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.
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 (www.osha.gov) and in Canada as listed on the SCC website (www.scc.ca). 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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