Product Safety

Disney’s Test Track Educates on Automotive EMC, Safety & Environmental Simulation

On a recent trip to Disney World, we were impressed with Epcot’s Test Track, a General Motors-sponsored ride.  Not only is it thrilling, it is highly educational, introducing the concepts of automotive electromagnetic compatibility, safety, and environmental simulation to the general public. Like all the best Disney rides, the experience begins in the pre-ride waiting... Read More

Medical Product Safety Training Yields Insight on IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition

MET Laboratories’ product safety engineers undergo regular training to stay up-to-date with changing standards and regulatory requirements.  When possible, we will share highlights of these sessions with customers. Following are some of the key points of a recent training session on IEC 60601-1 3rd edition: It is an entirely new standard and does not match... Read More

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

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

EN60950-1 2nd Edition Takes Effect

IT manufacturers shipping to Europe take note:  Today is the last day for EN60950-1 1st edition. iphone 6 plus remplacement écran Beginning tomorrow, all IT products must show compliance to EN60950-1 2nd edition. Products previously tested to EN60950-1 1st edition will not be grandfathered. In general, the second edition adds consistency through clarification of either terminology or... Read More

UL 508 Standard Requires Automated Safety Testing of Electromechanical Components

For compliance to regulatory safety requirements, electromechanical component manufacturers must submit their relays and switches and other components to endurance tests that verify their reliability and safety.  Alvin Agustin of MET Laboratories’ Baltimore Safety Lab contributed an article this month to Test & Measurement World Magazine to describe a test setup of this type for... Read More

HOUS Seminar Covers Testing Requirements for Various Countries

Today and tomorrow, MET Laboratories partner Nemko is hosting HOUS Seminar 2010, a seminar in Oslo, Norway on new testing and certification requirements for household appliances.  MET’s Product Safety Laboratory Director Rick Cooper is there, and files these key points from today’s seminar on “Market Access and Nemko Direct,” presented by Nemko’s Morten Smith: Russia... Read More