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UL ANNOUNCES SERVICES FOR RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES

NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has announced two new services designed for organizations seeking to demonstrate due diligence in compliance with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, effective July 1, 2006. UL offers both a UL restricted substance product certification and a UL restricted substance management systems registration to help organizations self-declare compliance to RoHS.


"UL’s RoHS product certification and system registration services serve as important methods to help the customer have confidence in its due diligence when declaring its products compliance with the RoHS directive," said David Haataja, vice-president and general manager of UL’s Restricted Substances Compliance Solutions.
Under its RoHS product certification program, UL tests representative samples of a product at the homogeneous level for the six substances restricted by RoHS and that the levels for those substances are in compliance with the limits set by the RoHS directive. Substances covered under RoHS include lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr+6), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). If the product meets the RoHS directive limits, UL authorizes the organization to apply the UL RoHS mark to the manufactured product. Products that qualify for the UL RoHS product mark also must meet UL’s RoHS product certification requirements, including on-site surveillance visits twice per year from a UL representative.