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A product’s physical characteristics can play a vital role in customer satisfaction. Verifying a consumer product’s features and attributes are both functional and durable can be the deciding factor in choosing your product. UL’s physical testing services can evaluate key physical characteristics and packaging to help confirm that you are bringing high-quality finished consumer products to market.

Benefits of physical testing

Physical testing can be used at any stage of the production cycle, from evaluating the quality of raw materials to examining the durability of the final product, including its packaging. Furthermore, performing physical testing can help unearth key differentiating characteristics that can be used in marketing efforts and to separate you from your competitors.

The broad scope of physical testing can range from evaluating appearance traits to assessing functionality and performance characteristics. Durability is tested through the product’s ability to handle stress before it breaks down and can consider other environmental impacts such as humidity, moisture or heat that affect the product’s performance. Physical testing can also help keep your supply chain in check by confirming the materials you received from your suppliers match what you requested.

Physical testing can be performed for a variety of industries such as:




Food contact


Pet products


Juvenile products


Personal care and beauty


Textile, apparel and footwear


Paper products and consumables


Premiums and promotional products


Packaging materials


Food and beverage


Household cleaning products


General merchandise


Class 1 medical devices


Over-the-counter (OTC) medications


Dietary supplements


Private label


Cannabidiol (CBD)


Jewelry and watches

Physical testing laboratory

To find a lab nearest to you for physical testing services, please contact us at one of our global locations.

Why UL

UL’s state-of-the-art physical testing laboratories around the world can validate crucial features of your consumer product and packaging before it reaches retail shelves. Our subject matter experts know exactly what characteristics to look out for and can guide you through the entire process. Our programs are customizable to fit your exact needs, so you are not paying for any testing you do not require.

We offer a variety of physical testing options to best fit your needs, including:

  • Appearance testing (color, design)
  • Weather testing (heat, humidity, corrosion)
  • Durability testing
  • Functionality/usage testing
  • Viscosity/foam testing
  • Package compatibility testing
  • Shelf life testing
  • pH value testing
  • Moisture content testing
  • And more!

For more information on UL’s physical testing capabilities, please contact us today.