Nemko Safety Certification Program for North America
Are you planning to sell your products in North America?
We live in a competitive world – we need to be first, we need to be fast, we need to be the best. For manufacturers and importers of products in North America, it can be challenging to compete when it comes to placing products on the market. Nemko can help you with certifying your product.
Nemko-CCL, Inc. (Nemko Salt Lake) processes product certification applications for applicants desiring safety certification in North America. Nemko Salt Lake operates under the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL) of the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the US and under the product certification program administered by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for Canada.
Regulations for United States
The United States has a federally mandated program for the safety of electrical products used in the workplace. This program is governed by OSHA and is called the NRTL program. The NRTL program is defined in the United States Federal Regulations, specifically Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.
Electrical safety is not regulated at the federal level in the US. Local jurisdictions known as Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) can impose additional requirements above and beyond the National Electrical Code. Testing and certification agencies are required, where applicable, to be directly recognized by the AHJ. NRTL recognition is often a pre-requisite to this acceptance.
Regulations for Canada
Electrical and electronic apparatus covered by the Canadian Electrical Code must be certified to recognized product safety standards. The organizations that certify these products must be accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and recognized by Provincial Regulators as competent to certify products.
Provincial Regulators in Canada have agreed to participate in a common national system which greatly simplifies the acceptance of certified products for installation.
Nemko Product Safety Certification Services
Nemko offers pre-compliance to assist you in identifying any potential compliance issues during the product development phase which will help manage development costs.
Periodic factory inspections are a required part of these certification programs.
Nemko offers a coordination service which includes the administration to coordinate factory inspections covering multiple certification schemes to prevent redundancy and unnecessary costs.
Nemko Salt Lake offers a bundled service for North America Safety Certification which means you will deal with one single point of contact, combined annual fees and consolidated factory inspections or you can contact your local Nemko office.
Scope of Accreditation
The Nemko Salt Lake scope can be found on the OSHA website for the US and the SCC website for Canada.