- ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratory)
ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories), now a mark of Intertek Testing Services, is one of those test conducting organizations that issue the certificates of approval on the basis of whether the product has met the standards set by them or not. There are others like “Canadian Standards Association (CSA)” and “Underwriter Laboratories Inc. (UL)”.
ETL listed mark is one of those product certification marks you might have had a chance of finding at the back panel of your electrically operated device or equipment. Most of the tests conducted by ETL are electrical conductivity and performance tests.
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.”
What do we mean when we say that “The product is ETL listed”?
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.”