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  • International Certifications and Accreditations important for exports

    Conforming and adhering to numerous quality standards, securing required accreditations and meeting other global trade and export related guidelines are important for a successful export venture in the Electrical and Electronic industry.

    1. Quality Systems Certification Scheme (ISO 9001) - ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). Using ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

    2. Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) - ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance.

    3. CE Certification - The CE mark means that the manufacturer takes responsibility for the compliance of a product with all applicable European health, safety, performance and environmental requirements. CE stands for “Conformité Européenne", the French for European conformity.

    4. UL Certification - This US certification demonstrates that the products have been tested to applicable standards. UL’s recognized regulatory expertise provides critical credibility to authorities and the marketplace.

    5. ROHS Certification - RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, and impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well. The original RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union in 2002 and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market since July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance.

    6. KC Certification - Korea Certification, is a product certification which ensures the conformity of products to Korean safety standards – called K Standards. This test mark confirms that the product meets the relevant Korean Safety Standard.

    7. TUV GS Certification - The GS or “Geprüfte Sicherheit” (tested safety) Mark is a voluntary certification mark applied to finished products that signifies their compliance with all of the statutory requirements of the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG). Since its introduction in 1977, the GS Mark has been used to provide confirmation that a product poses no risk to the safety and health of its users when used as intended.

    8. FCC Certification - Certification is the most rigorous approval process for RF Devices with the greatest potential to cause harmful interference to radio services. It is an equipment authorization issued by an FCC-recognized Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) based on an evaluation of the supporting documentation and test data submitted by the responsible party (e.g., the manufacturer or importer) to the TCB. Testing is performed by an FCC-recognized accredited testing laboratory.

    9. FDA Compliant - FDA compliance refers to use of materials that are safe for direct food contact. These materials are also called food contact substances (FCS). An FCS is any material that comes into contact with or is used for manufacturing, packing, packaging, transporting or holding food.

    10. Reach Compliant - REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.