DEKRA Testing and Certification S.A.U. has extended its accreditation as a Testing Laboratory (CBTL) for the IECEE CB Scheme adding a new product category to its scope. This program is operated by the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE). From now on, DEKRA can also test and certify products listed in the HOUS category, which includes household appliances and similar electrical devices such as cooking ranges, hobs, ovens, shavers, kitchen machines, refrigerating appliances and other products designed for domestic and commercial use.
“We were already accredited for the ITAV, OFF, MEAS and EMC categories under the CB Scheme, which applies to audio, video, information technology, measurement, control and use equipment. Now, we are glad to add the HOUS category to our scope since it widens the services we can offer to our customers.”, said Rafael González, Product Safety Testing Laboratory Head at DEKRA Testing and Certification S.A.U.
The CB scheme is an international program created by IECEE to facilitate market access to manufacturers by a simplified system that eliminates duplication of testing. This means that test reports and certificates of a product issued by a certification body of IECEE, will be accepted and recognized by any of the 92 certifications bodies that are also members of this program and which are located in 54 countries around the world. This system also allows manufacturers to reduce costs and save time when they commercialize their products in several markets.
“Although this mutual acceptance of test reports is normally enough to export products to different markets, sometimes it may be needed additional documents and assessments of the manufacturing processes. For this reason, when a customer requests an IECEE CB scheme certification, it's important he indicates the countries where the product will be exported, so we can consider and include in the test report any possible national deviations of specific countries and, ensure, this way, a more efficient commercialization process.”, said Francisco Cañas, Regulatory Safety Division Director at DEKRA Testing and Certification S.A.U.
In addition to the IECEE CB scheme, DEKRA offers a comprehensive scope of product safety testing and certification services for Electrical Products, such as testing according to European and International standards, international schemes and industry testing programs like IEC, EN, as well as DEKRA's recognized statements: NRTL cDEKRAus mark for North America, DEKRA Safety Mark, DEKRA CB report, Type Test Certificate, DEKRA Test Report, DEKRA Inspection of Test Report and DEKRA Attestation of Conformity, among others.
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