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IT Equipment Compliance to IEC 60950 for Taiwan BSMI Requires Additional I/O Port Testing

by admin on Nov.25, 2013, under China, Product Safety

For a manufacturer looking to add Taiwan to its information technology equipment homologations program, a BSMI approval is required.  Therefore, testing supplemental to typical IEC 60950 certification is necessary. 

Standard compliance with IEC 60950 allows for the waiver of testing of I/O ports if they are sourced from a SELV (safety extra low-voltage) and/or power limited circuit. Most data and communication ports, like USB, video, and Ethernet, are sourced from these type of circuits.  IEC 60950 says there is no need to prove via testing what is confirmed by engineering evaluation.

From BSMI’s perspective, they never know if and how the end user will misuse and connect improper devices to these ports, so they assume the worst case scenario and require all I/O ports be tested.  BSMI references standard CNS 14336 for this.

Another important note: The power supply will also require additional testing if it doesn’t already have BSMI certification.  The end product manufacturer should: 

  • Request the BSMI certificate from the power supply vendor/manufacturer
  • If this is not available, request the power supply vendor/manufacturer to submit an amended CB scheme report covering the additional testing

MET Labs is experienced in helping major IT equipment manufacturers with their international approvals and global homologations programs.  Contact us for a free quote, or submit a question to Pat, our electrical product compliance expert.

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CCC Certification for Product Safety & EMC Required for China Market Entry

by admin on Aug.21, 2013, under China, EMC, Product Safety

China is fast becoming the largest consumer market in the world, and for many products, China Compulsory Certification (CCC) is necessary for manufacturers to tap this market.

Certification Bodies
There are three main certification bodies (CBs) for electronic equipment:

  • China Quality Certification Center (CQC) – issues all electronic equipment CCC certificates
  • China Information Security Certification Center (ISCCC) – issues ITE CCC certificates
  • China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI) – issues A/V CCC certificates

Process
An application is submitted to one of the certification bodies mentioned above. Once the application is accepted, the manufacturer has samples tested at an accredited lab in China. When the product passes, the test report is issued by the test lab and reviewed by the certification body.  If the CB is satisfied with the test report and the manufacturer passes an initial factory inspection, the report will be approved and the CCC certificate will be released.

The CCC certificate is generally valid for five years and requires follow-up inspections that verify quality control and product consistency.

Standards
CCC certification is to Chinese national standards called Guobiao or GB standards. Usually the GB standard is harmonized to an IEC standard. For example for ITE, GB4943 is harmonized to IEC60950 for product safety; GB17625 (updated to GB17625.1-2012 on July 1, 2013) is harmonized to IEC61000-3-2 and GB9254 is harmonized to IEC/CISPR 22 for electromagnetic compatibility. There are some minor national deviations like ratings, altitude or tropical zone requirements.  (Read more about recent changes to GB8898 Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus – Safety Requirements and GB4943.1 Safety of Information Technology Equipment.)

Generally, if you can pass the IEC standard, you should be OK to pass the CCC test.  Manufacturers can save time and reduce cost by transferring a CB report to a CCC report.

MET Labs has experience helping manufacturers obtain CCC certification.  MET’s China operations are based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.  Contact MET China or MET U.S. for more information about CCC certification.

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China CCC Product Safety Compliance for A/V & IT Equipment is Changing

by admin on Jul.02, 2012, under China, Product Safety

Audio/video equipment and information technology equipment intended for sale in China must meet new China Compulsory Certification (CCC) product safety requirements starting in November and December, respectively.

In February, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) Technical Committee for High Tech Industry finalized the certificate update instructions for both GB8898 (Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus – Safety Requirements) and GB4943 (Safety of Information Technology Equipment).  The updated standards are GB8898-2011 and GB4943.1-2011. The official change announcement was made April 10.

GB8898-2011 for A/V Equipment
After November 1, 2012, the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) will only accept A/V equipment applications for the CCC Mark to the new GB8898-2011 standard.  From November 1, 2012 onwards, non-compliant products will not be permitted to be imported into or sold in the China market.

For A/V products marketed under existing certificates, manufacturers are required to update their certificates according to the new standard by November 1, 2013, with an additional grace period extending to February 1, 2014. All suspended certificates will be withdrawn by the CQC after February 1, 2014.

GB4943.1-2011 for IT Equipment
After December 1, 2012, the CQC will only accept IT equipment applications for the CCC Mark to the new GB4943.1-2011 standard.  From December 1, 2012 onwards, non-compliant products will not be permitted to be imported into or sold in the China market.

For IT products marketed under existing certificates, manufacturers are required to update their certificates according to the new standard by December 1, 2013, with an additional grace period extending to March 1, 2014. All suspended certificates will be withdrawn by the CQC after March 1, 2014.

For more information about these changes, contact MET China

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