There is a lack of global agreement on SSL test standards and mutual recognition of regional accreditation programmes. This situation creates trade barriers and increases the costs of doing business, slowing down the adoption of LEDs and associated energy savings.
The SSL Annex seeks collaboration with accreditation bodies worldwide in support of mutual recognition of regional accreditation of SSL product testing. Coordination of international accreditation of SSL testing laboratories is important for traceability of SSL products. By comparing 110 LED testing laboratories around the world, the 2013 Interlaboratory Comparison (see Final Report) produced a common proficiency test that: