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    Brian Whittle
Post by On 04 June 2013 In CPCA Corner

Simplify the Complexity of Product Approvals

Be an informed player by getting the resources you need to take on the challenge of compliance. Manufacturers of equipment for use in hazardous locations and potentially explosive environments face an increasingly dizzying array of new standards, design requirements, regulations and ultimately customer requirements. With an ever-changing list of technical and commercial criteria, demonstrating compliance is rarely an easy task – even with what appears to be the most minor of changes. However, timely planning and preparation will take away some of the complexity. Some steps to consider that will expedite the process are:

  • Consider certification early in the product planning phase, not the end of the design cycle
  • Consider the target market. Will it be local or global?
  • What are the standards that apply to my product – Purchase the relevant standards and study the construction and testing requirements
  • Realize the impact of international requirement. The impact of changes made to comply with one requirement can affect another. Consider the effect against the goal.
  • Consider consulting a certification expert for a design review of the preliminary design.
  • Do you have any unapproved components that are critical to the design? Unapproved components add cost and time to the certification process.
  • Should we conduct preliminary testing before certification? If there is uncertainty that the design will meet some of the testing, then testing in advance can reduce that risk.
  • Do I have all the technical documentation required for testing and certification? Having all the technical documentation is critical to starting and completing the project. Detailed information on components, wiring diagrams, manuals and product labels are all critical to the certification process. Preparing draft version of these documents in advance and modifying them later is much easier than creating them during the process.
  • Is the product part of a larger product line? Consider including similar models to reduce overall certification costs.

Engaging an experienced testing and certification partner early on in the product design phase will limit the chance of modifications to the design and re-testing. Your certification partner should be able to advise you on the applicable standards and regulatory requirements as well as any upcoming changes to the standards that you need to be aware of. Staying engaged with standards that affect your products and consulting with your testing and certification partner will save on project time and cost and ensure that you get your products to market on time.

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  Brian Whittle

Hazardous Location Operations Manager
Intertek Testing Services

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