Fisher® Certifies ESI
Valve User is your magazine, and we welcome your views on your industry and its practices. Here Mark Dowell, Business Manager of SGS United Kingdom Ltd., a BVAA member and a
certifi cation body, gives his views on validating certifi cation. The Importance of Checking When you buy a piece of equipment, do you check the validity of the original certifi cate of compliance? When you buy a piece of equipment, do you check the validity of the original certifi cate of compliance?
And many more.
We are all used to seeing the above names and the declarations, but if you need to use or resell the goods, or to provide original certifi cates, how do you know the certifi cate or declaration is genuine and the conformance up to specifi cation? The manufacturing of the goods or components should have been checked by an accredited organisation,but it is becoming obvious that in the name of a quick profi t some non traditional suppliers are prepared to create a forged certifi cate for that compliance. Using Photoshop type software, it is possible to create a pretty good forgery. The certifi cation companies go to enormous lengths to prevent forgeryand, when reported, the origin of fakes is hunted down and prosecutionsfollow. However this does not help you if you have bought and paid for a component that you then cannot legally use. Some advice would be to keep copies of all original certifi cation and compare any new certifi cates with existing, because it is the differences that will give you the clue as to if it is a fake. Also, always check out conformity when using a new supplier. Do spot checks periodically. The certifi cation bodies provide hotlines, both e-mail and telephone, where you can check validity of Certifi cates of Conformance and they are always more than willing to help you confi rm that validity. The details are always on the company websites. There have been a lot of press articles recently about fake certifi cation of Toys and consumer goods manufactured in China and the costs to the companies who have been duped
by these unscrupulous manufacturers has been enormous. The goods are un-saleable and reputations tarnished.
Don’t be caught; please contact the certifi cation bodies with the question "IS MY CONFORMITY CERTIFCATION FOR THIS PRODUCT GENUINE" Mark
Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 3
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