The SGS North America Certification Mark – the key to entering the North American market
The SGS North America Certification Mark was developed to attest the agreement of a product with the applicable American and Canadian standards in force (e.g. ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1, CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60601-1, ANSI/UL 60950-1, ANSI/UL 61010-1) by means of an independent assessment. During the process of this assessment it is not only confirmed that the product complies with the effective standards, but also – by periodic factory inspections - that the product is produced in the same quality as is was certified. If the products satisfy the requirements laid out, the registered SGS North America Certification Mark may be carried as a distinguishing mark on the product. This type of 3rd party certification is a key factor and opens many opportunities for the American market. It also gives the American controlling bodies named “Authorities Having Jurisdiction” (AHJs) a speedy basis for decision making.
SGS North America is officially recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a Nationally Recognised Testing Laboratory (NRTL), and is therefore allowed to evaluate and approve according US standards that are included in their NRTL scope. Furthermore, SGS is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) to perform product certifications according to CSA standards and to issue a corresponding joint approval mark for the US and Canada. The SGS Center for Quality Engineering in Munich is approved by SGS US to conduct tests for these US and Canadian product approvals. SGS certification is a quick and cost-effective approbation method for the American and Canadian market entry.