Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries around the world, has introduced its ETL Certification Mark to the global building products market. The use of a single mark for building products certification will help simplify recognition of approved building products to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), retailers and end users.
For decades the Warnock Hersey Mark has been Intertek’s certification mark for building products. However, the convergence of technology across multiple product markets—including home safety and automation—has created a need for a unified mark across platforms. Three years ago Intertek introduced the ETL Mark alongside the Warnock Hersey Mark to the industry to support the integration of electrical products into the building materials world. The market’s acceptance of the ETL Mark to represent compliance to product conformity to safety and performance standards is now allowing the company to use the ETL Mark alone in certifying building products.
“The Warnock Hersey Mark has been a significant part of Intertek’s past, and has played an important role in helping us become a leader in the Building Products Industry,” said Michael Beaton, Intertek’s Vice President of Building Products Certification. “However, it is hard to ignore or deny the growth, recognition, and significance of our ETL Mark, which is now becoming the mark of the future, offering significant benefit to our clients.”
The ETL Mark as a certification mark for building products will be effective immediately for newly certified products. Manufacturers of certified products that are currently labeled with the Warnock Hersey Mark are encouraged to adopt the ETL Mark as soon as possible, but will have a five year transition period (12/31/2020) to make the change. Though its focus is moving to the ETL Mark, Intertek will continue to fully support the Warnock Hersey Mark in those markets where it has unsurpassed mark recognition, specifically fire door and solid fuel hearth products.