Due to a high volume of SSL and Hort applications, initial and comprehensive review timeframes are currently extended by 10 days each. Beginning April 11, review priority will be given to applications updating V5.0 products to V5.1, which may also impact review timeframes for all other SSL application types. Click here for more details about SSL application review timeframes, and here for more details about Hort review timeframes. Thank you for your understanding!

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Application Review Timeframes

DLC QPL applications are reviewed in two stages: initial application review and comprehensive application review. Refer to the tables below for information about review timeframes. The DLC reserves the right to extend any application review timeframes due to holidays and application volume spikes. These extensions will be communicated via the DLC website and the application portal.

Review timelines listed below are specific to the SSL program, the horticultural lighting program has different review timelines.

Please review the FAQs page for additional policy clarifications and contact applications@designlights.org with any questions about submitting an application to the DLC.

NOTE: Closed/Canceled/Rejected applications cannot not be re-opened and instead require that a new application be created. To avoid having to create a new application, please either provide missing info/documentation within 10 business days of being notified of issues, or provide an estimated timeframe for submitting the missing info/documentation within 10 business days of being notified of issues.

Initial Application Review

After you submit your application, a DLC reviewer will perform an initial review to determine if the application and supporting documentation are complete. You will then receive an email with instructions to pay the appropriate application fees or to provide additional information to the DLC reviewer. See the table below for review timeframes. If additional information or documentation is required and provided, the review timeframe to evaluate the new information or documentation is five business days for V5.1 applications. If uploading new documentation ensure to resubmit the application. Additional documentation may not be reviewed until the application is resubmitted.

Comprehensive Application Review

After your payment is received, your DLC reviewer will initiate a comprehensive review of your application to determine whether your product(s) meet the Technical Requirements. After the comprehensive review period, your reviewer will let you know which of the following conditions applies to your application:

Condition 1: Your application is missing information, required information is insufficiently documented, or there is an error on an independent lab test. Your DLC reviewer will identify the specific areas in the application that need attention and allow you to fix problems and errors and resubmit. Applications that have not received response within 10 business days will be closed. If additional information or documentation is required and provided, the review timeframe to evaluate the new information or documentation is five business days for V5.1 applications. If uploading new documentation ensure to resubmit the application. Additional documentation may not be reviewed until the application is resubmitted.

Condition 2: Performance information shows the product does not meet the requirements. An application showing product performance does not meet the category requirements may not be resubmitted; it must be submitted as a new application with updated application materials and the appropriate application fee.

Condition 3: You have completed the application properly and the product meets all of the DLC requirements. You will receive notification of qualification when the product is listed on the QPL. This application will then appear as complete in your account.

See the table below for review timeframes.

Application Type Application Version Initial Review Comprehensive Review
Level 1 (formerly Single Product)V5.1 9 Business Days 7 Business Days
Level 1 (formerly Single Product)LUNA14 Business Days12 Business Days
Level 2 (formerly Family Grouping)V5.1 9 Business Days 10 Business Days
Level 2 (formerly Family Grouping)LUNA14 Business Days15 Business Days
Private LabelV5.1 -- 12 Business Days**
Product Updates*V5.19 Business Days 10 Business Days

**While the private label application review flow has changed, the overall timing has not been updated at this time. For private label applications the comprehensive review will be completed within six days of submission and after invoicing the steps to publish the products to the QPL will occur within another six days. The overall timing is the same as prior to the new portal launch where the initial review would be completed within six days of submission and after invoicing the comprehensive review would occur within six days.

*Delisting requests will be reviewed and completed in the same time frame as the Initial Review for Product Updates/Update Applications.