Label adoption allows label printers and converters to quickly demonstrate that their labels meet UL safety requirements while gaining quick market access, greater product acceptance, and a faster return on investments. Additionally, label adoption is the most convenient way for printers and converters to establish UL Recognition indicating that their labels meet the requirements of UL’s Marking & Labeling Systems Program.

The label adoption process is designed for label printers and converters who use Recognized label materials. Customers who use (adopt) Recognized label materials (e.g. label stocks, laminating adhesives, overlaminations) can receive the benefit of the Recognition established for the label material when establishing Recognition for their printed labels made from those materials.

The Conditions of Acceptability of the materials used, as indicated in the iQ™ for Labels Database , are passed on to the label converter. UL has significantly revised its pricing schedule to make label adoptions and additional evaluation testing (e.g. print testing and application surface testing) more affordable to provide a quicker return on investment for customers engaged in the label adoption process. Overall, the process reduces costs, decreases time-to-market of the Recognized label by eliminating redundant testing, and cuts follow-up service costs.

Submission Information

After defining your desired label construction, contact Customer Service to request a quote or complete the online Request for Quote form. UL also recommends completing a submission form for the desired products. A detailed flow chart of the Submittal Process is available here. You may also consult the Product Submittal Process FAQ for further information.

Printing Inks

Printed labels made from Recognized label materials are not automatically considered Recognized printed labels. To establish Recognition for a printed label, the label converter/printer must submit the complete printed label system for evaluation. Testing of representative samples is typically necessary depending on several factors, including the Conditions of Acceptability desired for the label and the label materials used.

Some label material manufacturers have submitted their materials to UL with printing to determine the compatibility of specific inks. The benefit of such print testing can be passed along to label printers during initial label certification if so requested. The list of inks that have been evaluated with specific label materials, and the ink colors that have met UL requirements, are not published on UL’s website. Therefore, the label printer must work with the label material supplier to determine which inks and/or colors, if any, have been previously investigated and found compatible with their label materials. Converters who wish to adopt a label stock are encouraged to contact UL Customer Service to discuss options.

Additional Resources

UL is ready to help you take advantage of the time and cost saving label adoption process. Customer Service is available worldwide to answer questions, provide information, and assist you before, during, and after the product submittal process.  You can also consult the Marking & Labeling Systems FAQ for additional information.Label printers who also wish to reproduce and distribute the UL Certification Mark for customers must be part of the Authorized Label Supplier Program.