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Product Safety Conditions of Acceptability Apply to Recognized – Not Listed – Components

This Compliance Today blog post explores the meaning of what is known in product safety certification as Conditions of Acceptability. Conditions of acceptability only apply to recognized components, not listed components.  Listed components are complete in construction and can be used without further design concerns. This means that during the certification of the component itself,... Read More

CES Features ENERGY STAR Testing & Verification Session

As part of the first day’s programming at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Tech Policy Summit featured a panel session on “ENERGY STAR and Consumer Electronics: What Does the Future Hold?”   This session covered how the recent changes to verification, testing and enforcement affect manufacturers, retailers and consumers.  As an EPA-recognized certification body, MET Laboratories... Read More

Is HALT Testing Still Relevant?

Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) chamber manufacturer Qualmark recently completed an interesting study, where it compared test data from 47 HALT tests in 1995-96 to data from 47 tests in 2007-08.  The purpose of the study was to gauge the effect of the transition from the use of through hole printed circuit boards (PCBs) that... Read More

OSHA Rejects EU SDoC System, Affirms NRTL Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Friday that it will continue to require third-party certification via the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program for electrical products. The European Union requested that OSHA explore the possibility of adopting its system, known as Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). Under the EU system,... Read More

First Product Safety Management Certificates Awarded

The first university-level program focused primarily on product safety managers has graduated its first class.  The Certificate in Product Safety Management was launched as a pilot project, and ran from June through early December. Participants from manufacturing, retailing, and importing companies are the first holders of the certificate offered by Saint Louis University’s Center for... Read More