Fuji Xerox International Certification Center Expands Accreditation Scope Certified By BELAC
First Japanese Manufacturer to be Certified for Evaluating Human Electromagnetic Exposure Restrictions
April 25, 2012
TOKYO, April 25, 2012 — By undergoing a technical audit by the Belgium Accreditation Body (BELAC), an international certification center of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. (FXICC Test Laboratory), acquired certification as a testing laboratory compliant with the ISO/IEC17025Note1 for fair and equitable evaluation of two fields—human electromagnetic exposure restrictions and energy efficiency–on February 20. This makes Fuji Xerox the first Japanese manufacturer to have acquired certification for the evaluation of restrictions for human exposure to electromagnetic.
FXICC Test Laboratory has already been certified by BELAC as a testing laboratory for evaluating electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)Note2, acoustic noise, radio frequency, electrical and mechanical product safety, laser safety, chemical emissionsNote3 and regulated hazardous substancesNote4 (see Fig.1). The newly acquired certifications for the two evaluation fields allow Fuji Xerox to now perform all the required safety and environmental performance tests in-house on multifunction devices, printers and other office products in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025.
Evaluation of human electromagnetic exposure restrictions
Human electromagnetic exposure restrictions are defined as restrictions that secure human safety against electromagnetic waves intentionally radiated from radio frequency devices, as well as against electromagnetic waves unintentionally leaked from various electrical and electronic devices.
The rapid widespread of electrical, electronic and communications devices in recent years have created concerns about the effect of electromagnetic waves, emitted from these devices, on the human body. International Electrotechnical Commission set an international standard in 2007 for the assessment of human exposure restrictions of electromagnetic waves radiated from such equipment. Fuji Xerox has now become the first Japanese manufacturer to obtain a testing certification for human electromagnetic exposure restrictions.
Evaluation of energy efficiency (home electrical appliances - measurement of standby power)
Various eco-labeling systems in Japan and many other countries around the world have promoted low power designs. While many of these systems prompt private enterprises to make voluntary participation, the recent rise in public awareness on global warming and reduced consumption of energy resources has led to legal obligation to incorporate low-power designs.
For example, the ErP (energy-related products) Directive in Europe mandates the reduction of energy consumption in applicable products throughout their entire life cycle. FXICC Test Laboratory can measure standby electricity according to international standards, which are now being adopted in Europe and various other countries.
As a manufacturer supplying products globally, Fuji Xerox will utilize its high-quality and standardized evaluation system, substantiated by the acquisition of international certification as a testing laboratory, in a continued effort to ensure the supply of safe and secure products through Fuji Xerox and its affiliates.
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Fig.1: FXICC Test Laboratory's internationally certified accreditation scope
- ISO/IEC17025 is an international standard stipulating competency requirements of testing laboratories and calibration organizations. It is a system under which an authorizing third party certifies testing laboratories and calibration organizations that they are implementing the quality assurance system, being technologically precise and having the technological competence to produce valid results.
- Electromagnetic compatibility, i.e., the ability of an equipment to operate without introducing electromagnetic interference to others while also being resilient to electromagnetic interference from others.
- Volatile organic compounds, ozone, dust particulates and other substances emitted from equipment.
- Evaluation of the content of the six regulated hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether) under the European RoHS Directive.