TÜV Rheinland is steadily and sustainably expanding its service portfolio to meet the growing challenges posed by the international market in the best possible way. This is why the TÜV Rheinland Nederland B.V. test laboratory in Leek (Netherlands) underwent an audit conducted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). With the help of its conformity certification organization, the IECEE, the IEC issues rules for testing electronic products, better known as the CB (Certification Body) Scheme. Following a successful audit, Leek has been officially recognized as a CB test laboratory (CBTL). “This further strengthens our global network of laboratories,” said Frank Möcking, an expert in the CB Scheme at TÜV Rheinland. “We are now able to serve our customers even more comprehensively, particularly those based in the Netherlands.”
CB certificate considered a seal of quality around the world
The approval criteria for electronic products are complex and in some cases vary a lot from one country to another. With the CB Scheme, the IECEE has developed a standardized procedure to make it easier for manufacturers to gain market access and to harmonize testing requirements. Over 50 countries – including all major economic powerhouses – are part of this multilateral agreement. “Certified products receive a CB certificate, which is recognized as a seal of quality around the world. Electrical appliances that have been certified in Leek can be easily launched on the market in Japan or in China, for instance,” explained Möcking. “The report that is issued in this context can also be used as a basis for subsequent certifications at national level, such as the S-Mark in Japan.”
IT products and measuring instruments
Leek is the newest among TÜV Rheinland’s CBTLs and has been recognized as a testing center for IT products and measuring instruments. “Of course, the scope of its testing activities may be further expanded in the future if need be,” said Möcking.