The MET Connection: Summer 2018

Over the course of this year, we’ve expanded to include new team members and added valuable staff to upper management. With its 60 year history as a global service leader for product approvals and regulatory certification of electrical products, MET Labs is a key addition to the global Eurofins product testing portfolio.

As a trusted partner to the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers and distributors, we remain committed to working closely with the global marketplace, authorities, standards committees, and customers to provide exemplary compliance solutions for growing complexities in worldwide product regulations. Eurofins | MET Labs will continue to find innovative and economically viable testing solutions to accelerate product and manufacturer entry into international marketplaces around the world.

In the Summer 2018 edition of the MET Connection, we’ll explore major regulatory updates to battery technology, charging apparatus’, and multimedia & IT equipment standards. We’ll also detail expanded service capabilities, upcoming events with Eurofins | MET Labs, and what to expect from our expanded team & increased global service offerings as a part of the Eurofins global network.

Industry Corner

Critical Multimedia, Charging, and Battery Standard Updates

DoE Battery Charger Requirements: The Department of Energy (DoE) has introduced new requirements for chargers produced and sold after June 13th, 2018. The new regulation will impact a charger’s energy efficiency and require increased efficiency & performance during power consumption modes. If you manufacturer chargers for most consumer applications, you will be required to demonstrate compliance to the new regulation before your product can be sold in the United States.

New IEC 62133-1/-2 6th edition: The latest edition of the IEC 62133 standard has introduced updates to the testing of rechargeable battery packs and cells. The new requirements divide battery testing methodologies into two categories based on their chemical composition.

  • IEC 62133-1: IEC 62133-1 will cover testing requirements for nickel-based rechargeable batteries.
  • IEC 62133-2: IEC 62133-2 will cover testing requirements for lithium-based rechargeable batteries.

For information on legacy testing to IEC 62133-1 5th Edition, please contact us here.

IEC 62368-1: With upcoming changes to major multimedia regulatory standards, all Audio/Visual (A/V) and Internet Technology Equipment (ITE) will need to be reevaluated for compliance to the new UL/CSA/EN/IEC 62368-1 standard. The introduction of IEC 62368 has also created a new classification for impacted devices, ITAV. This will supersede the TRON categorization for A/V and the OFF categorization for ITE.

Most A/V and ITE equipment is currently certified to the legacy standards, IEC 60950 -and/or- IEC 60065. Equipment certified under these legacy standards will need to undergo a MANDATORY compliance evaluation to prevent loss of certification and market ineligibility in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, with the notable exception of Korea.

All batteries used in devices certified under IEC 62368-1 will be required to use batteries that have been certified under IEC 62133-1 or -2.

Learn More on Lithium Battery Safety ›

Expansions & Recognition

Asia Service Scope and CPSC Toy Testing

Toy Testing: The CPSC has declared Eurofins | MET Labs as accredited to perform testing for electrically-operated toys under 16 CFR 1505. To effectively verify a toy’s safety features for use by children, 16 CFR 1505 requires that a series of both electrical and mechanical stressors are applied to the toy-under-test.

In order to perform all required testing quickly and efficiently, it will be critical to select a testing site that can perform all of these evaluations from a single location. Eurofins | MET Labs provides you with access to in-house testing facilities across the United States capable of performing all necessary safety evaluations without the need for shipment to additional testing sites.

Eurofins | MET Labs provides a true one-stop-shop solution to US market entry for toy manufacturers seeking compliance to 16 CFR 1505. From testing to documentation, we provide you the resources you need to deliver toy’s to market faster.

International Type Approvals & MET Korea’s CBTL Status: NIST has provided notification that MET is recognized as a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) under Phase I of the APEC Tel MRA. As a recognized CAB, MET can now submit test data to verify that equipment imported into Korea meets applicable requirements and is eligible for sale in Korea. In addition to Korea, MET can also provide US-based testing for Japanese and Taiwanese market entry.

Eurofins | MET Labs is now accredited to operate as a CBTL for OFF and TRON. As a CBTL, test reports generated at Eurofins | MET Labs – Korea can be used in the international CB scheme to gain access to dozens of other markets.

With the addition of Korea to our scope of capabilities, MET provides US-based, turn-key testing solutions for major Asia-Pacific market access in Korea. With dedicated offices located in Yongin, Korea; Shenzhen, China; and Taipei, Taiwan, MET offers local support for Korean market access and a team of staff to help you engage with the Asian oversight bodies.

Learn more about our Global Capabilities ›

Inside MET

Compliance College Events

Hazardous Location Product Compliance Seminar – Combustible dusts, flammable gases, mists or vapors can all contribute to potentially explosive atmospheres in our surrounding environments. In this seminar, we’ll give you an in-depth look at the standards and regulations pertaining to the safety of products destined for hazardous locations, with an emphasis on how to get products efficiently tested and certified for major world markets.

Date: July 19, 2018
Where: Energy Corridor Marriott | Houston, TX
Register: www.metlabs.com/hazloc2018

Global Compliance Seminar – The 2018 Global Compliance Seminar will feature an expansive list of topics related to product testing, regulatory & industry compliance, and global market access. This year, special guest presenters from Eurofins Product Testing laboratories will give you a complete picture of testing requirements, regulations, and recommended best practices to take your products to any international destination.

Date: September 13, 2018
Register: www.metlabs.com/global-compliance

Inside MET

MET Joins Eurofins Scientific

MET Labs is pleased to announce that we have decided to join Eurofins Scientific and its network of over 400 laboratories in 42 countries. MET Labs, with its 60 year history as a global service leader for product approvals and regulatory certification of electrical products, will become a key component in Eurofins product testing portfolio.

Eurofins is a global network of world-class laboratories that provides testing, certification, and consulting on the quality and safety of products to manufacturers, distributors and retailers. MET will leverage the established Eurofins product testing labs in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, China, and Thailand.

Rob Frier, CEO of Eurofins | MET Labs: “Joining the Eurofins network was a natural progression for MET Labs and provides major growth opportunities for our business and extended services for our clients. With the global network and backing of one of the world’s leading testing and certification organizations, MET’s customers will benefit from enhanced service offerings and innovation. The MET brand will continue to represent the highest level of competence and integrity”.

See More on MET joining the Eurofins Network ›

MET Compliance College

Upcoming Training Events

Hazardous Location Product Compliance Seminar

In this seminar, we’ll give you an in-depth look at the standards and regulations pertaining to the safety of products destined for hazardous locations, with an emphasis on how to get products efficiently tested and certified for major world markets in North America, Europe and international destinations.

July

19

1:00-2:00PM EST

Lithium Battery Webinar Series

This lithium battery webinar series will give you a complete picture of compliance to lithium battery safety and transportation standards to minimize the risk of catastrophic failures including design considerations, manufacturing guidelines, causes of common failures, and design for reliability.

August

9

1:00-2:00PM EST