Intertek is the industry leader with more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries. Whether your business is local or global, we can ensure your products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world.
Intertek’s comprehensive suite of quality assurance services including ETL Mark, energy efficiency assessment, chemical and material analysis, supply chain assurance, across a global footprint give manufacturers and retailers the most options for bringing high-quality LED lighting products to global markets.
Key Safety Standards
When exporting to the North American market, there are four key safety certification standards to consider:
ANSI/UL 588, Edition 19 for Seasonal & Holiday Decorative Products
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 37 for Decorative Lighting Products
NOM-003-SCFI-2000 for Electrical Product Safety Specifications
NMX-J-521/1-2012 for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances
These safety standards are not harmonized.
Manufacturers should consult a third-party testing agency to understand the differences between the standards and create a plan for compliance. Third-party certification is recommended by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and a requirement for almost all North American retailers.
In addition, there are a variety of performance measures required by various jurisdictions or retail outlets, including criteria for energy efficiency, chemicals and materials, retailer protocols, or competitive benchmarking.
Intertek has expanded quality assurance services for decorative lighting string manufacturers and retailers with sales and technical support in our 1,000+ global locations, and testing laboratories in the following Centers of Excellence:
Kowloon, Hong Kong
US & Canada: Important Concerns
In the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is requiring that decorative lighting strings comply with:
minimum wire size
sufficient strain relief
These items, which can be checked easily by government inspectors, are checked unless the product is listed by a Nationally Recognized Test Lab (NRTL).
In Canada, Health Canada has been inspecting and conducting recalls when lampholder materials, wire size, and conductor materials do not comply with the standards for decorative lighting strings and/or the wire requirements for wiring used in the products. The special tests that may be conducted by Health Canada on products entering the Canadian market are detailed below:
Flammability of the wiring (CSA C22.2 2556-13, Clause 9.4)
Conductivity (or resistance) of the wiring (CSA C22.2 No. 49-14, Clause 188.8.131.52)
Intertek, through certifications and inspections for retailers, can provide testing to support compliance to all regional and global requirements.
Manufacturers want to distribute their products to global markets, and retailers want to source from wide range of manufacturers. To reach global markets, the following standards should be considered: ANSI/UL 588, Edition 19; CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 37; NOM-003-SCFI-2000; NMX-J-521/1-2012; and the additional standards impacting wiring.