Basic Requirements by Region

Standards

Basic Safety Standards Requirements by Region

North America:

The combustibility and ignitability of the insulation materials used in devices and components and temperature increases are regulated to emphasize the prevention of fires caused by electric devices.
The main standards are UL in the USA and CSA in Canada.

Europe:

The Insulation distances and proof tracking of devices and components are regulated to emphasize the prevention of electric shock accidents caused by electric devices.
The main standards are VDE (Germany).

∗Proof Tracking
The proof tracking index is degree of loss of insulation when a carbonized conductive path forms on the surface of an insulation between electric poles with a difference in electric potential.

  Voltage Accidents Most Important Requirement
North America 120/240 Vac Fire Combustibility
Europe 230/400 Vac Electric Shock Insulation Distance