UK’s first complete RADAR test service launched by TÜV SÜD
10 November 2021
TÜV SÜD launches its Maritime SOLAS RADAR Test Range
Global product testing & certification organisation, TÜV SÜD has launched its dedicated Maritime SOLAS RADAR Test Range, the only independent test house in the UK – and one of three in the world – to offer ISO 17025* accredited testing against IEC 62388*.
Located in Essex on the Thames Estuary, the ex-Ministry of Defence (MoD) test site meets all IEC 62388 radar range requirements. TÜV SÜD’s RADAR test reports are therefore recognised by maritime authorities globally, including shipping classification societies and EU Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Notified Bodies.
TÜV SÜD’s new testing facility will significantly reduce time-to-market for RADAR manufacturers. Previously they had to use multiple sites to cover various tests and were also required to accommodate witness testing by classification societies, as other laboratories are not ISO 17025 accredited.
Phil Evans, Business Development Director for Marine at TÜV SÜD said: “Our new facility is a real game-changer for the marine RADAR market. We worked directly with both MED Notified Bodies and global classification societies to ensure that our ISO 17025 accredited test reports are accepted globally. Also, as equipment manufacturers can now access a complete testing service with a single provider, they can gain access to international markets faster and more cost effectively.”
TÜV SÜD is a Notified Body under the EU’s Marine Equipment Directive and is one of four laboratories in the world authorised to perform search and rescue beacon testing on behalf of Cospas-Sarsat.
*IEC 62388:2013 - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Shipborne radar - Performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results.
*ISO 17205:2017 - General requirements for the competence of testing & calibration laboratories.
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