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March 2009

NEW REGISTRATION OBLIGATION FROM ESA ONTARIO CANADA

WHAT IS THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY AUTHORITY?

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) of Ontario, Canada, is empowered by the Ontario government to enhance the protection from unapproved electrical products. The ESA now has the authority to confiscate or seize unapproved electrical products imported into Ontario, Canada.

NEW PRODUCT SAFETY REGULATION 438/07

Under the new Product Safety Regulation 438/07, all manufacturers of electrical products that are sold in Ontario, Canada are required to register with the ESA beginning on 1 April 2009. The types of electrical product manufacturers that are under mandatory registration are: consumer electrical products commercial electrical products electrical medical devices industrial electrical products wiring devices and products battery operated products used in hazardous location external power supplies used for recharging purposes which could be used with a battery operated products hard wired and plug-in feature product used for a life safety and/or protection function (e.g., smoke detector, CO detector) certified components used in any of the above All registration must be completed by 30 August 2009 for products that are currently being sold in or will be sold in Ontario, Canada, in addition to their ETL or any other safety certification requirements. For official ESA's product safety regulation & guidelines, please click here.

REGISTRATION PROCESS AND INTERTEK'S SUPPORT

Since ESA has made all certification bodies obliged to distribute this notification, you might be contacted by various bodies. It is all to ensure that you will process the proper registration with ESA to secure your business interests The online registration process is available beginning on 1 April 2009 at www.esasafe.com. As a valuable customer of the Intertek's ETL certification, we would be more than happy to assist you with your ESA registration. We can register your product with the ESA simultaneously with our certification process. To learn more or wish to have our assistant for the registration, please contact your local Intertek office immediately.

Regional Enquiry Center: Melanie Zhu Tel: +86 21 61278200 - 323 Email: [email protected]

Disclaimer: Intertek made all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information. However, the information provided should not be relied up as legal advice or regarded as a subtitute for legal advice. The reader should exercise his/her own care and judgment before relying on this information in any important matter.

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