How does DLC evaluate safety certification?

The current safety certification requirements for listing on the SSL QPL are that manufacturers must provide documentation of safety certification from an applicable safety organization in the US or Canada (see this FAQ for more details).

The documentation must clearly represent the product(s) seeking qualification. This means that the model numbers submitted in the application must match the model numbers listed in the safety certification. If there is not a direct match in model nomenclature between the safety certification and application form, or explanatory language in the safety certification that demonstrates the models in the application form are covered (i.e. placeholders and/or description of variations included), the DLC will request confirmation from the safety organization that the model numbers submitted in the application are covered by the safety certification documentation provided. This must come from the applicable safety organization.

At this time, DLC relies on the safety organization issuing the safety certification to determine the appropriate standard for which to evaluate the product. Policies related to safety certification are on the wish list for consideration in future policy development cycles.

If the model number(s) in the safety documentation provided do not directly match the model numbers included in the DLC application, additional action will be required.  Below are some examples on how to resolve safety documentation issues:

  • The Manufacturer may contact the safety organization to update the safety documentation to include the exact model numbers included in the DLC application
  • The Manufacturer may contact the safety organization to update the safety documentation to include explanatory language to cover the model variations submitted to DLC. Explanatory language may include placeholders and explanations of what those placeholders can represent.
  • The Manufacturer may provide additional pages (in addition to the Certificate of Compliance, Authorization to Mark, etc.) of your safety documentation which include descriptions of the variations covered and/or an ordering code break down that details the variations covered.