There are a lot of steps you need to take to get your marine computers certified. Here you can read more about the requirements and how Hectronic can help you to certify your next marine computers.
This means that the lab is approved by authorized organizations to carry out the required tests. It is not always a requirement that the lab is accredited, but it almost always is when it comes to tests regarding certifications. Even though it isn’t a requirement, an accredited laboratory makes the testing easier.
This means that the product is designed with the requirements in mind and is tested according to required standards. But this doesn’t mean that the product is certified. There are a lot of suppliers that sell marine controllers labelled as “compliant” to the requested standard. But this still means that the buyer needs to get the product certified themselves.
Certified – Type approval
When a product is certified it has been type approved and is listed by authorized organization. For example, if you are certifying a product according to DNV, only DNV can carry out the certification. The same goes for Bureau Veritas, American Bureau of shipping, and all other members of IACS. They are the only instances who can certify according to their own standards.
When Hectronic develop a product that needs to be certified we always do all tests at an accredited laboratory. When the product has been tested, we get a report that confirms it has been tested and meet all necessary demands. Still, this doesn’t mean that the product is certified. Now the report needs to be sent to the authorized organization in charge of the standard. Only when they have approved the report, the product can obtain its type approval and will be registered as certified on the authorized organizations web site.
This can all sound complicated and time consuming, but this is what we do everyday. What might seem as a jungle of certifications, standards and testing is something we do for a majority of our customers.