In the United States, personal health and hygiene products are typically used for maintaining appearance and beauty therapy not prescribed by a doctor. These products fall outside most regulatory oversight when used in households and fall under a local jurisdiction when used in a commercial setting.  Because these products may use technologies such as electricity, lasers, vacuum suction, steam, ultrasound and heat and may also be in contact with or penetrate the skin, it is critical for user safety that each complies with the applicable safety standards.

The primary safety standard for health and beauty equipment in the U.S. is “UL 1431 Standard for Personal Hygiene and Health Care Appliances”.  Products addressed under this standard are electrical or battery operated, primarily off the shelf, intended to be used in households or similar locations and are typically marketed as providing health and beauty benefits.  These products may or may not be regulated by FDA depending on the therapy modality and other areas of FDA oversight.

In addition to the list of UL/U.S. safety standards that UL has published for personal health and hygiene products (PH&H), our experts also participate on the IEC 60335 committees as they relate to PH&H products and efforts to harmonize standards globally. Applicable IEC 60335 particular standards include: IEC 60335-1, Household and Similar Electrical Appliances — Safety (2010)

  • Part 2-8: Particular requirements for shavers, hair clippers and similar appliances
  • Part 2-15: Particular requirements for appliances for heating liquids
  • Part 2-17: Particular requirements for blankets, pads, clothing and similar flexible heating appliances
  • Part 2-23: Particular requirements for appliances for skin or hair care
  • Part 2-27: Particular requirements for appliances for skin exposure to ultraviolet and infrared radiation
  • Part 2-32: Particular requirements for massage appliances


UL participates on the committees that write the industry standards. Our experts understand the intent of safety and performance in the standards and can support manufacturers with new innovations that fall outside the existing requirements. UL experts have written white papers to help the industry understand the requirements.


UL provides services such as gap assessments and design review early in the process to help customers avoid rework and redesign. UL can provide comprehensive testing to meet safety and functional requirements, including services to make sure the personal health and hygiene product and any associated software and user manuals meet safety standards and are usable and functional. Our global network of inspection staff can also review your supply chain for responsible sourcing and quality.