Give a thought to the control switch and power cord next time you buy an electric kettle.
Most electrical appliances are built to very strict requirements and then tested to make sure that they are safe and reliable. For example, electric kettles made to comply with International Standards won’t work if the water level is too high or if they are empty.
Device security can be no less stringent for connected devices. Your smartphone app should not be able to activate your kettle if there is no water in it.
Since 1906, IEC has led the way in establishing International Standards for energy transmission, connection and use. At each step of the way, its primary drivers are safety, energy efficiency and systems compatibility, thus enabling the safe and economic use of electrical and electronic goods and services wherever they are needed.
Manufacturers rely on standards, IEC International Standards in particular, to design and build their products. The IEC has an array of International Standards that deal with electrical controls and household appliances.
Manufacturing products to Standards is only the first step. To make sure their products comply, to gain market access and the trust of retailers, manufacturers must have them tested and certified.
This is where IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, comes into play. The IECEE CB Scheme provides the assurance that tested and certified products meet the strictest levels of safety, reliability and performance as stipulated by the relevant IEC International Standards.
It helps reduce costs and time to market, eliminates duplicate or multiple testing and offers a high level of confidence for manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike.
The CB-FCS Scheme for Mutual Recognition of Conformity Assessment Certificates for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components is an extension of the IECEE CB Scheme that also includes factory surveillance. This scheme goes beyond product testing.
It covers Type Test and regular surveillance at the factory that manufactures the relevant certified product. This is of value to manufacturers who need to provide proof that products manufactured in a given factory offer a consistent level of quality over time.
CB-FCS includes product sampling, testing, assessment and surveillance of assembly lines and management processes and surveillance, regular sampling and retesting of products at the factory and/or in the marketplace.
For manufacturers, the benefits of having their products tested and certified to IECEE Schemes are manifold. Products tested and certified in one country will be accepted by certification bodies in all other IECEE member countries.
Even better, global acceptance of the CB Scheme through the CB Test Certificates and associated CB Test Report is also effective in countries that are not part of the IECEE community. A CB Test Certificate is a global passport for the product.
Because it takes national differences into account, it ensures easier and more rapid access to international markets and reduces the costs involved in a global product roll-out.
For consumers, conformity to International Standards guarantees safety and reliability.