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Company News: Underwriters Laboratories Expands Its European Testing Capabilities

In areas of fire resistance, fire alarm and detection, and furtherance of CE marking

Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 10:36

(UL: Warrington, UK) --  Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a provider of product safety testing and certification services, recently announced that UL International (UK) Ltd., a notified body to the construction products directive, has signed an agreement with SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The agreement with SP allows UL UK and UL’s family of companies to expand its European testing capabilities and bolsters both its CE marking services and global market access.

The alliance with SP expands UL’s current capabilities to test and certify to a wider range of European standards. Specifically, UL UK, as a notified body to the construction products directive, will utilize SP’s test facilities for testing to a variety of EN and ETAG standards in the areas of fire resistance, and fire alarm and detection covered within UL UK’s scope of services. 

Following successful testing, as part of the attestation process, UL UK can issue the CE certificate of compliance, needed by manufacturers for their products to bear the CE marking. 

“We are excited with the additional opportunities for advancing public safety that are available to us as a result of our alliance with SP,” says Chris Hasbrook, UL’s vice president of building materials and systems/life safety, and security. “SP, another well respected name in fire safety, provides the UL team with expanded testing and fire research services in Europe, and enables us to provide better service and more options for our customers and for citizens in Europe.”

SP is the Technical Research Institute of Sweden, well established for its research, testing, and certification services in the area of fire safety as well as a vast array of other technical areas that include building and construction, electronics, energy and the environment, materials, chemistry, and food science. SP applies its internationally leading competence to the development and evaluation of technologies, material, products, and processes to meet its customers’ needs and provide an effective link between research and commercialization.


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Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services, and Verification Services. UL’s worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 96 countries.