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How do you get an ETL mark for a product?

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To receive the Electrical Testing Laboratories, or ETL, mark, a product must prove its compliance to North American consumer safety standards and pass inspection by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, or NRTL. To get a product tested, contact Intertek, the owner of the ETL mark, and arrange for a field inspection or an in-house inspection at one of its more than 20 North American labs.

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To arrange ETL testing, navigate to Intertek.com, hover your mouse over the Industries & Services tab and then click Services. Click on the Testing & Analysis link, and then choose your industry from the list provided. Unique contact numbers, email addresses and request forms are on the right-hand side of each industry page. Contact Intertek to schedule field or in-house product testing.

In the United States, product safety testing is mandatory before a product may enter the market. An ETL mark proves the product has met the minimum requirements of accepted product safety standards, including agreeing to follow-up inspections to ensure continued compliance.

One alternative to the ETL mark is Underwriters Laboratories, or UL, mark, which belongs to another NRTL approved to perform safety testing by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The marks both prove that a product is in compliance; the only difference is the third-party testing laboratory behind them.

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