ETICS is the European Testing, Inspection and Certification System an international non-profit Organization, governed by the Belgian law.

The purpose of ETICS is the administration of the ENEC Scheme and other Schemes such as the CCA, HAR, and LOVAG assessing third party conformity of products falling essentially within the electrotechnical sector but also in other fields which may be associated with testing, inspection and certification of products, processes and personnel.

Its main activity is to facilitate the access to the European market for products certified by independent third-party organisations, thus guaranteeing the safety and quality of products, processes and equipment for consumers.

To achieve its mission, the Association has the following aims:

  • coordinate the services provided by the members in the field of testing, inspection and certification.
  • organise expert training courses in the field of testing, inspection and certification, in order to ensure that European standards are applied in a harmonised way.
  • publish and administrate certificates issued by the members in a centralised database, which is available and accessible to consumers.
  • publish and administrate the documents specifying the methods of how to carry out harmonised testing, inspection, auditing and certification.
  • participate in the technical meetings of CENELEC in order to contribute to the development of European standards.
  • participate in the technical meetings of the European Commission, thereby promoting independent third-party certification as an alternative to the simple CE marking.
  • facilitate certification activities of its members by creating various common marks, licenses, certificates, quality labels and authorisations, as well as by providing common administrative and secretarial services;
  • promote third-party certification based on European standards, and to respond to the need to provide feedback from certification to standardisation bodies;
  • ensure openness and transparency in the European certification schemes in which its members participate, and to maintain a code of ethics during these certification activities;
  • protect the interests of the participants in the European certification schemes, while taking the interests of industry, users and consumers into account;
  • monitor in the market the use of schemes and marks, which are subject to licenses granted by the association;
  • ensure the coordination between European certification schemes and international schemes in the interest of the European industry.
  • and, in general, to achieve all objectives defined by the General Assembly and to carry out all acts or operations, which may benefit the trade of products, which have been found to meet the safety, performance, energy efficiency and other requirements as applicable under each specific certification scheme.

This field of activity may be extended on the decision of the General Assembly.

The Association may carry out all acts or operations as well as to adopt all measures likely to contribute to the achievement of its declared purpose and particularly to the cooperation between its members.

The Association may not undertake any action which might compete with the activities of one or more of its members.

It may carry out all acts which are directly or indirectly related to its purpose or which could lead to or facilitate the development of its achievement. In particular, it may give its assistance to and take an interest in any association, company or entity with a similar activity or which could assist the achievement or development of its purpose.