Tuesday, January 04, 2005


Fraud At Underwriters Laboratories?

Maybe, maybe not. At any rate, it's a long and painful tale. The Cliff Notes version of the claims:

1) The UL was validating parts that did not meet the National Electric Code (NEC).
2) When a vendor submitted a part that met the NEC, UL petitioned the NEC to change the code.
3) UL also failed the vendor's part for minor reasons, and may have even altered a part so that it would fail.
4) UL refuses to acknowledge evidence showing that their testing was, at the least, not indicative of part performance.

Considering the importance of UL in validating the safety performance of so many household devices, this should be a pretty big story. It, of course, is not.

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