UK Approved Body Assessment

Independent UK Approved Body Type Examination assessments of Technical Documentation against the essential requirements of the 2016 Electromagetic Compatibility Regulations.

UK Approved Body 2636

Eurofins York has since been appointed as a UK Approved Body (No 2636) under the 2016 Electromagetic Compatibility Regulations. Prior to the 1st January 2021, Eurofins York is a long-established EU Notified Body, having provided these activities under the previous two EMC Directives.

The 2016 Electromagetic Compatibility Regulations allows third-party assessment of Technical Documentation in the form of an Approved Body Type Examination.  This provides an independent and impartial assessment of Technical Documentation to determine whether it supports a Declaration of Conformity that the essential requirements of the 2016 Electromagetic Compatibility Regulations have been met.

When to use an Approved Body

There are a number of reasons why a manufacturer may wish to obtain an Approved Body assessment

  • Technical Documentation covers a range of products and a subset has been tested
  • A manufacturer is uncertain about the contents and/or the validity of arguments made in Technical Documentation and requires the additional confidence that a third-part assessment provides.
  • Apparatus is not fully covered by harmonised standards
  • A standard cannot be correctly applied, for instance due the size of the apparatus
  • The intended environment is different to that covered by standards
  • The sector is highly regulated and/or risk-averse (e.g. rail, nuclear, oil and gas) and an Approved Body assessment is a contractual requirement

Under the requirements of 2016 Electromagetic Compatibility Regulations, an Approved Body Assessment entails the manufacturer and the Approved Body entering into an on-going contractual agreement.  Under this agreement, the manufacturer undertakes to inform the Approved Body of changes to the apparatus covered by the Technical Documentation and the Approved Body undertakes to keep the manufacturer informed of changes to the regulatory requirements such as Regulations, Directives and Standards.

The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that the Technical Documentation remains up to date and supports the conformity of the apparatus.

How we can help

Approved Body activities fall under ISO 17020 as a Type A inspection body, meaning that Eurofins York conforms to stringent independence and impartiality requirements.

Contact our York office to discuss a requirement for an Approved Body assessment.

For more information and to view our certification click here.

Our training course on the The EMC Directive Explained is also available and discusses the role of the Approved Body.