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UL is Now an Accredited Third-Party Certification Body for FEMB level Certification to Help European Manufacturers Demonstrate Product Sustainability

New Program Provides An Umbrella Certification Scheme While Also Accounting for Country-Specific SchemesCabiate (CO), Italy, November 28, 2018 — today UL announced it is an accredited independent third-party certification body in accordance to FEMB level, the European program for sustainability certification of office and contract furniture in interiors. Through FEMB level, UL can now help European manufacturers demonstrate product sustainability while enabling end-users to make more informed sustainable product selections. Similar to the BIFMA LEVEL Certification program, Europe’s level Certification evaluates the environmental and social sustainability of office furniture products, but is tailored to the European market. [...]

UL and USGBC Announce Strategic Collaboration to Help Architects and Designers Find Products that Contribute to LEED v4 Requirements

MARIETTA, Ga., February 1, 2018– UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced a collaboration with the U.S. [...]

New UL Initiative Increases Supply Chain Transparency for Purchasers and Supports Manufacturer Efforts to Address Human Rights Abuses

MARIETTA, Ga., September 21, 2017 – UL Environment, a division of UL, LLC (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced today they are collecting data to identify products made by manufacturers that have policies and procedures in place to protect against human rights abuses throughout their supply chain. This information is displayed as search criteria in UL’s widely used product sustainability database, SPOT. [...]

UL Environment Recognized by the US EPA as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier

MARIETTA, Ga., June 20, 2017 – UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced official recognition as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier (TPC) under the U.S. [...]

UL Environment Receives Approval as CARB Third Party Certifier

Marietta, GA. April 19, 2016 – UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced that is has received approval as a Third Party Certifier (TPC) for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM). As a result, UL Environment is authorized to test and assess composite wood panel products for compliance to the CARB regulation which limits the amount of formaldehyde that can be emitted from hardwood plywood, particle board and medium density fiberboard. [...]

Are the Wood Components Inside Your Product CARB Compliant for Formaldehyde?

High-profile retailers have come under scrutiny for selling products that exceed formaldehyde emissions limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Air Toxics Control Measure. The CARB regulation limits formaldehyde emissions from plywood, particleboard, and MDF. These limits have been in place since 2009, and more stringent CARB Phase 2 limits have been in place since 2012. [...]

UL Sustainability Certifications Recommended by EPA for Federal Purchases

The EPA has released an interim recommendation list of specification standards and ecolabels that are approved for use by federal purchasers.  We are happy to share that UL Environment’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO standards, as well as other standards UL Environment certifies to such as BIFMA level, NSF 332, and EPEAT, are referenced for a variety of building materials, furniture, custodial products, and electronics. The president’s recent Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

UL Sustainability Certifications Recommended by EPA for Federal Purchases

The EPA has released an interim recommendation list of specification standards and ecolabels that are approved for use by federal purchasers.  We are happy to share that UL Environment’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO standards, as well as other standards UL Environment certifies to such as BIFMA level, NSF 332, and EPEAT, are referenced for a variety of building materials, furniture, custodial products, and electronics. The president’s recent Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

FTC Cracks Down on Deceptive Certification Marks: Is Your Certification Communicating Credibility or Could it Land You in Hot Water?

In a groundbreaking statement, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has underscored that all certification marks are not created equal – sending a powerful message to manufacturers and certifiers about the role of vague ecolabels in Greenwashing. [...]

UL Webinar: Watching Your CARBs — A guide to monitoring formaldehyde emissions in your finished products and supply chain

Recent news stories of falsified CARB labels have had many retailers and manufacturers concerned about their liability for selling products that have not met regulations. The potential for lawsuits and damage to brand reputations are driving many to more fully understand the regulations, and how they can demonstrate that their products are safe. This presentation, which is ideal for retailers and manufacturers of building and furniture products, will provide an overview of indoor air quality and why it is important. [...]