ETL - North America

From coffee makers to chemical processing equipment to treadmills, Intertek has helped thousands of manufacturers get their products to the North American marketplace months before their competition.

Why do manufacturers choose the ETL Listed Mark?

Choice. Manufacturers want choices for all their procurement needs, including their testing and certification provider.

The ETL Listed Mark is the legal equivalent to the UL and CSA Listed Marks

The true legal requirement to test and certify products for sale in the United States is a designation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). A NRTL's function is to provide independent evaluation, testing, and certification of any electrically operated or gas- and oil-fired product. Intertek is recognized as a NRTL in the United States and, in a similar capacity, as a Testing Organization and Certifying Body in Canada by the Standards Council of Canada. We encourage you to visit OSHA for more information.

A product bearing the ETL Listed Mark is determined to have met the minimum requirements of prescribed product safety standards. Moreover, the mark indicates that the manufacturer's production site conforms to a range of compliance measures and is subject to periodic follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance.

ETL Listed Mark is accepted throughout North America

Amway Corp, Best Products, JCPenney, Sam's Club, Sears, Service Merchandise, and the list goes on. Since the ETL Listed Mark is a recognized and accepted indicator of a product's compliance to safety standards, retailers, inspectors, or Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) all accept ETL Listed Products.

Thousands of manufacturers switch to "ETL" every year

In fact, our customer base is growing about 15% per year. With more than 18 NRTLs to choose from, manufacturers have a choice in selecting a testing and certification provider. Why choose the ETL Listed Mark over UL or CSA? Simply put, it's our service. Intertek's custom tailored testing, quick turnarounds, and flexible work methods promote collaboration between testing lab and manufacturer to bring products to market faster, more efficiently, and cost effectively. Did you know your product can be tested and certified in under 15 days?

Intertek's commitment to the ETL Mark

"ETL" has been around over 100 years. When manufacturers apply Intertek's proprietary ETL Listed Mark to their products, the letters "ETL" carry with them a long history of innovation, influence, and independence. In fact, the original Electrical Testing Labs (ETL) was founded by Thomas Alva Edison in 1896.

Electrical Testing Labs was formed to address concerns of lamp safety and performance issues. Edison's vision was to provide assurance to consumers, through various types of product performance and safety tests. The basic principles of Edison's third-party lamp testing methods remain the same today. Experts monitored lamps and bulbs to determine how long they would burn, the luminous intensity, and if everything burned as it should - without combustibility or explosion. Read more information on Intertek's rich history and learn how our testing services help manufacturers around the world.

Variations of the ETL Listed Mark

A product bearing the ETL Listed mark with the "us" identifier at the 4 o'clock position has been tested and deemed compliant to U.S. product safety standards only. An ETL Listed mark with a "c" identifier at the 8 o'clock position means the product bearing it complies with Canadian product safety standards only. And an ETL Listed mark with both "us" and "c" identifiers at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions respectively, signifies that the product bearing the mark complies with both U.S. and Canadian product safety standards.

To view some of the notable client who use the ETL Listed Mark for the successful market entry, visit ourĀ Product Marks Directory

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