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CSA Group promotes single North American component mark

Toronto, ON --The CSA Group's vision to create a single North American components mark was presented at the Council...


Toronto, ON –The CSA Group’s vision to create a single North American components mark was presented at the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of Americas (CANENA) Council meeting held in Mrida, Mexico, in early 2003, by Rob M. Griffin, president and CEO of CSA Group.

Griffin outlined a solution that includes one standard, one test and one North American components mark. He proposed a public "North American Mark" website containing a registration list of components covered by harmonization under CANENA, along with test data that would be to be administered through a coalition of certifiers.

“A single North American components mark is in the best interest of all stakeholders — certification organizations, regulators, manufacturers, retailers and consumers,” said Griffin. “CSA is committed to achieving a solution on behalf of its customers as they are frustrated at the extra cost and time required to test components already certified by accredited organizations. This double-testing done by other main certification organizations creates unnecessary roadblocks for an open and competitive marketplace."

Several years ago, CSA took the lead on this issue and established a policy to accept components certified by other accredited organizations without re-testing and followed up with the First North American Electrical Component Forum in December 2002. “Our goal is to eliminate unnecessary testing for customers when its final products are being certified,” added Griffin.

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association serving business, industry, government and consumers. It consists of three divisions: Canadian Standards Association, which develops standards and helps people understand and apply them through information products and seminars; CSA International, which provides testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products; and QMI, a registrar which delivers management systems registration and training services.

For more information on CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.