Establishing a new factory presence is challenging, especially when facing many regulatory, compliance and certification requirements. Our global Field Evaluation team consists of technical code experts ready to assist you in navigating the complex regulatory system.
Navigating regulatory requirements
Many U.S. states and cities require buildings, factory equipment, and gas-fired and electrical products to be certified or evaluated. Our field evaluation solution is an approach accepted by local code authorities for meeting these evaluation requirements. We leverage a global network of technical experts and our trusted brand to deliver services that help you navigate the complicated U.S. regulatory approval process when relocating your factories.
The International Accreditation Service® (IAS) provides independent, third-party accreditation of field evaluation bodies (FEBs) using Accreditation Criteria for Field Evaluation of Unlisted Electrical Equipment (AC354). As part of the AC354 accreditation process, the FEB must demonstrate compliance with both NFPA 790 and NFPA 791. Additionally, AC354 states that all recommended practices and procedures in NFPA 791 are mandatory requirements to achieve IAS accreditation. The IAS FEB accreditation provides the AHJ with the independent, third-party validation needed to approve an FEB to perform field evaluations within their jurisdiction. UL maintains IAS FEB accreditation as FEB-107.
What to expect from a factory relocation
The regulatory approval process
Each factory relocation begins with a local advisory meeting. This meeting provides an overview of U.S. installation codes, standards and specific local requirements.
Additionally, we facilitate meetings between the local code authorities and your representatives to discuss the local requirements for any relocation effort.
During the initial on-site assessments, we will review your factory plans/design, floor plan/layout, and factory and building equipment to assess where an evaluation is required.
We assess all factory equipment required to have a safety certification or evaluation. Then we return to your factory to verify that any noncompliance issues noted during the initial on-site evaluation have been addressed.
Near the project’s end, we will meet with the local code authorities to provide an update and any additional information required to obtain a final acceptance decision. We then complete a final verification of your installed equipment and labeling.
Benefits of working with UL
Our global Field Evaluation team helps you meet critical project schedules and timelines.
- Global field evaluation technical expertise: To meet critical timelines, we serve our customers at manufacturing or installation sites around the world. Our extensive network helps assure our customers will meet schedules and timelines.
- Code authority confidence in UL: More than 88% of code authorities surveyed prefer working with UL.
- Market acceptance and brand acceptance: The UL Mark and Field Evaluated Product label are proven pathways for gaining code authority acceptance.
- Integrity: Our reputation delivers confidence that your newly relocated factory meets applicable U.S. safety requirements
- Field Evaluation label (where applicable)
- Comprehensive report
- Project plan/ schedule
Many U.S. state- and city-specific safety regulations require buildings, factory equipment, gas fired and electrical products to be certified or evaluated.