S Mark Certification
Intertek exclusively provides the S Mark. Products bearing this Mark demonstrate compliance with legal European electrical safety requirements via third-party testing
Electrical products sold throughout the EU must bear the CE marking. However, as CE marking is self-declared, impartial testing is not required. Products bearing the S Mark (a voluntary certification) show that Intertek has independently tested and certified that the products fulfill valid safety requirements. With the S Mark, your product may be sold throughout the EU without further safety testing or certification. The testing and certification regimen for the S Mark is the basis for CE marking and the required documentation.
When the safety of electrical and electronic products is certified, the products are tested for the following risks, as specified in the European safety standards: Fire, electric shock, mechanical injuries, radiation injuries and burns and certain types of environmental damage. As a European safety mark, the S Mark communicates to over 450 million people that your products are safe. In Europe, "Safety" begins with S, no matter where you are: Sicherheit (German), Seguridad (Spanish), Sécurité (French), Sicurezza (Italian), Segurança (Portuguese), Säkerhet (Swedish).
Importance of the S Mark
For your customers, the S Mark is a visible proof of the safety of your product. For manufacturers and retailers, S Marking is assurance that your brand reputation will not be put at risk by a product safety failure. In addition, because each "S Marked" product is independently tested, you don’t risk having your products taken off the market because they don’t meet market requirements. The S Mark provides the opportunity to leverage your company’s commitment to safety in your marketing efforts. Since CE marking does not require independent testing, critical consumers and retailers look for products with marks from impartial testing companies. In fact, surveys show that when consumers are aware of the difference between the S Mark and CE marking, nearly 80% say that the next time they buy an electrical product, it will be "important" or "very important" that it is S Marked.
S Mark on over 40,000 Certified Products
Today there are over 40,000 products that have been S Marked. These certified products are found in following industries:
- Consumer Electronics
- Household Appliances
- Measurement equipment
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