Quality and Safety Assurance for Apparel, Textiles, Footwear and Leather

UL helps to ensure regulatory and brand compliance for apparel, textiles, footwear, and leather products with our state-of-the-art laboratories. UL experts perform chemical and physical testing, quality inspections and manufacturing audits to optimize products along the global supply chain to protect brands and mitigate the risk of costly recalls.
UL experts works with clients to develop quality assurance programs to help ensure that brand specifications are met across each step in the global supply chain – from raw materials such as fiber, yarn and fabric, to components like snaps and trim, to completed garments – helping deliver quality products to the global marketplace.

Textile Testing

Physical, Mechanical, and Colorfastness Testing

  • Colorfastness to Washing
  • Strength and Performance
  • Colorfastness to Crocking
  • Dimensional Stability
  • Colorfastness to Light
  • Tensile Strength
  • Colorfastness to Perspiration
  • Seam Slippage
  • Flammability
  • Tear Strength

Chemical Analysis

  • Formaldehyde
  • Organostannic Compounds
  • REACH and SVHC
  • Azo Dyes
  • Alkyl Phenols
  • RSL
  • Heavy Metals Detection
  • Nickel Release
  • Allergenic and Carcinogenic Colorants
  • Phthalates
  • Phenols
  • Chlorinated Benzene and Toluene

Proficiency Fields

UL laboratories utilize recognized methods to test your products for compliance to international, federal and regional regulations:

  • AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists)
  • Organostannic Compounds
  • GB (Chinese National Standards)
  • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials International)
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
  • BS (British Standards)
  • UNI (Italian Institute of Standardization)
  • DIN (German Institute for Standardization)



UL partners with clients to assess risk and develop solutions that effectively evaluate the quality and safety of textiles and garments, including:

  • Children’s Clothing
  • Organostannic Compounds
  • Adult’s clothing
  • Home textiles
  • Accessories
  • Leather goods


Children’s Clothing

Safety testing of apparel and accessories for children focuses on small parts ingestion and strangulation hazards.

  • Button, snap, trim, and appliqué attachment resistance
  • Toxicity level testing for lead, cadmium, nickel, and heavy metal content in trim
  • Safety and dimension evaluation of cords and drawstrings
  • Overall safety assessment of garments with attention to sharp points and sharp edges (zippers and hasps)
  • Flammability resistance of children sleepwear