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Testing service provider for quality and safety, TÜV Rheinland, extended its global independent inspection, testing and certification (TIC) credentials in two of the Asia-Pacific region’s most important markets – India and China.

With the addition of a string of American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approvals, TÜV Rheinland is now a choice for Asia-Pacific manufacturers to have their products certified for sale in North America.

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TÜV Rheinland India is the first TIC laboratory in India to receive A2LA accreditation and to be listed by the FCC to perform EMI, EMC and Wireless testing and certification locally according to North American market standards. TȔV Rheinland’s EMC laboratories in Guangzhou and Shanghai have also received A2LA accreditation and FCC approval.

The laboratories cover a wide range of products, from information technology equipment (ITE) to industrial, scientific and medical equipment (ISM), household appliances, electric tools, lighting, sound and television broadcast receivers and radio frequency (RF) equipment.

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“Our Guangzhou laboratory is accredited in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005-08 General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. This key accreditation demonstrates the technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system which is essential to gain entry to international markets and retain customer and consumer confidence,” said Holger Kunz, executive vice president of products, TÜV Rheinland.

This development follows the introduction of the FCC’s DA-17-274A1 document in March, 2017, which details the expansion of A2LA’s scope of FCC recognition. The expansion includes accreditation of testing laboratories located in non-Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) countries such as India, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, and Thailand.

“Mutual Recognition Agreements are government-to-government trade facilitation measures aimed at creating a global approach to conformity assessment. Without the necessary MRA in place with the U.S., it is simply not possible for labs in many countries to perform Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and certification testing in Wireless, EMI and EMC in order to demonstrate conformance with FCC regulations,” said Kalyan Varma, vice president of products, TÜV Rheinland.

“With this milestone A2LA achievement, along with other necessary accreditations like NABL-17025:2005-08 in place, TȔV Rheinland’s laboratories in India and Greater China can help customers conduct all the short- and long-range wireless, EMI and EMC testing and certification services required for products aimed at the North American market,” said Varma.

The A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, public service, membership society. It is an independent, non-profit, internationally-recognized accreditation body in North America to offer a full range of comprehensive laboratory and laboratory-related accreditation services and training.

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