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How to request products certification

by Asia Quality Focus team

Some suppliers say that their products are conformed with CE, EMC, Reach, RoHS and other specifications. Laboratory Testing by an official “notified body” is necessary for certification. Importers need the certificates to comply with national regulations and sell their goods on the market. Which regulations to comply with? How to arrange laboratory testing for products certification?

Necessary information to send for products certification & lab testing quotations

Laboratories have to test for materials and/or function on the basis of the national regulations in the destination country. Therefore, some important information should be provided to them:

  • Destination country (or countries)
  • Short product description & pictures
  • Intended use
  • Complete bill of materials (Without the BOM, the lab is unable to give a quotation before receiving samples)

Additional information for hardline products certification

Hardline products often have derivatives and could be used in many ways. That is why it is important to let the laboratory understand the exact intended use.

  • Intended end user
  • Intended application scope
  • How many models?
  • What differentiates models?
  • Attach user’s manual (if available)

Additional information for electronic products certification

Electronics and electrical equipment require more technical information for the laboratory to understand it without having the sample:

  • How many models are there?
  • What differentiates models?
  • User’s manual
  • Circuit diagram
  • PCB layout
  • Specifications list

What if some information is missing?

The necessary information is rather easy to get. In the end, we know best what the product is and what it serves for. Good suppliers always have a BOM, they can share it with us. For other suppliers’ types, the best will be to send samples to the lab and avoid any misunderstandings.


Read the original article here.

The Asia Quality Focus team is an international team of specialists in product inspections, factory audits, lab testing and product certifications for all kinds of consumer goods. To share experience and opinions in how to better and safer source in Asia they created the Quality Control Blog. Feel free to contact them here.

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