Global leader for safety, quality and sustainability
The Italian Institute for Toy Safety (IISG) was established in 1978 and in a few years became the leading national company for safety certification of toys and childcare articles. In August 2012, IISG was acquired by UL, a global safety science leader that delivers testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help global companies achieving their safety, security and sustainability goals. UL assists the companies in achieving an ever more sustainable approach, from proper and transparent communication of the sustainability attributes of products and packaging, to CO2 reduction and social and environmental audits. The group’s mission is “working for a safer world” and protect end consumers and environment. In the Italian headquarters of Cabiate (Como), more than 200 safety experts work in about 5,000 m2 of high-tech laboratories for chemical, microbiological, physical-mechanical, electric and flammability tests.
Definitely, UL stands out thanks to its decades-long experience in the businesses of toys, nursery products, children’s wear, playground equipment,
explains Andrea Quarti, Toy Sales Manager.
We care for anything that concerns the world of the younger consumers, and every day we devote our commitment and our passion towards allowing children to enjoy play in a fun, stimulating and – most of all – safe way.
Besides a wide portfolio of tests and analyses, UL offers services and solutions to globally support manufacturers, importers and retailers from the initial design of the products up to their introduction into the different markets worldwide:
Our aim is making sure that our customers do not leave out any detail as regards safety, quality, performance and sustainability all along the production chain,
Our experts join international working groups to develop and update the safety standards of children articles. Sustainability has lately become the key word for the toy industry as well; however, it is not enough just saying that one’s product is sustainable: it must be proved! This allows to avoid the dangerous circumstance of greenwashing, i.e. the action which misleads the consumer as to a company’s environmental practices or to the environmental benefits of a product or service. A greenwashing charge may spoil a company’s reputation, lower the consumers’ trust and result in fines. UL offer solutions in order to validate the sustainability characteristics of a toy, a nursery product or their packaging.
Manufacturers, retailers, and brands that need to manage complexity look to partner with UL, the most trusted name in product safety and science for over 125 years. Our solutions for the consumer and retail industry provide tools and information to help you navigate the global marketplace. UL applies science and objective authority to help you navigate market risk and complexity and advance the responsible development, production, marketing and use of safe toys globally.
In 2012 UL has acquired IISG (Italian Institute for Toys Safety). Now UL and IISG have the same mission “Empowering Trust®” and help you navigate market risk and complexity and advance the responsible development, production, marketing and use of safe toys globally. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability.
Our team of experts and worldwide network of accredited laboratories allows us to remove barriers and solve critical challenges to assist you in confirming compliance while protecting your brand. Working together, we can help you to minimize business complexity and mitigate risk to bring trust to the entire value chain and better protect our children. We have a comprehensive suite of services, including safety testing to global standards, quality assurance inspections, responsible sourcing, and critical business intelligence solutions. Thanks to UL’s active involvement in the development of international toy safety standards, we can directly help you meet your compliance requirements for toy safety.
UL is accredited by several accreditation boards and associations, including ANAB, UKAS, CNAS, CMA and HOKLAS. Additionally, UL is registered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as an accredited laboratory for CPSIA third-party testing. Our laboratory in Italy, IISG, is accredited by CGCRE (Coordenação Geral de Acreditação) for the Brazilian market – accreditation n. CRL 0482 – and holds Notified Body Status under the EU Toy Safety Directive.
Sustainability: UL GREENGUARD Certification and the UL’s Environmental Claim Validation
Improving sustainability is a major goal in industries of all kinds, driven in large part by consumer demand to make major changes. UL offers to manufacturers, retailers, and buyers specific services to respond to demands for improved sustainability.
In particular, UL GREENGUARD Certification provides manufacturers with a competitive advantage by evaluating the health impacts of products.
UL’s Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) helps manufacturers communicate their products’ environmentally preferable attributes – e.g. the percentage of recycled content or biobased content in a product – clearly and credibly, equipping them with a powerful tool for differentiation in an increasingly cluttered marketplace.
UL marks for toys and children products
Customers around the globe demand more transparency from the brands they choose. Are you looking for a way to differentiate your products and strengthen consumer confidence in the quality and safety of your products? Find out more about UL Toy Safety Certification Mark to demonstrate your company prioritizes quality and safety and UL Verified Mark to make your marketing promises credible.