Intertek Testing and Certification Services Guide: An Overview

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Intertek Guide

Intertek has established itself as one of the world’s leading testing and certification companies. Headquartered in London, the company offers certification and testing services to brands, importers, and manufacturers desiring to ensure the safety of their products.

Intertek also has numerous accreditations, such as A2LA, UKAS, and ISO 17021.

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Company history

Intertek has a history spanning over 130 years. In 1896, Thomas Edison established the Lamp Testing Bureau. The name was then changed to “Electrical Testing Laboratories”, ETL for short.

During the following century, Inchcape (an international testing group) acquired ETL. In 1996, Charterhouse Development Capital bought Inchcape and rebranded it as Intertek Testing Services (Intertek for short).

As Intertek grew, it acquired FIT Italia, Germany’s KJ Tech, and US’s Acumen Security. Alongside expanding to other countries around the world, it also purchased Malta’s Aldo Abela Surveys (AAS), UK’s NTA Monitor, and US’s Alchemy.

Today, Intertek is an accredited testing and certification company that provides services to clients who sell their products in various markets around the world. This guide features some of the countries and markets in which Intertek has considerable influence, as well as the certification and testing services it offers and its accreditations.

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Countries and markets

Intertek provides testing and certification services in many markets, including North America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Australia. The following sections explore some of Intertek’s offered services, for the abovementioned markets.

United States and Canada

Intertek offers certification and testing services to ensure product compliance with the CPSIA, FCC Part 15, the OSH Act, and other regulations in the United States.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Intertek as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) in the United States. Intertek is also accredited to carry out testing and certification services in the US by entities such as the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Similarly, the Standards Council of Canada recognizes Intertek as a Testing Organization and Certifying Body for the purpose of testing electrical appliances, gas-fueled appliances, and building materials.

Intertek offers ETL certification services for the US and Canadian markets. Products bearing Intertek’s ETL Listed Mark are deemed to be compliant with relevant regulations and can be sold in the North American market.

Standards

Intertek offers product safety testing services against the following standards for the North American market:

  • ASME standards
  • ASTM standards
  • ANSI standards
  • CSA standards
  • NFPA standards
  • UL/ULC standards

US locations

Intertek’s offices and labs can be found in many US states, including:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Canadian locations

Intertek’s Canadian offices and labs are in the following locations:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Québec
  • Saskatchewan

United Kingdom

Intertek has been accredited by the IECEE to test and certify electrical equipment for medical use, electronics, and other products. Intertek has also been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to be a testing laboratory and independent inspection authority.

UKCA

it also offers product testing services to clients so that they can ensure their products meet UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) requirements and UK REACH requirements, among others.

Specifically, Intertek offers to assess the conformity of products that require the mandatory UKCA mark so that said products can be sold on the UK market (namely, England, Wales, and Scotland).

BEAB

Intertek also offers support to obtain the BEAB (British Electrotechnical Approvals Board) Approved Mark. The mark can be used to support conformity with the Low Voltage Directive (and corresponding UK’s Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations) and relevant standards, for products such as electrical appliances and lights.

Post-Brexit

Since the UK has left the EU, Intertek offers Only Representative and registration support services to clients needing to comply with the requirements of the new UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.

UK Locations

The company’s offices and labs can be found across different counties in the United Kingdom, including (but not limited to):

  • Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Bristol, England
  • Dundee, Scotland
  • Essex, England
  • Lancashire, England
  • Manchester, England
  • Staffordshire, England

European Union

Intertek has been accredited by several entities in the EU, including:

  • DATECH (Germany)
  • Kauppa (Finland)
  • Ministero Delle Comunicazioni (Italy)/li>
  • NATA (Sweden)

It offers comprehensive services against EU regulations and standards, for products such as electronics, consumer goods, IT, and office equipment. For example, Intertek offers REACH testing services for clients looking to sell their products in the European Union market.

CE marking

The company is also able to provide testing services to ensure that products are CE-compliant before being sold in the EU.

Below, we list a few CE directives against which Intertek tests products for compliance:

EN standards

Intertek offers testing services against EN standards so that products that test compliant can be sold in the EU market.

EU locations

Intertek’s offices can be found in many EU countries, such as:

  • Belgium
  • Czechia (The Czech Republic)
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Sweden

Australia

Intertek has been accredited by the Australian Communications Authority to perform EMC testing of telecommunications equipment against ISO 17025.

AS/NZS

It can test products against standards such as:

  • AS/NZS ISO 8124.3 – Migration of Certain Elements
  • AS/NZS 3820 – Essential Electrical Safety Requirements
  • AS/NZS 4417 – Marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations

Australian locations

Intertek’s offices and labs can be found in the following Australian states:

  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Certification services

As a globally accredited company, Intertek is capable of ensuring that products sold around the world conform to relevant regulations, and provides clients with credible product certification services.

The following sections introduce various certification services that Intertek offers.

ETL

The company provides the ETL Certification Program. Within this program, products that pass the relevant tests against North American safety standards and regulations receive an ETL Mark as proof of product compliance.

Products that have been successfully tested and compliant can then be placed on the market for sale. Due to its wide recognition, consumers seeing Intertek’s ETL Mark understand that their product is safe to use.

Textile, Apparel and Footwear Certification

Intertek provides several certification services for apparel, footwear, and textile products. These services help ensure that the quality of these products is up to standard. Specifically, it provides the certification services such as:

  • Eco-Certification
  • WRAP Certification
  • SourceClear

Medical Device Certification

The company provides testing, inspection, assurance, and certification services to make sure that medical devices comply with the relevant requirements. It offers the following two services related to medical device management system certification:

  • ISO 13485
  • MDSAP

Eco-Textile Certification

Intertek’s Eco-Certification process ensures that any harmful (and as such, restricted and/or banned) substances are not present in the product even before it undergoes manufacturing. This way, the product’s design stays intact and safe for use.

During a product’s certified validity period, Intertek is required to carry out yearly evaluations to ensure the products’ safety.

Eco-Reinforcement

Eco-Reinforcement is a certification scheme that aims at assessing reinforced steel products to be ethically sourced. Intertek was designated by the Eco-Reinforcement Council to be the only delivery partner for the certificates.

Building Products Certification

Intertek has a Building Products Certification program where it carries out product certification, code evaluation, and inspection services. These services help manufacturers and importers in the building and construction industry to ensure that their products are compliant with relevant requirements.

Specifically, Intertek offers the following certification programs for building products:

  • ETL Mark
  • Warnock-Hersey Mark
  • Code Evaluation Reports (CCRR)

IT & Telecom Certification

The company provides Total Quality Assurance services (inclusive of testing, assurance, certification, and inspection services) for ICT companies so that they can ensure that any risks they encounter are kept at a minimum. Intertek also ensures that ICT products meet requirements set by regulatory bodies, industries, and customers.

Their certification services include:

  • ISO/IEC 20000-1 – IT Service Management Systems
  • ISO/IEC 27001 – Information Security Management

Juvenile Product Certification

Intertek knows that toys for young children must be safe to use and meet regulatory requirements. As such, their Juvenile Product (Toy Safety) Certification program – the first of its kind to exist, according to their website – provides the following services:

  • Documentation review
  • Pre-production testing
  • Random sampling and batch testing
  • Licensing
  • Product market surveillance testing

Testing services

With over a century of accumulated knowledge and experience, Intertek provides both field and in-house testing services to virtually any industry.

Product safety testing

Intertek has globally accredited testing laboratories. There, it offers third-party testing services against a large array of product safety standards, including the following:

  • ANSI standards
  • UL standards
  • ASTM standards
  • CAS standards
  • EN standards
  • IEC standards
  • ISO standards

Chemical testing

Intertek provides chemical testing and analysis services for companies that wish to ensure that their end products – eg. chemical substances or articles containing chemicals – are safe to use. Here is a list of testing services offered by Intertek:

  • Polymer and plastics chemical testing
  • Chemical testing and analysis of packaging materials
  • Chemical testing for consumer goods
  • Industrial chemicals testing
  • Chemicals testing for aerospace & automotive
  • Biocide and chemical testing
  • Specialty chemicals analysis
  • Paper industry chemical and microscopic analysis

Flammability testing

Intertek provides fire resistance and flammability testing services for companies wanting to ensure their products meet requirements such as ASTM E119, UL 263, or ASTM E84. It tests products against the following non-exhaustive list of standards:

  • ANSI standards
  • UL standards
  • ASTM standards
  • CAN/ULC standards
  • ISO standards
  • IMO Fire Test Protocols (FTP) standards
  • NFPA standards

Materials testing

Intertek offers materials testing services to ensure that materials are safe to use and can last as long as they are expected to. The company has over 40 years of experience in material testing for the following items:

  • Infrastructures
  • Metals
  • Composites
  • Polymers
  • Construction materials

Energy efficiency testing

As environmental protection increases in importance, more and more manufacturers and importers are in the need to test their products against energy efficiency-related standards and regulations.

Intertek offers energy efficiency testing services for the North American market, including:

  • Energy STAR
  • EnergyGuide Label
  • AHRI
  • CEC
  • NRCAN
  • LEED

The company tests and certifies products against EU requirements such as the following:

  • Ecodesign Directive
  • Eco Label
  • TCO Development
  • ENEC

It also offers services for the Asian market, such as:

  • China Energy Label
  • Green Mark
  • HK EELS
  • Singapore Green Label

Intertek Accreditations

Intertek has many different accreditations. We list some of them below.

United States United Kingdom European Union Management Systems Certification
A2LA UKAS Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) ISO 17021
ANSI Food and Rural Affairs (Boiler Directive) DATECH (Germany) ISO 17065
FCC Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MDD directive) SNCH (France)
NRTL Ministero Delle Comunicazioni (Italy)
CPSC-Accepted

Notified Body

Here we list some of the EU countries where Intertek is accredited as a notified body, and for which directives.

Germany

Intertek Deutschland GmbH is accredited for the following directives:

  • Noise Emission in the Environment Directive
  • Toy Safety Directive
  • Machinery Directive
  • Construction Products Regulation

Sweden

Intertek SEMKO AB is accredited for directives such as:

  • Medical Devices Regulation
  • EMC Directive
  • Radio Equipment Directive

France

Intertek France is accredited for the Toy Safety Directive.

Reviews

You can find some reviews from companies such as Carrefour and Unilever directly on Intertek’s website.

Additional reviews can be found on third-party websites like:

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