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Our independent, rigorous testing process helps ensure that your products align with applicable requirements and expectations. We deliver innovative, customized options that aim to streamline testing processes, reduce costs and help speed products to market around the world. And our global team’s knowledge helps you stay ahead of the curve on evolving requirements, materials and technologies.

EMC Testing

Our full-service EMC laboratories are accredited by numerous regulatory agencies, governments and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), making us a recognized accreditation body in all major markets. We’ll analyze the ability of your electronic devices to operate as expected in proximity to other electronic devices or in the presence of electromagnetic emissions. We’ll guide you through every step of the compliance process to help ensure your products meet EMC requirements in your target markets.

With our EMC testing and certification solutions, we serve a wide range of industries worldwide, including:

  • Consumer electronics
  • IT equipment
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Mobile and telecommunication
  • Medical technologies
  • Small and major appliances
  • Industrial electronics
  • Automotive

Energy Efficiency Testing

Our testing and certification services help you to incorporate energy efficiency into product design to meet consumer demands and regulatory requirements. As a full-service Energy Star® partner, we can combine Energy Star evaluations with a range of other energy efficiency services to test and certify your products to a wide range of local, national and international standards:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star®
  • National Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • Energy Star® International
  • Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Mexico National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE)
  • Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU

Once your product is certified, we add your product to our online, searchable database, and you can use the Energy Efficiency Certification Mark on your marketing materials, packaging and the product itself.

Environmental Testing

We’ll work with you to effectively mitigate immediate sustainability challenges as well as providing you with the insights, services and tools you need to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Analytical Chemistry for Medical Devices

UL can help evaluate the biological safety of a medical device through analytical Chemistry for medical devices. This includes testing for devices that have direct or indirect body contact in accordance with the relevant standards. These include:

  • ISO 10993-1:2009 Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 1: Evaluation and testing
  • ISO 10993-18:2005 Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 18: Chemical characterization of materials.

Medical Device Biocompatibility and Toxicity Evaluation

Biocompatibility testing is intended to provide assurances that the benefits associated with the use of a specific medical device are not impacted by unintended adverse biological effects attributable to the device or its materials.

UL offers medical device manufacturers and health sciences companies testing and evaluation services that address the requirements of the ISO 10993 series of biocompatibility standards, as well as testing to the material characterization requirements of ISO 10993-18.

UL’s team of qualified, experienced chemists, biologists and toxicologists evaluate the safety of medical device in a systematic approach. And our organizations medical device biocompatibility testing capabilities combined with our subcontractor network allow manufacturers to work with a single testing laboratory to meet the regulatory requirements for most of the world’s medical device regulators.

We can perform the following services:

  • Cytotoxicity testing
  • Tests for sensitization
  • Tests for irritation and intracutaneous reactivity
  • Systemic toxicity
  • Genotoxicity testing
  • Implantation tests
  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP) biological reactivity tests
  • Hemocompatibility testing
  • Pyrogen testing

Indoor Air Quality Testing

We offer prompt reactive services to building engineers, owners and managers to quickly identify and resolve indoor environmental issues. Our healthy building services include heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) inspections, Legionella testing, mold and moisture inspections, post food inspections, mold clearance inspections, post remediation inspections, focused air quality inspections, and odor inspections.

Interoperability Testing

Leverage our expertise to validate that your product not only works as expected with all other relevant devices but also conforms to all appropriate standards and technology platforms. We do this by testing products in real-world scenarios. We are an approved testing laboratory for many IoT and wireless standards bodies, such as Bluetooth SIG, Thread Group, Wireless and Zigbee Alliance, and are actively engaged with key players in 5G. We test interoperability across many industries including appliances, building systems, consumer electronics and vehicles.

Performance and Quality Testing

Our endless pursuit of the truth helps you provide trustworthy answers to questions about products, processes, facilities and systems. Our testing, certification and verification services—and the UL Mark—provides regulators, purchasers and consumers with the information they rely on to confidently make the decisions that impact your business. Our quality assurance checks help to ensure that components and products meet your—and your stakeholders’—demands.

Reliability and Durability Testing

Our reliability and durability testing services provide an accurate assessment of how your product may perform under expected and unusual use. We can help you meet regulatory requirements, gain actionable knowledge about the anticipated life cycle of your products and identify design flaws that have adverse effects on a product’s reliability and durability.

Safety Testing

As the global safety science leader, our safety offerings and expertise are unparalleled. We can help you engineer safety into your products throughout your development process, reducing costs and challenges associated with innovative offerings. Our testing and certification services focus on helping our customers create a safer, more secure and sustainable world. Our mission of "working for a safer world" drives everything we do. Leverage our offerings and insights to build trust and confidence in your products and services.

Wireless Testing

Launching a wireless product to the global market can be a complicated, costly and time-consuming process. Platform technologies including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Thread, Zigbee, cellular technologies from 2G to 5G, and the products they enable need to function as promised while meeting complex market demands and requirements. UL’s testing and certification services take the complexity out of getting your product to the global market, giving you and your customers the confidence that your product will connect right out-of-the-box and perform as expected.

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