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A quality testing, inspection and certification service

A quality testing, inspection and certification service

Testing, inspection and certification (TIC) is required for various products that are made and traded within the European Union and the United States of America.

Testing and certification prove that your product meets the legal requirements that are specified for each product group and country. In many cases, these requirements apply to the safety and reliability of a product, but some also cover environmental issues. Inspections help you assess the production process, workmanship and factory conditions and ensure they are up to standard.

For many companies, it is therefore efficient to use a testing, inspection and certification service to save costs and receive optimal guidance and assistance regarding conformity assessments and assurance processes.


1. Testing, Inspections and Certifications

The management system of ICW provides plenty of information about various testing, inspection and certification options. This includes global packages. The ICW system keeps you informed of new requirements and regulations and warns you when changes need to be made to your current technical files. 

You can also use ICW’s quality management system (QMAS) if you want to perform testing, inspections or certification on new products.  You can consult the ICW management system for many different TIC services.

Below we give a selection of some of the certifications that our system supports.

Ø  CE marking:

The CE mark can be found on many products within and outside of the EU. It indicates that your product complies with the rules established within the European Union.

Responsibilities regarding CE marking usually belong to the manufacturer.

However, if an Economic Operator — whether the importer or distributor — markets the product under his own name or trademark or modifies them, he then takes over the manufacturer’s responsibilities regarding CE marking.

Furthermore, the Economic Operator that first places the product on the EU market — whether under his own name/trademark or not, and is usually the importer — would likely have to make sure the EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is kept for 10 years after the placement of the products on the market.

The drawing up and signing of the DoC is part of the entire process that comes before the affixing of the CE mark on your product.

Depending on the type and risk category of the product, CE marking may involve a Conformity Assessment by a Notified Body — an organization nominated and accredited by an EU member state to act as an independent inspector.

We help you as a manufacturer, importer, distributor or brand understand these requirements and prove compliance through testing by Notified Bodies such as SGS, Intertek and Eurofins.

Ø  GS certification:

The GS (Geprüfte Sicherheit” in German) mark is a globally recognised mark of quality. It indicates that your product conforms to the quality and safety requirements set out in the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG).

GS certification is a voluntary certification and involves rigorous evaluation of your products. Widespread acceptance by regulatory authorities and German consumers means a GS mark imparts a significant advantage over products without it.

While it was designed with the German market in mind, the GS mark is found on products all over the world.

GS certification requirements exceed those of the CE mark and the EN standard.

Thus, compliance with GS mark requirements means compliance with the EU’s CE mark requirements.

The main difference between the GS and the CE mark is that the former involves direct testing and certification by a state-approved independent body, while the latter is issued after the signing of a declaration