During the product certification process, some manufacturers engage a third-party agency to work with UL on their behalf. Agencies have different levels of expertise, business experience, and ability to help customers. However, despite the large number of agencies that exist, the global product certification industry has no program or criteria for determining their competence. To help customers choose an independent agency whose services will be both effective and beneficial, UL launched the Certificated Agency Program.
UL’s Certificated Agency Program is an optional credentialing program for third-party individuals or companies that work as an intermediary between UL and product certification customers.
UL helps agencies promote—and customers recognize—a distinct, global standard of service quality and expertise that has been evaluated through the Certificated Agency Program.
Hundreds of agencies compete globally to provide value-added product certification services to manufacturers and product developers. UL can help agencies strengthen their competitive differentiation with a trusted Certificated Agency Program recognition.
The Certificated Agency Program involves a fee-free application, an evaluation of past product certification work with UL, and an initial audit of an agency’s facilities.
Certificated Agency Program candidates have typically already worked with UL for several years as non-credentialed agents. They apply to UL for program participation and are evaluated by UL for program eligibility based on:
If determined to be eligible for the Certificated Agency Program, a candidate agency works with UL to complete the necessary due diligence such as the Certificated Agency Program legal agreement and initial audit of facilities.
Upon successful completion, the new Certificated Agency Program agency will receive:
Although UL will not recommend a specific agency to customers, we do recommend that our customers work with a Certificated Agency Program agency.
For more information on UL’s Certificated Agency Program, please contact us at 1.360.817.5699.
Numerous Certificated Agency Program audit criteria are similar to other quality system requirements, such as those found in ISO 9000 or ISO 17025.