What is the CB Certification Scheme?
The IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) Certification Body (CB) Scheme is the world’s first international system for the mutual acceptance of product safety test reports and certificates for electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components. Based on the use of internationally-accepted product safety standards, the CB Scheme relies on a global network of CB testing laboratories (CBTLs), who are responsible for testing products to applicable technical standards. Product test results are then submitted to national certification bodies (NCBs) in CB Scheme member countries, who can authorize legal access to CBTL-tested products without additional testing.
CB Scheme Process
A manufacturer submits product samples to a CBTL for testing to product-specific IEC standards, as well as any technical deviations from IEC standards that apply in those countries identified for certification.
The CBTL conducts product testing to assess compliance with the applicable technical requirements. If the product meets all technical requirements, the CBTL issues a CB Test Report and Test Certificate to the product’s manufacturer.
The manufacturer then submits a sample of the product, along with the CB Test Report and Test Certificate, to NCBs in target countries to obtain national certification. This certification confirms that the product conforms with national technical requirements, allowing legal access to that market.
What are the benefits of the CB Certification Scheme?
Presently, there are more than 50 CB Scheme member countries around the world, including European Union (EU) Member States, the U.S., China, India, Korea and Russia. Manufacturers using the CB Scheme can potentially gain access to every CB Scheme member country without the need for expensive, duplicate testing. Further, CB Scheme applicants are often given priority consideration by NCBs since no additional testing is required.
Testing and Certification for the CB Scheme
TÜV SÜD is an active global participant in the IECEE CB Scheme. We operate CB Scheme-authorized CBTLs that can test electrical and electronic products under nearly all of the 19 CB Scheme product categories. In addition to CB Scheme product testing, TÜV SÜD is also a recognized NCB under the CB Scheme.
Examples of our CB Scheme scope
Medical electrical equipment
Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use
Motor-operated electric tools
Information technology equipment
Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus
TÜV SÜD is a trusted partner to companies ranging from global manufacturers to regional and local research and development firms. Our team of specialists works with you through the entire product development cycle to add value and help you to deliver safe and reliable products. TÜV SÜD technical professionals are actively involved in international advisory boards and standards development activities, ensuring up-to-date knowledge of current and changing requirements.
Represented in over 800 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD has an unsurpassed track record of meeting and exceeding the requirements and expectations of our client companies. The TÜV SÜD brand and our distinctive blue octagon mark are instantly recognized around the globe as symbols of quality and safety, and will increase customer confidence in your brand.