GEC-Approved CABs

The Purpose of GEC-Approved Conformity Assurance Bodies

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) requires Participating Manufacturers that wish to participate in the EPEAT ecolabel to engage with one of the GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs).

GEC oversees all CABs and requires them to be trained in EPEAT. Additionally, they must meet rigorous qualifications on an ongoing basis to be involved with the EPEAT system and to have products appear in the EPEAT Registry. GEC approves CABs on a product category basis.

GEC-Approved-Conformity-Assurance-Bodies

CABs are impartial, independent conformity assurance experts responsible for two main tasks. Initially they assess a brand’s initial and ongoing conformance with EPEAT Criteria (Documentation Review). Secondly, they implement surveillance activities (Continuous Monitoring).

These experienced testing and certification organizations span the globe and are qualified to help Participating Manufacturers navigate the EPEAT system. Participating Manufacturers may choose to work with any GEC-approved CAB.

The following organizations are GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies to provide EPEAT-related conformity assurance services on a per-product category basis.

Global Electronics Council

Portland, Oregon, United States

The Global Electronics Council’s CAB has supported electronics manufacturers since 2006 with their EPEAT product registration. GEC CAB focuses exclusively on conformity assurance services for the EPEAT ecolabel and has an unparalleled understanding of the technical requirements of the EPEAT system. As follows, it also has special insight into the issues facing brands wishing to participate in EPEAT. GEC CAB also focuses on both multinational clients and small to medium-sized enterprises.

Contact: Beverly Kennedy geccab@gec.org

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Computers and Displays
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Network Equipment
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters
  • Servers
  • Televisions

CESI

Beijing, China

As a leading certification and evaluation body in electronics & IT, CESI Certification Co., Ltd. (CESI Certification) is an authoritative certification body under China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), approved by CNCA, and accredited by CNAS and ANAB. Taking standardization as the core, CESI Certification has long been devoted to the research and services in the field of energy conservation and green manufacturing to support the implementation of China’s green manufacturing projects. CESI has gradually formed the green manufacturing service capability of the whole chain, including consultation-evaluation-certification-standardized service, and has actively carried out public welfare policy publicity and promotion and energy-saving diagnosis service.

Contact: Yutao Yang yangyt@cesi.cn

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Computers and Displays
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters
  • Servers
  • Televisions

CTC

Beijing, China

CTC, founded in 1984, is a leader in independent testing, inspection and certification services in China, with five major business platforms of testing, inspection and certification, safety services, instrument R&D, and extension services. Its services cover areas such as quality, safety, environmental protection, PVs, building materials and construction projects, and it has provided certification for nearly 7,000 customers, issued a total of over 30,000 certificates, and accumulated more than 10,000 evaluation and verification reports and 500,000 annual testing reports.

Contact: Gao Danni gaodanni@ctc.ac.cn

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters

DEKRA

Stuttgart, Germany – Guangzhou, China – Concord, California, United States

DEKRA SE currently operates in more than 50 countries, with over 28,000 employees committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, and temporary work. In 201 2 DEKRA generated sales totaling over 2 billion Euros.

Contact: Americas and Europe: Christian Lieberum christian.lieberum@dekra.com and Christina Becher, christina.bocher@dekra.com and Asia: Stan Zurkiewicz Stan.Zurkiewicz@dekra.com

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Imaging Equipment
  • Servers
  • Televisions

SGS

Shanghai, China

SGS is a world-leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS has been recognized for quality and integrity, including on the Forbes Global 2000, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4 Good Index. SGS provides specialized business solutions that improve quality, safety, and productivity, reduce risk, and help customers navigate an increasingly regulated world.

Contact: Chelsea Liang Chelsea.Liang@sgs.com

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Computers and Displays
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Network Equipment
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters
  • Servers
  • Televisions

TÜV Rheinland

Cologne, Germany – Beijing, China – Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States

TÜV Rheinland, founded in 1872, is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services. The Group maintains a presence at around 500 locations in 66 countries with 19,320 employees. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life. TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. TÜV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centres. Since 2006, TÜV TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

Contact: Fallight Xu: Fallight.Xu@tuv.com

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Computers and Displays
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Network Equipment
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters
  • Servers
  • Televisions

UL

Northbrook, Illinois, United States

UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals – and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting.

Contact: Wade Stout Wade.Stout@ul.com

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Computers and Displays
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Network Equipment
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters
  • Servers
  • Televisions

VDE

Offenbach am Main, Germany

VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, lnformationstechnik e.Y) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies based in Germany operates the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as a well-known testing and certification body, internationally active for over 90 years, and accredited by multiple organizations worldwide. The VDE Institute provides premium services regarding safety, usability as well as EMC and operates a chemical lab, to cover environmental regulatory material requirements and the sustainability aspects of electronic products.

Contact: Michael Riess Michael.Riess@vde.com

Product categories for which the CAB is approved to provide EPEAT conformity assurance services:

  • Computers and Displays
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters