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CB certification: Obtain access to the International market
To be able to access International markets, the Certification Body (CB) scheme was developed. It was created by the International Electrotechnical Commission for Electrical Equipment (IECEE) to help manufacturers streamline the process of obtaining national safety certifications for their products in different markets. This is an international scheme for mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates covering the safety of electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components.
What is CB certification?
CB is an abbreviation for Certification Body. A CB certification is considered to be the equivalent of the CE mark which is used in the European Union. CB Scheme is certified by IECEE (international committee for electrical and electrotechnical equipment). Herein, they offer certification for electrical and electronic equipment, devices and components.
CB certification, meaning under the CB Scheme, indicates that your product is certified for multiple international markets, and in the process this also eliminates the need for duplicate certifications. However, the CB certification is not legally mandatory, unless legislated by the government or mandated by industry or trade associations.
Contrary to the CE marking, the CB scheme does not have its own separate CB mark. However, CB certification provides the opportunity to obtain conformity markings valid in participating countries worldwide.
Which products need a CB Certification?
There are 17 categories of electrical products covered by the CB Scheme, which include:
Cables and Cords
Capacitors as components
Switches for appliances and automatic controls for electrical household appliances
Household and similar equipment
Hazardous Substances Testing Service
Installation accessories and connection devices
Measurement, Control and Laboratory equipment
Electrical equipment for medical use
IT and office equipment
Low voltage, high power switching equipment
Installation protective equipment
Safety transformers and similar equipment
Electric Toys & Electronic Equipment
How can you obtain a CB certificate?
CB certificate meaning a certificate that confirms compliance with CB standards. In order to obtain such a CB certificate, a National Certification Body (NCB) must approve an independent third-party test assessment. A NCB is an organisation that has been granted permission to operate the Certification Bodies (CBs) scheme within their country. Through an NCB appointed Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL), this can be achieved. In the case you have a testing facility at your manufacturing site, an authorised CB Testing Engineer known as a Local Technical Representative (LTR) can perform or witness your product testing. This means that you cannot obtain a CB certificate with a self-declaration of conformity.
Additionally, each participating country has one or more organisations that are accepted by the IECEE as National Certification Bodies (NCBs), which can carry out the necessary CB certification testing.
Contrary to the CE marking, the CB scheme does not have its own separate CB mark or CB certification mark. However, CB certification provides the opportunity to obtain conformity markings valid in participating countries worldwide.
CB Certification Countries include:
Korea, Rep. of
Serbia Rep. of
United Arab Emirates
Preparation of CB certification documents
1. Product instruction manual.
2. Safety design files (including key structure drawings, that is, design drawings reflecting climbing distance, clearance, number and thickness of insulation layers).