UL’s councils comprise differing members, depending on the nature and purpose of the council. Councils can include authorities, government agencies, consumer groups and thought leaders. Council members provide UL with substantial expertise in the development and maintenance of UL standards, installation and use of UL-certified products, and investigations of new and innovative products, as well as management systems, international business and other conformity assessment-related activities. UL councils currently serve in the areas of electrical, environmental and public health, fire, security systems, Follow-Up Services, consumer advisory, management system advisory, commercial insurance, and the environment.
The Electrical Council was formed in 1913 to advise UL on safety requirements for electrical appliances, utilization equipment, construction equipment and materials.
The Fire Council was formed in 1915 to advise UL on safety requirements for fire-suppression equipment, fire-resistant building designs, flame and smoke characteristics of building materials, and other products related to fire safety.
The Follow-Up Services Council was established to assist and advise UL on matters pertaining to inspection and quality assurance of products under UL’s certification services.
Established in 1923, its purpose is to provide a forum in which UL can seek expert advice and guidance in the development and maintenance of standards for safety, installation and use of UL-certified products, investigations of new and innovative products, and the development of new business opportunities.
The Commercial Insurance Council was formed in 2010 to provide a platform for engagement and the exchange of information between UL, the insurance industry and the public, leveraging our collective experiences to promote activities that help address safety issues of common interest.
The Renewable Energy Council was formed to assist and advise UL on key safety, performance and quality issues that affect commercialization within the sector.
Formed in 2012, the council advises UL on issues that shape the future of UL’s health sciences programs, proposed actions on health science-related activities, program improvements and emerging safety needs in the health science fields. Members represent academia, federal government agencies, professional societies, trade groups, consultants, insurance and other related categories.