FIRST-, SECOND- AND THIRD-PARTY TESTING - HOW AND WHEN?

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EUROLAB POSITION PAPER (1/2017)

FIRST-, SECOND- AND THIRD-PARTY TESTING - HOW AND WHEN?

This paper intends to clarify the roles of first-, second- and third- party test laboratories and their specific roles

in conformity assessment in context with European legislation. Testing1 is to be understood today as part of

"conformity assessment2". In that context testing plays a key enabling role for technology and trade.

There are various general and specific rules – issued for example by the European Legislators – stating when

testing has to be performed by a first-, second- or third-party testing laboratory. For example the Low Voltage

Directice 2014/35/EU bases its conformity assessment requirements on results obtained by the manufacturer

wheras the Directive for Equipment used in potentially explosive athmospheres (ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU)

requires for nearly all equipment testing performed by a third party notified body. In addition there are

definitions for first-, second- and third-party conformity assessment bodies in ISO/IEC 17000. The standards of

the ISO/IEC 17000 series contain the detailed requirements on these various bodies

This position paper has been written in order to create a common understanding when first-, second- and thirdparty

testing should or shall be used.