Quality Advisory Services

Overview

Value is a key differentiator in today's global market. Low price points are no longer enough to satisfy both demanding consumers willing to invest in excellence and those looking for a real bargain. UL's quality advisory services provide actionable intelligence to help maintain a brand's product specifications, mitigate supply chain risk and assist in determining the safety, quality and compliance of our customers' products.

Definition

Throughout the production cycle, UL provides guidance and customized quality advisory services to help our customers develop and adhere to industry best practices across their supply chain and meet regulatory demands.

Benefits

UL’s team of industry experts can identify and correct potential hazards throughout our customers’ production cycle. Our in-depth guidance helps ensure regulatory compliance and protect brand reputation.

With a wide range of consumer product testing, audit and inspection expertise, UL’s quality advisory services include:

  • Product evaluations and safety assessments
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) reasonable testing programs
  • Chemical management
  • Restricted substance evaluations
  • Analytical, microbiological and physical testing
  • Durability and shelf life tests
  • Review of packaging and labeling
  • Sensory evaluation and consumer testing
  • Technical support for product development
  • Manufacturing and social compliance audits

DELIVERABLES


PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

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

Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) Standardized chemical analysis methods designed to increase confidence in results of chemical and microbiologic analyses
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
British Pharmacopoeia Convention Authoritative official standards for pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products in the UK
British Standards Institution (BS) British and international acceptance sampling specification for inspection by attributes
California Proposition 65 Requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm; requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment
Canadian Chemicals Management Plan Protects human health and the environment by assessing chemicals used in Canada and by taking action on chemicals found to be harmful
China GB Chinese national standards that are issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese National Committee of the ISO and the IEC
China New Chemical Legislation This regulation is similar to EU REACH and is also known as “China REACH”
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 A variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children's products and some non-children's products
EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical (REACH) Substances Addresses 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 EU
EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC Foundation of toy safety legislation and enforcement in the European market
EU Pharmacopoeia Convention Harmonizes standards for medicinal substances of general interest to the population of Europe and 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
German Institute for Standardization (DIN) The acknowledged national standards body representing German interests in European and international standards organizations
International Featured Standards (IFS) Evaluation system for all companies supplying branded food products to retailers; applicable to production, processing of the product and packaging into smaller units; provides uniform formulations, uniform audit procedures and mutual acceptance of audits
Japan Pharmacopoeia Convention Defines the standards for specifications and 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
Standards associated with the Korea Certification (KC) Mark Korea Certification (KC) Mark is required to sell certain products in Korea, including electrical/electronic equipment and textile products
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive Restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment
U.S. Pharmacopeial 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
U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Prohibits the manufacture or importation of chemicals that are not on the TSCA Inventory (or subject to one of many exemptions)

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