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UL ACCEPTED AS A NATIONAL CERTIFICATION BODY BY IECEE

 UL ACCEPTED AS A NATIONAL CERTIFICATION BODY BY IECEE
 NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Underwriters Laboratories


Inc. (UL) announced today that the International Electrotechnical Committee for Conformity Testing to Standards for Safety for Electrical Equipment (IECEE) granted UL full acceptance as a U.S. issuing and recognizing national certification body (NCB) for information technology and business equipment under the CB Scheme.
 The acceptance came at the June 11 and 12 meetings of the IECEE's management committee in Fribourg, Switzerland. UL is now the only U.S. NCB that can conduct CB Scheme testing at more than one location.
 The CB Scheme is an international network made up of product certification organizations in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The CB Scheme is designed to facilitate international trade by establishing mutual acceptance of test reports among safety certification organizations in participating countries. The key to the CB Scheme is that manufacturers can work with one certification organization for testing of a product -- and submit one set of product tests -- to NCBs in all participating countries. Testing for national deviations to standards may be performed by local or foreign NCBs.
 UL was accepted to evaluate information technology and business equipment to the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) 950 standard as well as any national deviations of that standard as implemented by the participating NCBs. Manufacturers can obtain CB test certificates for products found by UL to comply with IEC 950 and any national deviations. These manufacturers can present these CB test certificates issued by UL, with the associated CB test report, to the NCBs in other countries whose certification marks are required for the evaluated products and then those marks can be issued for the products; thus, the need for additional investigations at the national level should be minimized. UL clients who already have products listed to UL 1950, UL's version of IEC 950, can also apply for CB test certificates and associated CB test reports.
 According to UL President Tom Castino, UL's NCB acceptance offers manufacturers a number of benefits. "This is an unprecedented business opportunity for manufacturers of information technology and business equipment. They can now obtain the marks of certifiers in 30 countries -- and access to those varied markets -- with a single set of product tests as the basis. But just as important, clients will be able to obtain authorization to use certification marks more quickly since they will be working through one testing organization."
 UL's four laboratory facilities in the United States were evaluated by an IECEE committee of certification bodies on-site inspection team this past March. All four of UL's laboratory locations will be able to evaluate information technology and business equipment under the CB Scheme to bring about the issuance of CB test certificates.
 UL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has been testing products in the interest of public safety since 1894. UL evaluates more than 14,000 different types of products at its facilities in Northbrook (corporate headquarters); Melville, N.Y.; Santa Clara, Calif.; and Research Triangle Park, N.C. More than 6 billion UL Marks appear on new products each year.
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