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Extension of Testex testing unit & certification body for PPE
Feb '08
In the context of the 2008 inspection audit conducted by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS), TESTEX, the independent Swiss textile testing institute based in Zurich, has been able to extend the scope of its testing unit and product certification body for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The TESTEX certification body is also recognized in the EU (Notified Body 1726).

A number of different tests were again added to the existing scope of the testing unit (STS 228 - register) at the inspection audit. For example, due to the demand for fire tests, the test for compliance with EN ISO 15025:2003 (Protective Clothing "Protection against heat and flame - test method for limited flame spread) is now also included in the scope of accreditation.

The extension of the product certification body's scope has enabled TESTEX to expand its range of services to include certification of protective clothing for fire brigades in compliance with EN 469:2005+A1. In order to meet the requirements of PPE manufacturers in full, TESTEX will continue to expand the services provided by its certification body in future and adapt them to as many standards as possible.

The amendment to the agreement between Switzerland and the EU regarding the mutual recogni-tion of conformity assessments came into effect a year ago (1.2.2007). The so-called «Origin Clause» is thus no longer applicable and TESTEX can also certify products for the European mar-ket which have not been manufactured in Europe.

This means that Asian products, for example, can gain entry to the European market by virtue of TESTEX certification. Some modifications to the existing scope arise from updates to standards.


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