INSPEC Certification Services was set up in 1991 in anticipation of the implementation within the UK of the European Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive. 

The core business of the division is to provide an independent third-party certification service to manufacturers, importers and distributors of safety equipment, PPE and other related products – for voluntary and regulatory schemes. 

We are a Notified Body under the PPE Directive and PPE Regulation and can therefore process applications for CE Marking. We cover all types of PPE - from head to toe.  We are also notified against Module B (Type-examination), Module D (Quality assurance / Production control) and Module E (Product control) of the European Marine Equipment Directive for PPE to be used onboard ships, as listed in implementing regulations supplementary to that Directive.  

We have been operating worldwide, in close cooperation with the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), since 1999. The service, is a product certification program covering a comprehensive range of PPE.   We are an accredited Certification Body for the additional services of Quality Management Systems certification to ISO 9001:2015, and personal protective equipment product certification by way of our own IC Mark

We use only officially recognized, independent laboratories for all testing performed in support of applications for certification. 

With such a range of services, we deliver a combined service to our clients when requested – for example a complex manufacturing and distribution network may need to satisfy European ‘CE’ marking, SEI auditing and sampling, and customer demands for managed systems according to ISO 9001. A combined visit to key sites can offer cost savings by avoiding duplication of effort. 

To ensure the highest level of integrity, impartiality and competence, together with absolute client confidence, our services are accredited. Our primary accreditation standards are ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, the international standards for conformity assessment of certification bodies, and we are independently scrutinised against them. Click here to go to our Accreditations page. 

INSPEC Certification Services Impartiality Policy

“The management and Governing Board of INSPEC Certification Services are committed to maintaining impartiality in providing certification services to our clients, and actively monitors and addresses any potential conflicts of interest.

In addition, the certification process is reviewed on a periodic basis to ensure that it is an open and objective process, without any pressure being applied by interested parties.

It is company policy to avoid involvement in any activities that would diminish confidence in its independence, competence, impartiality, judgement or operational integrity. Instances giving rise to doubt are subject to review by senior management and the Governing Board.

The terms of this policy are defined by INSPEC senior management and the Governing Board.”


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