With the continuous development of science and technology, electronic products have become an important part of our lives. It have brought great convenience to our lives, however, while enjoying these conveniences, we also face a serious problem: the quality and safety of electronic products. Therefore, in order to ensure the quality of products and protect the safety of users, it is necessary to carry out a series of safety performance tests on products before they are putting on the market.
- Protecting user safety: safety testing is diagnostic; its direct purpose is to eliminate serious problems with the product to ensure that there is no threat to the user’s safety when the product is in normal use. It can detect and eliminate potential safety hazards in a time, reduce the risk of electric shock, fire and other accidents. It also provides consumers with a reliable reference basis.
- Compliance with laws and regulations: safety testing is a necessary condition for products to comply with national and international safety standards. Only through the safety test and comply with the relevant standards, the product can be put on the market and sold.
- Enhance product quality: safety testing can provide important feedback and improvement opinions for product design and production. By continuously improving and optimizing the features of the products, the quality and reliability of the products can be improved, thereby attracting more customers.
- Enhance brand image: by complying with safety standards and passing safety tests, you can gain trust and recognition for your brand. This helps to increase the market competitiveness and sales of the product.
To summarize, a product that has not been performed safety testing may expose consumers to a variety of risks and hazards, such as electrical malfunctions, electric shock accidents, and so on. This will not only bring losses and injuries to users, but may also affect the reputation and market competitiveness of the enterprise. Therefore, enterprises must pay great attention to the quality and safety of their products and conduct relevant tests and evaluations from time to time.
To sell your product in the European market, it must be marked with CE marking. The CE mark shows that a product meets all the safety, health, and environmental requirements set by the European Union. It is mandatory for electronic products sold in Europe and means that a product can legally be sold anywhere within the EU and the European Economic Area. Products that do not have the CE Marking may not be imported or sold in the EU.
CE marking applies only to electrical and electronic products that fall within its scope—which includes most AC-powered devices such as small appliances and medical equipment, but not larger systems like factories or large power plants. Higher risk devices like pressure equipment or medical devices will require Certification under different CE marking requirements.
The United States also has many product safety requirements for electrical and electronic goods; for example, the FCC mark is a mandatory label that needs to be applied to all radio frequency emitting devices (intended or unintended). EMC certification is a mandatory requirement in most markets.
In addition, some states have their own laws that apply specifically to their jurisdiction. These can be challenging because they may differ from federal ones depending on your type of product. For example, the California Energy Commission (CEC) Title 20 and Title 24 are specific regulations concerning the energy efficiency of products.
- Insulation resistance test: to detect whether the product has sufficient insulation performance to prevent leakage and other safety hazards.
- Ground bond test: to ensure that the ground resistance of the product meets the requirements to reduce the risk of electric shock to people.
- Electrical strength test: to test whether the products can work normally under the rated voltage without fire and other dangers.
- Mechanical strength test: evaluates whether the structure of the product can withstand the forces and impacts of normal use.
- Flame propagation test: tests the combustion performance of a product to prevent the occurrence and spread of fire.
- Understanding standards and requirements: first of all, testers need to understand domestic and international safety standards and requirements, such as IEC 60950 (safety standard for IT equipment), IEC 60601 (basic safety standard for medical and electrical equipment) and so on.
- Design modification and optimization: modified and optimized the product design according to the relevant standards and requirements to ensure that it meets the corresponding safety standards. This may involve improvements in product structural design, material selection, and circuit layout.
- Raw material testing: before production, the raw materials need to be tested to ensure their safety. This includes sampling test of electronic components, plastic materials, wires and cables.
- Electrical safety testing: this is the main part of safety testing. It includes testing the insulation resistance, grounding resistance, current leakage, etc. of the product to ensure that the product meets the standard requirements in terms of electrical safety.
- Mechanical safety test: in this test, the structure and appearance of the product need to be evaluated to confirm whether there are any potential mechanical hazards, such as sharp edges, parts that can easily cause accidental injuries, etc.
- Temperature and electromagnetic compatibility tests: the operating temperature range and electromagnetic compatibility of the product are also key points to be tested. These tests can ensure the reliability and stability of the product in various environments.
- Safety marking and documentation preparation: finally, the product needs to be marked with safety markings, such as CE marking, to prove that it meets the corresponding safety standards. At the same time, test reports, technical documents and all others necessary materials need to be prepared for auditing and filing.
- Accreditation: If you’re looking for a product testing company, make sure that they are accredited. Accreditation is a sign that your product testing company has been approved by an independent third party and has met the industry’s standards for safety and quality assurance. In the US, look for an accredited NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) provider. In Canada look for a Canadian Certification Body (CB) certified by SCC (Standards Council of Canada).
- Experience: Find a company that specializes in your industry — this will allow them to provide more accurate results and recommendations based on their knowledge of your products and understanding of the regulatory landscape.
- Flexibility: Find an organization that can work according to your schedule. You may want to consider a provider that has multiple testing laboratories and well-trained specialist to better serve you.
1. China Quality Certification Center (CQC)
CQC is an authoritative certification body in China, its main business is to undertake the national mandatory product certification (CCC) and CQC mark certification, the scope of certification involves more than 500 kinds of products, such as machinery and equipment, electrical equipment, electrical appliances, electronic products, textiles, building materials.
CQC mark certification focuses on safety, electromagnetic compatibility, performance, limits of hazardous substances (RoHS) and other indicators that directly reflect product quality and affect the safety of consumers and property, with the aim of safeguarding the interests of consumers, promoting the improvement of product quality, and enhancing the international competitiveness of domestic enterprises.
2. GTG (Global Testing Group)
GTG is a professional certification body in China that has been carrying out testing and certification work for 12 years with the status of third-party impartiality, and has accumulated rich experience in testing and certification field. In the past decades, GTG has been widely recognized by Fortune 500 companies and the society with its professional, objective, high-coverage, and high-efficiency services, and the number of certified clients are among the highest of certification bodies in China.
Furthermore, GTG has also been officially authorized by national authoritative certification bodies, such as IECEE, UL, A2LA, NVLAP, ITS (Intertek), KTC, TÜV, Eurofins, CNAS, CMA, CQC.., providing you with all kinds of standard safety testing process, such as: temperature test, ground bond test, leakage current test, voltage and insulation test, load power test, low voltage start-up test, etc.
If you want to know more about safety testing, or currently have safety testing needs, you can contact GTG, as a professional third-party testing organization, we will develop customized solutions for you according to your product type and testing requirements, and quick access to reports so that your products can take the lead in the fierce market competition!