Each country has different requirements – or no requirements – for EMC and Electrical Safety. Our team looks at details such as electrical input, product classification, intended use and harmonized tariff code to determine whether your device needs approvals in certain countries to clear customs and/or adhere to local law.

Some countries have authorities that regulate both EMC and Safety, some have a separate authority for each while some countries are interested in regulating one but not the other. We can assist you to determine which requirements apply to your product and subsequently manage compliance where action is required.

Safety

Our process leverages test reports of internationally recognized standards (e.g. IEC, UL, EN) to gain approval without the need of samples when possible. Having an IEC report along with a CB cert is the ideal way to approach international safety approvals to reduce delays and overall costs that typically can be associated with gaining approvals in multiple markets . While the USA has a UL 62368 standard and the EU has an EN 62368, the CB scheme has an IEC 62368 standard that should cover the requirements for all countries that participate in the CB scheme if it includes “National Differences.” We have worked with products tested to 60950, 60065, 62368, 61010, 60335, 60601 and others.

EMC

Though there is a CB scheme for EMC, it is more common for regulators to accept reports tested to CISPR and EN or reports to a local standard through a domestic or MRA lab. When additional testing to local standards is required we complete the testing, obtain a test report and get certification on your behalf.

EMC & Safety USA

Electromagnetic Compatibility certification in the US, like radio communication, is handled by the FCC but has a distinct regulatory scheme under Part 18. Whereas devices subject to radio certification are issued a license grant, EMC certification is completed through testing and self declaration.

EMC & Safety EU

Electromagnetic Compatibility certification in the EU is completed through compliance with the EMC Directive (Directive 2014/30/EU). Steps to compliance include testing to various EMC standards published in the Official Journal of the European Union and self declaration.

Popular International Approvals

Brazil

Under the INMETRO safety certification system of Brazil, a wide range of electric “appliances”, household goods, and other devices require certification before products can enter the market. Certification can be obtained through any of the national certification bodies, called an OCP. Tests may be performed through accredited labs in or outside of Brazil. A surveillance process is conducted in Brazil and units may also be checked in customs randomly, so it is highly recommended to obtain INMETRO approval before commercialization.

China

The China Compulsory Certificate (CCC) mark is a mandatory Safety/EMC mark for certain products before they can be imported and sold in the Chinese market. Certification must be obtained through the China Quality Certification Center. Regulated products are determined based on Harmonized Tariff (HS) code.

Customs Union (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia)

Access to the member states of the Customs Union established under the Eurasian Economic Union can be achieved with CU EAC approval. Like directives in the EU, there are many CU TRs (technical regulations) which cover various product types. Before entering any of the members states of the Eurasian Customs Union it is important to make sure you obtain from an authorized certification body a declaration/certification to CU TR 004/2011 Safety of Low-voltage Equipment, CU TR 020/2011, Electromagnetic Compatibility of Technical Means or any other applicable CU TR.

Korea

Under the Safety Certification System of Korea, a wide range of electric “appliances” and household goods require certification and a management system before products can be labeled with the KC mark and enter the market. Certification can be obtained through any of the national certification bodies such as KTLKTC or KTR using their reports or reports obtained from an MoU.

EMC is regulated through the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). Products must be tested to the KN standard before being registered. Through our staff located in Seoul, we work with labs in Korea as well as MRA labs globally to facilitate these tests and the certification.

Mexico

The Ministry of Economy (SE), through the Mexican Bureau of Standards (DGN – Dirección General de Normas), is the organization with the authority to manage and to coordinate safety and any EMC standardization activities in the country (although currently there are no EMC requirements). Its authority is derived from the Federal Law on Metrology and Normalization. We work with various certification bodies and local test labs to meet the changing standards and requirements to secure NOM certification.

South Africa

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) requires a Letter of Authority (LoA) for a number of goods before they can be imported. VC 8055 and its amendment specifies the requirements for electrical and electronic apparatuses and covers all products under SANS 60950 with rated voltages not exceeding 600V.

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is the appointed body for issuing EMC Certificates of Conformity. The updated SABS Certificates of Compliance Scheme came into effect 1 June 2017. The scheme requires testing in a third-party accredited test lab and manufacturer registration with SABS through an online platform.