CAUTIONS AND DECISIONS
It is important to bundle similar products together in a certification (e.g. where color is the only difference) to avoid extra costs and time. You can anticipate future models and have them certified in the original document. For example, getting a product certified for the X series should cover you if you one day release a SKU X01, X02, X03, etc, where each SKU is a different color. We suggest getting a product roadmap as early as possible and developing a model/SKU number strategy early on.
It is always a good idea to start understanding the certification issues as soon as possible. Understanding the schedule, quality, design, testing, and labeling issues as early as possible will only benefit you. There are going to be a lot of iterations and questions once you’ve decided what regulations apply. These decisions can as easily be made early in the design process as late, and late can (and has) lead to significant delay. Ask a lot of questions about why you should do the test, is it required, can the CM do the paperwork, and how early in the process can you complete the testing.
Certification selection and labeling can have significant legal and cost impacts. Each regulation has very specific requirements for what has to be on the label and these change frequently. In addition, there will be very specific language they will need for their manual. You should always consult a certification expert to understand what regulations apply and how to conform to those regulations through testing, certifications, testing, and labeling.
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