A massive rush is underway by breathalyzer manufacturers applying for NF certification of their products. The NF standard is a basic quality mark which until recently has been of limited interest to manufacturers. Many had let their NF certificates lapse as the French market was not considered important and the quality mark was not required to sell in France where the usual ROHS or CE certification was also accepted.
The move by the French Government to introduce compulsary breathalyzer packs for all motorists using french roads from July 2012 has seen a large increase in sales to the French market. At the time of the decision only a few brands had pre-existing NF certificates applied to their products. Obtaining NF certificate listing is quite straight forward for manufacturers already meeting existing EU quality standards there are no additional parameters which are required and it is simply a matter of completing the LNE audit and application process.
We will see a massive expansion to the list of approved NF breathalyzers over the next few months. The existing list is in no way final or closed and many manufactuers are also obtaining a declaration of conformity to the performance standards listed in NFX20702, making their products legitimate to sell directly into the French market.
The same application process applies to digital hand held breathalyzers being sold to the french Breathalyzer market for compliance with the new law. Many of the existing models such as the DA8000 and others have existing NF certification but only applied to OEM branded boxes in French distributor own label boxes. The breathalyzers are indentical to the manufacturers original but prior to the new French law the manufacturer saw no commercial advantage to paying for LNE certification directly.
With the introduction of the French breathalyzer legislation this now changes the balance for product being imported into Europe. Buyers will want breathalyzer models which are compliant for when they travel to Europe and will prevent them having to buy additional units or single use breathalyzer tubes. If other countries follow the French and introduce similar laws, there is nothing to stop them applying a local regional or country specific quality mark .
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