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Electrical Safety Testing and Certification

Your Local Partner for Access to Global Markets


Products come and go, and manufacturers and retailers who want a shelf life beyond the next holiday season must sell safe products. Brand image and reputation that have been carefully nurtured for years can be tainted in an instant. A large recall or a customer injury suit can wipe out in one stroke a multitude of merchant smart plays. To avoid such a crisis, there are numerous measures that Electrical and Electronic product suppliers need to consider:

- Vendor selection: The first step is to develop a long-term buyer/vendor relationship. When there is a sense of a continuing partnership and potential future business at stake, vendors have a strong incentive to design safe products.

- Third-party certification: The second step is to obtain third-party product safety certification. This involves a highly experienced independent third-party to scrutinize prototype designs or early production samples, and screen out significant errors that even the most diligent design houses may miss. Certification schemes also include some factory surveillance, which is generally implemented through quarterly visual inspections that can monitor any design discrepancies.

- Compliance with sourcing and performance specifications (protocols): Another measure is to review production samples against a sourcing or performance specification. This action by a third-party can frequently detect any variation from the original certification samples.


What is Safety Testing and Certification?

- Product is tested against recognized safety standards for criteria such as electric shock, excessive temperature, radiation, implosion, mechanical hazards and fire.

- Technical file (including factory inspection report) is compiled and then assessed by the certification body. Assuming all is in line with relevant requirements, certification is granted and the associated mark may be used on the product, packaging, commercial materials, etc.

- Following successful certification, the manufacturing facility is regularly inspected to ensure continuity of production quality.

Our Approach

Complying with safety regulations is critical when launching a product on the global marketplace. Understanding the myriad regulations that affect a product in the manufacturer’s/retailer’s target market is key to its success. Our compliance process begins with understanding the product from the company’s point-of-view: where the product will be marketed, who will use the product, and what are the quality expectations.

Answers to those questions help Bureau Veritas identify the regulatory barriers and target market for your products. We can then develop a rationalized Safety Compliance plan that prevents the need for retesting a product for each market in which it will be sold. Consequently, with the appropriate testing and certification performed, your company will be able to sell, manufacture, or distribute your product in any country world-wide with confidence in its safety. Bureau Veritas engineers will also assist with any safety issues encountered during testing, thus ensuring your market release date is met.

Bureau Veritas has successfully delivered safety certification for electrical and electronic products for most countries of the world. Some of the most popular certification schemes are: the IECEE CB Scheme, CE marking, GS for Germany, NF for France, USA/Canada certification, the CCC Scheme for China, BSMI for Taiwan and GOST-R for Russia.


Reputation Bureau Veritas has been a respected name in the industry since 1828. Our electrical and electronic product services, offered through our LCIE division, have successfully assisted top manufacturers around the world to better manage risk and achieve regulatory compliance since 1809.

Worldwide Locations With over 700 offices and laboratories in 140 countries, including over 50 locations specializing in consumer products, Bureau Veritas offers you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.

Technical Knowledge & Leadership Our staff participates in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.

Personalized Service At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your quality assurance needs throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest level of service is a priority for us.


  • What alternatives to lab based testing exist?

    Testing at Manufacturer’s Premises (TMP) - Used for CE marking purposes, but can also be used as the basis for CB and other forms of Product Certification. Witness Manufacturer’s Testing (WMT) - This assumes the manufacturer has the relevant equipment and approval. Again, this scheme can be used for all types of CE marking, CB and Product certification. The manufacturer’s laboratory and staff is audited in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025.


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