International recognition IECEE CB Scheme
What is IEC?
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the International Organization for the Preparation and Presentation of International Standards and IEC Body for Conformity Assessment for the electrotechnical area.
What is the IECEE?
IECEE is the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and components, and a multilateral certification system based on international IEC standards. Its members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of the test results, to obtain certification or approval at national level worldwide. It is the body that manages the IECEE CB Scheme.
What is the IECEE CB Scheme?
The IECEE CB Scheme is an international system for mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates of conformity for equipment of security, products and electrical and electronic components. It is a multilateral agreement among participating countries and certification bodies, to facilitate global trade by promoting harmonization of national standards with international standards and cooperation between National Certification Bodies (NCBs) recognized by IECEE, throughout the world.
What is the purpose of the IECEE CB Scheme?
With a CB certificate issued by a certification body (Certification Body), products can obtain local certification of electrical safety in more than 50 countries that joined the CB scheme. With a CB test report, issued by a laboratory Certification Body. Testing Laboratory (CBTL), such as LIQ, and a CB certificate of conformity issued by a national such Certification Body (NCB) such as the Central Laboratoire des Industries Electriques (LCIE), you can obtain a national certificate of compliance with the safety requirements for the products concerned. For product certification in a country without further testing, the test report and the CB certificate of conformity shall be subject to a certification body (NCB) of the country concerned, participating in the CB program.
The countries participating in the CB Scheme, which belong to the European Union are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Serbia and Sweden.
The other countries participating in the CB scheme outside the European Union are:
South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, India, Indonesia, Israel, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.
National Certification Bodies (NCB’s) in the world See HERE
What brands can be obtained through the CB Scheme?
TUV (Germany), VDE (Germany), SGS (Switzerland), UL (Canada), CERTIF (Portugal) etc.
Why is this important?
- Safety: Manufacturers and suppliers must ensure that their products comply with the relevant safety standards, in addition to regulations issued by government agencies, which are generally intended to protect populations against potential risks associated with certain products.
- Quality: consumers and distributors demand a guarantee of quality of products purchased and unhindered access to markets.
- Interoperability: the manufacturers and final consumers need to ensure that their products work and can interact with other products, services and installations.
- Consistency: Manufacturers and suppliers need to ensure that marketed products are in accordance with the sample evaluated.
Who benefits from the existence of this international agreement?
- Governments: it allows them to reduce trade barriers, due to the different certification criteria of each country. States can effectively meet their obligations as set out in the Agreement of the World Trade Organization on technical barriers to trade.
- Industry: allows companies to reduce multiple testing time and costs, because a product certified by a single NCB may be accepted by other NCB’s around the world, often without the need for further assessment of the product. This means that products can get to the market faster, with less cost, and that can be traded in the broader market (potentially worldwide).
- Consumers: ultimately, anyone using a product that has been tested and certified using the IECEE CB Scheme, has the guarantee that the goods purchased will meet expectations and are reasonably safe when used as intended.