Recently, Amazon in the United States has issued a certification standard UL9990 for Type-C cables, and requires all data cables sold on the platform to pass this certification, otherwise they will be removed from the shelves.
Now most of the store sellers have received the following email notification from Amazon:
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1. What is the difference between UL test report and UL certification?
The United States is a country with very strict safety requirements. All electronic product manufacturers in the United States have required relevant safety inspections many years ago. With the continuous improvement of Amazon's strategic position in global commerce, foreign electronic devices continue to pour into the US market through Amazon, and the United States does not have mandatory safety inspections for overseas electronic product manufacturers. There have been a series of electronic product fire incidents before. In response to this situation, on September 24, 2017, the relevant US departments issued a law specifically targeting e-commerce, requiring Amazon to notify overseas e-commerce companies selling on the Amazon platform to provide relevant security measures. According to the regulatory report, Amazon must order the merchant to stop selling before submitting the UL standard test report. And it is required that the test report must be a qualified report issued by a laboratory accredited by the /ILAC ISO 17025 standard.
(1) The UL9990 certification required by Amazon is not a UL certification, but a UL standard test report.
(2) UL certification needs to test products and audit factories, once a quarter, and the cost of 15084945599 is high and takes a long time. The UL report does not require a factory audit, and the cost is lower!
(3) The UL test report is to issue a qualified test report after selecting the corresponding UL standard for the product to pass the test. The cost is low and the test period is short.
What exactly is the UL 9990 certification for Typoe-C cables?
In fact, it includes seven tests including VW-1 flame test, 12mm flame test, power cord pull test, bending test, standard temperature test, insulation withstand voltage test, and fault current test.
Manufacturers who have done USB certification should know that USB-C cable certification requires the Type-C terminal to have a corresponding TID number, and UL9990 certification also requires the Type-C terminal of the cable to have a corresponding TID number. That is, Amazon's Type-C cables need to pass at least two certifications.
The introduction of Amazon's policy will lead to a decrease in orders for domestic connector manufacturers that have not yet done USB certification, but for manufacturers that have obtained the TID number of the association, they will become popular in the supply chain in the short term. However, if manufacturers who have not done USB certification want to benefit in a more standardized future, they need to consider doing USB certification now.