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1 MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time Using the CB Scheme to Access the World Marketplace Presented By: John O’Donnell Safety Lab Program Coordinator, MET Laboratories, Inc.

2 Introduction to MET Founded in 1959 The first NRTL in the United States Accredited by SCC for certification in Canada Accredited by A2LA for product safety testing Approved in over 200 product categories Recognized by all major retailers Single-source laboratory with locations around the world Responsive with real-time project tracking. Also in 1992, MET became a National Certification Body (NCB) in the IECEE CB Scheme. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

3 Who/What is the IECEE? International Electrotechnical Commission for Electrical Equipment (IECEE): Worldwide System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. The CB Scheme was designed in recognition with the need to reduce barriers for international trade. The scheme is based on the principal of mutual recognition of testing and acceptance of the results to meet national requirements. Reduce obstacles to international trade which arise from having to meet different national certification or approval criteria. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

4 IECEE.org Great website for all information about how the IECEE works, Operational Documents. List of NCB’s, and their Test Labs. Information for manufacturers, faqs, different programs available. Regulatory Requirements Section. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

5 Who Participates in the CB Scheme? Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, 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, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 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 Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Over 50 countries! MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

6 CB Scheme’s Added Value Purpose of the CB Scheme is to gain global access. While not automatic access to all participants, it greatly helps access by reducing time to market and certification costs. IECEE is a quality organization that audits each and every National Certification Body (NCB), Certification Body Testing Laboratory (CBTL) and Associated Certification Testing Laboratory (ACTL) to qualify them as a quality organization. This is how applicants/manufacturers can ensure that what they are getting is a quality, unbiased assessment of their equipment. Base standard for this is ISO MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

7 CB Scheme’s Added Value (Cont.) ISO accreditation. CBTL’s are required to be impartial. CB ‘Peer’ Audits. Ensures Lab Quality. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

8 Example of CB Scheme Added Value (Cont.) Example of how the CB Scheme works. Computer manufacturer in Japan. Prior to the CB Scheme, there were significantly more in-country testing requirements. Will not automatically be accepted for National Certifications and additional Conditions may apply but usually are minimal. Will go through in the next few slides. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

9 Country Specific Requirements for National Certifications National Differences/Deviations Additional Conditions may apply but usually are minimal. Some examples for these conditions are review of product sample, Factory Follow-up inspections or other regulatory requirements. If you have any questions on a CB Scheme country’s requirements, IECEE.org will explain the regulatory requirements of each. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

10 Examples of National Differences/ Group Differences/ The CB Bulletin Many EU countries issue National differences, even though they use the same base standard, countries may want to add something, or change something due to their National regulations. US and Canada will have national differences that make up the difference between the IEC standard are the UL or CSA standards. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

11 US Participation in the CB Scheme: The US National Committee MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time The US is an IECEE participating country. Each country that participates will have a committee or group that acts on behalf of the country and its National Certification Bodies. In the US, it is the US National Committee (USNC).

12 Receiving US and Canadian National Certifications through MET MET can utilize another organization’s CB Report and Certificate to grant US and Canadian certifications as a “Recognizing NCB”. OSHA regulates product safety in the US and the Standards Council of Canada in Canada. They allow for accredited labs to use CB Scheme data and evaluations to grant National Certifications. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

13 MET’s CB Scheme Laboratories MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time MET Baltimore (NCB) Emitel Ltd. (CBTL) Shenzhen, China Korean (CBTL) In Progress MET Baltimore (CBTL) MET Austin, TX (ACTL) MET Union City, CA (ACTL)

14 Typical CB Project Flowchart MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

15 CB Project Flowchart with Direct Market Acceptance MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

16 IEC Standards IECEE publishes many standards, test report forms for these standards. Base standards, particular standards and collateral standards. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

17 IEC Standard Categories 19 Total Product Categories BATT (Batteries), HOUS (Household and similar equipment), CABL (Cables and Cords), INST (Installation accessories and connection devices), CAP (Capacitors as components), LITE (Luminaires), CONT (Switches), MEAS (Measuring instruments), EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility), MED (Medical Equipment, MISC (Miscellaneous), SAFE (Safety transformers), OFF (IT and Office Equipment), TOOL (Portable Tools), POW (Low voltage switching equipment), TOYS (Electric Toys), PROT (Installation Protective Equipment, TRON (Electronics, Entertainment), and PV (Photovoltaic). MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

18 MET’s CB Scheme Scope Information Technology Equipment (ITE or OFF), IEC Measurement, Control and Laboratory Use (MEAS), IEC Audio/Video Equipment (TRON), IEC Medical Equipment (MED), IEC MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

19 Information Technology Equipment (OFF) ITE or OFF as the IEC calls it, is by far the most used category. Current standard is IEC : 2005 (Second Edition), Amendment 1: 2009 EN : 2006, Am 1: 2010 includes IEC standard plus standard European differences. Only has three Part 2 ‘Particular’ standards. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

20 Audio/Video Equipment (TRON) Current is IEC (2001), Seventh Edition. Consolidated Reprint with all revisions, amendment is 7.2. Harmonized with EN 60065, UL and CSA C22.2 No Seventh Editions. No particulars or collaterals. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

21 IEC Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment and Hazard Based Safety Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements Hazard-Based Safety Engineering. Not yet implemented. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

22 Measurement, Control and Laboratory Use (MEAS) Current standard is IEC : 2010 (Third Edition) Most common still being used is IEC : 2001 (Second Ed.), Corrigenda Harmonized with EN : NO UL or CSA equivalent yet. There is a UL/CSA equivalent for the Second Edition. UL and CSA are still at 2 nd Edition. Particular Standards. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

23 Medical Electrical Equipment (MED) Current is IEC : 2005 (Third Edition). Harmonized with EN and CSA C22.2 No and AAMI (US). Many still using the Second Edition, will explain further in next slide. Not yet recognized by OSHA for the US but IEC and EN moving towards this rapidly. Many collaterals and particulars to be possibly considered. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

24 Medical Equipment: IEC , Third Edition Third Edition of IEC has become a hot topic in the regulatory certification community. Different way of thinking about risks and hazards. ISO 14971: Risk Management. Must address all collaterals and possible particulars. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

25 Submission for IEC Type Testing Test Sample(s) Documentation: Operators Manual, Setup Manual, Block Diagram, Schematics, manufacturer data sheets, component certification information. Applicant and Manufacturer Information. For Full list of items, see Project Submittal Checklist website address. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

26 IEC Compliance Investigation Process Submission. Constructional Review. Testing Phase. Determination of Compliance. Approval Letter or Findings Report. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

27 IEC Compliance Investigation Process (Cont.) Project Duration Project Tracking / METrak. Communication is Key. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

28 CB Test Reports and Certificates CB Test Certificate CB Test Report TRF’s CB Test Report and Certificate are inseparable. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

29 CB Report and Certificate MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

30 CB Scheme Marking No IECEE Marking at this time. It is forbidden to make reference to the IECEE or CB Scheme on your product. National marks may be required per the country marketed in. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

31 CB vs. CE Often confused, but no comparison. First party vs. Third party. Recognizing NCBs may have own marks. IE, MET Mark, CSA Mark, PSE Mark (Japan). VS. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

32 CB Manufacturer Test Lab Programs The CB Scheme offers several programs for testing on-site rather than at a CBTL. These programs are defined at IECEE.org, on the Operational Documents Page. Supervised Manufacturers' Testing (SMT), Testing at Manufacturers' Premises (TMP), and Witnessed Manufacturer's Testing (WMT). MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

33 Frequently Asked Questions about the CB Scheme Are the National differences available to the public? What if the applicant/manufacturer/factory is located in a country where there is no IECEE Member Body? Is there a license fee or annual dues for CB? How long are CB Certifications valid for? MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

34 Questions? Any Technical questions can be directed to Rick Cooper. Administrative and CB program questions can go to me. Any follow-up questions you may have after this presentation, please feel free to me. MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time

35 MET Laboratories, Inc. Certifying the World, One Product at a Time Thank you Are there any Questions? OSHA NRTL Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory A2LA-Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (Baltimore: # , Union City: # ) FCC TCB Telecommunications Certification Body SCC CB Standards Council of Canada Certification Body IECEE NCB National Certification Body NVLAP-Accredited NIST CAB Conformity Assessment Body Verizon ITL Independent Testing Laboratory DSCC-Accredited for Designated MIL-STD Testing EPCglobal Inc, ェ Official Test Lab for RFID Hardware Certification Program DASH7, Official Test Lab for RFID certification program VCCI - Voluntary Council for Control of Interference (Japan) ISTA Transit Tested Program Member - International Safe Transit Association ACIL Member - American Council of Independent Laboratories Measurement Canada Recognized Test Facility for electricity meters Baltimore, MD Union City, CA Santa Clara, CA Austin, TX Raleigh, NC Shenzhen, China Seoul, Korea 82 (0) Taiwan, R.O.C


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