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Certification Definitions

csa.jpgCSA - CSA International (Canadian Standards Association), a member of the CSA Group, is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA's marks appear on billions of products worldwide. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a nonprofit association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. Among many other activities, CSA develops standards that enhance public safety. A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, CSA is very familiar with U.S. requirements. According to OSHA regulations, the CSA-US Mark qualifies as an alternative to the UL Mark.

ul.jpgUL - Underwriters Laboratories, is a world leader in product safety testing and certification. If a product is UL listed it means that it has been tested and it meets UL's requirements for safety standards. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization that writes and tests products for safety and certifies them. UL has developed more than 800 standards for safety, and millions of products and their components are tested to ULs safety standards. ULs web site is at Information about UL standards can be found at

DLC - DesignLights Consortium promotes quality and energy efficient lighting for commercial sector. When you buy a product that's on DLC's Qualified Products List (QPL), you've got yourself a superior lighting product. ENERGY STAR ratings are for lamps, while DLC is for fixtures.

ENERGY STAR - ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR label was established to: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy.

ce.jpgCE - Conformité Européene. Manufacturer's declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. he European Commission describes the CE mark as a "passport" that allows manufacturers to circulate industrial products freely within the internal market of the EU. The CE mark certifies that the products have met EU health, safety and environmental requirements that ensure consumer and workplace safety. All manufacturers in the EU and abroad must affix the CE mark to those products covered by the "New Approach" directives in order to market their products in Europe. Once a product receives the CE mark, it can be marketed throughout the EU without undergoing further product modification.

RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Manufacturer's declaration that the product is free of restricted hazardous materials.

PSE - The PSE law is the law that governs electrical appliance safety in Japan.

SAA - The PSE law is the law that governs electrical appliance safety in Australia.

etl.jpgETLOriginally a mark of ETL Testing Laboratories, now a mark of Intertek Testing Services. Can be used instead of UL or cUL. The ETL Listed Mark is an alternative to the CSA and UL marks. ETL Testing Laboratories has been conducting electrical performance and reliability tests since 1896. Intertek Testing Services (ITS) acquired ETL from Inchcape in 1996. ITS is recognized by OSHA as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), just as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and several other independent organizations are recognized. ITS tests products according to nearly 200 safety and performance standards. The ETL Listed Mark and C-ETL Listed Mark are accepted throughout the United States and Canada when denoting compliance with nationally recognized standards such as ANSI, IEC, UL, and CSA. This certification mark indicates that the product has been tested to and has met the minimum requirements of a widely recognized (consensus) U.S. product safety standard, that the manufacturing site has been audited, and that the applicant has agreed to a program of periodic factory follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance. If the mark includes a small US and/or C, it follows product safety standards of United States and/or Canada, respectively.