UL, global safety science organization, and IMQ, Italian certification body, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help manufacturers of gas products and related equipment expanding global access and bring products to market faster, while helping to ensure high-quality services and standards. Under this agreement, each company’s labs and experts will be cross-validating, enabling products assessed by one company to be recognized in accordance to the local reference standards, by the other. Navigating the regulatory landscape of global markets is a complex and challenging task. UL and IMQ have signed the MoU to help new clients avoiding the long and complicated processes often involved with utilizing external labs. The agreement will increase market reach for European Union and North American manufacturers of gas products and related equipment, such as household, commercial and outdoor gas cooking appliances, such as gas valves, boilers and water heaters. Testing procedures will help meet the standards of both the EU and North American markets. Products manufactured in the EU can now be tested locally in IMQ labs, increasing the speed of distribution to the North American market. Likewise, customers in North America will benefit from local UL labs. Customers will continue to work with their primary points of contact within either UL or IMQ, and those representatives will liaise with the other party to ensure a coordinated process. “This agreement with IMQ was initiated with our customer needs in mind – said Marco Crosignani, European director of Appliances/HVAC and Lighting at UL -. By offering a local service with global access, customers will be better able to improve speed to market, optimize budgets and advance their distribution networks”.