Product Safety

Q4 Product Safety Recall List Filled with Electronics & Electrical Products

In the last three months of 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada maintained their torrid pace of recall announcements.  Here is a list of electrical/electronic products that were recalled in the 4th quarter of 2014, per the Consumer Product Safety Commission: UL-Listed Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems AP Specialties Power Bank Chargers... Read More

Top 10 Compliance Today Blog Posts for Electrical Compliance Engineers in 2014

Just like last year, the Compliance Today blog for electrical product manufacturer compliance engineers saw a significant increase in readers and subscribers for 2014. Following were the most popular posts, by pageviews. IEC 60601-1-2 4th Edition for Medical EMC Has Immunity & Risk Management Changes EN 61326-1: 2013 Replacing 2006 Version for EMC Directive Evaluation... Read More

For New Technologies – Like 3D Printers – What Product Safety Standard Applies?

Product safety compliance for equipment that falls into an established product category is straightforward.  But what about new technologies – how are these products evaluated?  As a case example, let’s look at 3D printers.  3D printers aren’t new, but they are just now entering the mainstream, with many more manufacturers developing new small desktop versions... Read More

AHJs Use NFPA 790 & 791 to Qualify Labs for Electrical Equipment Field Evaluations

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) in the United States have typically used the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, as the basis for approving electrical equipment installations in the United Sates. Much of the Code relies on having products manufactured and certified by a recognized testing laboratory to consensus-based U.S. product safety standards. In Canada, the AHJs... Read More

For Product Safety Approvals, Uncertified and Improperly-Rated Components Require Surveillance

Electrical/electronic equipment manufacturers often ask if it is acceptable to use uncertified or improperly rated components in their products.  The following Frequently Asked Questions address the implications of using these components for North America product safety approvals.  What is an uncertified component? Any safety critical component that is not certified by a suitably accredited agency... Read More