Intertek Expands Lighting Market Capabilities with New Photobiological Solutions for Optical Radiation Hazard Assessment

  Intertek Expands Lighting Market Capabilities with New Photobiological
  Solutions for Optical Radiation Hazard Assessment

  Speed and expertise in product testing provides a competitive advantage to
  North American manufacturers looking to broaden product reach by accessing
                                global markets

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- February 20, 2014

Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide,
recently expanded capabilities for light measurement and testing in North
America to enhance its industry-leading response time and capacity for LED and
traditional lighting manufacturers.

On January 22, Intertek received Accredited Certification Body(CB) status for
photobiological testing in its Cortland, New York, laboratory. This recent
facility investment, along with existing capabilities in Lake Forest,
California, strengthens the North American capacity of Intertek’s robust
global network of laboratories conducting photobiological testing.

“It is important for manufacturers selling lighting to countries within the
European Union to know that it is a mandatory requirement to comply with
IEC/EN 62471 for products covered under the applicable directive,” said Carl
Bloomfield, Global Director of Business Services for the lighting industry at
Intertek. “The frequency at which LED lighting products change makes speed an
important factor for manufacturers. In North America and worldwide, Intertek
is committed to expanding our breadth of services to support manufacturers’
need to quickly launch new products in the global marketplace.”

Photobiological testing relates to the optical radiation effects of LED and
traditional lighting on human eyes. As LEDs become widely used in many
products, assessment of the unique “blue light” hazard is critical. Intertek
testing to international standard IEC/EN 62471 enables manufacturers to assess
light sources for potential photobiological hazards, giving consumers greater
assurance of product safety.

Intertek recommends manufacturers considering export to European markets
conduct a photobiological hazard effects assessment, as evaluation of LED
photobiological hazards is a mandatory requirement to comply with the
applicable European Directive. Conducting this assessment during the research
and development or go-to-market phase of a new lighting product launch will
strengthen a manufacturer’s competitive edge globally.

Because Intertek offers the widest range of lighting services, photobiological
assessment can be done concurrently with testing to global safety and
certification, performance, or energy efficiency standards. Intertek’s global
footprint and leading capabilities clear a path for manufacturers to quickly
develop and launch innovative new products.

About Intertek

Intertek is the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide.
From auditing and inspection to testing, training, advisory, quality
assurance, and certification, Intertek adds value to customers’ products,
processes, and assets. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and
offices and over 36,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports
companies’ success in a global marketplace. Intertek helps its customers to
meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance,
integrity, and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit
www.intertek.com.

Contact:

For Media Inquiries:
Sarah H. Linn
Global Marketing Manager
Intertek
Direct: 312.906.7796
Email: sarah.linn@intertek.com
http://www.intertek.com/lighting/
 
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