Will Regulatory Testing Sink My Hardware Project?

Posted January 23rd, 2018 by Bailey Jones

Many products require regulatory testing for FCC (Federal Communications Commission), UL (Underwriters Laboratories, USA), and CE (Conformité Européenne) compliance. You should start this process before your product is complete and submit it to be tested early, likely at the point of the Engineering Build (EB), or Manufacturing Build (MB), which consists of the first fully-assembled, as-manufactured examples of your product. The MB units are used for product evaluation and testing. Testing can consume several months (yes, really) and UL testing alone can run well over $10,000 while FCC testing can come to $15,000. Regulatory testing for a small home appliance I worked on tallied up to about $25,000. Budget for the time and money up front to avoid surprises.

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