CSA International signs agreement with VDE to provide testing services for European market


CLEVELAND, OH, July 30 /PRNewswire/ – CSA International, a leading certification and testing organization, today announced that it has signed a reciprocal product testing agreement to provide testing services in North America and Asia, on behalf of VDE, for products destined for European markets. A similar reciprocal agreement allows VDE to conduct testing to North American standards on behalf of CSA International. These significant agreements signify a continuation of the long-lasting cooperation between CSA International and the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of Frankfurt, Germany.
“This alliance extends CSA International’s global reach and better positions it to address the needs of clients considering product conformity assessment for both European and North American markets,” said Randall W. Luecke, President of CSA International. “The VDE mark is one of the most recognized certification marks in Europe. Manufacturers will now be able to have products destined for Europe tested locally by CSA International on behalf of VDE. This testing can be done at any one of our laboratories globally, saving both time and money.”

The VDE Mark is based on the worldwide acceptance of VDE testing performance and capabilities as well as on the international recognition of VDE Certificates. It helps to ensure an easy entry to the global markets
and it indicates conformity with the VDE standards or European or internationally harmonized standards, and confirms compliance with protective requirements of the applicable European Community Directive(s).

“The VDE has held CSA International in very high esteem as a competent and reliable partner for many years. This partnership will offer our clients a considerable simplification for the access to the North American
market because together we are certifying that the relevant international product requirements will be met,” said Wilfried Jager, Managing Director of the VDE Institute.

The VDE Testing and Certification Institute is accredited at a national and international level for the testing and certification of electrotechnical equipment, components and systems. Testing is conducted
for safety, electromagnetic compatibility and other characteristics such as usability. The testing results are evaluated scientifically and contribute to the development of European and IEC electrotechnical standards. For more information on VDE, visit http://www.vde.com

About CSA International

CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA
International certification marks appear on billions of products worldwide.
CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also includes CSA, a leading solutions based standards organization, providing standards development, application products, training and advisory services; and
OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.csa-international.org