Analytical Testing


UL microbiologists and chemists have been at the forefront of safety science for decades. Our analytical testing services help manufacturers and retailers confirm that products-from food and drugs to chemicals, household goods and toys-perform according to specifications and meet international standards.


UL's analytical testing services offer a full range of material testing analysis aimed at discovering impurities in raw materials/finished products and confirming product label claims.

We offer analytical testing utilizing:

  • Ultraviolet light (UV)
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Inductively coupled plasma (ICP)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

With analytical chemistry capabilities that cover a wide range of instrumental and classical wet chemistry techniques, UL's analytical testing services provide solutions to problems within the field of material science.

Based on recognized international standards, our analytical chemical testing helps promote consumer safety through regulatory compliance.



Dietary supplements, food and beverage, health and beauty care, household chemicals, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private label, toys, nursery and children's products


Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) Standardized chemical analysis methods designed to increase confidence in results of chemical and microbiologic analyses
American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Analytic Reagents sets the specifications for most chemicals used in analytical testing
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Voluntary consensus standards used to improve product quality, enhance safety, and facilitate market access and trade
American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) Industry standards for analytical testing of spices
American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) Official methods and recommended practices for analyzing commercial fats and oils
British Pharmacopeia Convention Authoritative official standards for pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products in the UK
EU Pharmacopeia Convention Harmonizes specifications for medicinal substances of general interest to the population of Europe and drafts specifications for the growing number of new medicinal substances appearing on the market
Food Chemical Codex (FCC) Compendium of internationally recognized standards for determining the purity and quality of food ingredients
Japan Pharmacopeia Convention Defines the standards for specifications as well as the methods of testing to ensure overall quality of all drugs in principle; plays a role in clarifying the criteria for quality assurance of drugs that are recognized to be essential for public health and medical treatment in Japan
U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention Standards for the identity, strength, quality and purity of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide; enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and developed and relied upon in more than 140 countries