Claims Testing

Overview

UL's laboratory testing services provide real-world substantiation of product performance attributes. Our claims testing services are designed to help retailers and manufacturers boost confidence in the marketing, quality, safety and performance claims of their consumer products.

Definition

UL’s claims testing services verify package, nutritional and active ingredient claims. Our advanced quality controlled product testing laboratory utilizes American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International and Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) performance test methods. UL will customize product performance test methods to our customers’ specific criteria.

Benefits

Testing of formulation prototypes and products already on store shelves can help customers deliver more trustworthy products. Additionally, claims testing provides the added value of determining whether products are optimized for their preferred characteristics.

Utilizing panels of trained sensory professionals, UL provides valuable expert feedback for product development, product improvement and optimization, quality assurance, and advertising claims substantiation.

UL’s proprietary Technically Advanced Quality Assurance® (TAQA) program encompasses the most relevant global standards. TAQA is designed to provide in-depth laboratory quality tests, performance and sensory evaluations, and product risk assessments.


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PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Dietary supplements, food, beverages, footwear, leather goods, general consumer merchandise, furniture, candles, health and beauty care, household chemicals, jewelry, watches, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private labels, toys, nursery and children’s products

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Voluntary consensus standards used to improve product quality, enhance safety, and facilitate market access and trade
American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) Industry standards for analytical testing of spice
Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) Standardized, chemical analysis methods designed to increase confidence in results of chemical and microbiological analyses
British Pharmacopeia Convention Authoritative official standards for pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products in the UK
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 Authorized a variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children’s products and some non-children’s products
Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Fosters high standards in order to maximize the safety, performance and sustainability of the household and institutional products industry
EU Pharmacopeia Convention Harmonizes specifications for medicinal substances of general interest to the population of Europe; drafts specifications for the growing number of new medicinal substances appearing on the market
EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical (REACH) Substances Addresses the production and use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment by streamlining and improving the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union
EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC Foundation of toy safety legislation and
enforcement in the European market
Food Chemical Codex (FCC) Compendium of internationally recognized standards for determining the purity and quality of food ingredients
Japan Pharmacopeia Convention Defines the standards for specifications as well as the methods of testing in order to ensure overall quality of all drugs in principle; plays a role in clarifying the criteria for quality assurance of drugs that are recognized to be essential for public health and medical treatment in Japan
National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products (GB 18401) Standard is intended to control the hazardous substances in textile products, improve textile product quality, ensure basic safety and health, and enforce the general safety and technical specifications for clothes and decorative textiles sold in China
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive Restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) International environmental treaty that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants
U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention Standards for the identity, strength, quality and purity of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide; enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration and developed and relied upon in more than 140 countries

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