In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is the regulatory agency responsible for the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law which regulates the manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products to prevent potential hazards. Electrical and electronic products regulated by the Law are classified as Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category A) and Non-Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category B)
Importers of electrical appliances and materials (hereinafter refers to “electrical appliances“, be it Category A or Category B have the obligation to ensure that the appliances conform to the mandatory technical requirements, and to affix the applicable PSE mark on the appliance before placing the appliance on the market.
Particularly, any Specified Electrical Appliance or Material (Category A) shall undergo third-party conformity assessment and be marked with the PSE diamond mark after successful certification by the third-party conformity assessment body. TÜV SÜD is authorised by METI to perform certification for Specified Electrical Appliances (Category A) and is therefore a gateway for manufacturers exporting electrical appliances to the Japan Market.