Purchased some electrical
wire that had “ABYC” marked on the cable insulation
, along with a lot of other cryptic lettering. Spent some time on the internet
and actually found the meaning of the cryptic lettering. One group of lettering was based on Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards that could be traced all the way back to multiple UL standards describing the tests required to earn the certification
to display the UL markings. Another set of cryptic lettering was based on Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, and again was able to trace their meanings back to the requirements that had to be met to display their markings. Both the UL and CSA certification
was traceable back to the actual manufacture. Even the “RoHS COMPLIANT” marking meaning could be traced back to what it represented (RoHS - Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances).
Was unable to trace back the “ABYC” marking to a viable source that describe what testing and certification was required to display this mark. Found this statement on ABYC documents, “ABYC and its committees do not “approve”, “certify”, or “endorse” any item, construction, or proprietary device.”
What does “ABYC” or “Meets ABYC Standards” on a product mean and who authorizes it use? Is there a way to trace this marking back to an ABYC standard that this item had to comply with to display the ABYC mark?
FYI: I did post this same question to ABYC Facebook page but it was not displayed or answered.