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Standards and Engagement

Combining extensive safety research, scientific expertise, and input from stakeholders to advance safety science that leads to safe living and working environments
We develop and publish consensus standards that guide the safety, performance, and sustainability of new products and evolving technologies and services, delivering solutions that range from household appliances to smoke alarms, from batteries and building materials to cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles.
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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.

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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. 

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Our Stakeholders

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.

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As an accredited, globally influential standards development organization, we apply research and safety science to keep pace with new technology.

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Stay up to date with UL Standards and check in regularly for updates that include project news, new partnerships, and more.

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Browse UL Standards’ database of digital resources. UL Standards supports global safety through standardization. 

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Underwriters Laboratories is an accredited standards developer in the US and Canada and partners with national standards bodies in countries around the world. Get more details on the UL Standards development process and learn about how you can participate.

Since 1903, UL has been creating Standards for product safety. With over 1,000 Standards available for delivery in hardcopy, PDF, or electronic HTML formats, if you’re looking for a UL Standard you’ve come to the right place.

Underwriters Laboratories' Collaborative Standards Development System (CSDS) provides stakeholders opportunities to apply to join Standards Technical Panels (STPs) and submit and review proposals for new or revised standards.

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Our work involves collaborating with stakeholders from around the world who share their expertise to solve challenges related to safety, security and sustainability. We are an accredited, globally influential standards development organization applying research and safety science to keep pace with the rapid advancement of new technology also dedicated to continually evaluating the safety of legacy products and systems. 

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UL Standards convenes key stakeholders and decision makers from a wide cross-section of the safety community. We seek to foster relationships and facilitate discussions that improve safety policies and practices around the world.

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Learn more about the UL Standards development process and how you can help.

We develop and publish consensus standards that guide the safety, performance, and sustainability of new products and evolving technologies and services, delivering solutions that range from household appliances to smoke alarms, from batteries and building materials to cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles.

This process speaks to another one of our core beliefs at Underwriters Laboratories: research alone cannot advance public safety. Rather, what we learn must continue to radiate outward. It must ultimately reach the safety professionals, scientific establishment, policy makers, and industry leaders who use safety science to protect and educate our communities.

To further awareness and adoption of our standards, we help facilitate safety policy partnerships around the world. By focusing on the translation of knowledge gained from safety science research into practical and measurable standards, we serve as a resource for policymakers and code developers in regulatory and legislative environments.

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Standards Overview

With over a century of experience in the development of more than 1,900 Standards, Underwriters Laboratories is an accredited standards developer in the US and Canada and partners with national standards bodies in countries around the world. Get more details on the UL Standards development process and learn about how you can participate.

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Browse and Buy Standards

Since 1903, UL has been creating Standards for product safety. With over 1,000 Standards available for delivery in hardcopy, PDF, or electronic HTML formats, if you’re looking for a UL Standard you’ve come to the right place.

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Collaborate on Standards Development

Underwriters Laboratories' Collaborative Standards Development System (CSDS) provides stakeholders opportunities to apply to join Standards Technical Panels (STPs) and submit and review proposals for new or revised standards. STP members also use the platform to vote on the adoption of our consensus standards.