Control Panel Standards for the North American Market

The North American electrical market is predicted to grow by

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  • in 2019. We support you in safely and successfully building industrial control panels for the US and Canada.

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Key U.S. standards

The following standards are of vital importance for machine and panel builders:

  • UL508A for Industrial Control Panels
  • NFPA 79 (Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery) 
  • NEC (National Electrical Code, NFPA 70) for on-site electrical installation

The standards in the U.S. are rapidly changing. In fact, since 2016, all three of the major standards have undergone revision. These changes affect how engineers must design control panels. 

Key Canadian regulations

The most important Canadian standards and regulations

The following standards are of essential importance to electrical engineers and panel builders:

  • C22.2 No. 286-17 (Industrial Control Panels and Assemblies) – released for certification since May 10, 2018. The transition period is limited and ends in January 2022. See ↗︎CSA Certification Notice
  • C22.2 No. 301-16 (Industrial Electrical Machinery) – released for certification since December 6, 2017. The transition period is limited and ends in January 2022. See ↗︎CSA Certification Notice
  • CEC – Canadian Electrical Code. The current edition 2018 already refers to the mandatory compliance with the two standards in Appendix A of the Code. 
Canada recently introduced new standards that affect industrial control panels and machinery. See what the new standards are all about in our White Paper.

Learn about new Canadian standards

Reliable product and system portfolio

You can rely on our extensive and reliable portfolio of products and systems that takes all North American requirements into account.


To build a control panel that will comply with standards in the USA and Canada, it is not sufficient to simply use components that are certified in accordance with UL or CSA. Right from the start it’s important to include products with the correct certification for the application in the design process. 


Whether a component can be used can be determined from the CCN codes (USA) or the Class Number (Canada). These may be found on the UL and CSA websites, and are also bundled in the Annex to our catalog LV 16.


We will help with the acceptance process by providing certificates that you can download easily using the CAx Download Manager, for example, which can be used to download bundled documents for multiple products.

Application tips and resources

Question on control panel standards?

Get in touch with our team

Do you have questions on applying standards for industrial control panels? Our team is ready to help you with your questions on UL508A, NFPA70, NFPA79 as well as CSA and IEC standards. Get in touch with us today.