Effective June 16, 2016

Standard Information
Standard Number:
UL 283
Standard Name:
Air Fresheners and Deodorizers
Standard Edition and Issue Date:
3rd Edition Dated June 16, 2015
Date of Previous Revisions to Standard:
2nd Edition Revised March 4, 2015
Effective Date of New/Revised Requirements

Effective Date (see Schedule below): June 16, 2016

Impact, Overview, Fees and Action Required

Impact Statement: A review of all Listing Reports is necessary to determine which products comply with new/revised requirements and which products will require re-evaluation. NOTE: Effective immediately, this revised standard will be exclusively used for evaluation of new products unless the Applicant requests in writing that current requirements be used along with their understanding that their listings will be withdrawn on Effective Date noted above, unless the product is found to comply with new/revised requirements.

Overview of Changes: This new edition of ANSI/UL 283 includes additional testing to determine the suitability of the mechanism of a device on a direct plug-in appliance that rotates to accommodate receptacle orientation. Specific details of new/revised requirements are found in table below.

Schedule: So that shipping of products with Listing Marks will not be interrupted, an approximate schedule has been established to ensure Listing Reports are found compliant by Effective Date:

  • October 15, 2015 = 8 Month Report Review – Intertek will review all Reports. Update if compliance is verified or issue Findings Letter/Quote for any re-evaluations needed
  • December 14, 2015 = 6 Month Quote Cut-off – Quotes returned for necessary re-evaluations
  • May 16, 2016 = 30 Day Warning – Client advised of all non-compliant Reports to be Suspended
  • June 16, 2016 = Effective Date – ATM Suspended for all non-compliant Reports

Fees: An initial review of Listing Report (s) will be covered by a direct billing project and will be invoiced at not more than $1000 per report.

Client Action Required:

Information - To assist our Engineer with review of your Listing Reports, please submit technical information in response to the new/revised paragraphs noted in the attached or explain why these new/revised requirements do not apply to your product (s).

Current Listings Not Active? – Please immediately identify any current Listing Reports or products that are no longer active and should be removed from our records. We will do this at no charge as long as Intertek is notified in writing prior to the review of your reports.

Description of New/Revised Technical Requirements
11InfoSupply Connections
11.2InfoDirect plug-in type appliances
11.2.2InfoFace size 

Additions to existing requirements are underlined below;

A direct plug-in appliance, where the orientation of the parallel blades is able to be rotated by the user, is to be subjected to the Endurance Test, Section 57, and the Torque Test, Section 58, with mechanical stops to prevent full rotation.

New section added;

Torque Test
58.1 A device provided with an integral stop to limit rotation of the plug face shall be tested as described in 58.2 and comply with 58.3.
58.2 Six samples of the device are to be tested. The device is to be inserted into a duplex receptacle and rotated clockwise until the integral stop prevents further rotation. Then a torque of 2.26 N•m (20 in-lbf) is to be applied clockwise for one minute in an attempt to override the stop. The test is to be repeated on the same samples with counterclockwise rotation and application of torque.
58.3 As a result of testing, there shall be no damage to the device, conductors, or electrical connections. The rotational mechanism shall not be able to rotate past the stop position.

CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: This Table and column "Verdict" can be used in determining how your current or future production is or will be in compliance with new/revised requirements.

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