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What are the advantages of enterprises applying for IECEx certification?

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| 2019-12-12|Return

In recent years, the domestic market for explosion-proof electrical products in China has been very active, with an average annual growth rate of 20%. However, the lack of international competitiveness has become a bottleneck for the industry to grow and strengthen. According to statistics, only a small number of explosion-proof electrical products are sold in the international market in China. Some industry experts and enterprises believe that implementing a certification system for explosion-proof electrical products that is in line with international standards will help improve the technical content and quality of products, promote industrial upgrading, and expand the export trade of explosion-proof electrical products. To achieve international standards for explosion-proof electrical product certification, the most direct way is to apply for an IECEx certificate. So:

What are the main advantages of enterprises applying for IECEx certification?

Firstly,It can directly promote product exports. Since its establishment in 1996, the number of member countries, certification bodies, and testing laboratories has been continuously expanding, and the number of IECEx certification certificates has also been increasing year by year, which has been accepted by more explosion-proof electrical manufacturers and product users. Implementing IECEx certification can eliminate unnecessary duplicate certification and testing internationally while ensuring a moderate level of safety for explosion-proof electrical products. The ultimate goal is to accept a standard, a certificate, and a certification mark worldwide, which is conducive to eliminating technical barriers in international trade of explosion-proof electrical products and promoting the development of international trade.

Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore have already accepted the IECEx international certification. Exporting explosion-proof electrical products that have obtained the IECEx certificate to these countries no longer requires applying for the country's explosion-proof certification. According to the regulations of the IECEx system, IEC system member countries that cannot accept IECEx certificates due to national differences and other reasons should recognize the Ex Testing Report (ExTR) and Factory Quality System Inspection Report (QAR) issued by the Ex Certification Body (ExCB) of the IEC system member countries when conducting IECEx certification. Only supplementary tests need to be conducted on the differences in the standards, This provides a fast track for manufacturers from other member countries holding IECEx certificates to apply for certifications from other countries or regions. At present, other non IEC member countries are gradually beginning to accept IECEx certificates, such as Malaysia and other countries.

It can enhance the credibility, popularity, and reputation of enterprises and products, and increase market competitiveness. Enterprises that have obtained the IECEx certificate can add the Ex logo to their certified products, and can also publish information or copies of the IECEx certificate in manuals, advertisements, promotional materials, etc. At present, China's explosion-proof electrical industry has developed rapidly in recent years, but there is still a significant gap compared to the international advanced level. Therefore, improving product quality, technical level, and brand awareness is an urgent task.

In order to strengthen the control of explosion-proof electrical products, the State Administration for Market Regulation recently issued a notice on the implementation requirements of the State Administration for Market Regulation on the transformation of explosion-proof electrical and other products from production licenses to mandatory product certification management. It clearly stated that explosion-proof electrical products will be transformed from production licenses to mandatory product certification (CCC certification) management, and officially implemented on October 1, 2019. This indicates that China is strengthening its attention to the explosion-proof electrical industry, which is undoubtedly a good development opportunity for explosion-proof electrical export trade enterprises.

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