A smaller trans-Pacific partnership was signed into renewed accord this month as TÜV Rheinland North America and Korea Testing Laboratory agreed to continue their exclusive testing and certification partnership.
Under the terms of the agreement, consumer electrical and medical devices tested and certified in one country would be recognized and therefore certified as conforming to equivalent standards in the corresponding country. This is the second time the two testing bodies have renewed their pledge of cooperation and mutual understanding, an agreement that has been in place for 15 years.
TÜV Rheinland North America is a full service testing, inspection and certification medical device company. TÜV Rheinland is an independent testing and certification body, with locations throughout North America. A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), TÜV Rheinland offers certification services to numerous industries, facilitating global market access.
Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL) is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by the Korean government as a National Certification Body for calibration, testing, inspection and certification services for the KC mark, the official mark all electronic products must carry in order to be sold on the open market in South Korea.
As a result of this partnership, customers of both testing labs will be able to certify their products for sale in the other country without having to go through a lengthy and expensive process of shipping the product to an in-country test lab. Instead, OEMs will benefit from local contacts and local testing services without the extra language and government bureaucracy barriers.
“Our customers on both sides of the globe will continue to benefit from shared testing and certification responsibilities. As global market demand increases, TÜV Rheinland and KTL will work together to remove barriers to entry, expedite time-to-market and reduce costs to companies wishing to do business in our respective territories,” said Gerhard Luebken, CEO of TÜV Rheinland North America.
Mr. Lee Wonbok, president and CEO of Korea Testing Laboratory will attend the official signing of the Product Testing Implementation Agreement with a delegation of company executives at TÜV Rheinland’s Pleasanton, California office. Mr. Luebken and Mr. Uwe Meyer, business field manager of Medical Testing, as well as other executives, will represent TÜV Rheinland.
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