Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories, or NRTLs, are private third party organizations recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under Federal code 29 CFR 1910.7 to provide product safety testing and certification services for a wide range of products for use in the U.S. workplace.
NRTLs are not government agencies; rather, they have been found to meet necessary OSHA qualifications to perform testing and certification services on products within their scope of recognition. To be "recognized" by OSHA, a laboratory must have capabilities as a product safety testing laboratory and be a product certification body. It must also meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7, which essentially outlines requirements for capability, complete independence, control programs, and procedures for reporting and handling complaints.
OSHA accepts products that are properly certified by an NRTL. By OSHA's definition, "properly certified" means:
- The product is labeled or marked with the registered certification mark of the NRTL.
- The NRTL issues the certification for a product covered within the scope of a test standard for which OSHA has recognized it.
- The NRTL issues the certification from one of its sites (locations) that OSHA has recognized.
TÜV SÜD America is an OSHA-recognized NRTL capable
of providing electrical safety certification services to North American requirements for Medical Devices, Machinery, IT Equipment, Laboratory Test & Measurement Equipment, Electrical Consumer Products, and much more.