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What is compliance testing consulting?

Do you wonder what standards your products need to comply with? Do you have no time to look for the information?

You can request quotations from testing laboratories you’ll find on Google, however, there are 6 common sources of frustration for buyers that we see coming from labs:

Ask three testing houses and you might get 3 different lists of applicable tests since each one interprets regulations in its own way.

They tend to remain on the “safe side” and assume that you are selling your product in a way that calls for mandatory tests. In some cases, you may want to override that and get to some ‘important but voluntary’ tests only once your order quantity picks up.

In some cases, important elements that could be taken into consideration (e.g. certifications of certain materials, the fact that a key component comes from an international manufacturer…) are ignored. However, a test plan should be guided both by applicable requirements and a risk analysis.
Conversely, sometimes they assume the risk is low and they don’t suggest certain tests (a typical example is RoHS, which is not always tested but really should be tested in some circumstances).

If your order includes several SKUs that are different but share some materials and/or colors, setting up a ‘reasonable’ testing plan (rather than testing every single SKU fully) can often cut costs by more than half while keeping risks down.
Similarly, testing for high-risk substances usually makes more sense than testing all the components.

If your product is out of the ordinary or is across 2 sensitive categories (e.g. food contact and for children), they might forget some critical standards. This is a common issue due to the way they manage their databases.

Many laws/regulations call for testing and collecting data from those tests but don’t mention that a third-party lab, let alone an accredited one, needs to be used.
In some cases, getting a test report from your supplier might be sufficient. Or using a cheaper, even unaccredited, lab. But, if you ask a testing house for a quotation, of course, they will quote for handling all the tests themselves.

Confused? Don’t be! We help you manage that entire process if the multitude of options is too much to handle.

Some common FAQs about compliance testing consulting

Sofeast has a broad experience of working on testing/certifications of new products. Reading and analyzing regulations, especially from the USA, the European Union, Canada, and Australia, is a regular part of our team’s work.

Any importer who buys products from abroad and puts them on a market. Compliance with regulations is NOT optional.

We start from your situation, we define the scope of work (based on your needs), and we give you a quotation.

Note: We will ask for your budget. If we see we can’t help you within your budget, we will refer you to another service provider who will be a better fit.

It depends on your needs, but in general, you will get:

  • A list of tests to perform, with a few comments
  • A quotations from 1 accredited and trusted laboratory (we will initially ask if you need a famous international testing house vs. a local lab)

Most of our customers choose us to manage the compliance process in China, but we do also do this in India and Vietnam.

  • You will also find sample evaluation and comparison helpful in order to assure that the samples you’re getting from a potential supplier or from pre-production with your current supplier reach your expectations and you can proceed without the fear of damaging issues with your production batches later on.
  • Sofeast also provides product reliability testing, too. By using this service we help you to find ways to improve or confirm your new product design by testing its ability to perform throughout the course of its lifetime (we usually use our own in-house testing laboratory and equipment for this).

What does it cost?

The total depends on the scope of work to be done. The minimum charge is 90 USD. To get a better idea of the costs for your unique situation, hit the blue button below to arrange to discuss it with us and get a quote.

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Andrew Amirnovin

Andrew Amirnovin

NPD Head, Reliability and Compliance Expert

Our head of New Product Development, Andrew Amirnovin, is an electrical and electronics engineer and a reliability & quality expert who previously worked with electrical giants such as Nokia, AT&T, LG, GoPro, and Medtronic.

Andrew is an ASQ-Certified Reliability Engineer and he is our customers’ go-to resource when it comes to building reliability into the products we help develop and compliance-related matters.

renaud anjoran

Renaud Anjoran

CEO & Compliance Expert

Founder and CEO of the Sofeast group, Renaud is a recognised expert in quality, reliability, and supply chain issues and is an ASQ-Certified ‘Quality Engineer’, ‘Reliability Engineer’, and ‘Quality Manager’, and a certified ISO 9001, 13485, & 14001 Lead Auditor.

He often helps oversee compliance projects.

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