Europe Standard EN 60950-1 Change to EN 62368-1: Audio/Video (A/V) and Information, Communication Technology (ICT) Equipment sold in Europe will have to comply with the new EN 62368-1 hazard-based standard by December of 2020. This applies to all existing equipment currently CE marked under EN 60950-1. There are many variables which must be considered when transitioning to the new standard; these include certification type (e.g. CB Scheme, LVD Report, safety agency certification, etc), upcoming standard revisions, and potential regulatory conflicts pertaining to the rest of the world’s (ROW) requirements. Companies with many legacy products should weigh all factors carefully when transitioning as costs can add up quickly. G&M Compliance is a Homologation Management Company. We utilize our knowledge and expertise to customize compliance programs to meet our customer’s needs. Because we are not a regulated certification body, we can enjoy this unique perspective and offer our customers “out of the box” solutions. To see what factors to weigh and how they affect the decision-making process regarding the new 62368-1 standard, see our article: Transitioning to 62368-1 – A Practical Approach
Medical Device Directive (MDD) moving to Medical Device Regulation (MDR) – Among the issues that brought on the move to the MDR was the case of a Notified Body’s lack of oversight of a French breast implant manufacturer. The manufacturer had substituted high-quality medical silicone gel with low-quality industrial silicone in its breast implants. This issue went unchecked for some time. As a result of the casualties from this incident and other varieties of negligence, the MDD was revised and re-issued as the MDR. The MDR adds rigorous requirements for Notified Bodies and expands accountability to virtually all economic operators (e.g. authorized representatives, importers, distributors, etc.). The increased requirements and accountability are key elements of the MDR, along with increased scrutiny of risk assessment documentation, technical files, and quality control. G&M can assist in tightening up these elements as well as managing the often-messy submittal process to certification bodies. For more information on the MDR and how it differs from the MDD, see our blog: New European Medical Device Regulation.
Current Challenges Navigating CE Certification
- A rocky road may lie ahead for CE certification programs in the hands of inexperienced project handlers.
- CE marking requirements have become increasingly numerous and complex. Products that used to require only:
- Safety (LVD) and
Now require those plus:
- Wireless (RED),
- Hazardous Substances (ROHS),
- Energy (ErP),
- Recycling (WEEE), and the list goes on
Which of these apply to your products and how can you demonstrate compliance with them?
- Risk Management (RM) and Hazard Analysis (HA) have become de facto requirements for demonstrating compliance to CE marking directives. The creation of RA and HA documents can be time consuming to develop, particularly for companies without experience in these concepts.
How Can We Help?
As a consulting laboratory, G&M’s team is required to have a solid grasp of regulatory requirements along with the ability to align certification programs to our customer’s needs. Whether it’s testing one sample to represent a family, identifying requirements that are not applicable under specific conditions, or providing preliminary evaluations, we have the background to properly manage your CE Certification Project. A Certification Body route on the other hand, can be derived from a platform of bureaucracy, resulting in delays and frustration from overly restrictive practices.
Many our team members take on the role of in-house compliance management for our customers. This role demands that we have visibility of all CE requirements and that we have an established expert in each major discipline. We can help determine which of the directives and standards apply to your product, and the most effective path to compliance.
Demonstrating compliance to the Medical or Machinery Directives have long relied on risk management to ascertain risks posed by these types of products. G&M’s team has been there assisting customers in these areas from the start. Our team is experienced in the different methods of hazard analysis and how to best apply them.
*The documentation and testing process for a CE Certification Evaluation can be long and tedious, particularly if the basic concepts of the directives or even the standards are not fully understood. Trust G&M to get you through the CE process fast and efficiently*
If this is your first time attempting CE certification, the first time certifying a particular type of equipment, or the first time certifying equipment to new standards, we highly recommend a Preliminary Inspection. Preliminary Inspections are a quick and inexpensive way to detect the following before submitting for a Certification Evaluation:
- Design Deficiencies
- Component Deficiencies
- Product Documentation Deficiencies
- Testing Deficiencies
Since the latest Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) came into effect in 2010, the definition of equipment that falls within the scope of this directive became more defined in some cases, but more ambiguous in others. One equipment category affected by the additional ambiguity is Laboratory, and Control/Measurement equipment. Much of this type of equipment that was once considered to be addressed by the Low Voltage Directive, now technically falls under the scope of the Machinery Directive. G&M has extensive experience in tailoring Machinery Directive programs for Laboratory, and Control/Measurement equipment