Other times, you`ll find the CSA marking with a “C” on one end and a “US” on the other. This means that CSA employees tested the coin in Canada as part of an agreement with UL. It meets usage standards in the United States and Canada. Malcolm O`Hagan, President of NEMA, said: “This historic agreement will help NEMA members bring their products to market faster, while avoiding undue costs. We lease underwriters and CSA International for this new agreement in the interest of their customers. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and CSA International today signed agreements to establish a collaborative process leading to mutual acceptance of certain components and to expand the 1996 certification body agreement on data exchange. Several months of negotiations between two major North American safety certification bodies, CSA International (CSA) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), have resulted in an agreement that streamlines the certification process for electricity manufacturers. As a result, they adopted an expanded Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and completed the first phase of a mutual acceptance programme for electrical components – the first step in an agreement signed by the two organizations late last year.
While this agreement is intended to help manufacturers introduce their products more quickly and without redundant testing in the Canadian and U.S. markets, it is much more attractive. Ul works closely with European agencies such as VDE and certification bodies in Asia, and hopes to attract similar overseas groups in order to offer a global headquarters in the future. In the meantime, the two actors must work closely together to make this program operational in North America. In some cases, you`ll find the CSA logo with “US” below. This means that CSA employees in Canada have tested the product under an agreement with UL to ensure it meets all U.S. national safety and performance standards. It is certified for use with the U.S.
CSA and UL has signed an agreement to develop a mutual component acceptance program, which ultimately provides for the adoption of components used in finished products submitted to the UL or CSA for certification/list. Under the terms of the agreement, each organization accepts certification/list of components in the other organization`s finished products, provided that each organization can apply its procedures for accepting existing components to components certified by the other organization and has only been evaluated and confirmed after the equivalence of the monitoring programs. Initially, the agreement is limited to low voltage distribution and control devices and will be re-evaluated after an 18-month period. These agreements are the result of several months of negotiations between UL and CSA, with the support of NEMA, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and major electric customers. Malcolm O`Hagan, President of NEMA: “The mutual component acceptance program increases the competitiveness of our electrical manufacturers by reducing costs and paving the way for the market. The extension of the agreement by UL and CSA is commendable. We encourage both organizations to continue this collaboration. With the conclusion of the first phase of the component agreement, CSA and UL are now accepting several categories of components for use in low voltage distribution and industrial control systems.