Approved Certification Marks for Electrical Products

Information Bulletin

Approved Certification Marks for Electrical Products

December 8, 2017

Information Bulletin

Reference Number:

B-E3 071019 3

Revision Number:

Rev 11

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 Technical Safety BC or other accredited organization under section 10 of the Safety Standards Act such as the SPE1000 model code field approval. 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.

The Standards Council of Canada accredits two types of organizations for electrical equipment approval,

  • Certification bodies
  • Inspection bodies.

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:



  • Recreational Vehicle Directive D-EL 2015-01 Rev 1


Information Bulletins

  • Approval of Manufactured Home, and Factory-Built Structures (IB-EL 2015-02)
  • Minimum Requirements Retrofit of Fluorescent Fixtures (No. B-E3 100224 1 Revision 2)
  • High Voltage Installations IB-EL-2016-02 Rev 1
  • Incident and Hazard Reporting Requirements (No. IB-EL 2017 03)

Certification Agencies: Specific Details

Download the PDF for contact information, as well as examples of marks and labels, that are acceptable evidence of approval within the province of British Columbia.

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