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Global Certifications


Global Compliance Requirements

  • Unique for each country
  • Changing continually

Are you fully prepared to ship your product around the world? Each country has vastly different compliance requirements which can change at any time. And every unique product has varying requirements as well. Failure to comply in each country can result in costly fines or long delays. 

Percept Technology Labs specializes in Global Certifications.
 Our team of experts shows you exactly which requirements your particular product must meet, and what specific testing and documentation is required to insure compliance. We also deliver a milestone and timeline plan to help you meet your scheduled product launch.

In addition, Percept offers turnkey testing and certification management services to meet all of your global certification needs in a timely and cost effective manner.

The Percept Professional Compliance Plan includes the following deliverables:

  • A customized, detailed Test Plan
  • A comprehensive list of required standards in each country for each particular product and accessory
  • The description of each standard and all necessary tests
  • Percept's analysis of each specific product based on the information provided
  • An accurate, detailed price quotation for testing the product to applicable standards
  • A timeline that details how long each test will take, and the expected completion of the project
  • A quote for comprehensive turnkey testing and certification service

Here is more detailed information about various marks needed around the world: 

CCC, CE Mark, VCCI, NOM, GOST-R, SABS, BSMI, FCC Certification, CSA

Argentina (IRAM)Europe (CE Mark)Russia (GOST R)
Australia & New Zealand (C-TICK)Germany (TUV-GS)Singapore (PSB)
Canada (CSA, cUL)Japan (VCCI or DENAN)South Africa (SABS)
China (CCC)Korea (MIC)Taiwan (BSMI or T Mark)
Mexico (NOM)US (FCC)

CE Certification

 CE Mark 
(European Union Countries)

The CE Mark is a mandatory conformity symbol required for products sold in the European Economic Area.  The CE mark indicates conformity to the legal requirements of the European Union (EU) Directive with respect to safety, health, environment, and consumer protection. 

By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer, its authorized representatives, or any entity placing the product on the market asserts that the item meets all of the essential requirements of all the applicable EU Directives and that the applicable conformity assessment procedures have been applied correctly.

All products offered for sale anywhere within the EU must have the mark or they cannot be sold.   Each EU country inspects equipment and documentation to make sure that products conform as required. Any deviations from complete conformity will lead to sanctions such as warnings, sales bans, fines or even imprisonment. 

Percept specializes in CE Mark Certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for obtaining the CE Mark certification, contact Percept.

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 FCC Logo 
(United States)

All commercial electronic devices (unintentional radio-frequency radiators) sold in the United States are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if they:

  • employ clocks or oscillators
  • operate at a frequency of greater than 9 kHz, and
  • use digital techniques

This includes almost every product that contains a microprocessor.  If an unintentional radiator is not controlled through proper design using grounding and shielding, the result may be high levels of energy radiated or conducted from the equipment causing unwanted effects upon another device. 

Specific requirements have been set up by the FCC under Rules and Regulations, Title 47, Part 15 Subpart B. The FCC has broken down Part 15 into two categories, Class A and Class B. 

Class A Device: A device marketed for use in an industrial or business environment and not intended for use in the home or a residential area. 

Class B Device: A device marketed for use in the home or a residential area. Examples of such devices include, but are not limited to, personal computers, calculators, printers, modems, many electronic games, and similar devices that are marketed to the general public. 

It is illegal to sell or even advertise Class A or Class B products until their radiated and conducted emissions have been measured and proven to be in compliance with FCC regulations. Specialized radiated and conducted EMI test procedures must be followed completely and correctly.

Many electronic products fail FCC testing.  Our team of compliance experts can help you avoid failure. Read the Top Reasons products fail FCC Testing.

Percept specializes in FCC Mark Certification. For more information on applicable certification requirements for FCC and the process for obtaining FCC Mark certification, contact Percept.

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The UL Mark is a registered certification mark of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an independent, not-for-profit, product safety testing and certification organization. The UL Mark may only be used on or in connection with products certified by UL and under the terms of written agreement with UL. 

The UL Mark on a product means that UL has tested and evaluated representative samples of that product and determined that it meets UL's requirements. The requirements are primarily based on UL's own published Standards for Safety. 

The UL Mark is one of the most recognized, accepted and trusted symbols in the world. Safety-conscious and concerned consumers look for this on products because it delivers the credibility of an independent, technically expert organization which has determined whether foreseeable risks associated with the product's use have been eliminated or minimized. Even after the product is offered in the marketplace, it must continue to meet safety requirements in order to continue bearing the UL Mark, or the mark will be removed by UL. 

Percept specializes in 
UL Mark testing and certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements and the process for obtaining UL certification, contact Percept.

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The GS Mark demonstrates that a product complies with the German Safety of Equipment Act. Only those products which fall within the scope of the act are eligible to bear the GS Mark. 
The TUV GS Mark is a voluntary certification and is a recognized symbol in Germany for safety-tested products. 

The GS Mark can only be applied to finished products whose end use is known. Independent product testing is carried out by specific labs which have been accredited by the Zentralstelle der Länder für Sicherheit-ZLS (Central Office of Safety of the German Länder). The GS Mark may only be awarded by ZLS notified certified bodies. Likewise, the product production process must be audited by the certification body. 

Because a representative sample of the product has been evaluated, tested and approved for safety, there is a high acceptance of the GS Mark by EU consumers. 

Percept specializes in 
GS Mark certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for TUV GS Mark, contact Percept.

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 cUL Mark

cUL Mark is the UL Mark for Canada, and allows you to sell your product in Canada. Products with this type of mark have been evaluated to Canadian safety requirements, which are different from US safety requirements. This mark is prevalent on appliances and computer equipment, vending machines, household burglar alarm systems, lighting fixtures, and many other types of electronic products. 

Percept specializes in 
cUL certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for cUL, contact Percept. 

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CB Test Report

A CB Test Report is a standardized report in a clause-by-clause format referencing the requirements of the relevant IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Standard. The report provides clear and unambiguous results of all the required tests, measurements, verifications, inspections and evaluations. It also contains photographs, circuit schematics, artwork drawings and a description of the product.

Additional tests for the national differences of the target country are documented in the supplements to the CB Test Report. The rules of the CB scheme require a CB Test Report to be accompanied by a CB Test Certificate in order to be considered valid.

Percept can manage the complete CB Test report process for you. For more information on applicable certification requirements for the CB report, contact Percept.

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Country Marks:


Argentina has a mandatory compliance law - Resolution 92/98 - which applies to electronic and electrical equipment and is enforced through a mandatory certification system provided by accredited organizations.

IRAM Safety Mark:

IRAM (Instituto Argentino de Normalizacion) is the national certification body for Argentina. Electrical & electronic equipment that meet Argentina's requirements are certified by IRAM and must carry the S-Mark, a mandatory Argentinean safety mark.

Percept specializes in IRAM Safety Mark Certification. Contact us for more detailed information.

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Australia-New Zealand C-Tick 

The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) and the Radio Spectrum Management Group (RSM) of New Zealand have agreed upon a harmonized scheme in producing the C-Tick Mark that regulates product compliance. 

All electrical and electronic products to be sold in the Australian and New Zealand markets must comply with the required applicable standards

For a product to be placed on the market, it must be tested to the appropriate standard for conformity verification by a registered testing laboratory. 

Percept specializes in C-Tick Mark Certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for Australia-New Zealand, contact Percept.

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The GOST-R mark is a mandatory certification mark for all electrical products to be shipped into Russia.  The laws of the Russian Federation prescribe conformity of products to the Russian safety standards (GOST-R). A product without the GOST-R-conformity mark may be rejected at the borders of the Russian Federation.  
The GOST-R certificate is issued following technical evaluation of your company's products to ensure compliance to Russian safety regulations.  The GOST-R Certificate is valid for three years and a license to use the GOST-R mark is valid for one year and renewed with an annual factory inspection.

Percept specializes in GOST-R Mark Certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for Russia, contact Percept.

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Japan's VCCI Mark (Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment) is administered by VCCI for information technology equipment (ITE) sold in Japan. Products displaying the VCCI Mark are perceived as high quality, and therefore most ITE equipment sold in Japan is labeled with the VCCI Mark.

Manufacturers must become a member of VCCI to use the VCCI Mark.

Percept specializes in VCCI Mark Certification. For more informatin on applicable certification requirements for Japan, contact Percept.

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Most electronic products sold in Taiwan must be approved in accordance with the regulations as set forth by the Taiwanese Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) and must comply with Chinese National Standards (CNS) that are similar, but not identical, to the corresponding CISPR standards.

Products covered by the requirements include Information Technology Equipment, consumer electronics (including household appliances), electric tools, office equipment and large scale industrial products.

For more information on applicable certification requirements in Taiwan, contact Percept.

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All electronic products sold or imported into Korea are required to be compliant and subject to two regulatory marks.
It is mandated that manufacturers must have their products bear the eK Mark for product safety and EMC and/or the MIC (Ministry of Information and Communications) for EMC and/or Telecom marks in order to be sold into the South Korean market.  

For more information on applicable certification requirements for South Korea, contact Percept.

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The Mexican government requires that all electronic products be tested for safety in Mexico for the mandatory NOM Mark (Normality of Mexico). Only test reports accredited by SINALP (Sistema Nacional de Acreditamieno de Laboratorios de Pruebas), National System of Accreditation of Testing Laboratories, are accepted. 

For more information on applicable certification requirements for Mexico, contact Percept.

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The CCC Mark (China Compulsory Certification mark) is required for a wide range of products sold in the Peoples Republic of China. The product list includes 19 product groups and a total of 132 product categories. 
For more information on CCC certification for China, contact Percept. 

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The PSB Mark is issued by the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board. The Safety Authority (PSB) is the statutory body appointed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to administer the regulations. The Safety Authority has amended the regulations, requiring all registered controlled goods to be individually marked with the SAFETY Mark. Manufacturers, importers, traders, retailers and advertisers who are involved in supplying controlled goods must ensure that their obligations under the regulations are fulfilled. The grant of approval and registration is valid for a period of three years, thereafter renewal is required if registration of that model is to continue. 

Percept specializes in the Singapore Safety Mark.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for Singapore, contact Percept.

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 South Africa 

The safety scheme for electrical goods is operated by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on behalf of the South African government. Compliance can be provided by the SABS based on the submission of the test report from a recognized laboratory. The mark is not required for certified equipment. The SABS is also authorized to issue compulsory EMC (emission) Certificates for ICT products by the Independent Communications Authority South Africa (ICSCA). 

Percept specializes in 
SABS certification.  For more information on applicable certification requirements for South Africa, contact Percept.

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