cTUVus Certification from an Accredited NRTL

The Right Mark for the North American Market

As a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), TÜV Rheinland can help get your product to market faster, with a cTUVus certification. As a product manufacturer, you already know that North America is one of the largest consumers in the world. This region serves as an enormous purchasing power that offers attractive opportunities to manufacturers worldwide. To ensure product quality, the US and Canadian governments have clearly defined regulations which electronics and other products and equipment must satisfy before they can be approved for sale or for use in the workplace. These products are subject to mandatory testing and certification by an independent third-party testing organization who is accredited in the respective country. TÜV Rheinland offers the services and expertise required to test and certify products and equipment in order to get them to the North American market faster.

Choose a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory

When you require testing and certification for your product or equipment, choosing an accredited NRTL will give both you and your buyers confidence in your product’s quality. TÜV Rheinland of North America is accredited as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), by OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the United States, and as a Product Certification Body by SCC (Standards Council of Canada) in Canada. NRTL marks like those issued by TÜV Rheinland tell both consumers and business partners that your products have been thoroughly tested and specifically certified to comply with the electrical and fire safety regulations under the jurisdiction of the accreditation scheme.

Sell Confidently With a cTUVus Certification

cTUVus certification can help you gain a significant competitive advantage by reducing time to market and cost for certification and follow-ups. With a single cTUVus mark, customers can demonstrate compliance for both the US and Canadian markets.

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Benefits at a Glance

With NRTL certification from TÜV Rheinland, you:

  • Demonstrate compliance with National Electric Code, OSHA, and SCC regulations and requirements
  • Can have multiple tests done simultaneously for various regions, including CB Scheme, GS Mark etc...
  • Gain a competitive lead with quicker time to market
  • Save significant time and expense with a single certification mark for the Canadian and US markets
  • Benefit from our global presence, local accreditations, expertise and years of experience
  • Enjoy cutting edge technology to manage your program and documents through TUVdotCOM

Our Services for cTUVus Marks

At TÜV Rheinland, our customers always come first. We provide global market access, timely, cost-effective, high-quality testing and certification services to a wide range of markets and products.

As a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), TÜV Rheinland can test your product for compliance with National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, OSHA regulations, and with many other state, county, and city requirements for products installed or used in North America.

We can also test your electrical equipment and products for compliance with Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and CAN/CSA C22.1 requirements. Our labs are both accredited by OSHA and SCC, and testing can be handled locally at any of our strategically located US labs.

In addition, we can also provide testing and certification for other global marks, such as CB Scheme, GS Mark, and so on, along with your cTUVus Certification.

cTUVus Certification and OSHA

The cTUVus mark is officially recognized as an equivalent and direct replacement of the UL and CSA marks. UL is both a US standards body and a laboratory. National Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) like TÜV Rheinland can test to the same standards and specifications as those defined by UL as US standards.

In 1984, OSHA created the NRTL program. Currently, there are more than 15 registered companies on the OSHA list. To operate in the US, NRTLs must be accredited by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in an exacting process. This process ensures that the testing laboratory has the necessary equipment, technical skills, physical facilities, and quality management systems to conduct proper testing and certification for each product category in its application.

TÜV Rheinland is also officially certified as a National Certification Bodies (NCB) as part of the International Electro-Technical Commission’s (IEC) Certification Body Scheme. This international program is based on peer-to-peer review audits and mutual recognition of CB certificates and reports to achieve an equally high technical level.

TÜV Rheinland's Redesigned Marks for Product Safety and Quality Certification

TÜV Rheinland of North America has a new certification mark which reflects our evolution as a global product certification leader and the growing importance to thousands of global clients, like you, that benefit from the reputation of our mark.

This newly designed mark reinforces the TÜV Rheinland brand and ensure consistency and ease of recognition among consumers and code officials worldwide, helping your products achieve greater acceptance and faster market entry around the world.

Products bearing the cTUV, TUVus or cTUVus Certification Marks reflect supplier commitment and confidence and have been independently confirmed to meet the minimum requirements of US and Canadian electrical safety standards.

Please refer to the FAQ tab for more details.

Our New cTUVus Certification Mark

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New TÜV Rheinland North American Certification Marks FAQ

Q: Why did TÜV Rheinland redesign its North American certification marks?

A: Our aim is to help our customers achieve success in the global marketplace. The new design combines the local strength and recognition of each mark with the global brand power of TÜV Rheinland. Together, the new mark design adds value to manufacturers’ products and brings consistency and ease-of-recognition to consumers and code officials worldwide.

Q: What is the difference between the new and the old marks?

A: The new North American marks provide bolder text for easier identification and more clarity when used on small applications.

Q: When will the new certification marks be launched?

A: On April 1, 2011, we will formally introduce the new design of the North American marks.

Q: Who is allowed to use the new marks?

A: All TÜV Rheinland clients with valid cTUV, TUVus and cTUVus certificates are eligible to switch to the new marks beginning April 1, 2011

Q: Will existing marks still be valid?

A: Yes, the existing cTUV, TUVus and cTUVus marks will continue to be valid. Transition to the new marks should occur by end of 2012.

Q: Can I start using the new marks even if my certificate was issued before April 1, 2011 and shows the “old” marks?

A: Clients may update to the new TÜV Rheinland certification mark design at any time.

Q: Do I need to start using the new marks if I obtain a certificate issued after April 1, 2011?

A: Clients may take advantage of the new TÜV Rheinland certification marks. After the first year the old marks will no longer be valid.

Q: Can I change the marks?

A: TÜV Rheinland’s certification marks may not be altered. Only official artwork versions of the marks should be used. If you have any questions about mark usage, please contact info@tuv.com.

Q: Do the new marks mean any changes in TÜV Rheinland’s services or procedures?

A: No, the marks have only been redesigned. There is no change in the regulations or processes required to obtain certifications.

Q: Once the new marks are in use, are the current testing reports and certifications still valid?

A: Yes, the test reports and certifications are still valid. Clients do not need to replace them. There will be a transition period of one year from April 1, 2011 for clients to adopt the new marks with no impact on test reports of certifications.

If you have additional questions, please email info@tuv.com or call 888-743-4652.