UL placed to smooth path for Taiwan products into Japan market

Nick Land, The China Post

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an independent non-profit testing and certification organization, announced Friday that it has been accredited to test for DENAN compliance, a safety standard required for electrical products sold in Japan.

UL is now positioned to offer DENAN testing and certification to Taiwan manufacturers seeking to enter the Japanese market. The certification of relevant Taiwan products as DENAN compliant will demonstrate that they pass stringent Japanese safety standards. This is not only required for their importation into Japan, but will also serve as a valuable promotion tool throughout the region.

UL is the first testing organization outside Japan to achieve this accreditation, which is awarded by the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). DENAN is the current Japanese electrical appliance and material safety law, introduced in 1999 to eliminate hazards and radio interference associated with electrical and electronic products and components. In 1999 Taiwan manufacturers exported US$512 million in DENAN-applicable products in Japan, including wire and cables, electric motor-operated appliances, transportation engine generators, heating appliances, transformers and fuses.

UL expects that its new accreditation status will bring considerable benefit to Taiwan exporters, helping the organization to reduce regulatory friction within East Asian trade.

“With UL being accredited, we can provide all our global customers with a gateway to Japan,” says Edward Milacek, associate managing engineer of the organization’s International Compliance Services. Last year Asian countries accounted for 77.6 percent of Japan’s DENAN-related imports, worth US$7.7 billion. Greater China alone accounted for 46.3 percent, worth US$4.6 billion.

DENAN Technical Requirements involve a combination of IEC and Japanese national standards. Products are categorized as specified products (SPs) or non-specified products (NSPs), with the former requiring DENAN compliance and certification, whilst the latter require compliance only.

UL’s DENAN accreditation allows it to test and certify SP-category products at its local Taiwan representative office. Such products would otherwise require CAB certification in Japan.