Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for the United States of America
What is NRTL?
The United States has a federally mandated program for the safety of electrical products used in the workplace. This program is governed by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and is called the NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) program.
The NRTL program is defined in the United States Federal Regulations, specifically Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.
- An NRTL provides testing, certification and inspection services within the scope of its recognition.
- OSHA has adopted many different safety standards for which an NRTL may seek recognition. As a result NRTLs do have differing scopes.
- A current list of NRTLs and their corresponding scopes of recognition, are published on the OSHA website, www.osha.gov.
Electrical Safety is not regulated at a Federal level, therefore local jurisdictions know as Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), can impose additional requirements above and beyond the National Electrical Code. Testing and certification agencies are required, where applicable to be directly recognized by the AHJ. NRTL recognition is often a pre-requisite to this acceptance.
Why choose Nemko for NRTL?
- Nemko offers a bundled service for NRTL, which means you will deal with one single point of contact, combined annual fees and consolidated factory inspections.
- Nemko offers pre-compliance to assist you in identifying any potential compliance issues during the development phase in order to reduce your development costs.