A UL Location with a Long History

Our Danish affiliate has a long history in the country. Originally established as Denmark’s Electrical Equipment Control (DEMKO) in 1928 by the Danish government, Demko was one of the founding members of the CENELEC Certification Agreement (CCA) Scheme, formed in 1977 for the mutual acceptance of test results between European countries.

Demko joined the UL family of companies in 1996. Entirely independent from any government body today, UL international Demko A/S is our UL affiliate in Denmark and the National Certification Body (NCB) in that country, as well as a CBTL, accredited by DANAK.

UL maintains a contract with the Danish Safety Council to participate in the development of both Danish and global standards on behalf of the Council.

As an NCB, our Denmark affiliate is a facilitator and key gateway to European and global market access. UL not only has responsibility for testing of electrical products to the appropriate European or International safety standards but participates actively in the development of these European and International standards. This makes our Denmark facility a key location.

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The history of UL’s D Mark

UL’s D Mark is issued to customers whose electrical products are tested and certified as meeting the relevant European standards including Danish National Differences. Backed by UL International Demko A/S, originally Danmarks Elektriske Materiel Kontrol, the D Mark was the first to build confidence in electrical product use in Denmark after its launch in 1928 to improve public safety.

The company was privatized and sold in 1996 to UL, the global safety science leader in delivering testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help customers based in more than 100 countries achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals.

UL International Demko A/S delivers its respected and sought-after D Mark to electrical equipment at the product level. Today, UL International Demko A/S’s current primary activity is testing and certifying electrical products in accordance with relevant applicable standards, including EN, IEC, UL, etc. These products often carry the D Mark as well as other European marks, e.g., the GS mark and the ENEC mark.

UL’s D Mark is different from the D-seal

UL’s D Mark is associated with UL and is used by companies whose electrical products have met the safety requirements of European standards with Danish National Differences. UL’s D Mark appears on electrical equipment and is used at the product level. The D Mark communicates to all consumers and relevant authorities the signal that an independent third party has found the product to comply with applicable European electrical safety standards.

The D-seal is aimed at all types of companies that process data, including personal data. The D-seal must work from the small- and medium-sized companies to the largest. Therefore, the number of criteria that a company must live up to depend on the company’s risk profile including size and their use of data and IT. The D-seal is only awarded to companies that live up to the D-seal’s requirements for IT security and responsible data use. The D-seal is awarded at the company level and not the product level.

An Environmentally Sustainable Building

Our state-of-the-art Denmark facility achieved Silver status in 2011 from the internationally recognised green building certification system ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED), and we are working towards receiving Gold status in the near future.

The building’s energy comes exclusively from wind turbines, and there are plans to fit the roof of the building with 140 m2 of solar cells in order to achieve Gold LEED status.

The new building utilises a number of innovative technologies to ensure energy efficiency, including motion sensors for lighting and an adaptable ventilation system based on heat recovery and heat exchange.

A large atrium in the middle of the building captures more natural light and reduces the need for artificial lighting.

One of the more innovative initiatives is the recycling of water for the tests carried out on certain products. On some tests, up to 260 gallons of water per minute can be needed, so this represents a huge potential saving of resources.

The UL team in Denmark continues to work towards their goal of environmental sustainability while maintaining a green ethos – campaigns on cycling to work, carpooling, energy-saving and recycling.

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