Certification Experts is your full-service compliance partner and guides you through the complete US compliance process according to UL standards, OSHA requirements, FCC, and CPSIA. With over 25 years of experience, our team will help you to obtain access to the US market.
US compliance regulations
To be able to enter the US market, you need to ensure product safety. This can be done through measures, which are used to assess and certify the products in accordance with the Federal Regulations and National Codes, such as:
Manufacturers are often under the impression that they should make use of Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), which is a National Recognised Testing Laboratory (NRTL). UL is a two-pronged organisation: The organisation develops standards and acts as a NRTL. An Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) can confirm whether a product complies to the requirements for the Canadian and/or US market and this decision is always based on reports from a NRTL. The UL standards are considered as the legislative safety requirements; other NRTL’s can also use these standards to evaluate products. The AHJ’s make no distinction between the different NRTLs, given that all NRTL are accredited organisations. Certification Experts has a partner that is a Nationally Recognised Testing Laboratory and is accredited to carry out the conformity procedures for the US market.
How to achieve US compliance?
At Certification Experts, we offer guidance and advice on the following services in order to achieve US compliance with our US compliance consultants:
US compliance Services
Technical Advisory Service (TAS)
To ensure that the product is found to be compliant for the US market, Certification Experts offer a pre-project, TAS, prior to the final compliance procedure. The findings will be provided in a findings letter, which will be discussed with your company. If applicable, our experts will communicate required modifications to ensure a successful US Field Certification. During this stage, our experts will work together with your company to come up with acceptable solution(s) for all parties in case of any non-compliances.
Field evaluation is a process that is implemented in the field whereby unapproved products can be evaluated to the necessary requirements that are acceptable to the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), owner or other regulatory body. It must then be evaluated to the applicable product safety standard(s) for the specific application and location where the product will be utilised. This process includes construction inspection for use of components, assembly and limited nondestructive testing to complete the assessment. Certification Experts can guide this process with the applicable NRTL.
Field certification is similar to the field evaluation, the difference is that the field certification will result in a certificate of conformity and the approval mark will indicate that the product is certified.
Limited Product Certification
Limited Product Certification (LPC) is recognised as Type 1 form of Limited certification service under the international ISO conformity assessment system and is accepted by accredited bodies. LPC is essentially a “batch certification” designed to accommodate situations where a limited quantity of the product is manufactured, or a batch of the product is intended for distribution. Certification Experts can guide this process.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is responsible for protecting worker health and safety in the United States. Herein, Certification Experts can verify the requirements for your product, determine the safety status, provide advice and guidance regarding OSHA and perform a risk assessment.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate (in US) and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Certification Experts can guide with the complete FCC conformity assessment procedures: certification procedure and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity.
CPSIA and ASTM
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires domestic manufacturers and/or importers of non-children’s products to issue a General Certificate of Conformity (GCC). American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international standards organisation that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Certification Experts can guide the CPSIA process and ASTM testing.
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Certification Experts offers complete guidance and expert services in order to ensure your equipment is compliant with the US legislation to be able to enter the US market.
For every market, Certification Experts can provide a practical compliance roadmap. We offer guidance on cost and time efficiency regarding certification to be able to acces the US market.
Certification Experts offers a pre-project: a Technical Advisory Service (TAS), prior to the compliance procedure. The TAS is based on technical documentation and an initial inspection of the equipment. The findings of the TAS will be provided in a findings letter by the NRTL (National Recognized Testing Laboratory). In collaboration with all applicable parties involved, the required modifications will be stipulated to ensure a successful compliance procedure.
Limited Product Certification (LPC) is essentially a “batch certification,” designed to accommodate situations where a limited quantity of the product is manufactured, or a batch of the product is intended for distribution. After verifying that all units in the batch are identical to the test sample and in compliance, they are labeled on location by a NRTL representative, using a serialized certification. Certification Experts can guide this process
Safety requirements apply to machines, devices and equipment for the professional market. Certification Experts can ensure your products meet these requirements and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors compliance with this.
FCC certification is required for a manufacturer in order to obtain market approval in the US for a device with wireless technologies. In order to obtain market approval, a manufacturer must conduct the FCC certification procedure. Certification Experts can provide aid with this.
Certification Experts can guide your company with the appropriate tests to enter the US market.
All children’s products, including furniture, in the US, targeted to children below the age of twelve years old, are subjected to the regulations of CPSIA.
All manufacturers, importers, and distributers of children’s furniture and other child related products must ensure that their products are compliant with all related ASTM substance restrictions and standards. Certifications can provide aid with verifying the compliance of this.
Certification Experts provide consultancy on every aspect of US product compliance.
We notify you if there are regulatory changes pertaining to your product
We help you eliminate risks more efficiently, protect your customers and your business. Unsure whether you’ve done something correctly? We can provide a full risk assessment evaluation.
We provide Authorised Representation (AR) for businesses and e-commerce companies located outside the EU/UK – allowing access to those markets by registering us as your legal partner.
Every manufacturer requires a technical file to reach compliance. We support, compile and review these technical documents for you.
We review your designs and assist you through the prototype phase to ensure critical safety standards are met.
Wherever you’re located, we offer a wide range of expert testing and inspection capabilities, both in house and via our global network of affiliated partners and testing laboratories.
We create a clear and practical compliance roadmap for you in any market. Get expert guidance on cost/time efficiency of certification for accessing multiple markets.
We offer custom training programs led by experts, bringing your team up to
speed with important safety processes and regulations related to your markets.
Make sure your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your
chosen markets. From writing to reviewing materials, we’ve got you covered.
We ensure the availability of the technical file in case of requests from authorities
With over 25 years’ industry experience, our team can provide expert guidance
on every aspect of product compliance.
Trust us as your partner to verify the compliance of your products
We register as your official point of contact for market surveillance authorities
You gain access to the EU/UK market, no matter where your business is located
We represent you on your behalf for all legal issues pertaining to your product
Enter any market, no matter the marking or industry. From CE marking and UL to CCC, we offer complete certification guidance and expert services tailored to your unique situation.