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Chicago - Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries around the world, announces the addition of its laboratory in Mexico City to its list of notified bodies able to test and certify low-voltage electrical products for the Gulf mark (G mark) scheme. The Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) and Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) have granted the designation to the lab, which joins Intertek facilities in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden as approved notified bodies. Now with nine labs authorized under the G mark scheme, Intertek is able to offer localized service to clients across the globe looking to enter the Gulf market.
“Providing a truly global solution for assurance, testing, inspection, and certification is critical in support of our customers’ current and ongoing success,” said Bruce McGill, Vice President of Global Certification at Intertek. “Adding Mexico City as our ninth notified body for the G mark scheme is a reflection of how we scale our business to anticipate and meet the growing needs of our customers.”
The G mark was developed by the GSO to ensure product quality and safety for certain low-voltage electrical equipment and appliances being sold in participating countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. As of July 1, 2016, it will be mandatory for all low-voltage electrical products entering the marketplace to bear a G mark. Products defined within List 2 of the regulation will require third-party intervention from a notified body to examine, test and recommend a product for the scheme.
As a G mark notified body, Intertek has been recognized as a conformity assessment body, accredited under ISO 17065 and notified by the GSO and GCC to be deemed competent to conduct product verification and certification to the G mark standards. The prime function of a notified body is to conduct product life cycle capability governing the design, manufacturability, and in-service life of electrical/electronic appliances. In addition to its G mark notified body status, Intertek has multiple notified body facilities under the EU Directives in Europe, which extend into North America and Asia, as well as co-licensed and own-branded certification schemes such as CE marking in the EU and the ETL mark in North America.
Intertek, a global leader in product testing, inspection and certification, helps thousands of manufacturers meet regulatory, industry, and customer-specific requirements for product safety and quality. The company has a global network of ISO 17025 accredited laboratories and is one of the world’s largest issuers of IECEE CB scheme certificates, which aligns with G mark because a majority of products initially in scope are based on the IEC 60335 HOUS standard for electrical safety and EMC.
Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 40,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains.
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