We often get the question, "Certifications...isn't that something my Contract Manufacturer (CM) handles?" The short answer, which you probably guessed, is no. Ensuring your hardware product complies with all of the regulations is a highly complex and ever changing process. There are many resources to get help including certification suppliers (i.e., SGS or Intertek), certification consultants, the web, your lawyers, as well as your CM. You are likely to get conflicting information about what should and shouldn’t apply to your product, who should handle the process, how much it should cost, how long it will take etc. This confusion is due to a number of factors:
WHAT IS THE LANGUAGE OF A REGULATION?
The term “certified” includes a broad set of activities, tests, paperwork, labeling and other requirements. Here is a short list of the types of things are you going to encounter
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