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EOTC Establishes Common Approach to Certification and Testing for Fire and Security and Sponsors Voluntary Product Certification Workshop

New York, Apr 09, 2002

In an effort to stimulate free trade, the European Organization for Conformity Assessment (EOTC), an independent, non-profit group whose members are national and European bodies representing those with a stake in conformity assessment, recently announced that it has established a common approach to product conformity certification and the technical equivalence of certification for the fire and security industries.

The European Fire and Security Group (EFSG), a Recognized Agreement Group (RAG) of the EOTC covering the certification of products, materials, systems and services in the fields of fire protection, security and loss prevention, established this new approach to ensure that all EFSG member bodies and their associated laboratories operate on a common basis. A RAG is a voluntary mutual recognition agreement between conformity assessment bodies in different countries. EFSG members include conformity assessment organizations from Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Italy.

EOTC maintains that mutual recognition among EFSG members will benefit its clients, i.e. manufacturers of equipment, components and systems used in fire protection and security technology, by reducing testing costs and avoiding duplication in testing, assessment and laboratory assessment.

This new approach corresponds with one of the main goals of the EOTC to establish mutual confidence between all parties concerned with conformity assessment issues in order to facilitate the free circulation of goods and services throughout Europe. To support that goal one of the pillars of EOTC's activity is the creation, development and maintenance of RAGs.

Product Certification Workshop Focuses on Building and Construction Industry

The "Voluntary Certification in the Construction Industry" workshop that will be held on May 15, 2002 in Brussels will examine how voluntary certification of construction products can help manufacturers gain market access throughout Europe and lead to enhanced confidence among purchasers that these products meet quality standards.

Jointly sponsored by the European Organization for Conformity Assessment (EOTC) and its member, the Association of Certification, the workshop will illustrate the benefits of using quality marks for products that typically exceed legal requirements, such as CE marking*, and how the industry is using this process in order to meet the demands of users and manufacturers of products, services, processes, kits and buildings.

Separated into two segments featuring presentations by key representatives in the building and construction industry and three parallel break-out sessions, the workshop is open to all interested parties in the construction industry. Workshop topics include the impact of new roles of the European Commission, national authorities and product certification bodies on architects, engineers and contractors; the role of European standards as reference documents for product certification and accreditation; the use of harmonized testing and design methods; the relationship of CE marking and voluntary quality marks of products; and much more.

For program and registration information, please visit the Events section of the EOTC website or contact


* Described as the "passport to Europe," CE marking refers to a logo consisting of the initials "CE" that must appear on all products imported into the European Economic Community.

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