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Curtis-Straus NRTL/SCC Mark

Market Access to North America

Business Challenge

Products come and go, but manufacturers and retailers must sell safe products. The brand image and reputation a merchant has carefully nurtured for years can be tainted in an instant if their product suffers a major recall or a liability for injury suit. One incident can wipe out previous efforts in a single loss. Access to the lucrative North American market is a must for most manufacturers of electrical or electronic products. To access this market, certification is required for the U.S. and Canada.


What is safety certification for USA / Canada?
There are several third-party organizations that are recognized as having the capability to provide product safety testing and certification services to manufacturers for a wide range of products in North America. They are represented in the U.S. by Nationally Recognized Test Laboratories (NRTLs) and recognized by the government agency OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). In Canada, they are represented by Testing Organizations/ Certification Bodies recognized by SCC (Standards Council of Canada). The testing and certifications handled by these bodies are based on product safety standards developed by U.S. or Canadian-based standards development organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Bureau Veritas provides the necessary tools to meet certification requirements with an enhanced process. Our Curtis-Straus laboratory ( is an approved NRTL listed on the OSHA website ( and in Canada as listed on the SCC website ( Its employees are skilled in handling all aspects of testing, report writing, final reports, certification, initial plant inspections and follow-up service. This allows us to provide rapid turnaround, resulting in a shorter time to market and ultimately less expense. We can also provide you with the added convenience of arranging a transfer of existing Certifications.

What are the key benefits?
• Gain access to the U.S. retail market through NRTL/SCC certification
• Demonstrate compliance with requirements to U.S. retailers
• Combine the Curtis-Straus NRTL/SCC Mark with other certifications such as CB Scheme,CE marking, CCC, and GOSTR, to further reduce time and costs


Bureau Veritas (Curtis-Straus LLC) is "one of the approved" safety agency labs for a  large number of retailers. Click to view the most recent list of retailers that accept the Curtis-Straus NRTL mark.


Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Reputation Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a leading global quality assurance provider with more than 46,000 employees operating out of 900 offices and laboratories in over 140 countries.

Worldwide Locations With dedicated and experienced test and approvals engineers and inspectors in every major sourcing area worldwide, Bureau Veritas offers you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.

Technical Knowledge and Time-to-Market Bureau Veritas knows that getting your product through the certification process on time and within budget is a critical part of your product launch goals. With knowledgeable approvals engineers in the U.S., Asia and Europe, and safety inspectors worldwide, we can partner with you to help achieve your product release goals. We also offer a turnaround time of five days from the receipt of an acceptable application.

Personal Personalized Service Bureau Veritas recognizes the value that certification can bring. As such, we offer customized and specialized services to meet your safety compliance needs throughout your supply chain. If asked to intervene at an early stage, we can offer suggestions to enhance the product’s approval success without sacrificing innovation or creativity.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the difference between the Curtis-Straus NRTL/SCC Mark and other NRTL Marks?

    There is no essential difference between the marks. All the bodies that issue the marks are accredited by OSHA and/or SCC, and all marks indicate that the product has met relevant safety requirements demonstrated by independent review and assessment.

  • Which retail outlets accept the Curtis-Straus NRTL/SCC Mark?

    Bureau Veritas (Curtis-Straus LLC) is "one of the approved" safety agency labs for a  large number of retailers. Click to view the most recent list of retailers that accept the Curtis-Straus NRTL mark.

  • What variations in the Mark do you offer?

    • The mark with “us” identifier means the product has been tested and deemed compliant to U.S. product safety standards only
    • The mark with “c” identifier means the product is compliant with Canadian product safety standards only
    • The mark with “us” and “c” identifiers means the product is compliant with both U.S. and Canadian product safety standards

  • Can I move my existing certification?

    Yes. Simply contact one of our personnel below and we can arrange a transfer.

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