White Paper: European Union Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

EU Regulation 2023/956 introduces the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, mandating importers to report emissions of goods into the EU from Oct 1, 2023.

White Paper: Satellite™ Data Acceptance Program

Discover how Intertek's Satellite™ data acceptance program streamlines product safety testing and approval, reducing costs and time to market for manufacturers.

White Paper: Elements of a Successful Quality Assurance Program

Modern Quality Assurance programs are far more than the random lot inspections of decades ago. Today's regulators and buyers are far more sophisticated and in-tune with what goes into making a safer, higher quality, more desirable product overall. This white paper provides an overview to many of the key aspects of a sound Quality Assurance program.

Unmasking Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure

Get insights into critical infrastructure vulnerabilities in the digital age. Explore energy, healthcare, and transportation sectors, and understand the growing threat of cyberattacks via the supply chain.

White Paper: Grid Interconnections in the US and Canada

Discover the link between grid interconnection standards in the United States and Canada with our exclusive white paper. Gain insights into the pivotal regulations shaping energy exchange and learn how harmonized standards foster a more reliable, efficient, and sustainable grid.

White Paper: Global Grid Code Evaluations

Intertek assists manufacturers in navigating the diverse safety standards for grid-connected inverters across different countries. With expertise in photovoltaic and energy storage inverter markets, we develop tailored testing procedures to ensure compliance with global grid code requirements, facilitating market entry and product acceptance worldwide.

Functional Safety: Overview and Methods

Intertek offers expertise in functional safety systems across all stages - design, safety chain management, performance assessments, and more.

The Definitive Q&A Guide for North American Product Certification

Selling in North America? Get your product tested and certified by recognized independent bodies for safety compliance. Our guide answers FAQs and offers tips for faster market entry.

White Paper: Determining Flammable Refrigerant Ignition Sources

As HVAC manufacturers are shifting to alternative refrigerants to meet regulatory requirements in the market, unfamiliar construction challenges may arise. When designing a product to align with the standard requirements, it is necessary to understand the ignition sources present that may result in a fire or explosion hazard within the appliance, the room or space it is conditioning, and connected ducts.

CSA 22.2 No. 286, Revisions to the Standard

Discover the significant revisions to CSA 22.2 No. 286 standard and their impact on your business.

White Paper: Refrigerant Detection Sensor Requirements for HVACR Equipment

HVAC and refrigeration appliances that utilize a flammable refrigerant may require Refrigerant Detection to meet installation code requirements. If Refrigerant Detection is provided with these appliances, they must meet all the design and test requirements provided in the latest industry safety standards.

White Paper Download: "Evolution of the Home Healthcare Market and Medical Device Compliance"

The rise in home healthcare is shaping the future, impacting services and devices. Manufacturers must address differences in professional and home settings, understanding unique risks. Explore these variances in our white paper for compliance readiness and market advantage.

Short Circuit Ratings for Industrial Control Panels

Ensure SCCR compliance with our short circuit current ratings white paper. Learn how to calculate and safeguard your industrial control panels.

10 Tips for Efficient Successful Hazloc Product Approval

Get your Hazloc product approved faster! Download our white paper for 10 tips to streamline certification and reduce time to market.

Becoming a Listed Alarm Service Company

Unlock growth opportunities for your alarm service company with our 'Becoming a Listed Alarm Service Company' white paper.

Testing & Compliance Requirements For Robotic Medical Devices

The widespread use and acceptance of robots across the healthcare industry is creating a number of opportunities for medical device manufacturers. It's also creating a number of questions when it comes to product testing and compliance. Our new FAQ answers many of those with help from our leading experts in regulatory compliance for medical robots.

Automated Mobile Platforms: UL/ULC 3100

Explore Automated Mobile Platforms (AMPs) and UL/ULC 3100 standard, including critical components, testing, risk assessment, and regional variations in North American markets.

Download: Radio Equipment Directive (RED) update with Cybersecurity Requirements

The Radio Equipment Directive, which sets requirements for products with radio/wireless capabilities being sold in the EU, has been updated to include Cybersecurity and data safeguards. The new changes took effect on 1-FEB 2022 and become mandatory on 1-AUG 2025. The sooner you start to integrate Cybersecurity measures into your device the better.

UKCA Mandatory Marking Guidance

Intertek's Market Update simplifies Brexit's impact on trade, regulatory conformity, and accessing UK, Northern Ireland, and EU markets post-January 1, 2021. Clearing Brexit complexity for importers, exporters, and businesses needing UK Approved Body services for supplying goods to the UK is our primary goal.

8 Ways to Expedite Intrinsically Safe Product Certification Process

Speed up your Intrinsic Safety product certification with our white paper, highlighting 8 effective approaches.

Download: Payne Cell Gravimetric Measurements in Polymer-solvent Systems for Diffusion Coefficients and Isotherm Data

This paper explores using Payne cells to measure diffusion and solubility coefficients in polymer/solvent systems, focusing on toluene-silicone rubber.

White Paper: 5 Essential Steps to Medical Device Certification

The medical device industry relies on a higher level of documentation records than many other certification categories. It is important -- especially for start-up companies -- to consider that developing a functional prototype is NOT sufficient to meet the full regulatory burden. It is critical to generate all the documentation that covers the key elements of the IEC 60601-standard series, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, the Medical Device Regulation of Europe (MDR), and more.

JPEx Certification FAQs

Navigate equipment certifications for hazardous environments with our JPEx Certification FAQs white paper.

Medical Device Market Requirements for Japan

The distribution of medical devices in Japan is regulated in accordance with the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act (PMD Act). The most recent revision to the PMD Act was made on August 1, 2021.

Medical Device Market Requirements for Brazil

Download our free Market Guidance Document for medical device regulatory requirements in Brazil. This guide outlines the compliance assessment steps in accordance with Ordinance 384/2020, the standard for the safety and performance of electronic medical equipment.

Download The Road to ‘Net Zero’ White Paper

In the urgent fight against climate change, the focus is on halting and not just reducing carbon emissions. With the Paris Agreement's 1.5°C target and 'net zero' goals, businesses and governments face mounting pressure to take action and be accountable for their carbon footprint.

White Paper: The Importance of Aligning a Pharmaceutical Audit Scope with the Correct Standard

Maintaining compliance and transparency in pharma supply chains is crucial. Quality audits of suppliers are vital to ensure high production standards. Choosing the right industry standard mitigates risk.

CCCEx Technical Decision Notice (TC 28-2021)

Stay informed about recent CCCEx technical decisions in China regarding explosion-proof products. Download our free English-translated guide for detailed insights.

White Paper: Responsible Sourcing in the Building and Construction Sector

Companies must meet rising demands for ethics, accountability, and regulations on environmental and social issues.

Top Ten Reasons Products Fail Compliance Testing & Certification

Intertek tests devices to standards. Surprisingly, over 90% of medical electrical devices fail first tests. Failures lead to market delays, costs, brand damage, and safety risks. This document explores common failures to help manufacturers improve design and manufacturing.

White Paper: Environmental Product Declaration

The construction industry's focus on sustainability has grown, leading to increased interest in Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to assess environmental performance. This white paper explains EPDs, their creation process, and challenges, with expertise from Intertek Assuris' global Sustainability Team.

Brexit changes to the European Medical Devices Market

Brexit has had a widespread impact on many industries; the electrical medical device market has been no exception. Download our new overview of key requirements for placing a new medical device on the Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland) markets as well as the Northern Ireland market.

FAQ: Safety Requirements for Children’s Clothing Sold in Europe

Under the EU General Product Safety Directive (GPSD 2001/95/EC), only safe products shall be placed on the market in Europe. As a result, many children’s products – including clothes – are required to comply with various safety standards that relate to security of attachments, cords & drawstrings, flammability and chemical safety.

White Paper: Techniques & Methods of Battery Failure Analysis

In this white paper, Intertek's energy storage experts outline the process of battery failure analysis, crucial for identifying root causes and implementing corrective actions. They discuss techniques for pinpointing issues within batteries, devices, or management systems, offering valuable insights for product improvement and liability mitigation.

IEC 61439 Edition 3.0: Low Voltage Switchgear & Controlgear Assemblies

Learn how IEC 61439 Edition 3.0 affects product compliance in power switchgear in our white paper, covering key 2020 changes.

Intertek Functional Safety Conformity Assessment Program

Discover Intertek's Functional Safety Certification Program for automated machinery and robotics, offering flexibility and visibility through our certification.

Guide to Hazardous Location Equipment Marking

Get a comprehensive breakdown of hazardous location equipment marking requirements and their correct application in our guide for manufacturers and end users.

Recent Amendments to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011

Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 outlines requirements for plastic food contact materials (FCMs). This paper by Hilde Raemen emphasizes staying updated on amendments to ensure product compliance.

GB/T 22705: Safety Specifications for Cords & Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing

Starting May 1, 2020, China’s new standard GB/T 22705—2019 for cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing is in force. Download our white paper to understand changes and ensure compliance with the updated safety specifications.

Explosionproof vs. Flameproof: Understanding the Differences Between IEC 60079-1 and ANSI/UL 1203

Intertek's white paper compares ANSI/UL1203 and IEC 60079-1 standards, covering construction, ANSI/ISA60079-1, and testing. It offers a streamlined testing plan for global market access, saving manufacturers time.

EMC Compliance Implications

For CE Marking under EMC Directive 2014/30/EU, on-site EMC testing data is crucial for Technical Construction File (TCF). The directive ensures equipment's electromagnetic compatibility and immunity to interference. Our paper explores compliance for large products, from test planning to declaration.

FAQs for Product Compliance in Hazardous Locations

Manufacturing electrical products for hazardous locations involves complex standards and certifications. Intertek's FAQ white paper answers common client questions, aiding product market entry.

IEC 61010 Series: Master the Challenge & Keep Up with the Changes

IEC 61010 is a widely accepted electrical safety standard for laboratory, process control, and test & measurement equipment. This paper delivers an overview of the latest developments, new and revised requirements, the status of Edition 3 and Amendment 1 in major markets, and much more.

Ensuring Conformity of Buoyancy Aids

Buoyancy aids meant for wearing, like those aiding child swimming, must meet Essential Health & Safety Requirements of PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 from April 21, 2019. Expert Sean Gartrell outlines regulatory context and smooth compliance path covering testing, assessment, and CE mark certification.

White Paper: 10 Tips for Faster & More Successful Hazardous Location Product Approval

Navigate the complexities of ATEX, IECEx, and ETL approvals for hazardous location equipment with our white paper.

Reducing Risks at Halloween - Safety Compliance of Costumes, Toys and Candles

If you are considering your manufacturing or buying cycles for Halloween or other Autumn festivities, download our article now for insight from our expert, Philip Bullock, who has highlighted the regulatory background you need to know and practical steps you can take to ensure that Halloween toys, dress-up, and candles conform to standards.

Understanding VOC Emission Testing & Certification

Learn about VOC emission standards for furniture and building products in North America. Discover legal requirements, product testing, standards, and certification schemes in our complimentary white paper, promoting sustainability and safety.

Resistivity and Life Evaluation of a Flow Battery

This report analyzes the life estimation of a vanadium redox flow battery, focusing on the degradation of the ion exchange membrane measured through resistivity. The goal is to assess whether the battery can achieve a minimum of 9,000 cycles.

The Process Approach: Adding Business Value and Minimising Risks

Embrace the Process Approach as more than just compliance. It's a philosophy for efficient results. This whitepaper introduces tools like the Turtle Diagram and SWOT Analysis to support strategic objectives and foster an improvement mindset.

IEC 62368-1 Standard Compliance Guide

On December 20, 2020, IEC 62368-1 replaces previous standards for electrical and electronic equipment safety. Download Intertek's white paper for compliance guidance, covering scope, requirements, evaluation criteria, recognized hazards, and more.

Using Radio Technology in Electrical Equipment Compliance Requirements

The emergence of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi has changed the design of many products from vacuum cleaners and cooking appliances to the phones everyone carries every day. But how does adding these technologies to existing household or medical products affect their regulatory compliance? This is one of the most common questions asked of the EMC laboratory at Intertek.

White Paper: Active Implantable Medical Devices

For Implantable Medical Devices, ensuring patient safety and device reliability is crucial. Our white paper, based on the 2018 webinar series, offers insights into meeting FDA and global regulatory standards effectively.

Guide To North American Product Testing & Certification

Discover how to comply with North American product certification requirements. Topics include OSHA, NRTL program, product marking, field labeling, certifications for Canada and Mexico, ETL Certification, and more.

IEC/UL 62368-1 Safety of Information Technology and Audio/Video Equipment

The deadline is nearing and the countdown is on. For years the discussion around Dates of Withdrawal for 60950 and 60065 have been set, extended, and set again. At least, it appears we're ready to move on. Download our updated paper with information that will help you meet IEC/UL 62368-1 for IT Equipment and Audio/Video Products.

The ISO 45001:2018 Migration

Stay updated on OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 migration. Our whitepaper highlights key changes and explains the transition process for maintaining certified Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certification.

Global Grid Code Evaluations & Compliance

As technology progresses, renewable energy product standards, such as IEEE 1547 and IEEE 2030, evolve. Grid connection standards, like UL 1741SA and California Rule 21, are crucial for compliance. While many countries have similar grid standards, differences exist, impacting photovoltaic, wind, and energy storage markets.

FAQ: California Proposition 65 Warning Label Requirements

New warning regulations under California's Proposition 65 effective from August 30, 2018, mandate compliance with revised warning label requirements for products. Businesses must adhere to specific methods and content, no longer allowed generic warnings.

IEC 60601-1-2 4th Edition EMC White Paper

The fourth edition of IEC 60601-1-2 introduces new product categories, new test levels, and eliminates the “life-support” device category from previous editions. Download our white paper to become familiar with the fourth edition requirements.

Overview of IEC 62368-1: Safety of Information Technology and Audio/Video Equipment

Unlock insights into modern tech safety standards with our white paper on IEC/EN 62368-1. Discover how it shapes AV and IT equipment compliance for today's convergence era.

Appliance and Control Devices: Software Compliance

Prioritize product safety and competitiveness. Understand standards and software faults with Intertek's testing services for an edge in the market.

Automotive Lighting: Photometric Concepts, Calibration, and Measurement

Intertek's white paper delves into the evolving landscape of automotive lighting, driven by LED and semiconductor advancements. It highlights challenges in regulations, quality control, and measurement equipment. The paper outlines 5 key photometry areas to guide clients through this dynamic sector, leveraging Intertek's global network of experts to navigate emerging technologies and uphold light metrology standards.

UAE ECAS Compliance: Manufacturer Guidance White Papers

UAE enforces ECAS for specific products. Intertek's white papers outline regulations and services for compliance, like ECAS Certificate of Conformity and EQM.

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) for On- and Off-Electric Grid Applications

This paper explores the electric grid's role as a just-in-time supply system, emphasizing the critical need for balance between electricity generation and consumption to prevent disruptions. Topics include grid applications, opportunities, and operational overviews of large battery energy storage systems.

What You Need to Know: U.S. and Canadian Requirements for Windows and Doors

Navigate the complex requirements for fenestration components in the U.S. and Canadian markets with our white paper. Gain clarity on essential steps and considerations for market entry.

Gas Appliance Regulations: Guidance for Implementation of GAR vs. GAD

This will introduce changes to the existing requirements laid out in the Gas Appliances Directive 2009/142/EC.

Stationary Engine Generator Assemblies: Compliance to ANSI/UL 2200 & ANSI/ULC 2200

This fact sheet on ANSI/UL 2200 & ULC 2200 helps navigate certification questions for stationary engine generator assemblies, ensuring safe progress.

IECEx Non-Electrical: Regulatory Guide to Non-Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations

ISO and IEC have introduced new global standards, building upon the ATEX Directive, for non-electrical equipment under the IECEx scheme. These standards will assess non-electrical hazards in Ex equipment used in North America.

IoT Product Design

Designing IoT products requires balancing functionality, interoperability, and cybersecurity to mitigate cyber risks and optimize product utility.

ASTM E84: Smoke Variability and Smoke Area Calibration

Intertek maintains ASTM E84 accreditation at four labs in North America and Asia. They reviewed equipment, procedures, and the standard itself to understand SDI result variability.

Use of Portable Electrical Devices in Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas

Discover the added risks associated with portable electrical equipment in hazardous areas in our North American edition. Explore safety measures for assessing and testing devices like smartphones, PDAs, and tablets.

White Paper Download: Insight into Botanical Ingredients

Consumer preference for botanical cosmetics rises due to natural qualities and perceived efficacy. Extraction methods and bioefficacy play crucial roles, driving interest in ethically sourced products.

Alarm Systems & Components

This white paper, updated December of 2016, is your guide to understanding the EN Security regulations and standards that apply to your alarm system.

Transitioning from UL 1995 to UL 60335-2-40 White Paper

HVAC equipment faces regulatory changes from UL 1995 to UL 60335-2-40, leading to stricter testing standards across various areas.

FAQ: China Regulation and Quality Compliance for Textile Products

Download our FAQ for China textile standards, compliance, testing, and labeling guidance, ensuring your products meet regulatory requirements.

Third Party Testing in an Agile Environment

Explore misconceptions about third-party testing in agile environments. This paper clarifies common misunderstandings for better decision-making.

NFPA 79 for the USA in Comparison to IEC/EN 60204-1 for Europe

Explore the differences between NFPA 79 in the USA and IEC/EN 60204-1 in Europe in this paper. It aids in meeting compliance requirements for border inspections and AHJ reviews for your products.

Overview of the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU

Get an overview of the mandatory legislation governing equipment in the EU with this paper, which covers the requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU.

Industrial Machinery Standards: Comparing NFPA 79 and IEC / EN 60204-1

EU manufacturers exporting to the US need to understand US electrical standards (NFPA 79) vs. EU standards (IEC/EN 60204-1) to avoid compliance issues.

Environmental Testing: Corrosive by Nature

This paper helps understanding what environmental factors will compromise your product down the line, will help you improve its design and make it more robust and less prone to avoidable failures.

Verify the Ingress Protection provided by your lighting product’s enclosure

Ensure outdoor or industrial lighting durability with Ingress Protection (IP) testing. This white paper clarifies IP vs. NEMA ratings, aiding in product design and compliance.

IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4: New Requirements for Medical EMC

Our experts developed this white paper to provide guidance on the new requirements and important changes of IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4 and improve your speed to market.

Overview of the EU Food Contact Regulations

We cover the key elements of the most important European regulations and guidelines and also address the different steps towards achieving compliance for food contact materials.

Top-8 FAQs of Failure Analysis

Failure analysis investigates the root cause of product, component, or asset failures. It offers insights to solve issues, take corrective measures, and prevent recurrence. Explore the top 8 FAQs for a better understanding of the process, including what it includes, why something broke, and its ability to pinpoint the exact cause.

Using ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 to Gain a Competitive Advantage

Join over 1.1 million certified organizations and leverage QMS/EMS for business growth, market-entry, and supplier relationships through ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 certification.

Use of Portable Electrical Devices in Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas

With the rising use of portable electrical equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres, it's crucial for Safety and IT personnel to grasp the safety and risk implications of such "Ex" protected devices like smartphones and tablets.

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU

Download this white paper for an overview of Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, its new requirements, and what it means for your next product design.

The Definitive Guide to Furniture Testing in North America

This white paper addresses furniture industry trends, testing standards, and protocols for performance, safety, flammability, and environmental aspects. Beneficial for manufacturers, architects, importers, and stakeholders aiming for compliance.

Accelerated Stress Testing

This white paper explores how Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) during product development can turn failure into success. It discusses AST methods, applicable products, creation, maintenance efforts, and the value AST adds to the development process, ensuring products are market-ready.

Safety & Occupational Footwear: EU Regulations & Top Five Tests

Since June 1995, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the European Community must be CE marked and comply with Directive 89/686/EEC. Manufacturers are responsible for adhering to regulations, ensuring safety standards are met before market placement.

High Visibility Clothing & Accessories Requirements for Europe

High visibility products, used in various settings like construction sites, roadways, and by emergency workers, fall under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive (89/686/EEC). They aim to visually signal the wearer's presence and enhance visibility in different lighting conditions, promoting safety in both professional and leisure activities.

Testing and Certification for PPE Gloves & the EU Regulations

Explore glove testing and standards in this whitepaper, covering types of PPE gloves and relevant standards, including CE marking, EN 420, EN 388, EN 374, EN 407, EN 12477, and more, with insights on PPE and the European Community Directive.

Guide to Compliance with FMVSS 108 Update for Automotive Lighting

This article discusses the modifications to FMVSS 108 by NHTSA in December 2012, raising questions about testing requirements. It covers 13 key changes, remaining areas for interpretation, FMVSS 108 review process introduction, and differences between U.S. FMVSS 108 and Canadian CMVSS 108.

Understanding EN 71-3 New Chemical Migration Limits in Toys and Childcare Items

The European Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC) underwent a major revision in 2009, with chemical aspects applying from 2013. The revised EN 71-3 Standard has implications for toys and related articles in the EU market. This paper discusses compliance implications for manufacturers, importers, and retailers.

The Recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

Explore the major changes in the new RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) in our white paper. Understand your obligations as a manufacturer, importer, or distributor, including demonstrating compliance for CE marking in the Technical Construction File.