Underwriters Laboratories Offers CTIA Battery Certification Service

    CTIA Authorized Test Lab accreditation enables UL to assist mobile phone
    battery manufacturers in meeting North American industry requirements

    NORTHBROOK, Illinois, Aug. 24 /CNW/ -- Underwriters Laboratories(R) (UL),
a world leader in product safety testing and certification, announced today it
has been recognized as a CTIA Authorized Test Lab (CATL).  As a CATL, UL can
test and certify cell phone rechargeable battery products and systems to CTIA
Battery Certification Program-an essential requirement for selling to telecom
service providers in North America.
    CTIA - the Wireless Association (R) is an international non-profit
membership association founded in 1984 to represent all sectors of wireless
communications.  The CTIA certification is an industry standard but also a
requirement set by leading telecom providers for their suppliers.
    The CTIA Battery Certification Program verifies the conformance of
applicable products, including lithium ion battery cells and packs, chargers
and adapters to IEEE Standard 1725 (TM)1-2006, Standards for Rechargeable
Batteries for Cellular Telephones.
    The program can be applied to single products or to combinations of
applicable products as a complete system, for example, battery cell, battery
pack, charger and host device (mobile phone) together.  In addition to
testing, certification also requires an annual inspection of the cell
manufacturing site-a quality audit that will review management controls,
process controls, quality systems and technical competence.  A declaration of
compliance with CTIA requirements is also required from the applicant.
    "UL has more than 30 years' experience in the field of battery safety,
including hazards identification, test methods and standards development, such
as the UL 1642 and UL 2054 standards for Lithium Batteries and Household &
Commercial Batteries respectively," said Carlos Correia, VP and General
Manager of UL's Global High-Tech Business.
    "To anticipate changing requirements in the industry and be prepared for
them, UL has a dedicated R&D team for batteries, working closely with
manufacturers, government agencies, regulators, major technology institutes
and accreditation bodies," Correia added.
    Moreover, to help battery suppliers cope with the current economic
downturn, UL is introducing new approaches to working with customers to ease
their compliance process, including a highly flexible choice of service
options.  For better value and faster time-to-market, customers can package
their needs for a cost-effective "one-stop" approach under UL's Global Market
Access service, enabling products to be certified against a specified set of
standards required for different markets without the need for separate
individual tests.
    For more information about UL's CTIA Battery Certification Service, go to
http://www.ul.com/ctia .
    About Underwriters Laboratories
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety
certification organization that has been testing products and writing
Standards for Safety for over a century.  UL evaluates more than 19,000 types
of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL
Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year.  UL's worldwide
family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory,
testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries.  For
more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom .
    About CTIA - the Wireless Association (R)
    CTIA is an international non-profit membership association founded in
1984 to represent all sectors of wireless communications - cellular, personal
communication services and enhanced specialized mobile radio.  CTIA provides a
range of services to assist the industry with the complex task of checking and
evaluating wireless devices.  CTIA provides various certification services
through CTIA Authorized Test Labs (CATLs).  A CATL evaluates Systems,
Subsystems and manufacturing sites against criteria defined by CTIA.  For more
information, visit: http://www.ctia.org/ .

    Media Contacts

     Ms. Millicent Mak
     Tel:   +852-2276-9539
     Email: millicent.mak@hk.ul.com


For further information:

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