UL International (UK) Ltd. Appointed as Notified Body to the Construction Products Directive

Company Expands European Standards Testing Capabilities and Increases Global Market Access

Jan 14, 2010, 14:00 ET from Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan.. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in product safety and conformity testing and certification services, today announced UL International (UK) Ltd. (UL UK) has been appointed as a Notified Body to the Construction Products Directive (CPD). UL UK is now notified as a certification and inspection organization for fire detection and alarm equipment and fire resistance products and systems. The company can now offer CE Marking services within the scope of the CPD alongside the already well established UL Mark.

"UL and UL UK are very proud to achieve this designation and are excited about what it means for our valued customers," said Marco Crosignani, head of the Notified Body. "Our new service offerings will help expand our already-growing certification business in Europe while enhancing overall global market access for UL customers."

As a CPD Notified Body, UL UK can test products to applicable European standards (ENs) and European Technical Approvals (ETAGs), utilizing UL's network of state-of-the-art test facilities and issue a CE Certificate of conformity.  The CE Certificate of conformity is mandatory for fire safety products and systems marketed in Europe to demonstrate compliance with relevant CPD requirements.  

"Manufacturers who work with UL for UL Mark services and for their CPD testing and certification needs will gain both a competitive advantage and a strategic partner in UL." said Chris Hasbrook, vice president and general manager, UL's Global Building Materials and Life Safety & Security Industries. "UL's combined services can save customers time and money while increasing their speed to market, with UL serving as a one-stop-shop for all their product compliance needs.  UL is in a unique position of being able to offer CE marking services alongside the UL mark, providing economies of scale and consolidation of factory inspection processes."

UL has more than 100 years of life safety and security experience and is a global leader in fire safety testing, certification and research. The company's expert technical teams are knowledgeable in both UL and European Standards and operate facilities worldwide.  

UL UK expects to begin CE certification testing in 2010, and is already accepting customer requests and inquires. For more information about UL's expertise in Building Materials and Life Safety & Security testing and certification, visit the industries section on www.ul.com. For more information about service offerings, in Europe please contact UL UK at +44-01-483-402-032 or fire&securitysalesULA@uk.ul.com, in North America contact Ferd DeVoss at +1-877-ULHELPS ext. 42614 or ferdinand.devoss@us.ul.com and in China contact Claudia Xu at + 86-512-68086400, Ext: 66691 or claudia.xu@cn.ul.com.

About Underwriters Laboratories

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems, with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.ul.com/newsroom.

SOURCE Underwriters Laboratories Inc.