UL and SP Technical Research Institute widen co-operation in certification and testing

Published:  15 September, 2010

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global leader in product safety testing and certification, is expanding the scope of its original memorandum of understanding with SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden for joint product certification and testing.

The expansion of the existing cooperation between UL UK and SP relates to fire testing and product certification. It is designed to further assist UL in growing its European capabilities as a Notified Body under the Construction Products Directive. SP operates from upwards of 30 sites across Sweden, with its headquarters and main fire testing facilities located in Borås.

With the addition of SP to UL’s growing global network of partner laboratories it enables both organizations to better serve more clients locally. Chris Hasbrook, UL’s Vice President of Global Building Materials and Life Safety & Security sector said, “SP has a very well earned and well respected reputation in Fire Safety product testing and certification. Partnering with SP is natural for UL as this relationship is a logical extension of our safety mission. To this point, we at UL strive to be the fastest, highest quality, most customer friendly certification organization in the world…Expanding testing and fire research capabilities in Europe through our agreement with SP will help UL achieve our goals.”

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is a leading international research institute. Fredrik Rosén, SP Fire Technology’s Business Development Manager said: “This cooperation between our two companies will not only offer value to local or European clients, we believe that international companies located outside Europe will be able to benefit from this new cooperation as both SP and UL carry out fire technical evaluations of materials, products, structures, firefighting systems used in buildings, in vehicles, for shipping, in furniture etc.”

Initial fire product service offerings include a combined UL Mark + P-mark for the listing of UL Mark services for firefighting foam, and different listings for fire resistant assemblies.

Future plans call for evaluating the expansion of the portfolio of services, tests and certifications offered based on client demand, including but not limited to, PPE and other fire safety-related product categories.

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