Performance Testing


Competitive price points and quality materials aren't enough to succeed in the marketplace. Today's knowledgeable consumers demand products that perform as promised, right out of the box and throughout a product's expected life cycle. UL performance testing helps to ensure that our customers' products support their brand image and meet consumer expectations.


UL’s performance testing provides objective confirmation of product performance claims by simulating anticipated everyday product usage in controlled laboratory settings.


UL’s performance testing services offers a complete portfolio of functional and engineering evaluations of raw materials and finished products. Testing is designed to provide measurable performance data and, if needed, actionable business intelligence.

Our decades of experience with safety standards and consumer products enables UL to offer our customers a unique combination of comprehensive testing and business knowledge. We don’t simply provide test data; our customers also leverage UL’s expertise — from engineering best practices, materials and design to regulatory demands and market access. Our customers rely on us to help them sharpen their competitive edge, thanks to UL’s decades of experience across virtually all industries and our trusted reputation.

Depending on the product, UL’s performance testing includes the following:

  • Accelerated stress testing (AST)
  • Benchmark and comparison testing
  • Usability testing
  • Failure analysis
  • Materials testing
  • Colorfastness
  • Dimensional stability
  • Disintegration
  • Flashpoint testing
  • Rupture testing
  • Tear strength
  • Bursting strength
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Pilling resistance
  • Attachment strength
  • Snag resistance
  • Tensile strength
  • Breakaway testing (F2923-11)
  • Sharp points/sharp edges (F2923-11)
  • Crush testing
  • Life cycle testing
  • Testing to failure
  • Aging tests



Apparel, textiles, electronics, electrical, store brands/private label, premiums and promotional products, toys, nursery and children’s products


American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Provides test method development, quality control materials and professional networking for textile professionals
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector; actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards, including globally recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems
American Society for Materials (ASM) International Standards applicable to metals and materials
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Voluntary consensus standards used to improve product quality, enhance safety and facilitate market access and trade
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) Voluntary consensus standards that for durability of furniture products. Tests available include ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, X5.3, X5.4, X5.5, X5.6, X5.9, X6.1.
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
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)/EN International standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) World’s largest developer of voluntary international standards providing state-of-the-art specifications for products, services and good practice
International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) An industry trade association dedicated to helping members control costs, damage and environmental issues in the distribution of packaged products
UL Access the UL Catalog of Standards