Different Test Reports and Certificates
For importers of goods, nearly all countries in the EU and North America will require that they provide a number of accredited test reports and certificates, Such accreditations will vary from one type of goods to another. Electrical items and kids toys will most probably require a different test certificate for instance.
You can’t import any goods without certificates
It’s important to also note that not every kind of test certificate or report out there is acceptable in the EU, US or Canada. Only reports from a specific number of accreditation labs are acceptable by the authorities in your target import market. In simple words, what we’re saying is that you can’t import just any goods into your EU or North American country of choice unless the labs that have tested and certified their standards and quality are accredited by that country’s government.
Another thing to note very carefully is that a lab that has been accredited by the Chinese government may not be necessarily accredited by the EU, US or Canadian authorities. Similarly, there are some labs that have been accredited both in Europe and North America that have opened lab outlets in Hong Kong as well as Mainland China.
Accredited labs in Hong Kong and Mainland China
It’s crucial that you do some research to know exactly which labs are accredited by the EU, Canada, and the US before giving them the task of testing your goods for importation into those markets. The good news is that both Mainland China and Hong Kong have numerous laboratory accreditation facilities for importers to get their goods tested and certified for clearance into the EU and North American markets. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of these top accreditation labs in China:
- – Bureau Veritas (BV)
- – CMA Testing
- – Eurofins
- – SGS
- – UL/STR
- – QIMA (AsiaInspection)
- – TUV
- – Intertek
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As a bonus tip, if an importer like you applies for the testing of their goods by top labs such as BV, Intertek or SGS, then be ready to part with a tidy sum. However, if you already have subscribed to the services of a testing agency like our AQL Service to help you get product certification from top ISO/IEC 17025-certified labs like these, the costs drop dramatically. Don’t take my word for it; just try us today and see for yourself!
So, what is ISO/IEC 17025?
ISO/IEC 17025 refers to the general conditions set for the standards and competence of product testing and calibration labs. It’s the core ISO standard applied by testing, calibration, and certification labs on a global scale. Across the world, ISO/IEC 17025 is the foremost standard for which goods-testing labs must hold their accreditation if international products markets have to deem them technically competent.
Initially issued in 1999 by the International Organization for Standardization, the ISO/IEC 17025 standard was called ISO/IEC Guide 25 in its early days. It directly applies to organizations that are involved in the production of testing and calibration results. Laboratory accreditation facilities use this standard to implement a competent quality testing system with an aim to enhancing their ability to reliably and consistently produce valid and dependable results.