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IEC Conformity Assessment Scheme Declines CNEX-Global as a Recognized IECEx Certification Body

IEC Conformity Assessment Scheme Declines CNEX-Global as a Recognized IECEx Certification Body

A topic which generated a fair amount of discussion at the 2014 IECEx Annual Meeting was a recommendation to approve CNEX-Global B.V., located in Arnhem, Netherlands, as a recognized IECEx Certification Body. CNEX-Global is owned by Nanyang Explosion Protected Electric Apparatus Research Institute Co. Ltd (CNEx) based in Nanyang, China, which also owns CQST, an accepted IECEx testing laboratory for China Quality Mark Certification Group (CQM) located in Nanyang, China.  CNEX-Global, which shares Read more [...]
OSHA Ignoring Principle of “Equal Treatment” for its NRTL Recognition Program

OSHA Ignoring Principle of “Equal Treatment” for its NRTL Recognition Program

No one disputes that OSHA's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Recognition Program for assuring the safety of electrical products used in the workplace performs remarkably well.  When compared to our largest trading partner, the NRTL program, which is based on premarket approval and follow-up factory surveillance, cost less, provides greater national coordination and results in a higher level of assurance than the European model which is based on unfunded post market surveillance, Read more [...]
Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

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 manufacturer to produce it, all at the behest of obscure financial analyst.  Fortunately for the retailer, designing knockoffs of existing mechanical Read more [...]
USNC/IEC to meet with Germany’s National Committee to discuss National Conformity Assessment Issues

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. The USNC/IEC is a committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).   The purpose of the meeting is to have an in depth Read more [...]
IEC Suspends IRAN

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. The suspension was followed by a strongly worded cautionary statement issued to all IEC member bodies participating in its Conformity Read more [...]
IEC Issues Cautionary Statement on Iranian Sanctions

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 it’s the responsibility of the member body in each participating country in the establishment of the national rules implementing any one of IEC’s Read more [...]
Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

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 legal counsel as to what language(s) is/are required for a specific product.  So far there are no reported instances of manufacturers Read more [...]
Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and affiliate members.  Within the Full Member category, there is an additional Read more [...]
New Certification Scheme in the Gulf Region

New Certification Scheme in the Gulf Region

We have been advising member companies for a decade about electrical product standardization and certification in the Persian Gulf region.  When we started the NEMA Global Initiative in the late 1990's most of the information we had was second hand.  That changed when we hopped on a plane and visited Riyadh, the first time in NEMA's then 75-year history that such a visit was made.  Working with the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), we learned for the first time that Read more [...]