IECEE certification takes stage in Africa

Conformity Assessment moves safety to the forefront

By Aliyah Esmail

In many developing countries, electrical and electronic goods sold locally are imported from all over the world. Due to the dumping of substandard products into these countries, having a guarantee that only safe equipment reaches the local market becomes ever more important. It will therefore be in governments’ interest to require compliance with IEC International Standards for electrotechnical imports.

Developing countries are beginning to use IEC Conformity Assessment Systems to ensure that imported electrical and electronic goods rely on IEC International Standards in terms of safety and efficiency.

The IECEE (IEC System for Conformity Assessment of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) administers third party conformity testing and certification that address the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components and goods for the home, office or health facilities.

Developing countries can sometimes be the dumping ground of substandard products. It is in governments’ interest to comply with IEC International Standards

First IECEE—AFSEC seminar on electrical safety and Conformity Assessment

IECEE and AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) are planning an international seminar that will take place in Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 August 2013.

The two day event will include a general presentation of conformity assessment at the IEC, as well as three specific sessions on electrical safety for refrigerators, luminaires as well as audio and video electronic equipment.

International experts will help African delegates understand the mechanisms to check the conformity of specific products against IEC International Standards and how to access online certificates.

The event is organized in collaboration with several African organizations: AU (African Union), AFREC (African Energy Commission of the African Union), and KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards) in partnership with two Kenyan laboratories.

Who should attend?

The event is for experts, senior staff and professionals from the standardization and regulation sectors, retailers, buyers, vendors, as well as from laboratories and utilities in African countries that are involved in AFSEC and/or the IEC Family.

A practical approach

The seminar agenda focuses on capacity building for African experts and will include technical presentations and practical exercises.

Participants will learn to apply three IEC International Standards (see list below) that relate to the electrical safety of refrigerators and luminaires as well as electronic equipment. The technical presentations will also address local problems faced by participants.

IEC 60335-1 and IEC 60335-2-24 on the safety of refrigerating appliances

IEC 60598-1 and IEC 60598-2-1 on the safety of fixed general purpose luminaires

IEC 60065 on the safety of audio, video and similar electronic apparatus

About the speakers

The seminar will be conducted by three experts, Pierre de Ruvo, Fabio Gargantini, Jean Lanzo and Ling Vicky Zhang who will share their experience and knowledge, answer questions and provide advice, information and background material.

Pierre de Ruvo - Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of IECEE

In 1998, Pierre de Ruvo became Executive Secretary of the IECEE. He has since been re-elected twice as IECEE Executive Secretary, with the current mandate ending in 2014. De Ruvo was appointed Chairman of the ILAC-IAF-IEC Steering Committee in 2009. Today, after more than 30 years of experience in Conformity Assessment, while managing the IECEE System, among other duties, he provides lectures all over the world to promote the IECEE and its schemes. The System facilitates trade of electrical and electronic products in the global market.

Fabio Gargantini

Fabio Gargantini has been active for more than 30 years in product testing and certification, with a specialization in domestic equipment, at the national and international levels. He is an IECEE Lead and Technical Assessor for ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, and ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services (formerly ISO/IEC Guide 65), as well as several IEC product standards. Since 2004, working for Electrosuisse, an IECEE CB (Certification Body), he has set up laboratories, conducted company evaluations based on internationally recognized standards and assessed worldwide laboratories operating in the IECEE CB Scheme.

Jean Lanzo

Jean Lanzo is an electronic product designer of test platforms. He has been working in standardization for over 15 years. He is an IECEE Lead Assessor and Technical Assessor. At LCIE, he is an Expert in the Technical Division as well as a Certification Officer. He gives training in electrical safety, LVD, MD, LAN communication protocols, and functional safety.

Ling Vicky Zhang

Ling Vicky Zhang is a Certification Manager with DEKRA Testing and Certification. She has 10 years of experience in international standardization of luminaires, LED products and related matters, including experience as an IECEE technical assessor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering & Automation.

Practical information

For registration and more information on the event and venues, please contact:

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