Numerous laws and regulations serve to reduce the presence of harmful substances in consumer products. Requirements imposed by the legislative body obligate manufacturers, importers, and retailers to confirm their compliance with legal requirements.
Electrically operated equipment may pose a considerable risk to life and limb. To eliminate any such risk as far as possible, the legislative body has passed comprehensive guidelines and regulations concerning the safe design of equipment. We tell you whether your product meets these requirements.
Testing electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) plays an important role when it comes to the quality and safety of products. Background information: Almost every electric or electronic device transmits and receives electromagnetic fields and waves. As a result, devices can interfere with one another. Though e.g. a crackling radio or lines on the TV screen caused by a mobile phone may be a nuisance, this does not pose any risk. Under certain circumstances, electromagnetic interference may, however, pose a serious risk to safety; for example, if it affects the on-board electronics of vehicles or medical products causing them to malfunction.
To ensure that neither radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE) nor other electronic equipment cause interference or are themselves disrupted, the EU instituted statutory requirements of electromagnetic compatibility. These requirements are implemented by the CE mark obligation and the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC, which will be replaced by the Directive 2014/30/EU as of April 2016. The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which evaluates EMC and radio characteristics, will then apply for radio products with mandatory effect. It replaces the Directive 1999/5/EC previously in force and is the first directive to also account for radio equipment operating at frequencies under 9 kHz.
While EMC describes and evaluates the electromagnetic interaction between devices; EMF (electromagnetic fields, EMVU) also evaluates the effect of electromagnetic fields on people and organisms while setting corresponding limits.
Manufacturers and importers must guarantee that their products comply with the new directives. As an accredited, internationally active EMC laboratory in Hamburg, Hermes Hansecontrol assists its customers in this respect. In addition to testing products, which are ready for series production, we also offer tests for the product development phase so you can stay on the safe side from the very beginning.
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The terms “Eco design” and energy label are commonly used when it comes to the performance characteristics of household appliances. This also holds true for us as these tests are part of our everyday work. We also offer fit for use testing.
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Internal test plans
We test all products needed for daily life. Thus, we also test television sets, entertainment electronics, communication systems, toys, sports and recreational equipment in addition to household appliances.
For both products and production sites, we take a close look at the quality in Germany, but also in the procurement markets of the Far East. Inspections are an important part of a committed, i.e. seamless quality assurance process.
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Bicycles, pedelecs, furniture, toys, household appliances, or appliances commonly used in daily life – we test the safety of your products in accordance with legal requirements or in-house methods. We also offer mechanical tests for business and industry.
We provide acost-efficient testing of your products and work materials for RoHS conformity in a combination of:
Our customer service team will be happy to provide you with more information.
Whether packaging for storing food or dishes – materials in contact with food must not pose any risk to health. That's why we test for the migration of constituent substances.
To ensure that constituent substances from your product do not negatively affect the organoleptic properties of food, we test and evaluate your product for off-note flavours or odors.
Textile physics is part of the general quality assurance process for clothing, home and household textiles.
We inspect your product based on the sample and available documents. The number and type of documents must demonstrate that the product complies with all guidelines, laws and standards and reflects the current state of science.