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Acceptance of Client Testing (A.C.T)

Reduce cost while decreasing time to market

Reduce cost while decreasing time to market

Reduce Product Compliance Costs And Accelerate the Compliance Process

The TÜV SÜD Mark philosophy of maximum safety, quality and product function remains uncompromized through the A.C.T. program, providing confidence that all applicable tests were carried out under the strictest of conditions and with the highest level of quality. A.C.T. is a faster, lower-cost process leading to U.S. and global certifications.

The TÜV SÜD A.C.T. program authorizes a manufacturer to perform their own product safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and / or ENERGY STAR® testing at their facility, with the test results reviewed and approved by TÜV SÜD America’s expert engineers prior to the product’s certification.

Key Requirements

To participate in the A.C.T. program, a manufacturer must meet two key requirements:

  1. They must possess and maintain the capabilities to test their products to relevant safety and / or EMC standards.
  2. They must pass a TÜV SÜD on-site A.C.T. audit of their capabilities, supporting documentation, and technical staff.

A.C.T. Benefits Include:

  • Significant reductions in testing time and third party testing fees are the most frequent benefits enjoyed by authorized A.C.T. facilities. The decrease in time to market creates an impact on the decision to become an A.C.T. partner.

  • The ability to schedule product testing internally as needed.
  • No added logistical issues from a third party testing facility or booking of lab time.
  • Unrestricted product testing leading to the application of the valued TÜV SÜD mark.
  • Eliminate third party testing fees, saving precious resources.Increased quality control with decreased cost.
  • Ability to provide instant feedback to production and engineering staff.

In addition to testing for product certificates, an A.C.T.-approved facility may submit test reports and data to TÜV SÜD for formal review and endorsement. This is a sound practice for products that require a CE Mark.

Additional A.C.T. Facility Benefits Include:

  • The use of existing TÜV SÜD test protocols and report formats.
  • The scheduling of a combined surveillance audit to cover the A.C.T. lab and production facility (when located in the same area).
  • Reduced cost and expedient handling of modifications to certified products.

Why Choose TÜV SÜD

We have extensive experience in providing testing and expert advisory for many different product industries around the world. Our standing as an independent and impartial third-party assessor instills confidence in the quality and safety of your product.

TÜV SÜD is a premium quality, safety and sustainability solutions provider that specializes in testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training and knowledge services. Represented in over 1,000 locations worldwide, we hold accreditations around the world.


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