UL's Collaborative Standards Development System (CSDS) Glossary

Annual Subscription Service
A custom yearly service that provides ALL of a subscriber's UL Standards for Safety and Outlines of Investigation needs for a year at a fixed annual cost. The following is provided with this service: All UL bulletins issued for the Standards and/or Outlines covered by the service, reports of UL/Industry meetings pertaining to the covered Standards and/or Outlines; all new and/or revised requirements issued for the Standards and/or Outlines covered by the service; a new edition, if issued, for the Standards and/or Outlines covered by the service; and National Differences documents, as applicable, for the Standards covered by the service, not including the 60065 or 60950 series.
ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.
Appeal
Any request submitted in writing to UL for the adoption, reversal, or modification of any action taken by the STP or UL at any time in the document development process.
Archiving
The process of putting documents that are no longer active into storage.
Ballots
A ballot is a vote on a specific proposal or issue. This can be a yes/no decision or a yes/no/abstain decision.
Bulletin
Document containing proposed changes to a standard that is intended for review and comment.
Collateral Standard
Proposals to a standard may directly or indirectly affect other products or industries that use the products covered by the standard, or the products or industries providing components for the products covered by the standard. As such, subscribers to the collateral standard may have an interest in or be affected by a proposal to the standard. The Project Manager is to consult UL's Technical Representative (PDE) requesting they identify any collateral standards affected or interested in the proposals, and then forward the recommendation to the STP Chair for approval. Factors to consider when determining if collateral standards are involved include whether a standard is referenced in the proposal, if component manufacturers would be affected by a proposed revision to an end-product standard, if end-product manufacturers would be affected by a proposed revision to a component standard, and whether other devices connected to the equipment covered by the proposal would be affected.
Comment
A position (for or against), opinion, observation, explanation, criticism or recommendation concerning a Proposal. It can also mean a technical justification of a negative vote or an explanation of an abstention or affirmative vote.
Consensus
The judgment arrived at through the balloting and review procedures of the STP Process.
Discussion
Remarks made about a specific Comment in a Work Area. Discussions will not receive an official response.
Effective Date
The date the revision to the UL Standard goes into effect.
Guest
A person whom a Meeting Invitee has requested to attend a standards meeting. This person will receive all meeting documentation once their attendance is approved.
Harmonization
From the standards perspective, harmonization is the act of coordinating requirements from multiple standards (usually multiple countries' standards) and co-publishing the resulting document.
Host
A person who has authority to modify settings on the work area setup information, send e-mail reminders to work area users, and to create official responses.
Impact
A statement that explains what the implications are to the current products should a proposal be approved.
Industry Advisory Conference (IAC)
A group of individuals appointed by UL, consisting of representatives from industry who are Subscribers to UL's Follow-Up Service in the product category addressed by the group.
Joint Publication
A standard that (1) has been submitted through the standards development process of UL and one or more additional Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), and (2) is published separately (with common text and common publication date) by all of the involved SDOs. A joint publication may also be referred to as a harmonized or co- published standard, or as a binational or trinational standard.
Listee
The company or individual whose name is used on, or in conjunction with, a product and appears under a product category in one of UL's Product Directories and in a searchable, online database at UL's Intranet and Internet websites. The terms "Classified company" or "Recognized company" are equivalent to Listee and used in relation to the other types of UL services.
Mailing Address Label (MAL)
An Oracle database that currently stores basic information about standard subscribers, such as subscriber's number, name, mailing address, and e-mail address.
Measurement Uncertainty
A parameter that describes the dispersion of results of a measurement around the true value or more simply put - the degree of measurement inaccuracy.
Meeting Announcement
A document that contains introductory information about the meeting, such as where and when the meeting will be held and the topics being addressed at the meeting. For STP Meetings only, there is a public version and detailed version of the Meeting Announcement. The public version is available to the public and contains limited information about the meeting. The detailed version is available to those invited to the meeting.
Meeting Area
A location where meeting documents are stored. The Meeting Area can include a message center, meeting announcement, meeting agenda, meeting report and a meeting attendance tally report.
Meeting Invitees
People that the Meeting Area Host and/or Owner has specified to attend a meeting and receive the Meeting Announcement.
Meeting Participant
Person who attends the meeting.
Message Center
An area that displays general messages to users. There is a Message Center for the system, each Standard, and each Work Area and Meeting Area.
Owner
A person who has the authority to create a work or meeting area and modify all settings in the area.
Project Manager
Person appointed by the Director of Standards. In most cases, the Project Manager is a member of the UL Standards Department Staff, in which case the Project Manager would be a non-voting member of the STP.
Proposal
A suggested amendment, deletion, or addition to a UL standard.
Proposal Request
The form used to suggest a modification, deletion or addition of text to an existing standard.
Proposal Request Area
A holding area for Proposal Requests.
Provisional ANSI Standard
A document published for a limited period of time by UL when implementation of the provisional ANS may result in an improvement to the safeguarding of life; an alternative method is not in current use or is unavailable to the public; and there is a well established need for prompt issuance of a document to address an emergency situation or other special circumstance.
Public Participant
A person who requests to attend an STP meeting and who is not a member or a Guest requested by a member.
Public User
A person interested in commenting on a standard but is not an official member of the STP. They have a User ID and password for accessing the system.
Rationale
A statement that specifies the reasons for and objectives of why there should be a proposal to add, delete, or revise a requirement in a standard. A strong rationale should address the following:
  • Is there is a safety issue involved? If so, what is the safety issue?
  • Is there any data to support the change?
  • If a clarification is involved, what was unclear in the original text?
  • Will this revision harmonize with other standards (such as CSA, ANCE, IEC, or other UL Standard)?
  • If the proposal is a result of a code change, what is the reason for the code change?
  • Repeatability
    Closeness of the results of successive tests of the same sample, conducted using the same test procedure, the same tester, the same measurement instruments, under the same conditions, at the same location.
    Reproducibility
    Closeness of the results where the same (type) sample is tested using the same test procedure, the same (type) measurement instruments, under the same conditions, but conducted by different testers, at different locations.
    Requestor
    Anyone that has submitted a Proposal Request to a UL Standard. The Requestor can create, save as a draft, and submit a Proposal Request to UL. The Requestor may also withdraw a previously submitted Proposal Request, as long as the request has not been processed.
    Response
    A single reply from the Owner or Host to each comment made after the comment period is closed for the Work Area.
    Standards Subscriber
    A company or individual who pays a fee for a subscription to receive material related to a particular Standard.
    Standards Technical Panel (STP)
    The group responsible for the development and revision of a standard or group of standards. It serves as the consensus body for ANSI/UL Standards.
    STP Chair
    Person appointed by the Director of Standards and is a non-voting member of the STP.
    STP Consensus Numbers
    Consensus is considered to be achieved if (1) there is approval by at least two-thirds of those members who have submitted a vote, excluding abstentions, negatives without comment, and negatives based on material not under consideration, and (2) a majority of the STP has submitted a vote.
    STP Members
    An STP member applies for membership as one of three membership categories and is approved based on balance considerations and their individual qualifications. STP Members are typically responsible for voting, commenting, and resolving comments.
    STP Non-Voting Members
    Designated official members from a company or organization that has all of the same rights as a voting member except they do not vote. This includes being able to view ballots.
    Substitute
    A person who the meeting invitee has designated to attend a specific meeting in their place. The substitute will not receive meeting documentation. The meeting invitee will be responsible for sharing the meeting documentation with the substitute.
    Task Group
    A group appointed by UL to address a specific topic or problem.
    Technical Harmonization Committee (THC)
    A group of individuals that is responsible for technically developing the proposed draft of the harmonized standard. The group consists of industry representative of each involved country, the secretariat, the chair, and the representatives of the involved SDOs, if applicable.
    Topics
    Smaller sections of the collaboration material in a Work Area.
    Type A Measurement Uncertainty Assessment
    Expression of experimental uncertainties that have been evaluated by statistical methods.
    Type B Measurement Uncertainty Assessment
    Expression of experimental uncertainties that have been evaluated by a means other than statistical methods.
    UL Standard
    A document published by UL used for certification of products.
    Walk-in
    A person who attends a meeting without prior notification to the Meeting Area Host.
    Web Delivery System
    Electronic subscriptions for UL Standards material are maintained through UL's Web Delivery System. This provides the subscriber with email notification when the Standard is updated or a related document is available. The email notification provides a link to download the new or updated document. Also included is a library of the Standards that are covered by the subscription purchased. UL's Web Delivery System is available at http://www.comm-2000.net/ulweb/
    Work Area
    A place where a document for a standard can be reviewed. Specified users can comment on the material, post discussions on the comments, view responses to the comments, and vote on the material.

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