Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a U.S.-based provider of safety testing and certification services with German branch offices in Neu-Isenburg, Munich and Krefeld, has introduced its latest UL-Europe (UL-EU) mark for the European photovoltaics market. The mark is based on the applicable EN safety standards for photovoltaic products.
For companies operating in the North American and other international photovoltaics markets, UL offers the possibility to obtain the UL-EU mark in combination with UL certificates for the U.S. and Canada, as well as the IEC certificates from a single source. Doing so makes it considerably easier for companies to enter the market, as it significantly lowers administrative and logistics costs and, therefore, certification costs, according to UL.
Certificates are valid for 10 years, as long as neither the product nor safety requirements change.
As part of the introduction of the new product safety certificate, UL is offering companies that are obtaining UL and IEC certificates for global market access the new UL-EU mark free of charge. This offer also applies for companies only requiring the IEC certificate for their products. For any projects started before the end of this year, UL will not charge any inspection, administration or annual costs during the first year.