NORTHBROOK, Ill., August 27, 2012 UL (Underwriters Laboratories) published the First Edition of the Standard for Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Panels, ANSI/UL 8752 – CAN/ULC-S8752, on June 13, 2012. The bi-national standard was co-published by UL and ULC Standards. The Standard received ANSI and SCC approval, making them the national standards for the United States (U.S.) and Canada, respectively. 


A joint UL/ULC Technical Committee for Solid State Lighting (TCSSL) formed by UL and ULC Standards served as the consensus body in the standards development process for the document. A first for the lighting industry, the concurrent development harmonized Canadian and U.S. requirements and significantly reduced the time to publication.


It was often stated that it was up to the SDOs to work out this challenge. As a result, ULC Standards and UL did a comparison of each other’s accredited procedures and set up a team to begin an innovative approach. One committee working jointly, proved successful.


“For a number of years SDOs and the respective Standards Bodies in Canada and the USA have discussed how they can work together to develop and harmonize standards more efficiently,” said G. Rae Dulmage, Director, ULC Standards and Chair of the Standards Council of Canada Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee. “Various means tried in the past could never achieve this. Often SDOs committees could not agree with industry and SDOs shying away from what was often a clumsy and heavy process.”


The keys to success included good technical input, an open and transparent process, and a collaborative team. By working towards the common goal and meeting both countries requirements National Standards for both Canada and the U.S. for a new technology were achieved.


OLED technology has been in the market for a number of years and is primarily used in video screens and displays on portable consumer electronics. More recently, it has been employed in decorative lighting applications and now general illumination. OLED is expected to join LED technology in revolutionizing general illumination – in particular, enabling light sources to move “out of the box.”


A number of basic electric and material safety principles are shared between the screen/display and illumination applications.  However, lighting technologies are intended to have much longer life-spans than consumer electronics, are typically serviced using industry standardized parts, are installed on or integrated with building materials, and may need to be operated continuously for long periods of time.  For these reasons, general illumination lighting products are covered by safety standards and installation codes that specifically anticipate the intended use application. Hence, the First Edition of the Standard for Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Panels, ANSI/UL 8752 – CAN/ULC-S8752 was developed and published. This new standard is not intended to apply to OLED panels used within consumer product displays (TVs, smart phones, etc.) which are covered by their own existing safety standards (such as UL/IEC 60065 or UL/IEC 62368).


For a highly innovative and rapidly changing technology, a streamlined standards development and bi-national harmonization process is critical. For more information please contact UL at OLEDtesting@ul.com


  

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