PSE, PSC and S Mark

//PSE, PSC and S Mark
PSE, PSC and S Mark 2017-12-22T00:04:13+00:00

Safety Certifications for Japan markets (PSE, PSC and S Mark)

The Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (DENAN Law or PSE Law) and Consumer Products Safety Law are of particular importance for access to Japan market.

There are many people who have questions such as “Does an importer like us have to comply with these laws too?”, “I heard that there are some electrical products that the DENAN Law is not applicable. How about our product?”

There are in total 457 regulated electrical products that the DENAN Law is applicable, of which 116 items are called specified electrical appliances and materials, and 341 products are called non-specified electrical appliances and materials (as of July 1, 2016) .

In fact, when your product is not included in the list of the regulated electrical products, your product is outside the scope of the DENAN Law, even if it is an electrical appliance or material.

Does it mean that you don’t have to do anything before shipping your product to Japan?
When your product is one of the specified electrical appliances, what should you do?

Let us answer your questions by focusing each certification mark below.

PSE Mark

PSC Mark

S Mark

What is PSE Mark?

When an electrical product manufactured in Japan or imported to Japan is found to be within the scope of the DENAN Law, the manufacturer or the importer of the product has the obligation to ensure conformity to the technical requirements based on the DENAN Law.  The manufacturers or importers who made notification are called “notifying suppliers’ and must apply the specified marking (PSE Mark and others) on their product that conformance is demonstrated by testing.

Specified electrical products

The 116 items that stricter regulations are applied and the diamond PSE mark is required are called specified electrical products.
The manufacturer or importer of the specified electrical product must undergo tests to demonstrate conformity by an assessment body registered by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and obtain and keep the certificate. UL Japan is accredited as a registered conformity assessment body  of the specified electrical products.

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Non-specified electrical products

The 341 items that are not included in the specified electrical products (as of July 1, 2016) are called non-specified electrical products and they are required to label the circle PSE Mark.
The manufacturers and importers of these products need to self-ensure conformity to the technical requirements by conducting 100% tests according to the DENAN Law at the manufacturing stage and keeping the recorded results.  UL Japan can help manufacturers and importers ensure that their products conform to the technical requirements and issue test reports.

We also provide various support services that meet your specific needs.

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What is PSC Mark?

The PSC Mark is applied only on the products of which conformity is demonstrated according to the Consumer Products Safety Law.  The objective of the Consumer Products Safety Law is to ensure safety, to impose state regulations on dangerous consumer products, and to promote autonomous activities on the part of private groups to ensure the safety of consumer products, and thereby to protect the interests of the general public.

The manufacturers or importers of the special category specified products need to implement their obligations to obtain the PSC Mark and sell their special category specified products. The obligations are to complete a notification process, undergo an assessment by an organization registered by the METI (registered conformity assessment body ), obtain the certificate and keep the certificate.

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What is S Mark?

Japanese S Mark is not a mandatory mark required by state laws. Manufacturers can opt to attach the S mark on their products to demonstrate their commitment to safety. According to a research conducted in November, 2012 by the SCEA responsible for the S Mark, 77.6% of home appliances on shelves carry the S Mark.

As of July, 2016, the products covered include but not limited to AV equipment, IT equipment, energy storage systems, emergency power supplies (including UPS), batteries and small home appliances.

The products are evaluated to technical safety standards approved by technical requirements in the DENAN Law or any technical standards approved by the S Mark certification bodies. It is the voluntary certification mark that the product can carry where conformance to the applicable requirements is demonstrated.

UL Japan is accredited as a third party certification body by the SCEA.

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