NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UL, a leading global safety science organization, is pleased to announce that its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen facilities have received National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) accreditation for Toys and Children Articles scope and can perform full testing in accordance with Mercosur Toy Standard, ABNT NM 300, as required by Portaria N. 321, 2009 from INMETRO Brazil.
"The Brazil toys market is growing rapidly. Mercosur Toys Standard and INMETRO regulations are in place to help ensure that toys entering this market are of the applicable safety and quality levels for children," stated Andrew Farhat, Global Children's Product Business Lead for UL Consumer and Retail Services. "However, the hold up of goods at Brazilian ports can be a challenge for importers needing compliance testing. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and standard test methodologies, UL can assist brands, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers in achieving compliance with INMETRO regulations at point of manufacture."
UL's complete portfolio of toy services includes:
- Mechanical and physical testing
- Flammability testing
- Chemical and microbiological analysis
- Label and design evaluation services
- Electrical and electronic component
- Toxicological Risk Assessments (TRA)
UL has been expanding its operations in Latin America. In the past two years, UL in Brazil grew approximately 35% through the development of new services and achieving INMETRO accreditation for new scopes, which allows the company to support more industries. The employee base in Brazil has also grown, from 100 to almost 250 since 2012. Please visit http://brazil.ul.com/en/ for more information.
For more details about testing capabilities in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen email AsiaEnquiry@ul.com. Please visit ul.com/toys-and-juvenile-products for additional information about UL's safety and quality services for children's products.
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CONTACT: Kim Vranas
UL Consumer and Retail Services
T: (781) 821.2200 ext. 265
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