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    TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 182 (Thursday, September 21, 2023)]
[Pages 65199-65200]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2023-20405]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042]

TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of 

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand 
the scope of recognition for TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., as a 
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on 
September 21, 2023.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is 
available from the following sources:
    Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office 
of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone: (202) 693-1999; 
email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    General and technical information: Contact Mr. Kevin Robinson, 
Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, 
Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, phone: 
(202) 693-2300 or email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.


I. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of 
recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA), as a 
NRTL. TUVRNA's expansion covers the addition of four test standards to 
the NRTL scope of recognition.
    OSHA recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an 
acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety 
testing and certification of the specific products covered within the 
scope of recognition. Each NRTL's scope of recognition includes (1) the 
type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by the 
applicable test standard and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have 
the technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-
certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope. 
Recognition is not a delegation or grant of government authority; 
however, recognition enables employers to use products approved by the 
NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require product testing and 
    The agency processes applications by a NRTL for initial 
recognition, as well as for an expansion or renewal of recognition, 
following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix 
requires that the agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in 
processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the 
application and provides the preliminary finding. In the second notice, 
the agency provides the final decision on the application. These 
notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or modifications of 
that scope. OSHA maintains an informational web page for each NRTL, 
including TUVRNA, which details that NRTL's scope of recognition. These 
pages are available from the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    TUVRNA submitted an application, dated June 3, 2021 (OSHA-2007-
0042-0068), to expand recognition as a NRTL to include four additional 
test standards. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of the 
application packet and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did 
not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application.

    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing TUVRNA's expansion 
application in the Federal Register on August 15, 2023 (88 FR 55482). 
The agency requested comments by August 30, 2023, but it received no 
comments in response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this 
final notice to grant expansion to TUVRNA's scope of recognition.
    To review copies of all public documents pertaining to TUVRNA's 
application, go to http://www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket 
Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department 
of Labor at (202) 693-2350. Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042 contains all 
materials in the record concerning TUVRNA's recognition. All 
submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for 
inspection through the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket 
Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY number (877) 889-5627) for assistance in 
locating docket submissions.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined TUVRNA's expansion application, their 
capability to meet the requirements of the test standard, and other 
pertinent information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds 
that TUVRNA meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of 
its recognition, subject to the limitations and conditions listed 
below. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant 
TUVRNA's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of TUVRNA's 
recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration 
of conformance to the test standards shown below in Table 1.

Table 1--Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in TUVRNA's NRTL Scope
                             of Recognition
             Test standard                     Test standard title
UL 355.................................  Cord Reels.
UL 498A................................  Current Taps and Adapters.
UL 1977................................  Component Connectors for Use in
                                          Data, Signal, Control and
                                          Power Applications.
UL 2438................................  Outdoor Seasonal-Use Cord-
                                          Connected Wiring Devices.

    OSHA's recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is 
limited to equipment or materials for which OSHA standards require 
third-party testing and certification before using them in the 
workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any products 
for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, a 
NRTL's scope of recognition does not include these products.

A. Conditions

    Recognition is contingent on continued compliance with 29 CFR 
1910.7, including but not limited to, abiding by the following 
conditions of recognition:
    1. TUVRNA must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any 
change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major 
change in its operations as a NRTL, and provide details of the 
    2. TUVRNA must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply 
with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. TUVRNA must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on TUVRNA's scope of 
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.
    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the 
scope of recognition of TUVRNA as a NRTL, subject to the limitations 
and conditions specified above.

III. Authority and Signature

    James S. Frederick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, 
DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. Accordingly, the 
agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2), 
Secretary of Labor's Order No. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393; Sept. 18, 2020), 
and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC.
James S. Frederick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2023-20405 Filed 9-20-23; 8:45 am]