Exporting to the USA
The National Electrical Code (NEC) gives the minimum rules for electrical products and systems. It has in common with other codes the purpose of protecting persons and property from electrical hazards. The NEC is used throughout the USA and is developed under the management of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The code is revised on a three year cycle with inputs from industry, individuals and foreign countries with the NFPA having a membership of near 100 countries. There are dozens of code making panels that represent the interests of groups including, consumer groups, manufacturers, installers, experts and regulators.
The US Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent government agency responsible for regulating the radio, television and phone industries. The FCC regulates all interstate communications, such as wire, satellite and cable, and international communications originating or terminating in the United States.
It sets standards and certification requirements for Electromagnetic Compatibility, Electromagnetic Radiation to Humans, Radiocommunications and Telecommunications.
Only in some cases are third party approval marks like those from UL and ETL required on products. UL, ETL etc are not regulators. They are testing and standards writing organizations and test labs of which there are hundreds in the USA.
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