16 Dec 2015

Approach Simplifies Product Certification for Manufacturers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction


Chicago - Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries around the world, has introduced its ETL Certification Mark to the global building products market. The use of a single mark for building products certification will help simplify recognition of approved building products to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), retailers and end users.

For decades the Warnock Hersey Mark has been Intertek’s certification mark for building products. However, the convergence of technology across multiple product markets—including home safety and automation—has created a need for a unified mark across platforms. Three years ago Intertek introduced the ETL Mark alongside the Warnock Hersey Mark to the industry to support the integration of electrical products into the building materials world. The market’s acceptance of the ETL Mark to represent compliance to product conformity to safety and performance standards is now allowing the company to use the ETL Mark alone in certifying building products.

“The Warnock Hersey Mark has been a significant part of Intertek’s past, and has played an important role in helping us become a leader in the Building Products Industry,” said Michael Beaton, Intertek’s Vice President of Building Products Certification. “However, it is hard to ignore or deny the growth, recognition, and significance of our ETL Mark, which is now becoming the mark of the future, offering significant benefit to our clients.”

The ETL Mark as a certification mark for building products will be effective immediately for newly certified products. Manufacturers of certified products that are currently labeled with the Warnock Hersey Mark are encouraged to adopt the ETL Mark as soon as possible, but will have a five year transition period (12/31/2020) to make the change. Though its focus is moving to the ETL Mark, Intertek will continue to fully support the Warnock Hersey Mark in those markets where it has unsurpassed mark recognition, specifically fire door and solid fuel hearth products.

Intertek, the building products industry leader in testing, inspection, and certification, offers the one solution needed for evaluating products or facilities to meet industry requirements or for research and development purposes. Our complete line up of fire, thermal, acoustical, air/water/structural, and large scale mock-up testing, combined with a total suite of certification services, including product listings through the ETL and Warnock Hersey Marks, code compliance verification through Code Compliance Research Reports (CCRRs), and engineering services. Intertek’s Building Sciences Group offers building commissioning services, from whole building air leakage testing to on-site forensics evaluations. With over 20 laboratory locations throughout North America, local service is provided to ensure customers get products to market efficiently and effectively. For more information, visit https://www.intertek.com/buildingsciences


About Intertek

Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality and safety of their products, assets and processes. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 38,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies’ success in the global marketplace, by helping customers to meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.com.



Michael Kremer
Global Marketing Manager

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Public Relations Manager