheme aims to enable manufactures to access a truly global market through one product safety testing and certification process. The CB scheme operates in over 50 countries including Europe, North and South America, Canada, Japan, China and many more. Using the CB Scheme has the significant advantage of eliminating the need for duplicate testing, saving you both time and money.
Eurofins network of E&E laboratories incorporates three National Certification Bodies (NCB’s) under the CB Scheme in Germany (Eurofins Product Testing), Switzerland (Eurofins Electrosuisse), and the United States (Eurofins MET labs). We also have many CB Scheme Certification Body Testing Laboratories (CBTLs) around the world.
Testing your product under the CB Scheme at one of our Eurofins E&E CBTLs could therefore not be easier as it is all done through your local laboratory as a single point of contact. For products placed on the US and Canadian markets we also perform the Factory audits.
Global Market Access
As a companion to the CB Scheme, a number of our Eurofins E&E laboratories including those in the US, Switzerland and China, offer Global Market access programmes to enable you to place your products on your chosen combination of markets, where they are not all covered by the CB scheme. This includes for example countries where ILAC reports are required.
Common Electrical Safety Tests & Services
Our global network or Electrical and Electronic (E&E) laboratories electrical product safety testing offering includes:
- Electric shock hazards
- Energy related hazards
- Heat (thermal) related hazards
- Mechanical hazards
- Material testing (e.g. glow wire test, needle flame)
- Chemical hazards
- EMF testing
- Abnormal operation, including faults and failures within the equipment
- Vibration tests and measurements
- Acoustic tests
- Endurance tests
- Dust and water ingress (IP) tests
- Construction checks and expert opinion
Electrical Product Safety Scope Includes
Standards (including but not limited to)
- EN 50155: Railway applications
- IEC/EN 60601: Medical electrical equipment
- IEC/EN 61010: Electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use
- IEC/EN 62368: Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment
- IEC/EN 60255: Measuring relays and protection equipment
- IEC/EN 60730: Automatic electrical controls for household and similar use
- IEC/EN 60947: Low-voltage switch-gears and control-gears
- IEC/EN 60950: Information Technology
- IEC/EN 61558: Safety of power transformers, power supplies, reactors and similar products
- IEC/EN 60335: Household and similar electrical appliances
- IEC/EN 60598: Luminaires
- IEC/EN 60745: Hand-held motor-operated electric tools
- IEC/EN 61029: transportable motor-operated electric tools
- IEC/EN 62841: Electric motor-operated hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machinery
- IEC/EN 62133: Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes
Directives & Regulations (including but not limited to)
- European Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
- European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
- Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC
- Medical Devices Regulation 2017/745/EU (MDR)
- In-vitro diagnostic Medical Devices Directive, IVDD, 98/79/EC
- In-vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation 2017/746/EU (IVDR)
Certification Marks & Schemes (including but not limited to)
- International: IECEE CB Scheme
- Germany: GS Mark
- US: OSHA’s NRTL Program (ANSI, IEEE, NEMA, CSA, and UL standards)
- Canada: Standard Council of Canada (SCC)
- Hong Kong: EMSD Certification Services for Electrical Products
Contact your local accredited Eurofins E&E laboratory to find out more about how we can help you safety test and certify your product(s).