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Approval Symbols: Which countries use which symbols and other stuff ...




All industrialized countries have safety approval bodies. Some of these are government departments/agencies and some are commercial organisations.

When a product meets required safety standards it is permitted to attach a symbol to identify the Approving Authority.

This table shows the country of origin of many commonly seen symbols.

This list is displayed in no particular order and by no means shows all the symbols currently in use.

 

Commonly seen Approval Symbols & Marks

BSI Mark

British Standards Institution (BSI)
Often called the 'Kite Mark'.

UK

 

PSE Mark

PSE Approval Mark required by the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (DENAN).

Japan


DEMKO Mark

The EMKO co-operation is an agreement for the Nordic test and certification bodies.

Demko

Denmark

 
GOST Mark

GOSSTANDART - GOST certification is mandatory for a wide range of products.

Russia


NEMKO Mark

Nemko

Norway

 


VDE Mark

VDE

Germany

Semko

Sweden

A new Semko mark was introduced in October 2003.
Roll-over this image to reveal the new one.

 


ENEC Mark

The ‘ENEC’ mark (European Norms Electrical Certification) is a European product certification mark which is based on testing to harmonised European safety standards.

The number shown to the right of the mark indicates CCA member.
(in this case 17 = Nemko)


SETI Mark

SETI

Finland

 

GS Mark

The GS-mark is a German certification mark controlled by the German Ministry of Labour on behalf of the German Provinces.

The GS Mark is a voluntary mark.


UL Mark

Underwriters Laboratory

USA

 

CSA Mark

Canadian Standards Agency

CSA has had US recognition since 1986

Canada


OVE Mark

OVE

Austria

 

SEV Mark

SEV

Switzerland


IMQ Mark

IMQ

Italy

 

KEMA Mark

KEMA

Netherlands

CE Mark


CE

Europe

More information here

 

EX Mark


Ex - Flameproof Equipment
(applied to electrical equipment that may be used in hazardous atmospheres).
 

 

Commonly seen Safety markings on Electrical Products
 

Safety Symbol

Fail-safe safety transformer

(When the F is shown with any other symbol this indicated a fail-safe product)


Safety Symbol

Product fitted with thermal cut-out

(number indicates cut-out temperature)


Safety Symbol
Short-circuit proof safety transformer
Safety Symbol
Safe Extra Low Voltage (Class 3) SELV product

Safety Symbol
Isolating safety transformer
Safety Symbol
Association of Short Circuit Test Authorities

Safety Symbol
For use on lighting circuits only
Safety Symbol
Product protected by internal fuse

Safety Symbol
Product is safe to fit on materials combustible above 200°C
Safety Symbol
For indoor use only

Safety Symbol
Product is safe for use in furniture
Safety Symbol
Double insulated product

Safety Symbol

Equipment approved for connection to telephone network (UK only)

(this symbol is due to be replaced)

   

 

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Rev: 04-2004