April 7, 2020
QAI’s California-based facility will increase BSI’s testing lab service offerings to clients in the Americas
Hendon, VA – BSI, the business improvement company, today announced an exclusive partnership with QAI, an independent third-party testing and inspection organization, to become its first IECEE certified testing lab in the Americas. The move helps to meet the growing demand of BSI’s clients in the Americas, facilitating a local lab presence that will equate to ease of use for product testing and certifications, resulting in immediate benefits for each company’s clients from the extended service offerings and localized support.
The initial phase of the partnership is with QAI’s lab in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The lab provides the testing and certification of electrical products including lighting, industrial controls, medical, measurement and laboratory equipment; physical and mechanical properties; fire: Steiner tunnel flame spread, flammability, radiant flux, combustion, fire resistance; and, field evaluation services.
IECEE CB (Certified Body) scheme allows the synergies between the two companies to be exploited to support our clients’ electrical products testing and certification. As an ISO 17025 certified laboratory, once a product tested by QAI meets specification for the specified category type, BSI can provide an independent review to then certify the product if it is safe for its intended use. With an IECEE certification the product has far greater access to markets around the world.
“It was quickly evident that BSI shares QAI's customer-centric focus and values of quality and integrity. This partnership will leverage our combined expertise and geographical footprint to provide global product approval solutions. Our respective customers will gain immediate benefit from our extended service offerings and localized support. QAI is extremely proud to formalize this partnership with a well-respected and trusted brand such as BSI,” said Kent Adamson, President, QAI.
“We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with QAI to provide our clients access to their industry-leading expertise and world-class facilities,” said Paul Turner, Technical Product Manager, BSI. “With recent world events, factories and facilities around the globe have been closed, or working at limited capacity, and shipping logistics have been similarly challenged – by having this new testing lab close to many of our key clients, we will be able to continue to serve their needs.”
More than fifty countries recognize the IECEE CB scheme; BSI was an original signatory to the IECEE CB scheme when it was formed and currently holds the vice chair of the IECQ CABC. A product passed by a Certified Body Testing Lab (CBTL), such as QAI, and certified by a National Certification Body (NCB), such as BSI, can be sold in these countries without additional tests or certifications, opening tremendous market opportunities for companies who work with BSI.