Certain standards can be utilized to proof compliance to these articles. Some of these standards are already harmonized whereas others are not. If a standard is harmonized manufacturers can, if they have the proper equipment and knowledge, test and declare compliance themselves. If a standard is not harmonized, testing and certification needs to be done by a Notified Body (NB) such as Kiwa.
Kiwa is equipped with start-of-the-art facilities to test the electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and wireless data communication aspects of a wide range of electronic devices. With multiple Kiwa labs in Europe, we are able to perform a wide scale of test according to many different standards. We always try to find the best possible test slots for your project(s), this so you can strive to a fast market access. All our projects are guided by a project manager specifically assigned to your project.
In order to show compliance with the essential requirements of the RED, you can test your product against both harmonized and non-harmonized standards. All harmonized standards are adopted in the OJEU. If the standard which is suitable for your product is not adopted in the OJ, you have to have your product reviewed and certified by an accredited RED Notified Body. When you apply for RED certification a Notified body will check your technical construction file and test reports, documentation such as manuals and drawings and your declaration of conformity. If it is all in line with the directive the Notified Body will be able to issue a RED certificate.
Having an RED certificate shows that an independent third party has checked your product on different critical safety aspects. Having proof of this in the form of an official certificate can be a great added value and commercial benefit for your product.
Generally, a product must show presumption of conformity with the applicable standards as mentioned in the directive that suit the product best. We can roughly determine four categories that a product must meet: