CE / CB
What is CE/CB Certification
The IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) Certified Body (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. Based on the use of internationally-accepted product safety standards, the CB Scheme relies on a global network of CB testing laboratories (CBTLs), who are responsible for testing products to applicable technical standards. Product test results are then submitted to national certification bodies (NCBs) in CB Scheme member countries, who can authorise legal access to CBTL-tested products without additional testing.
Key steps in the CB Scheme
A manufacturer submits product samples to a CBTL for testing to product-specific IEC standards, as well as any technical deviations from IEC standards that apply in those countries identified for certification.
The CBTL conducts product testing to assess compliance with the applicable technical requirements. If the product meets all technical requirements, the CBTL issues a CB Test Report and Test Certificate to the product’s manufacturer.
The manufacturer then submits a sample of the product, along with the CB Test Report and Test Certificate, to NCBs in target countries to obtain national certification. This certification confirms that the product conforms with national technical requirements, allowing legal access to that market.
CB Full Certification Scheme (CB-FCS)
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced the introduction of the Certification Body Full Certification Scheme (CB-FCS), which operates within the scope of the IEC standards for electrical equipment accepted for use in the CB Scheme. Major benefits from the current CB Scheme to the CB-FCS include:
- Introducing initial factory inspections
- Accepting integrated components in appliances which have already been tested
- Not requiring test samples to secondary bodies for national certifications
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