Standards Lead the Way for Innovation and Diversity
Read about our discussions on safety, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion at the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
Reflecting on 120 Years and Looking at the Road Ahead
A note from ULSE Executive Director, Dr. David Steel
Safety Science in Action
To create a safer, more sustainable world, data and scientific discoveries must be amplified and translated into action.
That's what we do at UL Standards & Engagement. Through data analysis, expert testimony, and deliberation, we work to bring members of standards technical panels into alignment on a common set of safety requirements.
Distinguished by our independent research and scientific acumen, we’ve been driving cutting-edge science into practical safety guidance since we developed our first standard for tin-clad fire doors in 1903.
We develop and publish consensus standards that help guide the safety, performance, and sustainability of new and evolving products, technologies, and services that range from household appliances, smoke alarms, and batteries to building materials, cybersecurity, and autonomous vehicles.
Delivering Standards for Safety, Performance, and Sustainability
Safety standards are documents that outline the process through which a product or service is tested and evaluated to confirm its compliance with requirements that help to instill safety, security and sustainability. Since publishing its first standard in 1903, UL Standards & Engagement has developed more than 1,700 standards. In extending its global public safety mission, we partner with national and regional standards bodies in countries around the world to build a safer, more sustainable world.
Accredited Standards Developers in Canada and the U.S.
We are proud to be an accredited standards developer in Canada and the U.S. and authorized to develop national standards for Mexico. This means that we are able to develop standards to advance safety, performance and sustainability to meet stakeholder needs and bridge standards development gaps across much of North America.
Stakeholders are essential to the development and maintenance of UL standards through their voluntary service on our technical committees and technical panels to share expertise and achieve consensus. We convene manufacturers, retailers, consumers, trade associations, regulators and other authorities from around the world to capture varied and vested interests across different groups. This approach enables input, reviews, and open discussion from wide-ranging perspectives — all facilitated by our non-voting standards development organization.
US Mayors Explore UL Standards to Manage Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Risks
As an accredited, globally influential standards development organization, we apply research and safety science to keep pace with new discoveries and technology.