The ENAC accreditation mark enables SGS Tecnos’ clients to export products to Australia
Certification granted by an Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC)-accredited certification body has enabled a European manufacturer of photovoltaic inverters to export its products to Australia, since in accordance with mutual recognition agreements (MRAs/MLAs), a certificate issued by an ENAC-accredited organisation is considered valid in more than 100 countries around the world.
A European manufacturer of photovoltaic inverters that wished to export its products to Australia was certified by the Spanish ENAC-accredited certification body SGS Tecnos. An Australian business required accredited certification granted by the Australian accreditation body Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). In short, without JAS-ANZ’s acceptance, the manufacturer would not have been able to market its products in Australia.
Given this requirement, SGS Tecnos indicated to the Australian business that, in accordance with mutual recognition agreements, a certificate issued by an ENAC-accredited body has the same validity as one issued by an accredited local certifier and contacted the Australian accreditation body to outline the situation. A report was delivered by JAS-ANZ indicating that, under mutual recognition agreements, the certificates issued by SGS Tecnos under ENAC accreditation are recognised in Australia.
Results and impact
After this statement, the local business accepted the certificates issued by SGS Tecnos, so the manufacturer was able to export its products to Australia. Thus, accreditation allowed the manufacturer access to new business opportunities, contributing to cost reductions and decreasing the need for repeat tests in the importing country.