From our homes, to offices, hospitals and other public spaces, we use electronic products every day, such as smartphones, ovens, washing machines and medical devices, which we expect to function properly and safely.
That’s where the testing and certification of products comes in, before they reach the markets. But how can we be sure that the people doing the testing are doing it correctly?
Testing the testers
This year’s IECEE Lead and Technical Peer Assessor Training for Assessors based in Europe, is currently underway in Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by IEC Member – the Turkish Standards Institution (TSI).
IECEE is the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. The different schemes test the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of electrical and electronic components, devices and equipment for homes, offices, workshops and health facilities, to ensure they comply with international standards such as those published by IEC.
“Peer Assessment is one of the core principles of IEC and all IEC Conformity Assessment Systems. It facilitates mutual trust among the participants, which leads to mutual recognition of test results and CB Test Certificates within the community”, said Wolfram Zeitz, Deputy Secretary of IECEE.
Peer assessment training allows new peer assessors to become qualified and existing peer assessors to maintain their qualifications, without which, they cannot operate within IECEE. This is achieved with an exam at the end of the training.
Attending the training are 122 lead or technical assessors from IECEE registered national certification bodies (NCBs) and their testing laboratories (CBTLs), mainly from Europe, but also some from Asia and the Americas.
On the agenda
The three-day peer assessor training focuses on the harmonization of assessment criteria to ensure that all IECEE NCBs, their CBTLs and customer testing facilities (CTFs) apply IECEE rules and procedures consistently and fully comply with them.
Additionally, the programme also ensures that the latest modifications of rules and procedures decided recently by the IECEE management committee are brought to the attention of the peer assessors and are implemented in the assessments.
The training covers many aspects including (not exhaustive):
- Principles and purpose of IECEE peer assessment
- How to organize an assessment
- Assessor code of conduct
- Relevant tools and documents
- Assessments teams
- Witnessing of tests
Many more topics are being discussed, and experiences shared for testing and certification in the areas of electric vehicles, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), batteries, solar PV and more.
Find out more about the IECEE peer assessment programme.