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



    TORONTO, July 30 /CNW/ - 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 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
www.csa-international.org

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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