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MCS 005

Product certification scheme requirements

Issue: 2.0 Date: 15/07/08

Solar Photovoltaic Modules

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1.

Introduction

This document identifies the evaluation and assessment requirements and practices for the purposes of certification and listing of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) modules. Certification and listing of products is based on evidence acceptable to the certification body:-

  • that the product meets the standard;

  • that the manufacturer has staff, processes and systems in place to

ensure that the product delivered meets the standard. and on:-

  • periodic audits of the manufacturer including testing as appropriate;

  • compliance with the contract with the certification body for listing and

approval including agreement to rectify faults as appropriate.

This

document has been approved by the Steering Group of the

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

This document was prepared by the MCS Working Group 2 ‘Solar Photovoltaic systems’.

2.

Scope

This scheme provides ongoing independent, third party assessment and approval of companies who wish to demonstrate that their Solar PV module(s) meet and continue to meet the requirements of:

BS EN 61215:2005 “Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic modules – Design qualification and type approval” or

(PV)

  • BS EN 61646:1977 "Thin film terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules –

Design qualification and type approval"

Note 1: This scheme has some additional requirements for roof-integrated PV modules (see 5b.).

Note 2: A technical standard to cover bespoke glass/glass laminate PV panels is under development.

  • 3.

    Applications to join the Scheme Applications should be made to an accredited certification body operating this scheme, who will provide the appropriate application form and details of the applicable fees.

  • 4.

    Management Systems Certification Manufacturers shall operate a certified documented manufacturing quality control system, in accordance with the requirements of MCS 010 “Generic Factory Production Control Requirements”

This document is the property of the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET.

© BERR 2008

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