Supply Chain Certification

Overview

UL’s third-party accredited certifications are designed to help customers ensure the quality, safety and adequacy of systems in operation at a manufacturing or packaging plant, distribution center and warehousing operation.

Definition

As an independent management systems expert, UL supports brands and manufacturers in the development and production of consistently safe products to quality levels demanded by customers, consumers and regulatory bodies.

UL provides supply chain process certifications that evaluate a facility, a supplier's facility or facilities, and/or the contract partners used by our customers against applicable standards, such as those listed below.

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
Through the UL retail certification program (RCP) and the National Brand Certification Program (NBCP), UL can help determine if a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered factory’s quality system and operation meets or exceeds defined current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) requirements. UL supply chain certification services help a manufacturer, packager or distribution center demonstrate compliance to international standards, focusing on the FDA good manufacturing practices (GMP) relating to:

  • cGMP OTC drugs
  • cGMP OTC drugs API/excipient/component
  • cGMP dietary supplements
  • cGMP dietary ingredients
  • cGMP medical devices
  • cGMP cosmetics
  • ISO 22716:2007
  • cGMP food
  • cGMP infant formula
  • General consumer products GMP
  • UL and Natural Products Association (NPA) dietary supplement

Good Manufacturing Practices Certification for Cosmetics (ISO 22716:2007)
ISO 22716 offers a guideline on GMP for cosmetic products. These guidelines offer practical advice regarding human, technical and administrative factors affecting product quality.

UL’s accredited ISO 22716 certification guides an organization towards continual improvement and high quality, and complements an organization’s commitment to consistency in the cosmetic industry.

Safe Quality Food Certification
UL is licensed by Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) to certify companies that comply with the documented requirements of the SQF Code. SQF is a vertically integrated and globally recognized GFSI Code intended to promote food safety and quality management system conformance for different sectors of the food chain, from food production on farms to distribution and storage of food products through processing/manufacturing worldwide.

UL’s SQF certification helps buyers source products with confidence and encourages a consumer’s positive perception of an organization’s food brand.

British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certification
As an accredited BRC certification body, UL’s third-party supply chain certifications determine the compliance of an organization’s management system for the design, production, packaging and storage of a wide range of consumer products. This includes textile products, wooden products, chemical products, rubber and plastic products, metal products, electrical products, and more.

Benefits

Our qualified auditors have extensive knowledge of regulatory standards; UL can help a customer implement manufacturing best practices.

As an independent management systems expert, UL supports brands and manufacturers in the development and production of consistently safe products to quality levels demanded by customers, consumers and regulatory bodies.

With extensive technical capabilities and industry expertise, we are able to pinpoint inconsistencies, weaknesses and risks at the factory level. Our global team of qualified auditors and inspectors provide actionable insights that enable brand managers, compliance officers and quality assurance specialists to make informed decisions directly impacting brand credibility and product marketability.


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