UL Standards represent the very best in scientific methodology and testing expertise, combined with invaluable input from experts and stakeholders — from industry to academia, regulatory to retail, manufacturers to end-users — via UL's consensus-based standards development process. Ultimately, UL Standards function as a benchmark that enables consumers, businesses, and regulators to feel confident about the products and services they purchase.
UL uses its Standards Technical Panels (STP) process for consensus standards development, which has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The intent is that standards developed under the STP Process will be designated as ANSI standards.
For those Standards in which ANSI approval is not desirable or practical UL generally employs the STP process without pursuing ANSI approval. In those cases where the development of such a Standard does not employ the STP process, UL ensures stakeholder engagement is integral to the process.
STPs are a central part of the process by which UL develops and maintains its Standards. An STP is a group of individuals, representing a variety of interests connected to the UL Standard, formed to review proposals for new Standards or revisions to existing Standards.
All persons directly affected by an STP topic may apply, but STP membership may be limited due to the need to balance panel viewpoints, the size of the STP, or other considerations. There are no membership dues associated with STPs.
If you are interested in joining an STP, you can review STP openings and fill out an STP membership application here.
The STP chair appoints members to the STP based on criteria outlined in "UL's Approved Regulations Governing Standards Technical Panels." (download PDF).