UL labels need to be provided by an authorized provider. But did you also know that there is more than one type of UL authorization…and that there really is no cross over between the different types? Yikes!
Understandably these different types can lead to all sorts of compliance issues1. Well, thankfully UL offers a database tool to help ensure you hare working with a vendor that has the required authorization to produce each of your different UL labels. Of course in typical UL fashion it isn’t the most intuitive, so let’s walk through it:
How to Search The UL Database
Using the button below, you can search the UL Database by company name. For example, let’s use my current company as a test. In the search field type Coast Label Co to find their relevant UL files.
If a company is listed with UL, they will appear in the results along with all their authorized files–however many that might be. If they don’t appear, then they aren’t authorized by UL. It’s that simple.
Understanding the File Codes
Now that you see all the files listed, what do they actually signify? The identifiers are broken out into two components: first a Category Code Number (CCN), and then a file number. The file number is a unique and can be helpful for identification purposes. That said, for compliance purposes, we are much more interested in the CCN. It is helpful for quickly determining what specific types of UL labels a company is authorized to print. Here’s a breakdown of some of the more common label Category Code Numbers, and what they actually mean:
1 Deep, deep breaths. [return]