Toronto, ON — Jan. 14, 2003 — Redundant testing issues were the topic of conversation as more than 50 global manufacturers, certification and testing agencies and industry associations attended a meeting hosted by CSA international in Washington, D.C., in December 2002.
The first North American Electrical Component Forum provided a platform for manufacturers and other industry stakeholders to discuss the certification and testing industry’s current practices regarding accepting electrical components already certified by other agencies. Presentations included best practices of component acceptance from European markets, the Information Technology industry and certification agencies.
Attendees included Information Technology Industry (ITI), Intertek Testing Services (ITS), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Electro-Federation Canada, Omron, IBM, Invensys, Rockwell Industries, and Schneider Electric.
“As one of the world’s leading certification and testing agencies,” says Grant Carter, vice-president, marketing and communications, CSA and forum chairman, “we initiated this inaugural forum with manufacturers and other certification agencies. We understand that redundant testing and inspections of electrical components costs manufacturers millions of dollars each year and leads to delays in getting products to market.”
“The clear message from the customers who participated in the forum was a need for a simpler process for acceptance of certified components,” said Carter, “ensuring the efficient delivery of better products to consumers and business without compromising on safety. To achieve a breakthrough on the current practices we need the dominant agency to accept the CSA practice on certified components.”
“We believe that mutual component acceptance is critical to an increasingly global trading environment and CSA is committed to maintaining the competitive marketplace, respecting the commitment to consumer safety and responding to manufacturers concerns,” says Randall Luecke, vice-president, certification, CSA International.
“As a next step CSA will spearhead a meeting of major North American certifiers to take place early in the new year,” says Luecke. “The goal will be to develop solutions among certifiers and eliminate duplicate testing and redundant follow-up inspection.”
“We are very excited by the December 3rd meeting,” said Mike Motz, Liebert Corporation, “and we appreciate CSA International’s opening up discussion on this issue. Manufacturing is a cornerstone of any economy. It is important that we have an environment that serves to provide the best opportunity for our success, for delivering products that meet the needs of consumers and offers the highest degree of safety. The current environment offers unnecessary and costly obstacles. We are very hopeful that we can remove these barriers by working together.”
Toronto-based CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA’s marks appear on over one billion products worldwide.
CSA International is a division of the CSA Group, which consists of CSA International, CSA a developer of standards and codes, and QME for management systems registration. CSA International can be found on the worldwide web at www.csa-international.org.