In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is the regulatory agency responsible for the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law which regulates the manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products to prevent potential hazards. Electrical and electronic products regulated by the Law are classified as Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category A) and Non-Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category B)
Importers of electrical appliances and materials (hereinafter refers to “electrical appliances“, be it Category A or Category B have the obligation to ensure that the appliances conform to the mandatory technical requirements, and to affix the applicable PSE mark on the appliance before placing the appliance on the market.
Particularly, any Specified Electrical Appliance or Material (Category A) shall undergo third-party conformity assessment and be marked with the PSE diamond mark after successful certification by the third-party conformity assessment body. TÜV SÜD is authorised by METI to perform certification for Specified Electrical Appliances (Category A) and is therefore a gateway for manufacturers exporting electrical appliances to the Japan Market.
WHAT IS PSE MARK CERTIFICATION SCHEME?
Safety and EMC characteristics of products are evaluated to ascertain compliance to technical requirements under the Scheme. An evaluation of a manufacturer’s factory facility is also performed if the product is a Category A electrical appliance.
A Category A electrical appliance can only be affixed with the TÜV SÜD’s PSE Diamond Mark after successful certification. The manufacturer is expected to ensure that its factory can manufacture the certified electrical appliance to continuously conform to the mandatory technical requirements after initial certification and for the full period where the electrical appliance is certified under the PSE Mark Certification Scheme.
The PSE Mark Certification Scheme is also a useful means for manufacturers of Category B electrical appliances to support their attestation of conformity to the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law by having their product type approved.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Having a product certified by an METI Registered Conformity Assessment Body, such as TÜV SÜD, provides assurance that the product complies with the Japanese regulations. Without the PSE Mark, you cannot legally access the Japanese market.
OUR SERVICES AT A GLANCE
If you are planning to introduce products to the Japanese market, working with TÜV SÜD will help you to determine if they are subject to these regulations. As one of the world’s largest independent providers of testing and certification services, TÜV SÜD’s comprehensive knowledge of local legislation, guidelines and standards, will help you to achieve compliance for your electrical and electronic products within the Japanese market.
TÜV SÜD is a Registered Conformity Assessment Body with the capability to issue the Certificate of Conformity for seven groups of Category A specified products under the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law. Our extensive experience in the Japanese market allows us to deliver the complete suite of services, from testing, factory inspections and certification services.