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UL Announces New Restricted Substances Compliance Solutions -RSCS-

NORTHBROOK, Illinois, Nov. 17 - /EWire/ -- Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) today announced a new program to help organizations meet the European Union's strict Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive for electronics manufacturers scheduled to go into effect July of 2006.

The UL RSCS Program tests and monitors six substances targeted by the RoHS directive, including lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr+6), polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). UL's RSCS Program helps companies self-declare compliance with the RoHS Directive.

"Companies that fail to comply with RoHS may face severe consequences," said Maxime Elbaz, general manager of the UL RSCS Program. "Aside from the potential loss of sales resulting from non-compliant products, these companies may also face criminal and civil penalties. Perhaps even more significant is the potential impact to brand and corporate image for those companies found to be non-compliant."

The UL RSCS Program is designed to help companies from a number of industries impacted by RoHS, including appliances, components, consumer electronics, information technology, telecommunications, plastics and wire and cable. The UL RSCS Program can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) monitor the compliance of supply-chain partners, reduce the investment associated with internal compliance efforts and identify compliant substitution options.

For suppliers, teaming with UL offers several benefits. The UL RSCS Program helps streamline the reporting process by providing a single report available on-line, thus reducing costs and complexity. In addition, suppliers participating in the UL RSCS Program are more attractive to OEMs by demonstrating their proactive commitment to manage compliance efforts through a globally recognized third party such as UL.

The UL RSCS Program leverages the organization's extensive worldwide resources to address the challenges of RoHS compliance. There are three main program elements:

-- Testing of Homogeneous Products

UL provides global testing of elements in the RoHS directive through a combination of UL facilities, UL qualified laboratories and UL qualified customer labs.

-- RCSC Database

UL RSCS offers companies a password-protected database to help organizations manage their restricted substances test data. The database is comprised of specific manufacturer-supplied parts numbers and the corresponding test data.

-- Surveillance Of Global Supply Partners

UL utilizes an extensive global network of compliance engineers to visit RSCS customers twice each year. UL surveillance provides a check on the means a manufacturer uses to determine its compliance with the RoHS Directive given any changes in materials, suppliers or manufacturing processes.

"With the growing importance of global markets in a company's success, these organizations need a global partner to help lead them through the increasingly complex international regulatory environment," said Elbaz. "UL is well-positioned to play a key role in helping those corporations succeed."

The UL RSCS Program helps OEMs and suppliers mitigate the risk of non-compliance with global and national restricted substances regulations. With a proven track record in product safety certification compiled over more than 110 years, UL provides a respected third-party source to help manufacturers monitor their supply chains and self-declare compliance with confidence.

For more information about UL RSCS, download the free white paper, "Restricted Substances Compliance: Implications and Strategies," by visiting www.ul-rscs.com or call UL Customer Service at 877-854-3577.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products for more than 110 years. UL tests more than 18,850 types of products annually, and more than 19 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL's family of companies and its network of service providers include 60 laboratories, and testing and certification facilities. UL can be found online at www.ul.com.

For more information:

Slack Barshinger & Partners, Inc. Gina Gesmond, 312-970-5829 (Public Relations), gina.gesmond@slackbarshinger.com

www.ul-rscs.com

www.ul.com

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