Nationally Recognized Test Laboratories (NRTLs) provide product safety testing and certification services for products in the U.S. While NRTL certification (UL, CSA, TUV, MET, ETL) is not required by law to sell products in the U.S., manufacturers choose to obtain NRTL certification to show due diligence in providing a safe product.
Getting UL certification or another NRTL mark for your product is often more challenging than anticipated. The following steps are required to obtain and maintain an NRTL mark for electronic products:
Navigating the steps above can be time-consuming and frustrating for someone who is not familiar with the process and the players involved. NRTL test houses often adopt an “assembly line” style of testing and evaluation to maintain consistency in their process. In addition, they are often scrutinized by accreditation bodies. The combination of these two factors can lead to gridlock if a project falls outside the confines of a standardized program.
With these potential challenges in mind, it is valuable to work with a compliance agency that has an established relationship with trusted personnel. G&M Compliance has experience working with NRTL laboratories, and our compliance experts can help ensure the process runs smoothly.
If this is your first time pursuing NRTL certification, the first time certifying a particular type of equipment, or the first time certifying to new standards, we highly recommend a preliminary inspection. A preliminary inspection is a quick and inexpensive way to detect the following issues before submitting for a Certification Evaluation:
A Certification Evaluation is designed to create a report format for testing and evaluation of an otherwise compliant product. Discovering significant compliance issues during the Certification Evaluation—rather than beforehand—can lead to painful delays and additional costs. Contact G&M Compliance for more information on preliminary inspections.
NRTL certifications are often packaged with other domestic and international certifications, and the number of required Product Compliance Certifications (PCCs) is on the rise. In order to manage the growing number of tasks associated with PCCs, additional internal resources may become necessary. To assist our clients with this ever-growing demand, we offer an in-house, monthly support service to help manage and maintain PCCs. For more information, please visit our Certification Management page.
Our goal at G&M Compliance is to obtain certifications quickly and efficiently, while representing our customer’s best interests. We succeed in this by:
We have spent years developing relationships with certification authorities around the world, ensuring we are prepared to handle the common challenges and roadblocks associated with product certification. Whether you are working to obtain certification, looking to renew your existing certification, or wondering whether or not your product needs certification at all, using an experienced compliance agency can help. Our compliance professionals provide effective and friendly guidance through the entire certification process.