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CB & GS Product Certification

Your Passport to Fast Market Access

Business Challenge

Fast access to worldwide markets is a must for most manufacturers of electrical and electronic products. The challenge is to expedite the testing and certification requirements for multiple countries to meet marketing deadlines and satisfy customers’ expectations. Bureau Veritas can partner with you to perform the testing / certification early in the product cycle, combining tests, saving time, and thus contributing to cost efficiency.


What is CB & GS Product Certification and what are the benefits?
A single CB Test Report / GS Certificate can be your passport to market access for more than 40 countries. A GS Mark is respected throughout Europe and is viewed with more value than a CE mark by retailers. Our CB and GS Certification package is a simple one-stop approach delivering the basis of European and worldwide certification at the outset of your project.
■ Fast Global Access. A CB Test Report / GS Certificate issued by a member body such as Bureau Veritas, can be used by manufacturers to obtain national marks in over 40 countries worldwide. With the partnership of our International Approvals Team, you can expand access beyond those 40 to as many as 150 countries.
■ Growing Scheme. The CB Scheme is a fast growing approach with increasing recognition around the world. The annual number of certificates issued now exceeds 50,000 per year. Many non-member countries accept a CB Report / Certificate as the basis of market access.
■ Comprehensive product scope including I.T., electronics, office and household. Account for majority of all certificates issued.
■ Available Worldwide. CBTL laboratories in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
■ Technical Requirements. Both Safety and EMC requirements are covered, based on IEC standards that allow for country differences. All member countries’ national deviations for the CB Scheme are included by our CB certification.
■ Recognition. The GS Mark is a well-known and respected voluntary certification mark in the European Union.
■ Customer Confidence. A GS Mark verifies to your customer and the consumer / end user that the product has been tested and certified to safety standards.


Bureau Veritas can provide local access to comprehensive services across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Our dedicated project managers enable us to speak with you in your own language and in your time zone. Our established and comprehensive accreditation means we deliver an industry leading turnaround time and competitive pricing, helping you to maintain your competitive edge. Our skilled personnel will also support you throughout your project, working with you to gain acceptance for your products worldwide.
The following is a typical project plan to achieve a CB Test Report and / or GS Report Certificate:


  • Is it more cost efficient to “bundle” certifications?

    At the start of the project, the greater the number of country certifications specified (“bundled”), the greater the potential savings in terms of testing time and cost.

  • How long does it take to obtain both a CB and GS?

    Typically, it takes 21 working days to turn around certification, plus one inspection per year for the GS.

  • Where do I submit my product for testing?

    All testing and certifications may be coordinated globally at any of our locations in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

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