ETL Certification and Marking: A Complete Guide

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ETL Certification & Marking

Intertek has a long history of providing testing and certification services to clients wanting to ensure their products conform to relevant safety standards and regulations. This includes the ETL Certification Program. ETL stands for Electrical Testing Laboratories, which is Interteks lab testing branch.

When products have been tested and found to be compliant with the program’s requirements, manufacturers and importers can affix the ETL Mark on their products.

There are several types of ETL marks that can be used by companies whose products have been found compliant, including the ETL Listed Mark and the ETL Verified Mark.

This guide includes a list of ETL-covered products, information about ETL Certification, ETL Mark, and ETL Listing. Additionally, we explain the necessary steps that must be taken to ensure compliance, and how much it costs to have your products certified via Intertek’s ETL Certification Program.

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CPSC Product Safety Regulations and Standards: An Overview

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CPSC Regulations and Standards Guide

Planning to import and sell products to US consumers and not sure what safety regulations apply to your product? In this guide, we cover the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and other related Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) acts.

Please note that this is a non-exhaustive list of CPSC regulations.
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ASTM F963-17 Children’s Product Safety Requirements: An Overview

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ASTM F963-17

ASTM F963-17 is a safety standard for toys, covering chemicals and heavy metals, mechanical and physical properties, electrical safety, small parts, and flammability. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.

In this guide, we explain what importers and brands must know about this standard, including its product scope, requirements, warning labels, lab testing procedures, and more.

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Wood & Bamboo Product Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Wood and bamboo products are subject to various regulations, covering standards, permits, testing, and documentation requirements. In this guide, we explain what American importers must know about compliance requirements applicable to wooden handicrafts, furniture, bamboo products, and more.

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Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Planning to manufacture, import, or sell clothing or other textiles in the United States? In this guide, we explain what you must know about chemical and heavy metals regulations, labeling requirements, lab testing, certification, and much more concerning textiles compliance in the United States. Continue reading Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

UL Standards for Importers and Amazon Sellers: An Essential Guide

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UL Standards

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) develop standards for electronics and other products. These standards are often voluntary but serve as a reference point for ensuring that products are safe by design. In this guide, we explain what importers and Amazon sellers must know about UL standards, including product scope, examples, UL certification, UL listing, and more.

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Product Lab Testing Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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Product Lab Testing Requirements United States

Lab testing is necessary when importing and manufacturing most products in the United States. In this guide, we cover US lab testing requirements applicable to children’s products, textiles, furniture, electronics, and many other product categories. We also list US state regulations and standards that may require lab testing.

In addition, you’ll also learn why lab testing is in your interest as an importer or manufacturer when doing so is voluntary. Continue reading Product Lab Testing Requirements in the United States: An Overview

Bicycle Safety Standards and Regulations in the US: An Overview

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Bicycle Regulations United States

Bicycles are subject to various regulations and safety standards in the United States. In this guide, we cover the FHSA, CPSIA, ATSM standards, and other US compliance requirements applicable to bikes.

Further, this guide covers regulations for adult and children’s bicycles, but it doesn’t cover specific regulations for stationary gym bikes and e-bikes.
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Sex Toy Safety Standards & Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Sex Toys Regulations United States

Vibrators containing lithium batteries, plastics containing potentially harmful chemicals, and designs that may or may not be mechanically safe. Sex toys can pose serious safety risks, which in turn requires manufacturers and importers to take steps to ensure that their products are safe and compliant.

In this guide, we explain what brands must know about sex toy safety standards, substance regulations, labeling, and lab testing requirements in the United States.   Continue reading Sex Toy Safety Standards & Regulations in the United States: An Overview

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Certification: A Complete Guide

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TSCA Certification

TSCA certification is required for some products that fall under the scope of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the United States. Further, certain chemicals also require the drafting of a positive or negative certificate – depending on the type of chemical.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about TSCA certification – depending on whether it concerns finished goods (articles) or chemical substances.

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