The CE Marking is a mark that should be affixed to products that fall under the essential requirements of the European New Approach Directives. ‘CE’ stands for ‘Conformité Européenne’. With the CE Marking logo, the manufacturer or importer (also for products imported from outside the European Union) indicates that the product meets the legal requirements described in the applicable European Directive. All products bearing the CE-marking and that are in compliance have free access to the entire market within the European Economic Area (EEA). Products covered by the European New Approach Directives and which not in compliance with the applicable directives and have no CE-marking, can not be traded within the EEA.
CCC (China Compulsory Certification) is a legal safety and quality mark for products that are being sold on the Chinese market. The CCC mark, which is being used since the 1st of May 2002, is a compulsory legal safety and quality mark for electrical, electronic and many other products that are being sold in China and consolidates the existence of CCIB and CCEE in one conformity assessment. In addition to the safety-tests, the testing of EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) is compulsory!
The CCC mark serves as proof that a product can be traded on the Chinese market, imported into China can be used in China. When the CCC mark is being used, the certificate-holder must accept the “Regulations for the Compulsory Product Certification Mark”.
UL and CSA
UL (Underwriters Laboratory) operates as an independent, non-profit, private organization. For certification to be determined, samples must be provided by the manufacturer to be evaluated for testing and certification. If UL determines that the product meets the applicable requirements, it authorizes the manufacturer to place UL certification mark on the production of the evaluated samples , or to compile or deliver a compliance certificate or further a notification that the product is certified by UL. An evaluation report is provided for the manufacturer. Before the manufacturer places UL certified products on the market, UL proposes Follow-up services in which periodic audits by UL representatives (UL Field representations) and are carried out on site. These controls are in the UL Follow-up Service procedure, which is part of the full product evaluation process. Some products are selected on-site for sampling and for revaluation. UL certification is valid until the manufacturer itself calls for termination or until such time that the manufacturer did not meet or pass the requirements. UL certified products which are also modified by the manufacturer, must be re -valuated, before UL marking can be considered for the modified products.
The CSA (Canadian Standards Association) is a non-profit, member based firm. They serve companies, the industry, the government and the consumers in Canada and in the world market. As a solution based organization, CSA works in Canada and across the globe to design standards that are focused on all needs, like enhancing the public safety and health, better quality of life and environment. The experts of Certification Experts can investigate new- as well as recently CSA-marked products on conformity with the relative CSA Regulations and/or standards. Our product investigations are trained to firstly look at the essential product requirements, and only when the requirements have been fulfilled, the complete investigation will be completed. If during the test we must determine that a product does not meet all applicable requirements, we will propose technical solutions.
Since 1993, the Russian Government enacted legislation obliging to certify a number of products and introduced the GOST -R system of mandatory certification. The intention of this certification was to assure the compliance of goods to the Russian norms and standards and, however, to protect health and safety of Russia’s population, state and municipal property, to protect the environment, flora and fauna of Russian Federation as well. The document which declares this conformity with Russian norms and standards is the GOST R certificate. The distributors who break the certification rules and Russian legislation regarding certification of conformance could be punished by disciplinary, administrative or legal measures.
In addition, in Russian Federation established the directive of mandatory certification of goods and services (The legislation act Nr. 64 of Gosstandard of Russian Federation from July, 30th 2002). If the exported goods are listed in classification of goods for mandatory certification the GOST R certificate or its certified copy is required for customs clearance at the Russian border as well as for sell and/or marketing of these goods on territory of Russian Federation.
The experts of Certification Experts can investigate new- as well as recently GOST R marked products on conformity with the relative European Directives. Our product investigations are trained to firstly look at the essential product requirements, and only when the requirements have been fulfilled, the complete investigation will be completed. If during the test we must determine that a product does not meet all applicable requirements, we will propose technical solutions.