Mini Guide on Laboratory Equipment Certifications

Ensuring that your laboratory equipment is always certified is crucial because it dictates your compliance with local and international regulatory standards. In this infographic, we’ve listed out a few equipment certifications to help give you an idea of what to look out for in your next purchase. While not exhaustive, these are the most common ones found in the market.

At Kewaunee International, we have many equipment that you can use for varying purposes. You can view our range of products here:

Types Key Pointers
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • This act was set up by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) decades ago
  • The aim was that every working environment should create a healthy and safe space for their employees to work within
  • The Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program gives third-party providers the approval to conduct safety testing for laboratory equipment
  • Laboratories are then required to undergo testing or use equipment that are already certified with this certification 
Underwriter Laboratories (UL Mark)
  • This organisation primarily works on these four functions: testing, inspection, certification, auditing, and validation
  • They’ve created over 1500 standards and can be found under three types: Listed, Classified, and Recognized
  • Listed — Tested & approved
  • Classified — Approved but only for special cases
  • Recognized — Limited testing, preferred as a component for other tested products
International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO/TC 48)
  • One of the most well-known organisations creating regulatory standards worldwide
  • The ISO/TC 48 standard is made specifically for standardising certification processes for devices, apparatus, and equipment
  • It accounts for: MOC, manufacturing, performance, dimensions & testing

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