Voluntary product certification stems from companies’ need to ensure product conformity and performance, in compliance with recognised regulations or proprietary standards, thereby enhancing the value of and distinguishing their production on the market and gaining more trust from potential clients.
Requirements that can be certified must be measurable through objective parameters, certifiable by tests, and verified by assessing and monitoring the manufacturing and verification plan of the production process, with the purpose of ensuring conformity and initially verified quality over time.
Voluntary certification of a product may also refer to statutory requirements, as long as it provides added value with respect to statutory certification only.
Within voluntary product certification, ICIM operates in different industrial sectors and boasts more than 70 certification schemes, all accredited.
ICIM has developed proprietary regulatory documents that were later taken as reference to develop UNI and EN standards.
FIRE SAFETY PRODUCTS
Italy has one of the strictest and most advanced regulations concerning fire safety. There are many fire safety products with different purposes to protect people and goods.
FLUID CONTAINMENT AND TRANSPORT
ICIM has always operated in the fluid containment and transport systems and components industry.
The certification schemes available for this sector allow manufacturers to provide evidence of conformity also for products not covered by directive 2014/68/EU on pressurised equipment (PED), for which there is no regulated certification.
ICIM has developed a number of certification schemes for intrusion prevention products, becoming the Italian leader in the certification sector for these products, and one of the benchmark certification bodies in Europe.
The construction material industry has always been a key sector in Italy, as it is linked to the public and residential construction industry.
ICIM has developed a number of certification schemes for products in this sector, which over time have taken on increasing importance as they have allowed even products not covered by Regulation 305/2011 on construction products (CPR) to provide evidence of their construction “quality”.