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Marking and Labeling Systems Program

Our program offers a convenient way for you to acquire the labels that you need for your certified products.

Two rolls of white labels and scattered printed labels in orange, yellow and black.

Overview

Our Marking and Labeling Systems program covers labels, nameplates or markers, and label materials that have been submitted for evaluation in accordance with prescribed permanence of marking performance requirements so that they can be used to display information on products.

Most products are required to be permanently marked with specific safety-related information including hazards, warnings, cautionary markings, installation instructions and electrical ratings. Labels and label materials that comply with the Marking and Labeling Systems requirements fall under UL’s Component Certification Program. This program provides a convenient way for you to acquire labels that meet marking performance requirements applicable to your UL Certified products.

Marking and Labeling Systems are covered under the following five categories based on the type of product and end-use application.

Category Name CCN (2 UL Requirements, 8 Canadian)
Marking and Labeling Systems PGDQ2        PGDQ8
Marking and Labeling Systems – Printing Materials PGJI2          PGJI8
Marking and Labeling Systems -In-Mold PGIM2         PGIM8
Marking and Labeling Systems – Materials PGGU2       PGGU8
Marking and Labeling Systems – Limited Use PGIS2         Not Applicable

Labels and label materials Recognized under the first four category codes numbers (CCN) – PGDQ2, PGJI2, PGIM2 and PGGU2 – are tested in accordance with the test methods in American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /UL 969, the Standard for Marking and Labeling Systems. They are suitable for use on a wide variety of UL Certified products. Labels Recognized under the category code PGIS2 are evaluated in accordance with unique label requirements in a specific UL end-product Standard and are thus “limited in use” to the products covered under that Standard. In addition, UL evaluates to Canadian Requirements – PGDQ8, PGJI8, PGIM8 and PGGU8 – that are tested in accordance with the test methods in the Canadian Standard, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) C22.2 No. 0.15, Adhesive Labels.

All Recognized Component Marking and Labeling Systems are intended for application at an end-use product factory and fall under UL’s Follow-Up Services (FUS) program. This program states that UL Certified products must continue to be manufactured in compliance with UL’s requirements.

A brief description of each category and corresponding CCN can be found further down this webpage.

Testing/Evaluation

Evaluation for Marking and Labeling Systems Recognition includes a construction examination and testing for permanency. Environmental conditioning of labels typically includes testing for exposure to high humidity or occasional exposure to water, elevated temperatures, sunlight or chemical agents. After environmental conditioning, labels are visually examined for curling, wrinkling, shrinkage or loss of adhesion around the perimeter. Testing also typically includes evaluation of legibility, resistance to defacement and adhesion.

Conditions of Acceptability

Guidelines addressing the suitability of the label when used with an end product are included in the UL Report under Conditions of Acceptability. The Conditions of Acceptability generally cover application surfaces, temperature ratings and additional exposure conditions for which the label was found acceptable. The Conditions of Acceptability may also include print color limitations, label size limitations and special use applications. The Conditions of Acceptability for labels are also published in UL’s Product iQ.

Label Adoption

Label converters and printers that use recognized label materials, such as label stocks, laminating adhesives and overlaminations, can receive the benefit of the recognition established for the label material when establishing recognition for their printed labels. This process is known as Label Adoption. 

Marking and Labeling Systems Categories

A brief description of each certification category and corresponding CCN covered under Marking and Labeling Systems at UL can be found below.

  • Marking and Labeling Systems (PGDQ2) covers printed labels that are manufactured by a label printer/converter. As a general rule, these labels are sold as die-cut, finished printed labels. Labels have not been evaluated to receive additional printing by the end-use product manufacturer. Labels are tested in accordance with ANSI/UL 969, Marking and Labeling Systems.
  • Marking and Labeling Systems – Printing Materials (PGJI2) covers printed labels and unprinted stocks that have been evaluated to receive additional printing by end-use product manufacturers using simple printing equipment, including thermal transfer, laser, and hot stamping. Products in this category may be sold by label material suppliers in bulk roll form or by label printer/converters as die-cut labels that are blank or preprinted with blank areas in which information is to be added. Additional printing inks for which the labels have been found compatible are specified in the Recognition and only those inks are considered acceptable. Additional printing is considered an optional process for printed labels. Materials are tested in accordance with ANSI/UL 969, Marking and Labeling Systems.
  • Marking and Labeling Systems – Materials (PGGU2) covers materials that are used to make labels. Products in this category include blank label stocks, laminating adhesives and overlaminations. These products are typically produced in bulk sizes and sold to label printers/converters for the production of labels for PDGQ2 and PGJI2. Materials are tested in accordance with ANSI/UL 969, Marking and Labeling Systems.
  • Marking and Labeling Systems, In-Mold (PGIM2) covers printed in-mold labels that are manufactured by a label printer/converter and are intended to embed into a molded plastic part during the molding process. As a general rule, these labels are sold as die-cut, finished printed in-mold labels. Labels have not been evaluated to receive additional printing by the end-use product manufacturer. In-mold labels are tested in accordance with ANSI/UL 969, Marking and Labeling Systems.
  • Marking and Labeling Systems – Limited Use (PGIS2) covers labels, cord tags (securement-strap attached or flag type), and placards that have been evaluated for compliance with requirements in specific UL end-product Standards where performance requirements are either less stringent or different than those in ANSI/UL 969, Marking and Labeling Systems. Label use is limited to the types of products covered by those end-product Standards, such as enclosures for electrical equipment, power supply cords or gate operators.

Recognition for Canada

Under the Canadian Certification Program, UL tests products to the Canadian Standard, CSA C22.2 No. 0.15, Adhesive Labels. As the CSA standard includes test methods that differ from UL 969, additional testing is necessary to grant Canadian Recognition. Products found to be in compliance with the Canadian Standard are marked with the Canadian UL Recognition Mark. Label products certified for Canada are published under Category Code Numbers PGDQ8, PGJI8, PGIM8 and PGGU8.

Labels Evaluated to the Requirements of Other Standards

While all products Recognized in PGDQ2, PGJI2, PGIM2 and PGGU2 have been evaluated in accordance with ANSI/UL 969, Marking and Labeling Systems, some products may also be evaluated for specific end-use applications – including portable ladders and fire extinguishers – where the governing standard has requirements that go beyond those in ANSI/UL 969.

Benefits

We are uniquely positioned to provide a complete view of how products function within a given system. This is particularly critical in the plastics and components industry, as interactions between substances, parts, systems and the environment can be the cause of a significant number of hazards. These failures are rarely apparent when components are tested individually.

Our technical experts can also help align your products to the appropriate UL Certification category and the applicable Standards. This enables manufacturers of UL Certified products to easily source components that demonstrably meet their compliance needs and project specifications.

Additionally, our worldwide presence allows us to provide local services to you and your team. You’ll have access to our network of experts who will support you in your drive to protect public safety and brand value.
Our trustworthy reputation provides an important product differentiator in a crowded marketplace. Working with us is just one more way in which you can communicate your product’s safety and quality to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), purchasers and regulatory authorities.

Why UL

UL’s comprehensive testing, certification, assessment and regulatory compliance services are designed to foster innovation, enhance product and process quality, enable safety and, most importantly, help you meet your business goals.

Our broad capabilities enable us to help you address a wide variety of key business needs that may arise throughout your product development life cycle and deployment phase. Working with one provider allows you to take advantage of our cost- and time-saving service bundles and our integrated testing and certification plans allow you to achieve your go-to-market plans in a timely manner.

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