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Product Certification and Standards Descriptions

National Instruments (NI) products intended for sale and use in worldwide markets comply with the applicable international requirements for product safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), essential safety & usage information, WEEE, RoHS, quality, and for use in hazardous locations. NI products are generally covered by some or all of the following certifications and declarations.

CE European Union EMC and Safety
FCC North American EMI
RCM/C-Tick Australian/New Zealand EMC
KCC Korean EMC
UL North American Product Safety
Demko European Union Product Safety
ESUI Essential Safety & Usage Information
UL North American Hazardous Locations
Ex European Union Hazardous Locations
IECEx International Hazardous Locations Certification
LR Marine Approval
WEEE   Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directives
RoHS   RoHS Directives
ISO 9001/14001   Quality/Environmental Management Systems
ISO/IEC 17025   Laboratory Accreditation

Look for the Marks on the product label for verification of certification.

EMC and Safety

CE - European Union EMC & Safety Compliance Declaration
CE - The European Conformity (CE) marking is affixed to products with input of 50 - 1,000 Vac or 75 - 1,500 Vdc and/or for products which may cause or be affected by electromagnetic disturbance. The CE marking symbolizes conformity of the product with the applicable Community requirements. CE is the manufacturer or suppliers' self-declaration allowing products to circulate freely within the Community. NI products meet the essential requirements of Directives 2004/108/EC (EMC) and 2006/95/EC (product safety), and comply with the relevant standards. Standards for Measurement, Control and Laboratory Equipment include EN 61326 and EN 55011 for EMC, and EN 61010-1 for product safety.

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FCC - North American EMI Verification
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacted electromagnetic-interference (EMI) regulations for various products such as transmitters, receivers, information technology, and similar microprocessor-based equipment. To streamline authorization procedures for computers and similar devices, and to align FCC requirements with those of world markets, the FCC amended Parts 2 and 15 allowing manufacturers' self-declaration. NI products comply with U.S. FCC and Industry Canada EMI requirements according to FCC Part 15, ICES-001, and ICES-003.

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RCM/C-Tick – Australian/New Zealand EMC Compliance Declaration
To limit potential problems of electromagnetic interference (EMI), the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) introduced an EMC protection framework requiring EMC compliance for electronic products. Current regulations allow the use of either the RCM or C-Tick Mark to indicate that the product complies with the Australian/New Zealand EMI standard AS/NZS CISPR 11.

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KCC - Korean EMC Certification
Korea's "Electrical Communication Basic Law," requires EMC testing and certification for many electronic products. Korean EMC certifications are issued by National Radio Research Agency (RRA), which is organized under the Korea Communications Commission (KCC). EMC testing includes electromagnetic interference (EMI) and susceptibility (EMS). Certified equipment is labeled with the KC mark and certification number.

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Product Safety

UL - North American Product Safety Certification
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety testing and certification organization. The UL Mark on a product means that it has been tested by UL and determined to meet UL's requirements. Products are also periodically checked at the manufacturers' facility. Mark indicates compliance with U.S. (UL) and Canadian (CSA) safety standards such as, UL 61010-1 and CSA 61010-1.

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Demko or VDE - European Union Product Safety Certification
Notified Bodies are accredited in Europe for product safety testing and certification according to European Norms (e.g., EN 61010-1 safety). The primary goal of the Notified Body is to protect the health of the consumer and to provide independent EU third-party support for suppliers' CE marking. Examples of Notified Bodies are Demko, VDE, and TUV. Notified Bodies are listed in the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJ).

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Essential Safety & Usage Information
Certain NI products are provided with essential proper usage and health & safety information guides in multiple languages. Refer to the Essential Safety and Usage Information page for a complete list of products.

Hazardous Locations

UL - North American Hazardous Locations Certification3
UL certifies products for use in hazardous locations where explosive atmospheres may be present. CompactRIO (cRIO) and NI FieldPoint (FP/cFP) are cULus Listed and HazLoc Classified: Class I, Division 2, Groups A,B,C,D T4 and Class I, Zone 2, AEx nA IIC T4 & Ex nA IIC T4. NI FieldPoint products (FP/cFP) are cULus Listed and HazLoc Classified: Class I, Division 2, Groups A,B,C,D T4 and Class I, Zone 2, AEx nA IIC T4 & Ex nA IIC T4.

(For Use in Class I, Div 2 (Zone 2) Hazardous Locations)

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Ex - European Union Hazardous Locations Certification (ATEX) 4
The Ex Type Examination Certificate is a statement from an independent Notified Body verifying compliance with the essential requirements of EU Directive 94/9/EC. NI FieldPoint products (FP/cFP) are Ex Certified for use in potentially explosive atmospheres according to EN 50021 and IEC 60079-15, Protective System Classification: Ex nA IIC T4. NI CompactRIO and FieldPoint products are Ex certified according to EN 60079-0/-15 for use in Zone 2 hazardous locations, Protective System Classification: II 3G Ex nA IIC T4.

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IECEx –International Hazardous Locations Certification
The IECEx Certificate of Conformity is a statement from a IECEx Certification Body (ExCB) verifying compliance with explosive atmospheres standards. NI Compact RIO (cRIO) products are IECEx certified according to IEC 60079-0/-15 for use in Zone 2 hazardous locations, Protective System Classification: II 3G Ex nA IIC T4 Gc.

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Marine Approval

LR- Marine Approval
Marine Type Approval from an independent certification authority is a necessity for products which are used aboard sea-going ships and off-shore oil/gas platforms. Lloyd's Register (LR) Type Approval is a certification of assessment by a third-party attesting to a product's conformity with national and international standards, and verification of the manufacturer’s production quality system. LR Type Approval applies to products for use in marine and offshore applications, industrial plant and processes, and the information technology sector. In addition to ensuring the product meets appropriate safety standards for a marine environment, LR Type Approval ensures that the products performance is maintained in marine environmental conditions.

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WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directives
In 2003, the European Parliament passed the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives to encourage the reuse, recycling, and recovery of WEEE and to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment, especially those dealing with WEEE. Member states were required to adopt legislation by August 13, 2005. National Instruments is actively working with our European branch offices and subsidiaries to fully comply with these regulations as local legislation is passed. The regulations apply to all electrical and electronic equipment on the European Union market in that falls into any of 10 categories. National Instruments products fall under Category 9, Monitoring and Control Instruments.

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Restriction of Hazardous Substances - RoHS
European Union RoHS (2011/65/EU) directive restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in electrical and electronic equipment put on the market in the European Union. The EU RoHS directive currently applies to eight categories of electrical and electronic equipment. Products in Category 9, Industrial Monitoring and Control Instruments are excluded from the RoHS directive until July 2017. Consequently, most of NI's products are outside the scope of the RoHS directive. Per the EU RoHS Directive, the CE marking shall be the only marking which attests the conformity of the product with the requirements of RoHS 2. NI regularly releases RoHS-compliant products as part of the NI Hazardous Substances Reduction initiative, a voluntary program modeled after the EU RoHS Directive. To determine if a specific NI product is RoHS compliant, see the DoC for the specific product or visit "NI RoHS-Compliant Product Listing".

E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 in India have not notified the category of Monitoring and Control Instruments, as requiring compliance with the said E-Waste Rules. Consequently, most of NI's products are outside the scope of the E-waste Rules.

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China RoHS - Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products
All Electronic Information Products that are sold in the People's Republic of China are marked with pollution control logos in accordance with the requirements set forth in SJ/T11324-2006, "Marking for the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products." Products marked with the 'e' logo contain no hazardous substances or elements above the requirements listed in SJ/T11363-2006, "Requirements for Concentration Limits for Certain Hazardous Substances in Electronic Information Products." Products marked with an Environmentally-Friendly Use Period (EFUP), in this example 40, contain hazardous substances or elements above the requirements.

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Quality and Environmental

ISO 9001 - Quality Management System (QMS) Certification
QMS compliance ensures that NI has the processes in place to deliver quality products, services and support to its customers. The scope of QMS certification is marketing, design, development, manufacturing, sales, and support operations at the company’s Austin, Texas, USA, facility and manufacturing and distribution at the company’s Debrecen, Hungary, facility and is certified by DEKRA.

ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System (EMS) Certification
EMS compliance demonstrates that NI has the processes in place to support the NI environmental policy. The scope of EMS certification is manufacturing operations at the company’s Debrecen, Hungary, facilities and is certified by DEKRA.

(DEKRA marks are not product marks)

ISO 9001 Cert [72 KB PDF]
ISO 14001 Cert [108 KB PDF]

ISO/IEC 17025 – Laboratory Accreditation
ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard used by laboratories to demonstrate technical competence in their field of operation. Several National Instruments laboratories have achieved ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation:

(The A2LA Accredited symbol does not in any way imply certification/approval of NI products)


  1. Actual certifications and declarations are indicated by symbols or marks on the product label and not by statements made herein.

Standards and Certification

"Standards" are technical product assessment and testing rules for safety/EMC conformity. Examples of International standards for Measurement, Control and Laboratory Equipment are IEC/EN/UL/CSA 61010-1 for product safety and IEC/EN 61326 for EMC. Standards are essential in helping ensure public safety and to instill confidence in product quality.

There are literally thousands of standards covering a wide range of topics. UL has developed more than 800 standards for safety, and there are well over 5,000 International (IEC) and European (EN) standards. Because of EU Directives (laws) on CE marking and increased consumer awareness in safety/EMC quality, IEC and EN standards have become the de facto standards for product design and testing worldwide.

"Certification" is an attestation from an accredited Certification Body that a product or component complies with the relevant standard/s. European testing laboratories and certification organizations, known as Notified Bodies for safety and Competent Bodies for EMC, are independent third-parties for product certification in the European Union. Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) are sanctioned by OSHA and ANSI for safety testing and certification of products in North America. UL and CSA are NRTLs, and VDE, TUV and Demko are Notified Bodies.

Millions of products and components are tested and certified to North American (UL/CSA) and International/European (IEC/EN) standards. Compliance with standards and product certification means consumers live in a safer environment than they would have otherwise.

Product Safety Standards for Measurement, Control, and Laboratory Products
International Europe U.S., Canada
IEC 61010-1 EN 61010-1 UL 61010-1
CSA 61010-1

EMC Standards for Measurement, Control and Laboratory Products
International Europe U.S\Canada
IEC 61326 EN 61326 FCC Part 15
CISPR 11 EN 55011 ICES-001

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