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CSA Group to offer testing, certification for home health-care equipment

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, has announced its labs in Irvine, California, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, have been accredited to offer North American and CB Scheme testing and certification for home health-care medical equipment under the standard IEC 60601-1-11: Medical Electrical Equipment and Medical Electrical Systems used in the home health-care environment.


December 19, 2014
By Massage Therapy Canada staff

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The new accreditation expands the services CSA Group facilities offer to
include testing and certification of home health-care medical
electrical equipment for basic safety and essential performance and
requirements for medical electrical systems used in the home health-care
environment for Canada and the United States. Under the IECEE CB scheme
multi-lateral agreements, CSA Group also offers testing and
certification for an additional 35 countries worldwide.

"Home
healthcare is an expanding market and the medical devices used in home
care have become more complex," said Sudhir Joshi, global business unit
director for medical, safety and technology. "CSA Group already has
expertise in this area and offers numerous testing and certification
programs for medical health-care equipment. We are excited to expand our
capabilities to offer our customers more service options along with the
confidence of knowing their medical devices are being tested and
certified for safety and performance."

The use of medical
electrical equipment in a home environment is becoming increasingly
popular. Mobile health devices and web-based applications permit home
and self-care for many patients, allowing for treatment outside of a
health facility. Helping to ensure the safety of the medical electrical
equipment and providing detailed instructions for its operation is
particularly important in this environment where individuals without
medical training are using this type of equipment.

In addition to
the above services, CSA Group offers testing and certification for the
medical, laboratory and healt- care field including: electro-medical
equipment/system, laboratory, test and measurement and child-resistant
packaging. It has also developed standards for medical and health care
in areas such as support systems, home health care, patient care,
medical devices and systems and facility infrastructure.

Over the
next year, CSA Group plans to expand its facilities across North
America to meet the growing needs of clients. CSA Group has
certification and testing labs throughout Canada and the United States
including Vancouver, Edmonton, Cleveland and Dallas, and employs more
than 1,800 people across the globe.


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