Product certification or product qualification is the process of certifying that a certain product has passed performance tests and quality assurance tests, and meets qualification criteria stipulated in contracts, regulations, or specifications (sometimes called “certification schemes” in the product certification industry).
Most product certification bodies (or product certifiers) are accredited to or aligned with ISO/IEC 17065 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services (previously ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996) an international standard for ensuring competence in those organizations performing product, process and service certifications. The organizations that perform this accreditation are called Accreditation Bodies, and they themselves are assessed by international peers against the ISO 17011 standard.
Examples of some certification schemes include the Safety Equipment Institute for protective headgear, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) program for radio communication devices, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star program, the International Commission on the Rules for the Approval of Electrical Equipment Product Safety Certification Body Scheme (IEECE CB Scheme), MAS (Materials Analytical Services) Certified Green IEQ program, and the Greenguard Environmental Institute Indoor Air Quality program. Certification schemes are typically written to include both the performance test methods that the product must be tested to, as well as the criteria that the product must meet to become Certified.
Certifications (and the certificates that document their existence) are often called “certs” in the everyday jargon of various industries.
Product Certification works in the following way for export/import items:
- Certain items are certified by the manufacturer for specific purposes and types of use for which they are intended.
- Other certifications can be obtained by hiring a third-party to test the items for the desired certification. These certifications are usually issued by the authorities of the certification company, using the product for which the certification is needed. This type of certification typically remains valid for each batch or order of items.
- Certain certifications necessitate that the facility in which the item is produced must have specific certifications in order to issue a certificate of compliance for the product.
- Customers may not be able to acquire some certifications from the manufacturer or the country of origin, and they may not be accepted by the customs or authorities of the importing country. In such cases, the customer will have to import a sample of the item and have it tested by an authorized certification agency. This is the most recommended approach as it ensures that the certification is fully accepted by the local importing authorities and there is a minimal risk of any issues arising with the imported product.
Cost of certification:
Depending on the type of product and the kind of certification being sought, the manufacturer may provide certification for free. However, certain special tests or certifications may have additional charges that the customer will need to pay separately from the cost of the item.
time required for certification:
Different certification authorities have different requirements for certification, and each certification company also has its own policies regarding the time it takes to test and issue certificates. Generally, the process takes around 7 days, but it can take up to 45 days depending on the type of certification.
Certification required by importer country:
The requirements for certification can vary greatly between different countries, states, and cities, and they may also change over time. Therefore, when placing an order, customers should inform us of any certification requirements they may have so that we can initiate the necessary steps and apply for the necessary certifications. We will also notify our customers of any additional charges that may apply.
Manufacturer Certification or documentation is free.
when & How can Customer/importer ask for certification?
When placing an order, customers must provide us with the necessary information beforehand so that we can meet any certification requirements that may be needed. We will need to have this information before we can begin processing the order*.
If the certification is ordinary and does not require any additional steps, customers can inform us before we hand over the product to the shipping company as long as the product is still on our premises. We can add the necessary certifications for free in this case, but once the package has left our premises, we will not be able to provide extra certifications or documents without charging a fee for shipping and any other applicable charges, which the customer will need to cover.
* Many of the items have certain special certification requirements that must be met. Most of these requirements can be satisfied by us, but there may be additional steps that need to be taken in order to obtain certain certifications. In some cases, applications may need to be submitted weeks in advance of receiving the certification, and in other cases, the entire package may need to be sent to a certification authority, which can take days or even longer.
** By “normal” or “free” certification, we mean the certification that we typically issue or add to certain items. This free certification is not available for all items.
We have all necessary certifications:
We already possess the necessary certification and will provide scanned copies or links to verified authorities’ websites to allow customers to verify them.
(This step is currently pending it will be updated as soon the certification authorities provide us with any link or online Shareable Document)