Program Development

Overview

Brand owners know that quality can't be an afterthought. UL's program development and management tools help our customers build value into their product development cycle, from concept to market. We work with our customers to create sensible business processes centered on excellence, enabling them to avoid potentially costly errors and maintain brand value.

Definition

UL helps identify and correct product vulnerabilities throughout the production process, and promote best practices to develop quality assurance programs according to our customers' specified needs.

Benefits

UL's industry experts work with our customers to develop testing, audit and inspection programs to help our customers identify and correct potential hazards throughout the production process, mitigate supply chain risk, and help ensure regulatory and brand compliance.

UL's program development services include creating customized solutions addressing:

  •  Performance and safety testing
  •  LHAMA/toxicology/cosmetic and microbiological testing
  •  Behavioral science analysis
  •  Age determination
  •  Foreseeable use/misuse
  •  Product labeling evaluation
  •  Intended and unintended user
  •  Design evaluation and safety assessment
  •  Design evaluation for fit, comfort and size
  •  Human factors review and training
  •  Injury analysis
  •  Factory audits, training and inspection

DELIVERABLES


PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Apparel, textiles, dietary supplements, electronics and electrical, food and beverage, footwear and leather goods, general consumer merchandise, health and beauty care, household chemicals, jewelry and watches, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private label, 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 Authorized a variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children's products and some nonchildren's products
EU Pharmacopeia Convention Harmonizes standards for medicinal substances of general interest to the population of Europe; drafts specifications for the growing number of new medicinal substances appearing on the market
Food Chemical Codex (FCC) Compendium of internationally recognized standards for determining the purity and quality of food ingredients
International Food Standard (IFS) Evaluation system for all companies supplying retailer branded food products; applicable to production, processing of the product and packaging into smaller units, to provide uniform formulations, uniform audit procedures and mutual acceptance of audits
Japan Pharmacopeia Convention Defines the 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
U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention Standards for the identity, strength, quality and purity of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide; enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and developed and relied upon in more than 140 countries

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