Information Technology (IT) equipment requires product testing and approvals across multiple disciplines for each geographic market across the globe:
In North America, the FCC and Industry Canada govern and enforce RF emissions for EMC requirements, while OSHA enables NRTLs to List products as “safe”. The EPA provides the voluntary ENERGY STAR® program to govern energy efficiency. ACS provides product testing and certifications to meet all of these requirements.
- EMC standards are governed by the FCC and Industry Canada, which apply Verification, Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and Certification schemes for compliance.
- Wireless Certification requirements are also covered by the FCC and Industry Canada with Certifications across a handful of FCC and IC rule parts.
- Product Safety falls under NRTL Product Safety Listings for which ACS offers UL and TUV-SUD testing and Listing services for both the U.S. and Canada.
- Energy Efficiency for certain products is covered by ENERGY STAR® of which ACS is an authorized Testing Lab and Certification Body.
In the European Union (EU), the CE marking method is the guideline to demonstrating compliance to all applicable compliance standards. EMC, Product Safety, Energy Efficiency, and Wireless all fall under the single “umbrella” mark of CE.
- EMC is broken down into emissions, very much similar to the FCC emissions requirements, but CE Marking also adds Immunity test requirements as well. Emissions are generally under the EN55022 standard (soon to be replaced by EN55032), while Immunity follows EN55024. There are a dozen or so EMC tests applicable, depending on the product category and environment of use.
- Wireless Certifications in the EU fall under the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive, which in turn is a part of CE Marking, and encompasses an entirely different set of requirements than the North American requirements for radio products.
- Product Safety for ITE is based on the IEC 60950 standard and is titled EN60950 for CE Marking. It is very similar to UL60950 for the States.
- Energy Efficiency is covered by ErP and EcoDesign for CE Marking in the EU.
ACS recognizes that as other markets are sought, much leveraging can be done from the requirements met within North America and the European Union.
For countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and wherever else you want to market your product, ACS has the team to help get you there. ACS engineers have decades of experience managing international access projects.
- All other EFTA member states outside of the EU
- Australia and New Zealand
- Middle East
- South Korea
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Standards and regulations vary depending on where you are in the world. Let us help make sure you’re ready, wherever you are.