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ETL Listed Mark - Frequently Asked Questions

Learn About the Fastest Growing Safety Certification Mark in North America

What is the difference between the ETL Listed Mark and those issued by our competitors?

Certification marks – like the ETL Listed Mark – demonstrate compliance to the requirements of widely accepted product safety standards, as determined through independent testing and periodic follow-up inspections by an NRTL. It is the quality of customer service and of the capabilities provided by the testing laboratory issuing each certification mark that sets them apart.

  

Do local inspectors know the ETL Listed Mark?

Yes. Inspectors and the Authorities Having Jurisdiction recognize and accept the ETL Mark as proof of product compliance throughout North America and in some areas of South America.

 

Will retailers accept my product if it bears the ETL Listed Mark?

Yes. Our product safety certification program includes the same testing, listing, labeling, and follow-up inspection services as competing certification marks (such as UL, CSA, and others), and our lab is accredited by the same organizations, agencies, and regulatory bodies.

 

What is an NRTL?

A Nationally Recognized TestingLaboratory (NRTL) is an independent laboratory recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to test products to the specifications of applicable product safety standards. An NRTL's function is to provide independent testing and certification of any electrically operated product.

 

What is the NRTL Program?

The NRTL Program is operated by OSHA and seeks to ensure that products are safe for use in the U.S. workplace. OSHA's recognition of an NRTL is an acknowledgment of the organization's ability to perform product safety testing and certification within scope.

 

What does the ETL Mark mean when displayed on my product?

The ETL Listed Mark indicates to distributors, retailers and customers that your product has been tested by Intertek and found in compliance with accepted national standards.

 

What products bear the ETL Mark?

Intertek provides product safety testing and certification services for companies spanning multiple industries, markets, and applications. For a comprehensive look at which products bear our mark, view our Directory of Listed Products.

 

What countries accept the ETL Listed Mark?

The ETL Mark is accepted throughout the U.S. and Canada. However, we are an international certification organization authorized to issue these product safety marks and more: NOM Mark, CE Marking, GS Mark, S Mark

 

How long has the ETL Listed Mark been around?

ETL has a long history that began in 1896 when Thomas Alva Edison founded Electrical Testing Labs (ETL). Edison’s vision was to provide assurance to consumers through product performance and safety testing. When manufacturers apply Intertek’s ETL Listed Mark to their products, the letters “ETL” carry with them a long history of innovation, influence, and independence.