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Electrical Product Safety & Standards Resources

  • A2LA – American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
  • ABINEE – Ass’n of Brazilian Industries for Electrical & Electronic Equipment)
  • ABNT – Associacion Brasileira de Normas Technicas
  • ACIL – National Trade Ass’n for Test Labs
  • ADLNB – now known as R&TTE Compliance Ass’n.
  • AENOR – Spanish Testing and Standards Organization
  • AFNOR – Testing & Cert. Organization
  • APAVE – (A French Testhouse)
  • ANCE – Asociacion Nacional de Normalizacion y Certificacion del Sector Electrico (Mexico – in Spanish)
  • ANSI – American National Standards Institute
  • Asbestos Exposure – Electricians often work in buildings that made heavy use of asbestos-containing products.
  • ASSE – American Society of Safety Engineers
  • ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials
  • AQSIQ – State General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (China)
  • Assessment Services (formerly) – now TUVPS-UK, TUV Product Service Ltd.
  • Associated Research – Dielectric Test Equipment
  • ASTA BEAB – Certification Services (Intertek-UK Test Lab)
  • Standards Australia
  • Austest Laboratories – (Australia – Test Lab)
  • BALSO – Bay Area Laser Safety Officers (California)
  • BAS – Bosnia & Herzegovina Standards Institution
  • BASEEFA – Specializing in conformity assessment under the ATEX Directive (U.K.)
  • BEAB – British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (now ASTA BEAB)
  • BEC – Belgian Electrotechnical Committee
  • BIS – Bureau of Indian Standards
  • BSI – British Standards Institution
  • BSMI – Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection – (Taiwan Safety and EMC Testing)
  • BSN – Badan Standardisasi Nasional (National Standardization Board of Indonesia)
  • BuyerRisk.Com – Quick, free & invaluable product assessments; Access to Markets, Testing & Standards, CE
  • CANENA – Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standardization of the Nations of the Americas
  • CB Scheme – The IEC Scheme for Testing and Certification
  • CB Scheme – Full Certification System (CB-FCS) Mutual Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Certificates
  • CCAF – CENELEC Conformity Assessment Forum (Replaces ELSECOM)
  • CCC – China Compulsory Certification
  • CCEE – China Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment links to CB Scheme Information
  • CCL – Communication Certification Laboratory
  • CDRH – Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA)
  • CE – Compliance Engineering Magazine
  • CEI – Italian Electrotechnical Commission
  • CEN – Comite European de Normalisation (European Committee for Standardization)
  • CENELEC – Comite European de Normalisation Electrotechnique
  • CEOC – European Confederation of Organisations for Testing, Inspection, Certification and Prevention
  • CEPEL – Centro de Pequisas de Energia Electrica (Brazil)
  • CEPREI – China Electronic Product Reliablility and Environmental Research Institute (Safety & EMC Testing + CB Scheme Test Lab)
  • CERTIF – Associacao para a Certificacao de Produto (Portugal, Test Lab)
  • Certifigroup – IPXX Ingress Protection and Specialty Product Safety Testing
  • CESI – Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (Test Lab – Italy)
  • CESI – Chinese Electronic Standardization and Quality Information Network
  • CETECOM, GmbH- Telecom Test Lab based in Germany
  • Christie’s List – Internet Health & Safety Resources ((3000+ Links)
  • Code Check – (Good collection of building code related resources)
  • CGSB – Canadian General Standards Board
  • CNCA – China National Regulatory Commission for Certification and Accreditation
  • Cosmos (Japan – Test Lab)
  • CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission Website
  • CQC – China Quality Certification Center for Import and Export Commodities
  • CSA – CSA International, a NRTL & Provider of Global Certification and Testing Services
  • CNI – Czech Standards Institute (Czech Republic – formerly CSNI)
  • CS – Curtis-Straus (Boston-based NRTL offering NEBS 1089 and 63)
  • DAMAN – Daman Program (Jordan)
  • DELTA – Danish Electronics, Light & Acoustics (Danish Test Lab)
  • DEMKO A/S – Danish Test Lab (now a UL-Europe affiliate)
  • DIN – Deutsches Institut fur Normung
  • Document Center – Online Catalog & Inventory of Standards
  • DS – Dansk Standard (Danish Standards Ass’n)
  • DSM – Department of Standards Malaysia
  • ED&D – Educated Design & Development (Product Safety Test Equipment)
  • ECMA – European Organization for Standardizing Information & Communication Systems
  • EEPCA – European Electrical Products Certification Association (Association of the European Certification Bodies)
  • EFTA – European Free Trade Association
  • EIA – Electronic Industries Alliance (see Engineering Dept. Link)
  • ELOT – Hellenic Organization for Standardization (Greece)
  • ENEC – European Norms Electrical Certification
  • EPL Ltd. (Telecommunications Testing, UK)
  • ERA Technology Ltd. (U.K.)
  • ERAC – Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (Australia – NZ)
  • Ergonomics Inc. – Product Safety Test Equipment, Calibration & Consulting Services
  • ESC – Eisner Safety Consultants, Specialties: Int’l Medical Product Safety [60601-1], Quality Systems, & Regulations
  • ESFi – Electrical Safety Foundation International (U.S.)
  • ESS – Energy Safety Services (New Zealand Safety Resources)
  • ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute
  • EUROLAB – Association of 2000* European Testing Laboratories
  • Europa – The European Commission’s Web Server
  • European Union – Delegation of the EC to the U.S.
  • Europort – A Standards Source
  • EVS – Estonian Centre for Standardisation
  • Ex Scheme – IEC’s Ex Scheme for Assessment of Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres
  • FM Approvals – NRTL and World Leader in Loss Prevention Technologies
  • SGS FIMKO – Finnish Test Agency
  • Finnish Standards Association (SFS) (multi-lingual)
  • FONDONORMA – Venezuela Standards and Certification Organization
  • FORBAIRT/NETC Home Page (Irish Test Agency)
  • GASTEC – Gas Appliance Testing (Dutch Test Agency)
  • GAI – Global Advantage International, Product Safety Approvals-CSA,UL,ITS,TUV,CE Marking,CCC Mark
  • GHTF – Global Harmonization Task Force (Fosters harmonization of the regulation of medical devices)
  • GNBS – Guyana National Bureau of Standards
  • GOST – GOSSTANDART (Russia – Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology)
  • GTIHEA – Guangzhou Testing & Inspection Institute for Household Electrical Appliances (China)
  • GTW – George T. Willingmyre Assoc’s (Standards matters)
  • HAR – The HAR program for Harmonized Cordage
  • HKSTC – Hong Kong Standards & Testing Centre Ltd.
  • Hong Kong Safety Institute
  • HSI – Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT)
  • HZN – Croation Standards Institute
  • IAEI – International Association of Electrical Inspectors
  • IAF – International Accreditation Forum (Worldwide Organization)
  • IBN – Belgian Institute for Standardization (in French and English)
  • ICONTEC – Instituto de Columbiano de Normas Technicas y Certification
  • ICPE SA – Romania Testing & Certification Organization
  • ICPHSO – International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization
  • IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission
  • IEC – USNC (the United States National Committee of the IEC)
  • IECC – International Electrical Certification Centre Ltd; Your partner for EMC & Safety Testing
  • IECEE – IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment (CB Scheme, CB-FCS Scheme, etc.)
  • IECEx – IEC Scheme for Certification to Standards for Explosive Atmospheres
  • IECQ – The IEC’s Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components
  • IG – Instituto Giordano S.P.A. – Italian Test Lab
  • IHS – Information Handling Services (A Document & DataBase Source)
  • IMQ – Instituto Italiano Del Marchio Di Qualita’ (in Italian – 7/97)
  • INEN – Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalizacion (Ecuador, in Spanish)
  • INN – Instituto Nacional de Normalizacion (Chile, in Spanish)
  • IPSN – Int’l Product Safety News
  • IPSB – Int’l Product Safety Bookshop
  • IPQ – Instituto Portuguesa da Qualidade (Portugal)
  • IPT – Instituto de Pequisas Technologicas (Brazilian Test Lab)
  • IRAM – Instituto Argentino de Normalizacion
  • ISA (Check the Standards & Practices link)
  • ISO – International Standards Organization
  • ISO/IEC/EN 17025 ( Guide 25 ) Home Page – Gen’l Requirements for the Competence of Cal’n & Testing Labs
  • IST – Icelandic Standards (some English)
  • ISUG – Impact of Standards Users Group
  • ITIC – Information Technology Industry Council (formerly CBEMA)
  • ITS – Intertek Testing Services NA,Inc. (NRTL, CB Scheme, ETL, CE, CCC, EMC, S, GS)
  • JISC – Japan Industrial Standards Committee (Primary Site)
  • JISM – Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology
  • KATS – Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
  • KEBS – Kenya Bureau of Standards
  • KEMA – KEMA Quality B.V. – Offering worldwide product testing and system certification services
  • KETI – Korean Electric Testing Institute
  • KEUR – Keurmerkinstitut Konsumerprodukten (the Netherlands)
  • KEYMARK – A European Third-party Mark for Compliance with Harmonized Standards
  • KOSHA – Korea Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • KTL – Korea Testing Laboratory
  • Kvaliet -Akcionarsko drustvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta – Serbia Test & Certification Organization)
  • LAETL – Los Angeles Electrical Test Lab
  • Lamothe Approvals Inc. – Product Safety Approvals & Laser Testing – CSA, UL, TUV & CE
  • LaserNet – Laser & Laser Safety Resources (Courtesy of Rockwell)
  • LCIE – Laboratorie Central des Industries Electricques (France – Test Lab)
  • LGA – Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern (A German Test Lab)
  • LGAI – Laboratori General d’Assaigs i Investigacions (Spanish test lab)
  • LIA – Laser Institute of America (Laser Safety Information Bulletin)
  • LOVAG – Low Voltage Agreement Group (EU inter-test agency agreement for low voltage testing)
  • LPI -Lightning Protection Institute
  • LT – Lithuanian Standards Board
  • MEEI – Hungarian Institute for Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment (a TUV Rheinland Affiliate)
  • Mesothelioma – Electricians exposed to asbestos from wire and electrical insulation could be at risk.
  • MET – MET Laboratories, Inc.
  • METI – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan – formerly MITI)
  • MIL – A DoD / MIL Standards Search Site
  • MIRS – Metrology Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
  • MSA – Malta Standards Authority
  • MSHA – Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • MTL-ACTS – MTL-ACTS, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services
  • NACLA – National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation
  • NANDO – Nando (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) Information System
  • NASFM – National Assoc. of State Fire Marshals>
  • NCSCI – National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NIST)
  • NEC – Free Online Access to 2008 National Electrical Code® (NFPA 70™)
  • NEC – Mike Holt’s NEC Internet Connection
  • NEC -NEC Direct (NFPA’s site for the Electrical Industry)
  • NEC – Newton’s International Electrical Journal (NEC and related matters)
  • NEC – Joe Tedesco’s NEC Electrical Inspection Information
  • NEK – Norsk Elektroteknisk Komite (Norway – in Norwegian)
  • NEMA – National Electrical Manufacturer’s Ass’n
  • NEMKO – World-wide regulatory compliance testing and certification
  • NEN – Netherlands Standarization Institute (was NNI)
  • NESC – National Electrical Safety Code® Zone
  • NETA – InterNational Electrical Testing Association
  • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
  • NHTSA – National Highway Transportation Safety Agency
  • NIST – National Institute of Standards & Technology (Main website)
  • NIST – Conformity Assessment site
  • NIST – Global Standards Program (Temporarily Out of Order)
  • NIST – Office of Standards Services
  • NRTL – Nationally Recognized Testing Labs (includes scope of recognitions)
  • NLSI – National Lightning Safety Institute
  • NPSS – Northeast Product Safety Society
  • NSAI – National Standards Authority of Ireland
  • NSC – National Safety Council
  • NSF International (Food, Water, Air, & Consumer Goods – Standards & Certification
  • NSF – Norges Standiseringsforbund (Norway Standards Organization)
  • NSSN – National Standards System Network
  • NVLAP – NIST’s Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • OESS – Office of Electricity Standards and Safety (Tasmania)
  • OSHA Safety Training DVDs – National Safety Compliance offers workplace safety and OSHA compliance matters
  • OSHA Web Site
  • OSHA’s Salt Lake City Tech Center
  • OSHA – 29 CFR 1910, Subpart S – Electrical (see Subpart S)
  • OSHA – 29 CFR 1910, Subpart S – Electrical, Part 1910.399, Definition of Listing Requirements
  • OVE – Austria (Standardization, Testing & Certification Org.)
  • PAL – Product Approvals Ltd., Specialising in CE, UL & CSA Marking of Power Electronics Products
  • PAT – Portable Appliance Testing (U.K. Test Requirements for Portable Appliances)
  • PCBC – Polish Centre for Testing and Certification
  • PKN – Polish Committee for Standardization
  • Predom OBR – Poland, Test Laboratory
  • Pro-Application Service Co. – Thailand & Int’l Product Approvals (TIS, CCC, CB Scheme, CE, UL, D mark, RoHS & WEEE)
  • PSB – PSB Corporation (TVV SUD Singapore Test House)
  • PSES – IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society
  • PSI – Product Safety Int’l (Expediting UL, CSA & other NRTL Approvals since 1984)
  • Product Safety Online – Recalls, Risk Assessment, etc. (Bill Kitzes)
  • PSTC – IEEE Product Safety Technical Committee (TC-8 of the IEEE EMC Society)
  • PTB – Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (Germany)
  • QuadTech – QuadTech, Inc., Hipot Testers, LCR Meters, Megohmmeters & Milliohmmeters
  • QAS – Quality Assurance Services Pty. Ltd. (Australian Test Lab)
  • QSAE – Quality and Standards Authority of Ethiopia
  • RAPEX – RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products
  • RWTUV – Rheinisch-Westfalischer TUV (Germany)
  • SABS – South African Bureau of Standards / Standards South Africa
  • SAC – Standardization Administration of China
  • Safety Videos-Black Mountain Safety & Health, Inc., Worldwide distributor of electrical safety, general safety and OSHA-related training videos & DVDs
  • SASMO – Syrian Arab Organization for Standards and Metrology
  • SASO – Saudi Arabian Standards Organization
  • SBS – Seychelles Bureau of Standards
  • SPRING – Singapore National Body for Standards, Accreditation and Metrology
  • SCC – Standards Council of Canada
  • SEC – La Superintencia de Electricidad y Combustibles (Chile)
  • SEE – Service de l’Energie de l’Etat (Luxembourg)
  • SEK – Svensk Elstandard Commission (Sweden)
  • SEMI – Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Int’l (Standards’ Page)
  • SEMKO – Home Page (Sweden – An Intertek Testing Services company)
  • SES – Standards Engineering Society
  • SESKO – Finnish Electrotechnical Std’s Ass’n
  • SEV – Electrosuisse (Swiss Electrotechnical Association
  • SGS Group – Societe Generale de Surveillance Holding S.A.
  • SGS U.S. Testing – SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc.)
  • SII – Standards Institution of Israel
  • SUTN – Slovak Institute for Standardization
  • SIQ – Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology
  • SIST – Slovenian Institute for Standardization
  • SIRA Test & Certification Ltd. (U.K.)
  • SIRIM Berhad – Standards & Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia
  • SIS – Swedish Standards Institute
  • Slaughter Co. (Dielectric Test Equipment)
  • SLSI – Sri Lanka Standards Institution
  • SNIMA – Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine (Standards Org., in French)
  • SNV – Swiss Association for Standardization (Schweizerische Normen Vereinigung
  • SNZ – Standards New Zealand
  • SON – Standards Organization of Nigeria
  • SONCAP – Standards Organization of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program
  • SP – Swedish National Testing & Research Institute
  • SSS – System Safety Society
  • Safety Critical Systems Club (UK)
  • STR – Specialized Technology Resources (Global provider of testing, inspections, audits and consulting services
  • TAC/THK – Telecommunications Administration Centre, Finland
  • TCVN – Vietnam Directorate for Standards and Quality (also includes link to STAMEQ )
  • TIMCO – Timco Engineering, Inc. FCC / TCB / EU Notified Body / FCB (Canada) Certification Services & EMC / Radio / P25 / Product Safety / Environmental / Battery Testing / EPA / Energy Star
  • TISI – Thai Industrial Standards Institute
  • TRaC – Testing Regulatory and Compliance
  • TSE – Turk Standardslari Enstitusu (in Turkish)
  • TTBS – Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards
  • TUKES – Safety Technology Authority (Finland)
  • TUV Austria
  • TUV Rheinland – World Headquarters, Cologne, Germany
  • TUV SUD America Inc. – International Product Approvals: CE Marking, NRTL, SCC, WEEE/RoHS EMC & more)
  • TUV Rheinland of N.A., Inc. – Testing & Certification, NRTL, CE Marking, ISO9000)
  • UC – UCIEE, Uniao Certificadora (Brazil, Certification & Test Lab)
  • UL – Underwriters Laboratories Inc.(a NRTL offering global conformity assessment services)
  • ULC – Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (a UL affiliate)
  • UNBS – Uganda National Bureau of Standards
  • UNI – Italian National Standards Body
  • USFA – U.S. Fire Administration (Fire Resources and Statistics)
  • US DoD – U.S. Department of Defense ( DoD ) MIL Standards Resource
  • UTE – Union technique del’ Electricite (in French)
  • VDE – Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker Testing & Certification Inst.
  • VNIIS – All-Russian Scientific and Research Institute for Certification of GOSSTANDARDT of Russia (in Russian)
  • WCL – WCL Corporation (Assists with HazLoc & Intrinsic Safety Approvals)
  • Wyle Laboratories
  • WSSN – World Standards Services Network (A site linking to many of the World’s Standards Organizations)

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