The LIA and UL Combine Capabilities to Simplify Luminaire Testing and Certification Processes for The UK Lighting Industry
UK’s lighting industry trade body, the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the global safety science organisation UL have announced a new agreement aimed to establish a strong collaboration between the two organisations that will simplify the testing and certification services for UK lighting manufacturers wishing to achieve third party testing and approval.
The LIA operates the largest independent lighting test laboratory in Western Europe accredited as both a Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) and Notified Certification Body (NCB) serving lighting manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, designers and the wider UK lighting market. Additionally, as a highly-respected Trade Association, the LIA offers its members advice and support with technical guidance and direction.
The cooperation between the British association and the North America-based safety science organisation will empower the LIA to test and certify lighting products for the North American market. This means that, in addition to the CBTL test reports, this agreement allows the LIA to issue UL certifications along with the ‘UL mark’.
The agreement will streamline the processes that UK lighting manufacturers currently have to navigate in order to test and certify their products for global markets. It offers manufacturers access to a complete services portfolio from a single reputable unique local supplier.
Speaking about the agreement, the global commercial leader for UL’s Lighting division, Roberto Inclinati, said, “The agreement with the LIA supports our effort to reinforce UL’s presence in the UK. It offers additional guidance to the UK lighting manufacturers and all those professionals who demand safe and good quality lighting products.
“UL believes that this new cooperation will enable UK manufacturers to reach their goals more quickly and easily, and enable them to stand out from the competition.”
Steve Davies, CEO of the LIA, added: “The strategic cooperation between the LIA and UL will reinforce the global recognition of the LIA, and what’s more, help its members to grow and achieve excellence in product design, specification and performance, protecting the interests of both the public and the manufacturers.”
The agreement is not limited to safety and performance testing, but also extends to Wellness services – provided by UL – and to the UL Verified Mark, which allows manufacturers to scientifically validate their marketing claims.
Luca Tibaldini, UL Engineering Manager, Steve Davies LIA Chief Executive Officer, Anton Borovy, LIA Laboratories Technical Lead, Tariq Malik, LIA Laboratories Operations Manager, Roberto Inclinati, UL Lighting Global Commercial Leader & Steven Wong, UL, Lighting Sales Manager – Europe & Africa
The LIA is the largest trade association in Europe dedicated to serving the UK Lighting Industry and its supply chain. Located at the forefront of the industry and dedicated to promoting best practice throughout the sector, the LIA share knowledge and provide a wide range of services for members and the wider lighting industry. LIA members benefit from up-to-date advice, technical support, laboratory testing services, staff development and fantastic networking opportunities. Being a Member of the LIA is the smartest, easiest and most intelligent way to keep up with developments within the UK Lighting Sector.
To learn more about the LIA, visit www.thelia.org.uk
UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust, enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. UL test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. To learn more about UL, visit www.ul.com
For more details please contact:
The LIA: Nadeem Ahmad, Marketing Manager, The Lighting Industry Association Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1952 290 905
UL: Valeria Zappalà, Marketing Specialist, Appliances HVAC and Lighting Europe
Tel: +39 02 92526663