Testing & Certification
Equipment testing and certification developed and carried out in various authorized EHEDG Authorised Testing Laboratories (ATLs) with their affiliated Authorised Evaluation Officers (AEOs) is setting recognised quality standards. EHEDG Certification is strived for by manufacturers who are aiming to design equipment in accordance with the highest hygienic requirements.
EHEDG is offering several types of certification to the benefit of equipment suppliers and food manufacturers:
- Equipment suppliers:
Their equipment can be approved by EHEDG to be in compliance with EHEDG criteria. In certain cases, approval may only be granted after testing by a laboratory accredited by a notified body, using EHEDG test methods.
- Food manufacturers:
They may select hygienically designed equipment although users must still validate that such equipment is suitable for its intended use.
EHEDG may authorise the use of the EHEDG Certification logo for equipment complying with the EHEDG hygienic design criteria at the date of issue (month + year). Certification may involve testing of equipment according to the certification class type.
EHEDG has authorised several AEOs to certify the use of the EHEDG compliance logo. Testing and certification are independent activities and may be done by different organisations / experts.
The EHEDG Working Group Certification consists of members from EHEDG ATLs, who perform the EHEDG Test Methods, EHEDG AEOs and the EHEDG Certification Officer (CO). The purpose of the Group is to maintain and develop test methods and assessment schemes for equipment to ensure the manufacture of safe and wholesome food. EHEDG guidelines on different test methods have been published and are reviewed periodically. New test methods are also under development, e.g. for equipment intended for open plant cleaning (OPC).