• Knockoff Products - High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

    It’s likely you have heard the story of the Bionic Wrench . If not, it was the creation of an industrial designer who had the misfortune of having it picked up by a large retailer. After a brisk first year of holiday sales, the retailer decides it would design a reasonable knockoff to sell under its own brand name at a lower cost using a foreign
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 04-04-2014
  • USNC/IEC to meet with Germany’s National Committee to discuss National Conformity Assessment Issues

    A joint meeting between the U.S. National Committee of the IEC (USNC/IEC) and the German National Committee for IEC has been scheduled for March 26-27, 2014 in Frankfurt, German. The USNC/IEC serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation and use of globally-relevant standards for the electotechnical industry
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 03-19-2014
  • Record Attendance Anticipated for 22nd CANENA General Meeting

    The 22nd General Meeting of the CANENA Council will take place in Washington, DC, USA February 26-27, 2014. This will mark the culmination of a three-year circuit of meetings that started in Mexico City in 2012 and proceeded to Montreal, Canada in 2013 seeking to draw intense focus on both challenges and opportunities to further cooperation in electrotechnical
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 02-14-2014
  • IEC Suspends IRAN

    Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced the immediate suspension of the IEC National Committee of Iran. The suspension applies to the Institute of Standards & Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) which participates in IEC’s Conformity Assessment Systems. Iran is the second country to have been suspended by IECEE
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 02-11-2014
  • IEC Issues Cautionary Statement on Iranian Sanctions

    Following the conclusion of a visit by a large French business delegation to Iran, aimed at reviving economic ties, Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) issued a strongly worded cautionary statement to countries participating in its Conformity Assessments Systems. IEC General Secretary & CEO, F.W.P. Vreeswijk, warned that
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 02-06-2014
  • Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

    A resurgence of Quebec’s minority government, the Parti Québéco, has resurrected French only language restrictions to a level which has not been seen since the 1980s. Approval organizations are advising their customers to review the wordings in their labels to comply with Canadian laws and regulations and to seek advice from Canadian
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 02-04-2014
  • IECEE-CB Scheme Suspends Brazil for Infringement

    The Brazilian Committee of Electricity, Electronics, Lighting and Telecommunication (COBEI) is temporally suspended from the IECEE CB Scheme. The suspension includes Brazil’s national certification bodies—TÜV Rheinland do Brasil Ltda, Division UCIEE and NCC Certificações do Brasil; and associated testing laboratories.
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 05-02-2012
  • Is the Path to EU Market Access Slipping away from Germany?

    Germany is considered a primary market entry point into the European market for electrical products. And for good reason, it’s the fifth largest economy in the world with 81.4 million inhabitants and a GDP of 2.9 Trillion EUR. Recent problems with Germany’s conformity assessment requirement have dulled some of that luster. Product entry
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 09-20-2011
  • Germany’s Central Authority of the Federal States for Safety (ZLS) Imposes a Technical Barrier to Trade

    Germany’s Central Authority of the Federal States for Safety (ZLS), in an attempt to exert greater control over its national certification process, has imposed a barrier to trade. ZLS decreed that a German Safety (GS) certifier can no longer accept test reports from any IECEE Certification Bodies in order to obtain the GS mark for an electrical
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 10-26-2010
  • CSA’s acquisition of UK-based SIRA

    On 3 July 2009, CSA Group acquired SIRA Test and Certification Limited and three affiliated companies: SIRA Test and Certification Limited (STC), SIRA Certification Service (SCS), SIRA Environmental (SEL) and SIRA Consulting Limited (SCL). SIRA was formally owned by Volvere plc, a United Kingdom-based holding company that identifies and invests in undervalued
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Solis, Joel on 08-23-2010
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