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MCS 005

Product certification scheme requirements

Issue: 2.0 Date: 15/07/08

Solar Photovoltaic Modules

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Certification and approval Certification and approval is based on the following:

  • a.

    Evidence of compliance with:

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


    • BS EN 61646:1977 "Thin film terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules – Design qualification and type approval" Evidence of compliance is generally accepted as independent third party testing by a UKAS (or equivalent) accredited test laboratory. However, other evidence of compliance may be considered at the discretion of the certification body (see document MCS 011 ‘Testing acceptance criteria’).

  • b.

    For roof-integrated PV modules (i.e. those that replace part of the roof covering and hence perform some of the functions of the roof covering) the installation instructions shall specify:

      • 1)

        the types of roof constructions (e.g. slate, shingle, seam, concrete tile etc) with which the PV modules can be integrated and, for each of these roof types, shall give full instructions of how the module is to be installed to provide a weatherproof installation (i.e. details of any flashing or sealing kits and how these are fitted to the module and to the adjoining roof covering). Particular attention should be paid into roof-integration with double lap plain clay tiles.

      • 2)

        any limitations in the use of the PV modules required to meet building regulation requirements, in particular those relating to external fire spread.

  • c.

    Verification of the establishment and maintenance of the manufacturing company’s quality management system in accordance with the Factory Production Control requirements (FPC).

  • d.

    Review of the technical documentation relating to the material or product.

Applications for a range of common products (product families) will be dealt with on a case by case basis. For example, where one or more characteristics are the same for products with similar design, construction and functionality then the results of tests for these characteristics on one product may be applied to other similar products.

A certificate is awarded following demonstration of satisfactory compliance with the standard and this scheme document, taking into account any limitations imposed by the standard and other appropriate guidelines and satisfactory verification/assessment of the manufacturer's Factory Production Control and technical documentation.

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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