safety certifications

Certification of electrical products is crucial. As a result of a product being certified, it is guaranteed to be of superior quality. Therefore, the regulation of electrical products is to ensure safety and environmental obligations. Additionally, there are three main safety certification agencies that are recognized in electronic manufacturing. Each agency has their own specific purpose.

A close relationship with these independent certification agencies ensures that products and projects comply with rigorous testing requirements. Most noteworthy is an in-depth knowledge of how these different agencies work and what they are looking to achieve during the testing process. These agencies work with companies to make products less likely to need adjustment throughout the testing procedures in order to qualify for the needed compliance.

In the upcoming blog series, we will be pinpointing what each of these agencies does to ensure that electrical products are of the highest standards in safety and regulation. Below is a short synopsis of each agency, their standards, and qualifications. Also, look into the websites for each certification agency.


Electronic Safety Certification Agencies 

UL (Underwriters Laboratory)
  • Began in 1894
  • Standard for testing electrical products
  • Standard for inspecting electrical products
  • Also, educates and guides businesses in required safety requirements
  • Global certification possibilities
CSA ( Canadian Standards Association)
  • Established in 1919
  • Official certifications for all electronic products in Canada
  • Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for the US
  • Additionally, CSA is authorized in energy efficiency testing
  • Global certification possibilities
ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories)
  • Established in 1896 by Thomas Edison
  • Provider of testing and assurance services
  • Highly regarded for their knowledge and expertise
  • Therefore, ensuring minimization of health, safety, and security risks by reducing cost
  • Also, a globally accredited and recognized

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