The CB scheme, is govern by the IECEE 02 document.
The IECEE is a worldwide system for conformity testing and certification of electrotechnical equipment and components and is driven by the International Electrotechnical Commission.
In the frame of the IECEE, the IEC coordinate an international system named CB scheme (CB as Certification Body), which aim to reduce trade barriers between countries for electrical and electrotechnical equipments.
CB scheme is an international program for the exchange and acceptance of safety test results of products between member labs and certification body worldwide.
Most electrical and electrotechnical equipments have to comply with safety requirements in the country where they are sold and this through conformity assessment procedure with or without the access to a certification mark.
For long, obtaining national certification mark was difficult and required lots of time and money. The CB scheme is based on the principle of mutual recognition by its members of test results, it generally doesn't required additional test.
The CB scheme offer to the manufacturer a simplified way to abtain several national certification in terms of product safety in more than 50 countries.
The CB scheme benefits
The CB scheme reduce significantly the repeting of tests for the placing on the market of your product in different countries and so, have important advantages :
- Speed - Reducing the marketing time ;
- Cost - Reducing the number of test campaign, of samples to provide ;
- Efficiency - Centralization of safety conformity tests in the world.
The CB scheme working
The main actors of the CB scheme are the Certification Bodies recognised in each relevant country.
These CB are using authorized test labs named Certification Body Testing Laboratory.
The CB scheme is based on the CB test certificates which provide eveidence that representative specimens of the product have successfully passed tests to show compliance with the requirements of the relevant IEC standards.
A supplementary report providing evidence of compliance with declared national differences in order to obtain national certification or approval may also be attached to the CB test Report.
Emitech intervene as CBTL in the frame of the CB scheme and work in partnership with IMQ as Certification Body.
Taking into account electrical safety requirements in the frame of the CB scheme follow 5 steps whatever is the country :
- Step 1 – The request
Each request for the acceptance of the CB test certificate, can be presented to any authorized CB depending on the standard.
Emitech identify the IEC standard applicable and the possible national deviation requested for your export. Emitech as CBTL submit your request to IMQ.
- Step 2 – Test and report
Except previous agreement between the seeker and the CB, tests have to be carrying out by a CBTL authorized by the CB and test report should submitted for approval.
- Step 3 – CB test certificate
If the CB consider test results as satisfactory, it delivers a CB test certificate to the seeker. This certificate has to be joined to the test report.
- Step 4 – Registration of the CB test certificate
As soon as the CB certificate is issued, a copy is sent to the IECEE for registration.
- Step 5 – The use of the CB / test report by the seeker.
Depending on the country and / or the market targetted, the use may be linked to a fomal approval by authority or by the access to a certification mark.