NRTL + CB GS Product Certification + CE Marking

NRTL: Market Access to North America

Products come and go, but manufacturers and retailers must sell safe products. The brand image and reputation a merchant has carefully nurtured for years can be tainted in an instant if their product suffers a major recall or a liability for injury suit. One incident can wipe out previous efforts in a single loss. Access to the lucrative North American market is a must for most manufacturers of electrical or electronic products. To access this market, certification is required for the U.S. and Canada.

What is safety certification for USA / Canada?

There are several third-party organizations that are recognized as having the capability to provide product safety testing and certification services to manufacturers for a wide range of products in North America. They are represented in the U.S. by Nationally Recognized Test Laboratories (NRTLs) and recognized by the government agency OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). In Canada, they are represented by Testing Organizations/ Certification Bodies recognized by SCC (Standards Council of Canada). The testing and certifications handled by these bodies are based on product safety standards developed by U.S. or Canadian-based standards development organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Curtis-Straus provides the necessary tools to meet certification requirements with an enhanced process. Curtis-Straus is an approved NRTL listed on the OSHA website ( and in Canada as listed on the SCC website ( Its employees are skilled in handling all aspects of testing, report writing, final reports, certification, initial plant inspections and follow-up service. This allows us to provide rapid turnaround, resulting in a shorter time to market and ultimately less expense. We can also provide you with the added convenience of arranging a transfer of existing certifications.

Key benefits:

  • Gain access to the U.S. retail market through NRTL/SCC certification
  • Demonstrate compliance with requirements to U.S. retailers
  • Combine the Curtis-Straus NRTL/SCC Mark with other certifications such as CB Scheme,CE marking, CCC, and GOSTR, to further reduce time and costs

Curtis-Straus LLC is “one of the approved” safety agency labs for a  large number of retailers. Click to view the most recent list of retailers that accept the Curtis-Straus NRTL mark. (PDF document link – will be provided)


CB & GS Product Certification – Your Passport to Fast Market Access

Fast access to worldwide markets is a must for most manufacturers of electrical and electronic products. The challenge is to expedite the testing and certification requirements for multiple countries to meet marketing deadlines and satisfy customers’ expectations. Bureau Veritas can partner with you to perform the testing/certification early in the product cycle, combining tests, saving time, and thus contributing to cost efficiency.

What is CB & GS Product Certification?

A single CB Test Report/GS Certificate can be your passport to market access for more than 40 countries. A GS Mark is respected throughout Europe and is viewed with more value than a CE mark by retailers. Our CB and GS Certification package is a simple one-stop approach delivering the basis of European and worldwide certification at the outset of your project. We are also pleased to provide fast turnaround time, typically 21 working days for CB and GS Testing and Certification.

Key benefits:

  • Fast Global Access. A CB Test Report/GS Certificate issued by a member body such as Curtis-Straus, can be used by manufacturers to obtain national marks in over 40 countries worldwide. With the partnership of our International Approvals Team, you can expand access beyond those 40 to as many as 150 countries.
  • Growing Scheme. The CB Scheme is a fast growing approach with increasing recognition around the world. The annual number of certificates issued now exceeds 50,000 per year. Many non-member countries accept a CB Report/Certificate as the basis of market access.
  • Scope of Certifications Issued. OFF (60950) equipment dominates with almost half of all certificates issued. The combination of TRON (60065) and HOUS (60335) plus OFF account for almost 85% of all certificates issued.
  • Available Worldwide. A turnaround time of 21 working days is typical when you test your product at one of our global laboratories.
  • Technical Requirements. Both Safety and EMC requirements are covered, based on IEC standards that allow for country differences. All member countries’ national deviations for the CB Scheme are included by Bureau Veritas/Curtis-Straus CB certification.
  • Recognition. The GS Mark is a well-known and respected voluntary certification mark in the European Union.
  • Customer Confidence. A GS Mark verifies to your customer and the consumer/end user that the product has been tested and certified to safety standards.
  • Free Transfer. If you already use an existing agency, you can transfer to Curtis-Straus without charge.

CE Marking – Your Passport to the World’s Largest Market

Considered as a single entity, the European Union has the largest economy in the world. Accessing this market is obviously vital for most companies’ success. Managing and overcoming these technical barriers to trade through determining what Directives and standards apply, which conformity assessment route to take, is an arduous task, yet a vital task.

What is CE marking?

By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer, or its representative, or the importer assures that the item meets all the essential requirements of all applicable EU directives. Examples of European Directives requiring CE marking include toy safety, medical devices, machinery, low-voltage equipment, R&TTE, and Electromagnetic compatibility. There are about 25 Directives requiring CE marking. The manufacturer, whether established inside or outside the Community, is the person ultimately responsible for the conformity of the product with the provisions of the relevant Directive(s) and for the affixing of the CE marking. The manufacturer may appoint an authorized representative established in the Community to act on his behalf. The person responsible for placing the product on the market may, exceptionally, be deemed to have assumed the responsibilities of the manufacturer

  • The CE marking symbolizes the conformity of the product with the applicable Community requirements imposed on the manufacturer.
  • The CE marking affixed to products is a declaration by the person responsible that:
    • the product conforms to all applicable Community provisions, and
    • the appropriate conformity assessment procedures have been completed.
  • The CE marking is mandatory and must be affixed before any product subject to it is placed on the market and put into service, save where specific directives require otherwise.
  • Where products are subject to several directives, which all provide for the affixing of the CE marking, the marking indicates that the products are presumed to conform to the provisions of all these directives.
  • A product may not be CE marked, unless it is covered by a directive providing for affixing.

Key benefits:

  • Access the world’s second largest importer (and largest exporter)
  • It is mandatory to understand your obligations and demonstrate compliance
  • Working with a Compliance Provider from project concept helps reduce project life cycle timescales and budget
  • Combining CE marking with other certifications such as CB Scheme, USA/Canada Safety Certification, CCC, GOST-R, etc… can further reduce timescales and costs.


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