RN Electronics offers safety testing for electrical products, helping you meet the safety compliance requirements for European and Worldwide markets.
Electrical and electronic products that are used almost on a daily basis to help to make our lives easier can also present risk to users such as electrical shock either as a result of bad design, lack of maintenance or improper use.
Electrical Safety testing forms a essential part of CE Marking and the assessment aims to ensure that a product has been designed and manufactured to be safe.
Safety testing services at RN Electronics offer a fast and cost effective approach towards meeting the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU or other applicable directives.
The aim of the basic safety assessment is to help you to self-certify. At the end of the assessment we provide a report which contains tests results and offers advice on how to overcome any shortcomings, if applicable. This test report is added to your Technical Construction File (TCF) and can be used to self-certify your product with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive.
Our Safety Services Include
• Pre-compliance Testing
• Consultation services to identify appropriate test requirements
• Advice on the labelling & paperwork requirements for your product
• Visual Inspections
• Perform key tests
• Basic Safety Assessment covers most of the relevant critical safety parameters of the LVD
• Basic Safety Assessment is a cost effective alternative to third party approval schemes
• Advice on NRTL requirements
Basic Safety Assessment
The Basic Safety Assessment consists of three parts - dynamic tests, visual inspection and standard analysis;
The dynamic tests include but are not limited to:
Input current/power measurements
Temperature rise measurements
Insulation resistance test
Dielectric strength test
Touch current and earth leakage measurements
Earth bond test
Plug pin discharge test
Mechanical strength tests
Fault condition testing
The visual inspection includes but is not limited to:
Visual inspection to check clearance and creepage distances, access to live parts and to ensure safe construction.
Review of markings/labelling present on EUT.
Review of user manual and other documentation in terms of the requirements of the particular standard.
Review the suitability of critical components used in the product in terms of - is the component approved to the correct standard?
Is the type of approval suitable for the particular application? Any further requirements?
Review the general design and construction of the unit in accordance with the particular standard.
Identify other potential hazards (mechanical, chemical, radiation etc.) applicable to the product and make recommendations for compliance.
In addition to the Basic Safety Assessment, RN Electronics can offer type tests to meet the complete requirements of the relevant standard.
We offer safety testing for electrical products in the following market sectors:
• Information technology equipment
• Audio, visual and similar types of equipment
• Laboratory and other professional use equipment
• Medical devices and IVD medical equipment
• Lights and lighting equipment
• Household appliances
• Power supply units/transformers
• Radio products under the scope of the RED directive
The most common safety standards we test to can be viewed here.
Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU
The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU came into force on 20th April 2016 with no transition period. The provisions in the new directive have an effect not just on manufacturers but also authorised representatives, importers and distributors in the EU.