Compliance News You Can Use — March 2015

Follow up to our July 2014 newsletter which offered the following Compliance Tip:
Designating the Correct Driver Can Save Time and Money

LED Drivers have always been in the Recognized Component program at UL. One problem is being able to use multiple suppliers of Drivers without having temperature testing being repeated. UL was proactive in this regard and has introduced the TL program for Drivers. Get your Luminaire Listed with a TL rated Driver and get alternate Drivers added with no temperature testing. Additional testing is usually needed and your UL descriptive report still needs to be updated, but getting out of temperature testing speeds up the process.

In response to this UL initiative, Intertek (ETL) recently introduced their Class P LED driver program for fast and simple product certification. This is a system for LED lighting drivers which define testing and evaluation guidelines for standardized LED driver constructions and ratings.

The Class P program allows manufacturers to source and incorporate numerous different drivers of the same Class rating into lighting products without retesting each time a new driver is used. This will lead to reduced product development costs and improved time to market. Philips is the first company to get through the program and now offers Intertek Class P Drivers. Read the press release.

CE Mark Services

ce-markThe CE Mark on your product identifies it as complying with all of the safety requirements established by the European Union (EU). The CE Mark is a requirement, not a voluntary process. Product Safety Consulting has helped hundreds of manufacturers meet the CE Certification requirements. We work together with your company at any stage of the CE Marking process.

Our engineers will determine the applicable Directives and Standards for your product and we will ensure your CE Mark is valid and legal. Our service will provide you the assurance of a thorough and successful certification process.

Our CE Marking services provide you with the following benefits:

  • All necessary electrical and EMC testing
  • Detailed examination and test reports with solutions to each non-conformity
  • Thorough understanding of the process and technical requirements including: building your Technical File, preparing your Declaration of Conformity, and how to strategize for a cost and time effective approval process
  • Working with the most knowledgeable and experienced CE Mark compliance engineers in the industry

Countries that Require CE Marking

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Enforcement is carried out on a member state basis. Attempting to export equipment to the EU without complying with the Directives can lead to heavy fines. In addition, criminal penalties can be imposed on the manufacturer. Current and future products could also be delayed or banned from the market.

Calendar of Events

Lightfair International
May 5-7, 2015
Javits Center
New York, NY
Visit Product Safety Consulting at Booth # 4271

ISPCE 2015
IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering
May 18-20, 2015
Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare
Chicago, IL