MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- UL (Underwriters Laboratories) continues to be the global market leader in issuing IEC System of Conformity Assessment for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) Certification Body (CB) Test Certificates for medical electrical devices (MED). UL, including its global subsidiaries, has been the overall leader in the MED category since at least 2002i. UL in total issued twice the amount of MED CB Test Certificates than its closest competitor in 2015ii.
According to IECEE, CB Test Certificates "attest that the product samples have successfully passed the test conditions and are in compliance with the requirements in the relevant IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Standard(s)."iii For the "MED" category, the relevant standards include the recognized IEC 60601-1 series of standards. In 2015, the MED category represented 4.6 percent of the overall IECEE Certificates issued for all categories, or approximately 4,026 certificates. Overall, the number of CB certificates issued by all NCBs in the MED category slightly decreased from 2014iv.
In 2015, UL also widened its lead in the MEAS category, for products tested to IEC 61010, the standard for Laboratory, Test and Measurement Equipment. The MEAS category represents approximately 2% of the overall CB Scheme Test Certificates issued in 2015.
The IECEE established the CB Scheme to provide a means for the mutual acceptance of CB Test Certificates and CB Test Reports among participating safety certification organizations, including UL, for the purpose of obtaining national certification or marks. The CB Scheme is an international network made up of product certification organizations in more than 50 countries around the world.
UL actively participates in IEC standards technical committees which contribute to its ability to be a respected technical voice within the IEC community.
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