Discover the essential basics that every company should understand about IoT product compliance before embarking on an IoT project.
If you’re venturing into the world of IoT projects, ensuring product compliance with certification standards is not just a checkbox—it’s a critical requirement. However, navigating the world of compliance can be daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with the requirements.
Before delving into the compliance journey, it’s essential to first grasp the significance of obtaining product certification. Neglecting compliance could result in a limited distribution network as distributors may refuse to carry your product. It may also lead to potential safety risks you have not considered which testing can reveal protecting your customers and business. Moreover, failing to meet certification requirements could result in financial penalties.
For example, before marketing or selling any device that emits RF energy, the FCC rule 47 CFR 2.803 requires that the product is “properly authorized, labeled, and furnished with the proper user information disclosures.” Overlooking even one of these requirements can lead to fines surpassing $150,000 per violation, not to mention potential production delays and rushed certification.
Having established the importance of product certification, let’s explore how the process works and what it entails. Keep in mind that the product certification process is lengthy, so don’t wait to begin. Start by identifying the devices that require certification, understanding the relevant regulations that apply, and familiarizing yourself with the activities involved in the compliance journey. This groundwork will set the stage for a step-by-step process, encompassing design, documentation, pre-compliance testing, potential re-design, official compliance testing, and filing. By incorporating compliance from the outset, you can save valuable time, effort, and potential financial losses.
In this guide, you’ll discover the essential basics that every company should understand about IoT product compliance before embarking on an IoT project:
- Overview of major regulators and standards
- Which devices need certification
- Costs and process of obtaining product certification
In the world of product certification, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Check out Very’s comprehensive guide and kickstart your next project the right way — with compliance in mind.