Manufacturer Product Certification

To be considered in compliance with state appliance regulations for states particiapting in the Multi-State Appliance Standards Collaborative, your products must be certified; it is not enough that the products you manufacture meet the state standards. The States participating in the Multi-State Appliance Standards Collaborative have coordinated to make it easy for manufacturers to certify their product across multiple states.

States participating in the Multi-State Appliance Standards Collaborative (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington) require manufacturers to certify their products to the California Energy Commission. Some states also require a letter of attestation from the manufacturer to the respective state in order to certify the product.

Do I need to comply?

Product manufacturers are responsible for certifying their products, while product distributors, retailers and contractors are responsible for ensuring the products sold in each state comply with the applicable appliance standards. Manufacturers need to certify their products in accordance with the regulations of each state. This site provides some guidance to the certification process, but does not replace the regulations. 

To see if the product you sell is regulated by a state appliance standard, please select the state you plan to sell to from the menu on the left.

Product Certification

To certify your product in any states participating in the Multi-State Collaborative (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington), you must first certify your product to the California Energy Commission.

Certifying your product in California:

To certify your product in California, the manufacturer must test the efficiency of the product and then submit the data to the California Energy Commission (CEC). The CEC application may be submitted either electronically or by mail in an electronic formal (i.e. on a CD-ROM).

Download a product certification checklist.

Product Testing

The product’s efficiency must be tested in accordance with the test method specified in the California regulation. Please go to the Appliance page and see the regulation for the appliance you are interested in testing. Testing may be performed either by the manufacturer or by an independent testing laboratory. The CEC maintains a list of approved testing labs. For the current list, please see www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/forms/index.html.

Certification Forms

Certification forms can be found on the California Energy Commission’s website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/forms/index.html.  Select the “Certification Documents for Manufacturers” for the current year, then open the category that applies to your product and download the relevant zip file. The CEC provides a detailed set of instructions for each appliance on how to certify products, which are enclosed in the zip folder for the product.

For each product, you will need to submit:

  • 1. California Energy Commission Submission Form or the Excel Database Format
  • 2. Declaration that all Information Submitted is True, Complete and Accurate
  • 3. If applicable, the Testing Laboratory Application Approval

Electronic submittals should be emailed to: appliances@energy.state.ca.us.

Completed forms or diskettes should be mailed to:

Appliance Certification Program
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-25
Sacramento, CA  95814-5512

Certifying your product in Connecticut:

Once your product is certified in California, a Letter of Attestation, confirming that all data provided to the CEC is true and correct and that the product is intended for sale in Connecticut, must be submitted to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at:

CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Attn: Michele Melley (Re: Product Certification)
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051

Certifying your product in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington:

Once your product is certified in California, if it also meets the standards for other states, it will automatically be certified in those states as well.