In addition to being an accredited certification body for IECQ HSPM QC 080000 offering assessment against the EU WEEE and RoHS Directives, SGS has just been approved by the Electronic Component Certification Board (ECCB) – the accreditation body of IECQ HSPM -- to extend its capability to conduct IECQ HSPM audit against 94/62/EC, 2004/12/EC, and 2005/20/EC (the “Packaging Directives”) the 91/157/EC and 2006/66/EC (the “Battery Directives”). This means that SGS can now audit IECQ against three Directives: RoHS, Battery Directive and the Packaging Directive. SGS is the first certification body authorized to audit against Directives other than RoHS, i.e. these Directive names can appear on the certificate as audit criteria.

This capability extension is to respond to the continuous market demand by many electrical and electronic (E&E) suppliers who do not make the finished E&E products but its packaging materials and batteries. Since the EU RoHS Directive is applicable to E&E products and components, auditing IECQ HSPM also against other relevant criteria in addition to RoHS becomes necessary. With this extension, finished goods buyers may now have more confidence on the entire range of suppliers including batteries and packaging materials.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company with 48,000 employees worldwide and operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS is also the market leader in IECQ HSPM certification with over 100 certificates (53% market share) issued within 15 months since the Standard was published in November 2005.