Intertek Partners with IFC Certification to Provide Building Product Manufacturers with Faster European Market Access

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Partnership removes logistical barriers associated with EU market entry.

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 ETL SEMKO division of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, inspection and certification, has entered a partnership with IFC Certification Ltd., an internationally recognized certification body for building products and materials based in the United Kingdom. The partnership allows manufacturers of many construction products including builder's hardware to utilize Intertek as their 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 testing.

"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 aim of this landmark partnership is 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."

ETL SEMKO is a division of Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, operating in 294 laboratories and 530 offices in 102 countries throughout the world. The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek provides access to global markets through its local services, which include product safety testing and certification, EMC testing and performance testing for customers in such industries as wireless technology, security, appliances, HVAC, cables and wiring accessories, industrial machinery, medical devices, telecommunications, lighting, automotive, semiconductor, building products and electronics.

IFC Certification Ltd is an independent third party UKAS approved Product Certification Body providing high quality and customer focused product certification in the fire industry. IFC Certification Ltd is a fully Notified Body under the Construction Products Directive for CE Marking and is actively involved in the Group of Notified Bodies, the forum for the CE Marking of Construction Products. The company is a member of the long established IFC Group of companies including International Fire Consultants Ltd, who have an enviable independent position offering clients impartial advice across the world.

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