Shipping a product internationally requires specific certifications that change periodically. CIARA’s Project Manager will assist you with determining what marks your product will require to be in compliance. Please find below some of global certification requirement.
UL, cUL, CSA (US, Canada and Mexico)
These are the most common regulations used in North America. Many organizations in the US, Mexico and Canada have policies requiring that all Information Technology related products carry a UL, cUL or CSA certification.
CE-Marking (European Community)
This is the regulatory European product marking allowing access to the EU/EEA member countries (and even some EU candidate countries in Eastern Europe), as dictated by EU Directives and corresponding national regulations. The CE marking is mandatory for certain product groups in the European Economic Area (EEA), consisting of the 27 Member States of the EU and EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is also obligatory for all products made in third countries (non-member states) which are sold in the EEA. In that case, the importer has to make sure that the manufacturer outside the EU has taken the necessary steps that allow him to affix the CE marking.
It is still not required within the member countries of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), although some of them (Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro) are official candidates for membership to the European Union, and are already adopting many of its standards within their legislation (like most of the former Central European countries that were members of CEFTA before joining the EU).
The CE-marking is essentially based on the manufacturer’s own declaration of conformity with the relevant Directives. In the case of some high risk products and where European product standards are not used, the involvement of an authorized Notified Body (or Competent Body) is required as a basis for the manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and for CE-marking of the product.
CCC (China Compulsory Certification)
The CCC (China Compulsory Certification) is required for market access in China for many listed products. It was implemented on May 1, 2002, and replaces the earlier mandatory CCEE and CCIB certification.
CIARA provides expert knowledge with regards to CCC certification and information on regulatory updates to access the market in China. We have a strong relationship with relevant Chinese authorities and long standing agreements with the Chinese certification bodies via our Certification Agency. CIARA offers a competitive delivery time to gain CCC Certification. Other facts about the CCC Certification:
- - The CCC certification scheme is managed by CNCA.
- - CNCA designates certification bodies and also recognizes the testing laboratories than can be used.
- - Testing in a China designated lab is required to obtain CCC Certification.
- - CB certificates and reports can be accepted for the electrical safety part, but a sample is still needed.
- - Each CCC certificate is valid for a maximum of 5 years and is subjected to an annual license fee
BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection) Certification is the approval scheme for ITE and audio/ video products in Taiwan.
- There are three schemes that fall under BSMI:
- - Declaration of Conformity
- - Registered Product Certification
- - Type of Approval
CIARA can determine which schemes your product falls under by having the HS Code* and User Manual, along with the product detailed specification and function.
- ITE products covered under BSMI include:
- - PC/ Server
- - Notebooks
- - LCD monitors
- - Printers
KC Mark (Korea)
The KC Mark for certification of electrical products will replace the 13 existing compulsory certification marks in Korea. The KC mark is mandatory for certain types of electrical products in Korea.
With a the CB and EMC report, the AoC and our Factory Inspection report it is possible to eliminate the need for retesting. Factory inspection is required once a year.