Information Bulletin: Approved certification marks for electrical products



Reference number
B-E3 071019 3
Revision Number
Rev 10

This Information Bulletin supersedes Directive D-E3 060414 1 issued April 14, 2006.

General details

Under section 21(1) of the Electrical Safety Regulation, electrical equipment must bear evidence of either a mark or a label of a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, or an approval label issued by British Columbia Safety Authority under section 10 of the Safety Standards Act. Changes to accreditation of certification bodies, or their markings, may occur without notice. Visit the Standards Council of Canada website for a complete listing of accredited certification bodies ( This Information Bulletin provides examples of certification and approval marks and labels that are acceptable in British Columbia, and may not include all accepted marks.

NOTE: The Standards Council of Canada accredits two types of organizations for electrical equipment approval.

The term “Certification Agency” is defined in the Safety Standards Act, and Electrical Safety Regulation, Section 20.1. However, the terms “Certification Body” (CB) and “Inspection Body” (IB) are also used throughout the industry. For the purpose of the Safety Standards Act, “certification agency” includes any “certification body” or “inspection body” that is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Details regarding the accreditation process can be found on the Standards Council of Canada website at

Additional information related to approved equipment may also be found in the following BC Safety Authority issued documents:


  • Approval of Manufactured Home, RVs and Factory-Built Structures (No. D-EL 2015-02 Rev. 01)

  • High Voltage Installations (No. IB-EL 2016-02)

  • Incident Reporting Requirements (No. D-E3 070115 1 Revision 4)

Information Bulletins

  • Electrical Information Bulletin: UL changes to certification programs (No. IB-EL 2012-06 Revision 1

  • Minimum Requirements Retrofit of Fluorescent Fixtures (No. B-E3 100224 1 Revision 2)

Certification Agencies: Specific Details

The attached Information Bulletin contains contact information, as well as examples of marks and labels, that are acceptable evidence of approval within the province of British Columbia.



Safety Standards Act

Electrical Safety Regulation
Safety Standards General Regulation
Safety Standards Act
Repeal and Transitional Provisions Regulations


Safety Standards Act Definitions

1 In this Act:

"certification agency" means a person or class of persons designated by the regulations as a certification agency;

"certification mark" means a stamp, mark, seal, label, tag or other identification of a certification agency certifying that the regulated product to which it is affixed or attached or in which it is embedded meets the standard that the product must meet for that certification; Provincial safety manager may approve regulated products for use.

10 (1) Every provincial safety manager, other than the registrar, may approve regulated products in accordance with the regulations for use in British Columbia even if there is no certification mark present on the regulated product.

(2) If a provincial safety manager approves a product for use under subsection (1), the provincial safety manager may attach an approval mark that is readily identifiable as an approval mark or if it is impracticable to attach an approval mark, may order that notice of the product approval accompany the regulated product or be posted where the regulated product is to be used or installed.

Electrical Safety Regulation

Certification agencies

20.1 An organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada under the Standards Council of Canada Act as an organization engaged in conformity assessment is a certification agency for the purposes of this regulation.

Certification or approval mark required for electrical equipment

21 (1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a person must not use electrical equipment in British Columbia, or offer for sale, sell, display or otherwise dispose of electrical equipment for use in British Columbia, unless the electrical equipment displays a label or mark as follows:

  1. a certification mark;

  2. a label or mark of a certification agency that is acceptable to the appropriate provincial safety manager to certify electrical equipment for a specific installation;

  3. an approval mark issued under section 10 of the Act;

  4. in the case of used manufactured homes, used factory-built structures and used recreational vehicles, a label supplied by the appropriate provincial safety manager.

  5. An approval mark under subsection (1) (c) signifies compliance with requirements in respect of fire and electrical shock hazards only.

  6. Electrical equipment that does not require approval under the B.C. Electrical Code does not require a label or mark.

  7. Electrical equipment that has not been approved under subsection (1) may
    1. be displayed for not more than 14 days if the regulatory authority gives written permission to do so, or
    2. be used by a utility in its capacity as a utility if a professional engineer has certified that the use of the equipment is safe.


Provincial Safety Manager – Electrical