Responsible for the future, committed to safety. Those who develop tomorrow’s technology are also responsible for today. CHERRY attaches great importance to creating products which are as safe and ergonomic as possible. Interested? Here we provide you with comprehensive information on the individual certificates that distinguish the individual CHERRY products.

Electromagnetic Compatibility

The following approvals in each country ensure that the electronic products emit a limited amount of electromagnetic interference radiation only. Some of these approvals also place requirements on the interference immunity (electromagnetic robustness) of electronic products. The international standards CISPR 32 (interference radiation) and CISPR 24 (interference immunity) serve worldwide as the basis for national standards that apply with regard to the requirements for individual country approvals.

The requirements described here frequently refer to statutory minimum mandatory requirements that must be fulfilled. In addition to this, our products also comply with more stringent requirements, to e.g. meet the requirements called for in an industrial environment.

Conformity mark based on manufacturer's declarations & certifications

The conformity mark referred to in this paragraph enables a manufacturer to confirm the compliance of the marked product with the applicable directives and laws that apply in each of the countries and regions. One means of ensuring that the relevant requirements are complied with is for regional authorities to monitor the market. The test results for certifications are verified by an independent third-party office.

EMV- Directive and RED - Directive

The European standards EN 5502 (interference radiation) and EN 55035 (interference immunity) are used as a basis for compliance with the EMC Directive. CE is mandatory in Europe.

CFR 47 Part 15; Subpart B (Unintentional Radiators)

FCC (Federal Communication Commission) is an independent authority in the USA that is responsible for defining the requirements in the FCC Directive CFR 47 FCC Part 15. This Directive describes the requirements and limit values for the interference radiation generated by electronic products. FCC is mandatory in the USA.

VCCI Technical Requirements V-3

VCCI (Voluntary Control Council for Interference of IT Equipment) is a council based in Japan that defines the requirements pertaining to the interference radiation emitted by IT products. These requirements are mainly based on the international Standard CISPR 32 (interference radiation). VCCI is a voluntary test mark for the Japanese market. Market monitoring is also conducted by the VCCI.

ICES-003 „ITE – Limits and methods of measurement”

IECS-003 IECS-003 is a Canadian Directive issued by the Canadian authority Industry Canada. This Directive defines the requirements pertaining to interference radiation emitted by electronic products, comparable to the requirements governed by the FCC. The Directive references the Canadian standard CAN/CSA CISPR 22. ICES-003 is mandatory in Canada.

CNS 13438

BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection) is an authority in Taiwan that also develops national standards and provides certification and test services. The Standard CNS 13438 defines the measurement methods and limit value with regard to the interference radiation emitted by IT equipment. The measurements must be conducted by a laboratory accredited in Taiwan.


KCC (Korea Communication Commission) is an authority in South Korea that is responsible for conducting tasks similar to those of the FCC in the USA. The authority also defines the requirements pertaining to interference radiation and interference immunity for IT equipment in the Electrical Communication Basic Law. The equipment is certified directly by the authorities in Korea according to local standards KN 32 / KN 35.

Radiocommunication Act 1992 (Section 182)

The RCM mark is a conformity mark that enables a manufacturer to confirm that the statutory requirements with regard to electromagnetic requirements in Australia and New Zealand have been met.Compliance with the requirements is based on the Standard AS/NZS CISPR 22 (interference radiation) RCM is mandatory in Australia and New Zealand.

Safety and ergonomics

The following specified approvals and requirements refer generally to the aspect of product safety. For IT equipment the international safety Standard IEC 60950-1 (Safety of Information Technology Equipment in Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communication Technology) is to be observed along with the series of standards for ergonomics on input devices EN ISO 9241-4xx. The certifications described here refer to voluntary test marks that can be used to confirm statutory requirements in certain regions and countries.

Manufacturer declaration & certifications

EK1-ITB 2000

EK1-ITB 2000

GS (Tested Safety) is a German test mark that can be issued by various inspection agencies such as, e.g. VDE, TÜV Rheinland or UL. The basis for issuance of the test mark is the award principles governed by EK1 ITB-2000. These award principles are revised and augmented, where necessary, on an annual basis by various inspection agencies. The standards referenced therein include ones for product safety such as, e.g. EN 60950-1 or for ergonomics such as, e.g. DIN EN ISO 9241-4xx. The GS test principles are available on the Internet site for ZLS www.zls-muenchen.de in the shared resources category "Erfahrungsaustausch"/EK1.

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UL 60950-1

UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is an organization in the USA that was founded back in 1894 at the instigation of fire insurance companies to define test specifications for electrical equipment and to then test the equipment according to the specifications. The Standard UL 60950-1, which defines the requirements pertaining to the electrical safety of IT equipment, is used as the basis for testing IT equipment. This also includes requirements placed on materials with regard to thermal stability, insulating property and flammability.

DGUV Information 215-410 "Design Guidelines for Workstations"

These guidelines issued by the Statutory Employer's Liability Insurance Association (VBG), previously BGI650, clearly defines the safety-related, industrial health, ergonomic and industrial psychology requirements for the design and operation of workstation equipment These requirements extend in part beyond the requirements covered by a GS test. The DGUV mark is a test mark issued by the employer's liability insurance association to confirm that its principles have been met. It is however, no longer awarded by the VBG for IT equipment. The testing of IT equipment was discontinued with in 2006. Confirmation of these requirements can therefore only be made by the manufacturer itself.

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Manufacturer declaration & certifications

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EK1-ITB 2000 ZEK 01.4-08

The guidelines for issuing the GS mark for IT equipment also include a limit on the use of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in exposed plastics. PAHs can be contained in plastics in the form of plasticizers or as soot in black pigment. Many PAHs are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. The restriction through the GS mark currently encompasses 18 different substances. For plastics that have to be handled for more than 30 sec. during use, a total limit value of 10mg/kg is defined for all 18 substances.

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EU Directive 2011/65/EU

With the coming into force of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, the RoHS requirements are now part of the mandatory CE marking procedure. The Directive restricts the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment. In homogeneous materials, the following limits for these substances may not be exceeded: Lead (0.1 %), Mercury (0.1 %), Cadmium (0.01 %), Hexavalent chromium (0.1 %), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1 %), Polybrominated diphyenl ether (PBDE) (0.1%), Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < (0.1%), Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < (0.1%), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < (0.1%), Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < (0.1%)

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GB/T 26572-2011

Comparable with the RoHS requirements in Europe, the operation of electrical and electronic products up to a voltage limit of 1500V (DC) and 1000V (AC) must take the requirements with regard to the China RoHS into consideration. The Standard GB/T 26572-2011 currently specifies the same 6 prohibited substances as in EU RoHS with identical limit values. However, there are differences to the EU Directive in terms of documentation, labeling and possible exceptions that have to be observed.



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Common Criteria Part 1 - 3, Revision 3.1

The "Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation" is an international standard which serves the IT security - as a basis for testing and assessing (evaluation) of the security properties for IT components and IT systems, - as a guidelines for the development and procurement of products and systems with IT security functions. In Germany, compliance with the common criteria with an evaluation level EAL 3+ can also be used for confirmation of the German Signature Act (SigG / SigV). Only products that comply with the German Signature Act can be used for creating qualified electronic signatures.

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Chip card readers that are also suitable for reading the new ID cards (nPa) must be certified in accordance with BSI Directive BSI-TR-03119. The Directive defines 3 different reader types (Basic reader, Standard reader and Comfort reader). The devices are tested by an accredited inspection agency, whereby protocol tests and functional tests are performed.

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FIPS 201-1

Chip card readers used by members of the US Government, must be certified in accordance with the NIST Standard FIPS 201-1. This standard defines the minimum requirements placed on access control systems as specified, e.g. in the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12). Approved products are published through GSA (General Services Administration) in the APL (Approved Product List)

Windows hardware compatibility

Our Cherry products go through the certification process in accordance with the Windows hardware compatibility program and therefore adhere to the requirements and quality standards of Microsoft Windows.