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IEC Conformity Assessment Systems

Choosing the right System

Find out which of the IEC CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems is the right one for your needs:


Vaccum cleaner

Electrical equipment:
safety and performance

Electrical equipment:
safety and performance

IECEE - IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components

IECEE covers safety and performance for a wide variety of equipment and components used in homes, offices, workshops, healthcare facilities and more. IECEE Test Certificates are mutually recognized by all members.  A product that has been tested in one member market will not have to be retested in another, if the relevant national differences have been taken into account. As a result approval and certification at the national level is greatly facilitated.

Certificates that open many markets

In many countries, IECEE CB Test Certificates and Test Reports are proof of compliance to regulatory requirements, and many retailers, buyers and vendors are happy to import electrical goods carrying an IECEE Test Certificate.


Read the IECEE brochure and visit the IECEE website for more information about this System, its Schemes and a detailed list of the scopes of its activities.




Oil refinery

Hazardous environments

Hazardous environments

IECEx - IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres

IECEx covers the highly specialized field of explosion protection associated with the use of equipment in areas where flammable gases, liquids and combustible dusts may be present. This System provides the assurance that equipment is manufactured to meet safety standards, and that services such as installation, repair and overhaul also comply with IEC International Standards on safety. The United Nations, via UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), recommends the IEC and IECEx as the world’s best practice model for the verification of conformity to International Standards. It published a “Common Regulatory Framework” encompassing the use of IEC International Standards developed by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres, with proof of compliance demonstrated by IECEx.


Read the IECEx brochure and visit the IECEx website for more information about this System, its Schemes and a detailed list of the scopes of its activities.





Electronic components

Electronic components

IECQ - IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components

IECQ ensures the safety and reliability of electronic components used in the IT industry, avionics, and more. It also monitors and tests the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and provides assessment and certification for facilities that handle unprotected ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices.


Read the IECQ brochure and visit the IECQ website for more information about this System, its Schemes and a detailed list of the scopes of its activities.





Renewable energies

Renewable energies

Renewable energies

IECRE – IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications

The ever-increasing demand for electricity and the need to reduce the share of fossil fuels in power generation have led to rapid development and growth of the Renewable Energy (RE) sector. With this in mind, the IECRE was created to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in RE sectors, while maintaining the required level of safety.


The System intends to provide testing, inspection and certification for sectors such as wind energy, marine energy and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.

What does the system IECRE cover?

In practical terms, the IECRE System is organized into sectors and Schemes. Three sectors include:

  • Marine Energy
  • Solar PV Energy
  • Wind Energy

Each of these sectors will be able to operate Schemes that cover:

  • products, e.g. components and systems
  • services, e.g. installations and other related offers of the sector
  • personnel, e.g. covering the competence of those working in the sector

How does the System work?

Established on the basis of operating a single, global certification System, which uses International Standards, the IECRE aims for:

  • harmonized application worldwide to ensure uniform implementation and mutual recognition between certification bodies and test labs
  • uniform implementation and delivery of information by suppliers, sub-suppliers, end users and others providing documentation for certification, as well as for the elements, modules and reports, statements and certificates produced during the certification processes
  • acceptance by local/national authorities or other bodies requiring and benefiting from certification

Future potential

While IECRE focuses on these three sectors for now, the door remains open to consider other technologies such as concentrated solar power (CSP), geothermal energy and fuel cells.


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