Intertek Partners with IFC Certification to Offer European Market
The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek has entered a partnership with IFC Certification
Ltd., an internationally recognized certification body for building products and
materials based in the United Kingdom. According to the announcement, the partnership
allows manufacturers of many construction products, including builder's hardware,
to utilize Intertek as single global resource for CE Marking.
Manufacturers now have a local testing solution for applicable European Union
requirements including CE Marking of products under the Construction Products
Directive. Historically, manufacturers have had to work with multiple testing
and certification organizations and ship products to the European Union for applicable
"Intertek continually develops and delivers solutions that meet the global
market access needs of our clients," said Jeff Turcotte, vice president Building
Products, Intertek. "Through this unique testing and certification partnership
we are able to provide our clients with a local CE Marking solution to streamline
the European market access process."
The companies say this landmark partnership is designed to remove the logistical
barriers associated with EU market entry, thereby saving building products manufacturers'
time and cost.
"Our partnership is the first of its kind in international testing and
certification activities," said Jerry Quayle, director of certification,
IFC Certification Ltd. "By bringing together two of the most dynamic, customer-focused
organizations in our industry, clients will gain European market access faster
than ever before."