As a qualified Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), CSA Group can help customers sell their products in North America. With the US in particular being a key market for many of our customers, timely product launches into the US can positively impact their bottom line. These products must display a certification mark that is issued by a qualified NRTL and CSA is not only recognized by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as an NRTL, but we are also recognized by organizations such as ANSI and IAS as an accredited third-party testing laboratory. That means our CSAus or CSAcus certification marks on products installed in the US will confirm successful testing to a US standard.
There is a difference between a code requirement of a product tested to a US standard and who actually completed the testing as demonstrated by the certification mark on the product. An integral part of US Mark Acceptance at CSA Group is helping customers navigate through this complexity. We provide education to stakeholders on the equivalency of CSA marks ensuring a greater understanding, and ultimately acceptance, of those marks. We also provide education and support to our customers who require further clarification and assistance.
Clarifying Mark Equivalency
Understanding mark equivalency begins with understanding who the mark represents. The certification mark on a product indicates who performed the testing and certification. It does not refer to the standard to which the product was tested. US Mark Acceptance aims to counter this common misconception and clarify the concept of mark equivalency. We emphasize that while there are currently 17 NRTLs recognized by OSHA that issue certification marks, all marks should be accepted equivalently – assuming that the product certified is within the scope of standards to which the NRTL is recognized to test.
US Mark Acceptance proactively seeks opportunities to deliver product certification education to relevant stakeholders such as Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), manufacturers, contractors, architects, wholesalers and industry associations. We provide key information to assist in the purchase, acceptance, and approval of certified products, as well as how to identify and report counterfeit certification marks. We clearly explain the process that leads to product certification as well as the roles of the four key stakeholders – Manufacturers, Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), NRTLs, and AHJs.
US Mark Acceptance at CSA Group provides assistance to any manufacturer who has obtained CSA certification. This can mean having to provide supporting documentation or further explanations to anyone involved in the approval process with regards to the standards to which the product was tested or the meaning of the mark shown on the product or product packaging.