Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important in an energy-strapped world, according to a Dazhaoming.com report. LEDs are being recognized as the next generation green lights for its advantages in energy efficiency, environmental friendliness and long lifetimes. Countries are increasingly focused on the LED lighting industry, with many countries launching related regulations or standards.
The 3C standard is a mandatory product certification system in China to protect consumer rights and safety. The products strengthen product quality management, and implement a legal product evaluation system.
The 3C standards aim to bring a unified product index, standard, technology regulations, evaluation protocol, standard label, and cost system to the Chinese market. This will provide a solution to China’s fragmented product certification system, where there are overlapping government agencies in charge of product reviews, and redundant product certification fees. A unified certification system can normalize the product certification process, and spur free trade.
Certification organizations for the international ISO9000 are authoritative institutes recognized by global governments. The ISO9000 product quality certification process is stringent. Acquiring this specific standard certification can make products legal, scientific, and greatly raise work efficiency and product qualify. Once manufacturers receive the high standard ISO9000 certification, manufacturers can win over clients trust. Clients will be more willing to sign sales orders, and expand company market share.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a U.S. safety consulting and certification company. The company is the most influential test lab in the U.S., and is one of the world’s largest civilian independent product safety test labs. The company specializes in public safety tests, and uses scientific methods to ensure product materials, devices, products, equipment, and buildings do not endanger human life or property. The lab issues related standards and information to prevent the loss of human life or property. The lab also launches related investigations.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was established in 1934 by an independent U.S. organization, and directly reports to congress. FCC uses wireless broadcast, TV, telecommunication, satellite and cable to communicate in U.S. and internationally. Many wireless applications, telecommunications and digital products must receive FCC approval before entering the U.S. market. The FCC will also inspect and study product safety at various stages to find the best solutions. Wireless electronics and navigation device testing are also services provided by the FCC.
CE standards are safety standards to ensure products do not endanger human life, animals and meet essential safety requirements. The regulations are different from average product quality standards, and CE standards harmonized standards usually require the products to meet a certain standard.
The safety standard is viewed as a passport for manufacturers to enter the European market. European regulations make the CE standard a mandatory requirement for imported products to be sold on the market.
The MET standard is applicable in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Products labelled with the C-US and MET mark have passed regulations and can be sold on both markets.
The CB system is a testing certification system under IEC. The IECEE is an international standard system based on IEC standards to test electronic product safety. The test results are published in the CB test reports and certification. Each member state can acquire recognition under the IECEE, which aims to reduce international trade barriers caused by different country standards.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was established in 1919, and is the first standard Non-Profitable Organization (NPO) in Canada. Electronic products sold in North America need to acquire product safety recognition. The CSA is currently the largest safety standard organization in Canada, it is also one of the world’s most renowned safety organization. The CSA certifies the safety of machines, building material, electronics, computer, office equipment, environmental, medical, fire safety, sports, and entertainment products.
The Geprüfte Sicherheit (The GS mark) is a German safety standard. GS certified products are based on the German Equipment and Product Safety Act, and follows the EU’s unified EN standard or Germany’s DIN standard. The standard is voluntary and recognized in Europe and Germany.
Located in Offenbach, Germany, the Verband der Elektrotechnik (VDE) is also the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies. The VDE was first founded in 1920 as a neutral and independent product testing certification facility. The VDE test laboratories cover testing and certification for VDE standards, Europe’s EN standards, or IEC standards and certification. In many countries, VDE standard labels are more well-known than local country standards, and are especially valued by importing or exporting manufacturers.