Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to a range of industries worldwide, is announcing new services to help manufacturers of medical electrical equipment verify their products are environmentally conscious. The services are an expansion of Intertek’s existing IEC 60601-1 services and consist of an engineering review of product design and development processes in line with the IEC 60601-1-9 standard on environmentally conscious design.
More than 80% of hospitals around the world are expected to incorporate sustainability into their purchasing decisions, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson in 2014. Additionally, Brazil will mandate regulatory compliance with a number of IEC 60601-1-9 clauses beginning December 1st, emphasizing healthcare’s role in promoting eco-friendly products to encourage human and environmental health. By law, medical device companies need to provide verifiable data for claims of sustainability. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) provides a formal way of verifying eco-friendly claims with its IEC 60601-1-9 standard and using these standards, the Intertek team can help customers make important sustainability claims about their products.
The new offering was developed in conjunction with an Intertek white paper identifying how the IEC standard can be used to promote sustainability claims. Key areas highlighted in the paper include regulatory requirements; impact on certification schemes, including the IECEE CB scheme; benefits of applying the IEC 60601-1-9 standard and how to demonstrate compliance.