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IEC Conformity Assessment terminology explained

  • Conformity: compliance with the relevant technical specification.
  • Test report: a document detailing the results of testing that a product has undergone to check whether it meets the technical specifications it is being tested against.
  • Certification: a determination by an independent third party that a product meets the requirements detailed in the technical specification, based upon the test report.
  • Mark: symbol used to identify that a product is compliant.
  • Mutual recognition: reciprocal acceptance of results among the system participants.
  • Peer assessment: assessing the competence and capability of a body carried out by a “peer”, i.e. another participating body of the same type.