Activity that demonstrates that specified requirements relating to a product are fulfilled. This activity can be performed by 1st parties (supplier), 2nd parties (purchaser) or 3rd party bodies (bodies independent from manufacturer, designer, service, maintenance etc.). In many situations it is necessary to have an opinion or decision of an independent 3rd party CertificationBody in order to get a neutral objective answer to a particular question (s).
There are a large number of new products put on the market every day. Some are harmless, some could be dangerous when misused and some are inherently dangerous. Responsible manufacturers submit their products to a 3rd party Certification & assessment body. The services of third party bodies for inspection, testing, certification and other conformity assessment (CA) tasks are essential when manufacturers and distributors need to show the conformity of their products or production to their clients, society or authorities.The products are tested, inspected and certified and the manufacturing is subject to periodical surveillance undertaken by the 3rd party Certification Body. Products fulfilling the requirements are certified as per applicable Product Standard(s).
Importance of Product Certification
Product certification by a certification body is an impartial confirmation of conformity of product properties to requirements of a specified document e.g. Standard, Regulation etc.
Regulations and Standards Covered:
- Construction Product Regulation (CPR) – EU/305/2011
For low risk products (AVCP System -4 of CPR)to be used in Construction works
- Machinery Directive (MD)-2006/42/EC
For Machinery Equipment which are not covered in Annex – IV of MD.
- Low Voltage Directive (LVD) – 2014/35/EU
For Electrical Products operating from 50 V AC to 1000 V AC / 75V DC to 1500V DC
- Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS)- 2002/95/EC
For restriction of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products
- Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for Non Harmonized Standards
- WHO GMP Certification (Good Manufacturing Practice)
- ISO 22716 Certification for Cosmetic Products manufacturers
- Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)