After completing testing on your product, you receive approval from UL allowing you to apply the safety cULus listing mark to your product. That’s it! You’re all set to ship to Canada or are you? Have you considered the energy efficiency requirements on regulated energy-using products? Quite a mouth full, but the requirement is real I can assure you.
If you have never heard of NRCan (Natural Resource Canada) or would like to know more about them you’ve come to the right place. The NRCan outlines Energy Efficiency Regulations for the shipment and sale of energy-using products in Canada. The requirement is mandatory for energy-using products which fall within the scope of the NRCan regulations. If your product is a compact audio product, digital television adaptor also known as a set-top box, external power supply, television or a video type product, the NRCan will probably apply to you. A full list of regulated products can be found on the NRCan Website.
Anyone involved in manufacturing, importing, selling or leasing a regulated product in Canada or between Canadian provinces must ensure that each model meets the energy efficiency standard set out in the Regulations. This person is also defined by the NRCan as a “dealer”. If you fall into this category, then you must ensure that before shipping to Canada or transporting between provinces you submit an energy efficiency report for your product, unless a report has already been submitted for that model of product. It is the responsibility of the dealer to ensure the following:
- The product must comply with the energy efficiency standard specified in the NRCan regulations
- An energy efficiency report has been filed with the NRCan
- Provide the necessary import information to the Canada Border Services Agency at the time of import
- The product bears an energy efficiency verification mark which indicates that the energy performance of the product has been verified
The energy efficiency verification mark can only be issued by a certification body accredited for energy efficiency verification by the Standard Council of Canada (SCC). UL and its affiliates are accredited to perform energy efficiency evaluations and offer the Energy Verified Mark to those customers who complete the energy efficiency certification program. The verification marking must be affixed to the surface of the product in a readily visible location. Customs officers may refuse to allow products entry if they do not meet the energy efficiency standards or the necessary import documents are incomplete.
Why can’t life be simple you say? Your product is safe now you have to worry about energy efficiency performance? Conserving and making better use of our available natural resource is something we all need to get better at doing. Proving that your product is compliant is another matter. At UL we have helped thousands of customers navigate their way through the energy efficiency requirements, be it NRCan, Energy Star, CEC (California Energy Commission), DoE (US Department of Energy) or the ErP (Energy-related Product) Directive for CE marking. But, don’t take my word for it, visit the UL Database of Validated and Certified products UL Database of Validated and Certified products and see for yourself. If the above is something you need to be thinking about or unsure of, get in touch and let UL help you launch your product successfully.