Conformity assessment system in Poland is regulated by the Act on conformity assessment system of 30 August 2002 with subsequent amendments, (consolidated text in Journal of Laws of 2010 No. 138, pos. 935 with subsequent amendments).
TEST Body, as a third party takes part in the conformity assessment of products delivered for use or marketed for the European Union market. Compliance assessment of the product with the provisions of the law, which EU directives impose for certain products, is obligatory process. The manufacturer (or importer of goods from outside the EU) has to do the process before he put the product on the market. Every directive of the new and global approach defines the way of conformity assessment. TEST Body has authorizations granted by the Minister of Economy and Minister of Infrastructure in order to notify the European Commission and the Member States of the European Union, as the body designated to carry out tasks related to the assessment of compliance within the following New Approach Directives:
- 2006/42/EC Machinery (MD)
- 94/9/EC Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX)
- 2006/95/EC Electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits (LVD)
- 2004/108/EC Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC),
and has the status of Notified Body number 2057 assigned by the European Commission.
Depending on the directive, TEST Body carries out the following conformity assessment procedures:
- EC type-examination
- full quality assurance
- production quality assurance
- product verification
- unit verification
- assurance of type compliance
- product quality assurance
- internal production control
- transfer of technical documentation
TEST Body at the request of the manufacturer (importer/authorized representative) may also confirm the conformity assessment of products for which the Directive does not provide for the mandatory participation of a third party (notified body) – a voluntary assessment. Carrying out the conformity assessment process with a positive result authorizes the manufacturer (importer/authorized representative) to issue a declaration of conformity and – if the Directive requires – to place CE marking on the product.