Product certification process

What's involved in product certification?

  • Gap analysis; if you need our help at the outset, we can advise on any areas that may need attention.
  • Pre-Assessment; If you wish to be reassured that you are ready for full assessment
  • Type testing; of the product design against the standard specification involving actual examination of a sample as well as performance in tests. The results are recorded in a report.
  • Technical support during the certification process by some of the best trained and most competent staff available.
  • Dedicated team always available by email or telephone.
  • Technical file storage facility; this is the dossier that contains all the evidence to substantiate your conformity claims such as certificates, reports, manufacturer’s drawings. Even for lower categories of products BSI can still help create a technical file and issue a voluntary certificate.
  • Technical advice; on interpretation and requirements of standards and Directives
  • Timescale and project management
  • Product certification

What is the product certification process?

  • A client enquiry initiates BSI to discuss client needs and the requirements of the Directive.
  • Application form completed.
  • Quote is prepared based on the earlier discussions.
  • The client signs and returns the quote if happy with the content.
  • Clients send all relevant paperwork and samples to BSI.
  • Testing is completed by lab and reports are produced.
  • A certificate decision sought after an assessment appraisal and finalised report by Risk & Compliance Department.
  • The client is then required to mark his products with the appropriate information as required  by the Directive.

Why choose BSI for product certification

The Directive defines 3 categories for pressure equipment, based on its pressure volume product (P.V) in bar litres and hence its stored energy.

Assessment and conformity procedures are different for each category, ranging from occasional auditing of test procedures for the lowest (category I) hazard up to full ISO9001 quality management and/or notified body type examination for category 3 equipment. The assessment procedures are arranged in a modular structure and manufacturers have the choice of which modules to select (within pre-determined combinations) in order to best suit their application and manufacturing procedures.

In addition to ensuring that the equipment is capable of meeting the performance requirements of the directive, manufacturers must also complete a specified declaration of conformity and they must compile and maintain a technical file of information about how the equipment was designed and manufactured and supply it to the Notified body

Contact us today to start your journey to certification where we can help you to meet the requirements of the Directive.