Chemical Testing

Overview

With firsthand knowledge of global chemical standards, UL offers companies comprehensive chemical management services and guidance. Our customers rely on UL's quality checks and scientific expertise to help them achieve regulatory compliance across the global marketplace.

Definition

UL can assist our customers with every aspect of chemical management, from testing raw materials and substantiating label claims to developing a restricted substance list (RSL) and implementing a reasonable testing program that encompasses an entire supply chain.

Active in the development of industry standards, UL provides in-depth guidance for product compliance with regulatory and industry standards. Our chemical testing includes:

  • Chemical inventory and material safety data sheets (MSDS) review
  • High-risk materials identification
Benefits
  • Product testing needs assessment to the most restrictive regulation
  • Test program development for raw materials and finished products
  • Raw material and chemical approval process standardization
  • Supplier selection criteria formation
  • RSL implementation planning for entire supply chain
  • Staff and supplier training

DELIVERABLES


PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Apparel, textiles, dietary supplements, electronics, electrical products, food, beverages, footwear, leather goods, general consumer merchandise, furniture, candle containers, health and beauty care, household chemicals, jewelry, watches, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private label products, toys, nursery and children's products

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Voluntary consensus standards used to improve product quality, enhance safety, and facilitate market access and trade
American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) Industry standards for analytical testing of spices
Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) Standardized chemical analysis methods designed to increase confidence in results of chemical and microbiologic analyses
British Pharmacopeia Convention Authoritative official standards for pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products in the UK
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 Variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children’s products and some non-children’s products
Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Fosters high standards to maximize safety, performance and sustainability in the household and institutional products industries
EU Pharmacopeia Convention Harmonized specifications for medicinal substances of general interest to the population of Europe, with draft specifications for the growing number of new medicinal substances appearing on the market
EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical (REACH) Substances Rules to address the production and use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment by streamlining and improving the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union
EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC Foundation of toy safety legislation and
enforcement in the European market
Food Chemical Codex (FCC) Compendium of internationally recognized standards for determining the purity and quality of food ingredients
Japan Pharmacopeia Convention Standards for specifications as well as the methods of testing to ensure overall quality of all drugs in principle; plays a role in clarifying the criteria for quality assurance of drugs that are recognized to be essential for public health and medical treatment in Japan
National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products (GB 18401) Standard intended to control the hazardous substances in textile products, improve textile product quality, ensure basic safety and health, and enforce the general safety and technical specifications for clothes and decorative textiles sold in China
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive Directive to restrict the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) International environmental treaty that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants
U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention Standards for the identity, strength, quality and purity of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide

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