HOW TO GET LISTED, LABELED OR CERTIFIED
One of the barriers to getting your product to market is getting it UL (NRTL) listed, labeled or certified. Often in the excitement of starting a company and building a new product, many teams push the government regulations to the end and tell themselves they will cross that bridge when it happens. After working with hundreds of companies taking thousands of products to market, we have seen where incorporating a plan for completing the certification process from the beginning is critical to the success of your business and to you getting your product to market. Here are steps for the quickest and easiest path to getting your product UL (NRTL) listed, labeled or certified so that you can bring your product to market.
Start with designing your equipment to the specific standards that are required for your type of equipment and the hazards included.
Next add safety labeling, manuals, and any installation instructions.
Prepare a Bill Of Materials (BOMs) and a second bill of materials, which is your critical components list.
Next you will validate that your manufacturing operation has a quality process in place dependent upon the certification you're going to be operating.
While all of this is coming together, you would perform design reviews.You would go through the Conformity Discovery Process©. You would complete your initial evaluation and conduct pre-testing.
You are now ready to move to your listing, labeling or certification evaluation.
Next your evaluator will more than likely contact you with questions. You will want to answer the evaluators questions with prompt, thorough, and detailed responses.
Once the evaluation is complete and found to be conforming, you will be provided with a listing, label or certification.
Next there is typically an evaluation of the manufacturing site and of the first article of the listed, labeled or certified product. Also note that for Field Labeling this is not required.
Finally begin building the product and labeling it as listed or certified.
LWe’ve shifted gears from talking about the standards and the standards organization to actually dealing with what it takes to get your product listed. We realized that telling you about the standards doesn’t help. What you need is information on how to get your product designed and certified.
Today we’re going to talk about which countries to get listed or certified for. This is important because it will control your scope and your timeline along with your project costs.