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2024-04-23 Testing + Certification

Inspection and Monitoring

Certification with the VDE mark is required when the production of the approved products is monitored. The aim of monitoring the certified products is to ensure constant quality and condition – analogous to the initial authorization.

The VDE Institute conducts – either upon request or as a special inspection measure as part of conformity monitoring – additional inspections and product control tests.

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The CIG Inspection Procedure is now a European “scheme”!

For decades, VDE has been using the inspection procedure harmonised in Europe for surveillance activities within the scope of its certification procedures.

The documents previously known as MC6 and MC7 are now named CIG 021 to CIG 024.

The actual inspection report in particular, CIG 023, is well known and recognised well beyond Europe’s boundaries.

In the meantime, the CIG procedure has been upgraded to become an independent “scheme” within ETICS (European Testing Inspection Certification System).

This means that the CIG procedure as an inspection procedure is now on with the same level as the ENEC, HAR and CCA certification procedures that have long been established in Europe.

With this step and for the first time, it will be possible for interested certification bodies to obtain independent membership in this procedure.

VDE is one of the few organisations that already took part in the development and introduction of the first forerunners of the European inspection procedure.
Even today, VDE is still significantly involved in the further development of this procedure.

For example, the head of the VDE inspection body has been the chairman of the committee responsible for this procedure within ETICS for more than 15 years.
He also chairs the newly founded Inspection Policy Committee (IPC), which is responsible for the strategic development of the CIG inspection procedure.
Further information on the "CIG Inspection Scheme" can be found on the ETICS website under the following links:


Inspection and Testing related to VDE product certifications

Monitoring of production facilities by the VDE Institute
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  • Industrial inspections for VDE-certified products
  • Industrial inspections for products with other certification marks


  • Conformity monitoring tests
  • Product monitoring tests, so-called periodic tests, based on the guidelines of European certification processes (e.g. ENEC)

Confirmations and documents

The VDE mark as a symbol for security
  • Inspection reports based on the above-mentioned processes (CENELEC inspection process, ENEC process, inspection processes of other bodies)
  • Document confirming routine inspections to maintain the VDE mark
  • Certificate confirming routine inspections on a voluntary basis according to the factory inspection procedure harmonized in Europe
  • Test reports as basis for product release before shipment

More detailed information to the VDE marks and attestations can be found here.

Additional services for Inspection and Monitoring

  • Monitoring of production facilities and products
  • Industrial inspections for products with European certification marks (ENEC, HAR, etc.)
  • Industrial inspections for products with certification marks of other bodies
  • Industrial inspections commissioned by more than 40 foreign testing and certification bodies according to their sets of rules
  • Industrial inspections in Germany, Europe, Asia and overseas
  • Industrial inspections done voluntarily

        - according to the industrial inspection process harmonized in Europe
        - specific inspections, expert opinions and tests acc. to customer-specific guidelines

  • Inspection of current production (during production inspection)
  • Inspection before shipping (pre-shipment inspection)
  • Expert opinion of production facilities (factory evaluation)
  • Product control tests (conformity control on demand)
  • Conformity monitoring on products
  • CENELEC inspection process (CIG process)

The following serve as basis:

Factory Audit and evaluation by the VDE Institute
  • The Testing and Certification System of the VDE Institute
  • Customer-specific requirements
  • CENELEC industrial inspection process (CIG process)
  • Sets of rules of foreign certification bodies

Your advantages

Approval of the production facilities by the VDE Institute
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By carrying out the inspection by the VDE Institute and its selected partners, you benefit from many years of expertise. As the inspections are carried out on the basis of European and other internationally recognized policies, you can be assured that the inspection results will be internationally recognized. To make sure that your product will be produced in uniform quality, we will issue you an expert opinion on the production facility.

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