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Obtain CB compliance successfully

and bring your electrical products safely onto the International market

Certification Experts is your full-service compliance partner and guides you through the complete International compliance process according to CB standards. With over 25 years of experience, our team of experts will help you to access International markets.



International CB scheme

To be able to enter International markets, you need to ensure that your product is safe. The CB scheme is the world’s first international system for the mutual acceptance of product safety test reports and certificates for electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components.

Challenges of International compliance

Most manufacturers want to access not only Europe, but multiple markets. Each market has their own set of regulations. For this, it is important to consider which products require which certification. Herein, time and knowledge of regulations must be taken into account during the process, along with taking into account that when wanting to place a product onto various markets, there will be more standard deviations to take into account.

Guidance from start to finish

Certification under the CB Scheme means that your product is certified for multiple international markets, and in this process it eliminates the need for duplicate certifications. Our team will guide you through all processes and ensure testing in order for your products to be able to obtain International compliance. As your full-service compliance partner, we will ease this lengthy and complicated process.

Let our dedicated team of experts handle the CB scheme for your electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components

Obtain access to the International market

To be able to access International markets, the Certification Body (CB) scheme was developed. It was created by the International Electrotechnical Commission for Electrical Equipment (IECEE) to help manufacturers streamline the process of obtaining national safety certifications for their products in different markets. This is an international scheme for mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates covering the safety of electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components. 

What does it mean to be CB approved?

CB is an abbreviation for Certification Body. A CB certificate is considered to be the equivalent of the CE mark which is used in the European Union. CB labels are certified by IECEE. Herein, they offer certification for electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components. There are 17 categories of electrical products covered by the CB Scheme, which include:

  • Batteries
  • Cables and Cords  
  • Capacitors as components
  • Switches for appliances and automatic controls for electrical household appliances
  • Household and similar equipment 
  • Hazardous Substances Testing Service 
  • Installation accessories and connection devices 
  • Luminaires 
  • Measurement, Control and Laboratory equipment 
  • Electrical equipment for medical use 
  • IT and office equipment 
  • Low voltage, high power switching equipment  
  • Installation protective equipment  
  • Photovoltaics 
  • Safety transformers and similar equipment
  • Portable tools  
  • Electric Toys & Electronic Equipment 

There is also another category, in which the products fall under the term ‘miscellaneous’. These products are:

  • Railway equipment
  • Instrumentation for nuclear power plants 
  • Heating cables 
  • Lasers 
  • Radiation protection 
  • Insulated tools
  • Fixed inductors for electromagnetic interference suppression 

Certification under the CB Scheme means that your product is certified for multiple international markets, and in the process this also eliminates the need for duplicate certifications. However, the CB certification is not legally mandatory, unless legislated by the government or mandated by industry or trade associations.

How can you obtain a CB certificate?

In order to obtain a CB certificate, a National Certification Body (NCB) must approve an independent third-party test assessment. A NCB is an organisation that has been granted permission to operate the Certification Bodies (CBs) scheme within their country. Through an NCB appointed Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL), this can be achieved. In the case you have a testing facility at your manufacturing site, an authorised CB Testing Engineer known as a Local Technical Representative (LTR) can perform or witness your product testing. This means that you cannot obtain a CB scheme with a self-declaration of conformity. Additionally, each participating country has one or more organisations that are accepted by the IECEE as National Certification Bodies (NCBs). 

Which countries accept the CB scheme?

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Bahrain

Belarus

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Korea, Rep. of

Malaysia

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Poland

Portugal

Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia

Serbia Rep. of

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Vietnam

 

National Deviations

The CB scheme can be used as a base for certifying electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components, however certain countries have national differences.  This means that the compliance process is different. These national differences may therefore be evaluated either by the National Certification Body (NCB) and Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) issuing the CB Test Certificate and Test Reports, or by the recognizing NCB to whom the CB Test Certificate and Test Reports are presented with national certification. In order to prevent possible additional testing as well as required additional test samples that the applicant requests, country deviations must be addressed by the original issuing NCB and CBTL.

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Certification Experts offers the following services

Click on the service blocks below to see what our experts can do to help you obtain International compliance. 

Compliance
Authorized Representative
Technical File
Engineering
Review
Testing and
Inspection
Route to compliance
Risk Assessment
User Information
Review
Training
Expert
Consulting

Obtain the CB Scheme with the help of our team of experts

01 - Apply

CB scheme with National Certification Body (NCB) and Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL)

02 – Assemble

technical documentation and indicate all the national and international production sites for the electrotechnical product

03 – Send

sample to the test facility

04 – Testing

by the Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL)

05 – CB test report

to validify compliance with IEC standards

01 – Identify
the legal framework for your products
02 – Determine
the route to compliance
03 – Perform
the conformity assessment procedure
04 – Marking
can be affixed and the CB Certificate signed
05 – Ship
your product worry-free to the desired markets
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Van Heek Medical
Wilma Peereboom
Quality Coordinator
The cooperation with CE goes satisfactorily. They were decisive from the start and things were well taken care of. I see the problem-solving capacity of Certification Experts as a strength of the company’.
6 weeks
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Medical
Confocal
Peter Drent
CEO
Personally I am very satisfied with the service and quality of the work of Certification Experts. With future projects, I certainly intend to work with them again.
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Gallery Play Media
Ruben Kieftenbelt
Founder & CTO
The test results during the certification project were comprehensive and detailed. We experienced this as a pleasant and valuable result. In addition, Certification Experts swiftly came up with solutions for obstacles we encountered during the certification process.
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Electronics
Adtrack Media
Paul East
CTO
We have found Certification Experts to be helpful, knowledgeable and prompt even during the difficult environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to working with Certification Experts on future projects.
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Nikon
Joachim Hofmann
GM Service & Support
We found the collaboration with the CE Team very helpful, professional, fast and flexible. It is always good to have a partner at hand who can help with profound expertise whenever required. In the future, CE will stay our choice if expert-know-how is needed.
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Physee
Wai-Man Tang
Quality Assurance Manager
We have a wonderful experience working with Certification Experts. We are a scale-up doing product developments under a very tight timeline. Certification Experts will adjust to our needs and guides us step by step to complete our product certifications in time.
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Oceanteam
Lars van ‘t Kruijs
Managing Director
The team of Certification Experts consists of nice people, it was a good cooperation! For me it was important how they made everything clear and how they thought along the same lines.
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Machinery
Alfa Wasserman
Kurt Spiegel
Engineer Manager
CE has been our partner for over 10 years and the relationship is outstanding. The face-to-face meetings are really important and save us a lot of time.
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Dot Robot
Edward Belderbos
Technical Director
It was a pleasure to work with Certification Experts. After reviewing our documentation, they gave us structured feedback and showed us a way forward to compliance with EU directives
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Noffz
Markus Solbach
Director Sales & Marketing
Certification Experts has a great service with high flexibility and really quick response time. We were impressed with their good technical understanding and detailed feedback to our complex test solution in a short timeframe.
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Government of Canada
Melanie Ter Meulen
Trade Commissioner
The collaboration with Certification Experts runs smoothly and they are a valuable partner for us. If Dutch companies require specific technical information about the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement on free trade, Certification Experts is the first to call.
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Full-service product compliance without the headaches.

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Compliance

Enter any market, no matter the marking or industry. From CE marking and UL to CCC, we offer complete certification guidance and expert services tailored to your unique situation.

  • Consultancy
  • Route to compliance
  • Testing
  • On-site inspections
  • Design Review
  • Technical File Review
  • Risk Assessment
  • Training
Authorised Representative

We provide Authorised Representation (AR) for businesses and e-commerce companies located outside the EU/UK – allowing access to those markets by registering us as your legal partner.

  • EU/UK market access
  • Verification of CE/UKCA
  • Marking
  • Contact point for authorities
  • Technical File
  • Bypass importers
  • Registration
Technical File

Every manufacturer requires a technical file to reach compliance. We support, compile and review these technical documents for you.

  • Declaration of Conformity
  • User Information (manual/labelling/packaging)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Technical schemes and drawings
  • Templates
Engineering Review

We review your designs and assist you through the prototype phase to ensure critical safety standards are met.

  • Design Review
  • Co-engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Risk Assessment
Testing and Inspection

Wherever you’re located, we offer a wide range of expert testing and inspection capabilities, both in house and via our global network of affiliated partners and testing laboratories.

  • EMC, Low Voltage, Radio, Medical, Toys, and PPE
  • On-site or digital inspections
  • Notified Bodies
  • Accredited testing laboratories
Route to compliance

We create a clear and practical compliance roadmap for you in any market. Get expert guidance on cost/time efficiency of certification for accessing multiple markets.

  • Determining product legislation
  • Set up test procedure (in-house/accredited testing)
  • Strategy on Global Market Access
  • Technical File Checklist
Risk Assessment

We help you eliminate risks more efficiently, protect your customers and your business. Unsure whether you’ve done something correctly? We can provide a full risk assessment evaluation.

  • Machine / Electronics / Toys / Medical / PPE / GPS
  • EN-ISO 12100
  • Safexpert Risk Assessment software (TÜV-certified)
  • Review of existing Risk Assessment
  • Templates
User Information Review

Make sure your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your
chosen markets. From writing to reviewing materials, we’ve got you covered.

  • Checklists
  • Product labelling
  • Templates
  • Drafting Manuals
  • Machine plate
Training

We offer custom training programs led by experts, bringing your team up to
speed with important safety processes and regulations related to your markets.

  • Product Compliance
  • CE Marking
  • Machine / Robotics Safety
  • UL/CSA
  • Safexpert
Expert Consulting

With over 25 years’ industry experience, our team can provide expert guidance
on every aspect of product compliance.

  • Product Compliance
  • Authority letter (NVWA, NoBo, ILT and BPT)
  • Authorised Representative
  • Product Testing
  • Seller/buyer problem resolution on CE marking
  • Advise on Product Legislation
  • User Information
  • Route to compliance
  • Engineering Review
  • Training
  • Risk Assessment
Information Supply

We notify you if there are regulatory changes pertaining to your product

Technical File

We ensure the availability of the technical file in case of requests from authorities

CE/UKCA Marking

Trust us as your partner to verify the compliance of your products

Authorised Representative

We register as your official point of contact for market surveillance authorities

EU/UK Market Access

You gain access to the EU/UK market, no matter where your business is located

Legal point of contact

We represent you on your behalf for all legal issues pertaining to your product