Approvals for the Wire and Cable Industry

CSA

CSA

If a product is CSA Certified, it has received the Canadian Standards Association approval for public safety.

 

CE

CE

CE is an abbreviation for Conformité Européenne, which is French for European Conformity. A wire or cable product with the CE Marking can be sold into the European market. The CE mark verifies that the product meets the safety regulations of the New Approach Directives of the European Union.

 

HAR

HAR

Wire and cable products with the HAR mark designates that they comply with the European Harmonization Standard. The HAR mark is designated by CENELEC.

 

RoHS

CE

RoHS refers to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances. The European Union instituted RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, which banned six substances from being used in the manufacturing process. RoHS requires lead, cadium, mercury, hexacalent chromium, polybrominated biphenysis, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers no longer be used in manufacturing as their use in production is dangerous to human health. A product marked RoHS compliant meets the appropriate requirements.

 

UL

UL

If a wire or cable product is UL recognized or listed, the product meets public safety requirements as designated by the Underwriters Laboratories. Each UL spec is different.

 

VDE

VDE

The VDE denotes conformity with the VDE standards or European or internationally harmonized standards. VDE is a West Germany Approval Agency. According to VDE, the VDE Mark "is a symbol for electrical, mechanical, thermal, toxic, radiological and other hazards."

 

QPL

A product that is QPL approved is listed on the appropriate Qualified Products List. The QPL is a product specification developed by the federal government. A QPL has the names of companies who produce standard products purchased occasionally by the federal government. In order to be listed, products are examined and tested for compliance with specification requirements.

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