Modernizing Our Approach to Standards Development
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, Underwriters Laboratories has developed more than 1,700 standards. In extending its global public safety mission, our Standards and Engagement organization partners 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.
As an accredited, globally influential standards development organization, we apply research and safety science to keep pace with new technology.
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