Here at Ideal Power, our priority is ensuring all products we source are efficient and reliable and conform to all certifications and standards. No matter what part of the world your company sells to, you can relax in the knowledge that we ensure all safety standards and applicable regulations have been adhered to.
We know that understanding the subtle differences between each standard, regulation, and directive can be daunting. As experts in power conversion, we have prepared a comprehensive overview of the certifications and standards that govern the manufacturing and distribution of power supplies in different territories.
To sell electronic products, various safety and efficiency standards across the world must be met. These may vary from country to country. These standards are defined and administered by national and international agencies and enforced as a recognised regulation through government bodies. Standards and regulations exist to ensure that products are safe and efficient, resulting in safer products free from defective design.
Failure to demonstrate that you have met the prescribed standard can lead to serious legal ramifications, as with any regulation.
How do I ensure my product meets the relevant standards?
To ensure components or products you are obtaining meet all relevant standards and approvals, you should check that your product not only carries a certified mark but that all the appropriate approvals and tests have been carried out.
For example, a manufacturer may apply the CE certification mark to a power supply, but they could have only carried out an EMC test. However, a CE certification mark should only be applied when the power supply has passed the EMC & LVD tests and met RoHS approval.
At Ideal Power, we constantly work to keep up to date with the latest industry standards and are meticulous in our approach. So, you can rest assured that the components we source meet current regulations and standards for the intended application, whether an external power supply to be used with a telephone in the US or a LED driver in Europe.
Use our interactive map to find certifications and standards by region.
The UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessed) is an updated requirement that requires companies to mark products made for sale within the UK. This replaces the European Union's CE Mark following the UKs’ exit from the EU. This marking is placed on specific products including toys, machinery and electrical equipment to show that they are compliant with the relevant UK regulatory requirements
The UK Market Conformity Approved Bodiesserves as a regulating system, used to verify and document product compliance with the UK market's relevant regulations. These bodies are authorised to assess products and, upon finding them compliant, authorise the use of the UKCA marking in order to certify these goods for use within the UK marketplace.
The UKCA marking is mandatory for products in a variety of sectors. There might be additional regulations to meet depending on industry. Speaking to industries we cater to; here are some additional requirements directed at medical equipment, manufactured equipment, rail services and low voltage electrical equipment.
All our products are certified by UK Approved Bodies and carry the UKCA marking as required. For more information on the UKCA marking regulation, click here.
The new deadline for switching from CE marking to UKCA takes effect after December 31, 2024.
For more information on industry-specific guidelines on UKCA marking, click the link below.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the associated International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are the principal agencies responsible for electrical safety standards. Agencies in Europe such as Verband der Elektrotechnik (VDE), Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TUV) and British Standards Institution (BSI), provide certification in Europe whilst similar bodies in Canada and North America include Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
An IEC standard such as IEC 60601-1 for the medical industry, is also known as EN 60601-1 for the European medical market and UL 60601-1 for the US market. The “EN” at the beginning of the standards number indicate the country where the product is certified. Another example is IEC 60335-1, this would simply change to EN 60335-1 for the European market and UL for the US market. Standards like these with the same numbers, but different prefixes/titles are sometimes referred to as “Harmonized Standards”. But while the IEC continues to pursue harmonization, regional differences remain and consequently, products intended for multiple markets will need to show all the required certifications.
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