Regulatory Testing

Overview

Time to market is a critical factor in monetizing business opportunities, and its importance is growing. UL's trusted compliance expertise aids our customers in cutting through regulatory complexities, helping to create a competitive advantage.

Definition

With comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory requirements impacting consumer product performance, construction and composition, UL’s team of quality assurance experts help develop testing programs for a wide range of regulations including the European Union regulation on chemicals and their safe use (REACH); Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA); Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive; and China’s mandatory textiles and apparels standard (GB 18401). UL’s global regulatory testing capabilities help ensure compliance for every country in which our customers source or sell.

UL is accredited by:

  • ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ACLASS)
  • The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
  • The China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS)
  • The California Medical Association (CMA)
  • The Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS)
  • Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Additionally, UL is registered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as an accredited laboratory for CPSIA third-party testing.

Benefits

UL’s active involvement in the development and revision of international product safety standards and unmatched industry expertise help us identify hazards early in the production cycle to reduce product development cost and increase speed to market. Our leadership in the compliance space helps ensure that our customers meet current regulatory demands and are aware of emerging regulations.


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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) Internationa 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 Pharmacopoeia Convention Authoritative official standards for pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products in the UK
British Standards Institution (BS) Multinational business services provider; principal activity is the production of standards and the supply of standards-related services
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 The 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, which 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 REACH in the EU and is also known as “China REACH”
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 Authorized 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 European Union (EU)
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
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 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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