Compliance Testing is Part 4 of the blog series Designing for Compliance, outlining the benefits, procedures, risks, etc. of designing a product with compliance regulations in the design forefront, rather than the typical afterthought.
It is important to view compliance testing as a natural progression along the path to generating revenue for the company. In this light, compliance testing is a validation of internal processes. It should not be seen as it is by many, as the “final hurdle” of obligation before a product can ship out the door.
Afterall, compliance regulations have been put in place for the greater good. Let’s assume that your product is designed flawlessly. You pass through the compliance process with ease while thinking, “this was a waste of my time and slowed down productions.” But the same cannot necessarily be said about your competition. Were it not for the compliance process enforcing rather reasonable standards on that company’s product, it could go to market, sit next to your product and wreak havoc. With just a little patience and understanding, we can all rest assured that scenarios such as this will not happen.
Once you’ve come to terms with the idea that compliance testing is overall beneficial, your selection of the appropriate test laboratory is critical. This selection can impact the core of a company’s promise of quality to its customers, and it plays a crucial part in a company’s future success. As a compliance partner, a compliance testing laboratory should be capable of bringing more than just testing to the table. A true partner should bring a background in all aspects of regulatory standards, compliance management, testing, reporting, and certification.
Creation of a suitable test strategy, which can be difficult and extremely confusing, is one area in which your compliance partner should be able to assist. Identification of test cases is crucial to the success of a product. There are many relevant points to consider before undertaking a full suite of compliance testing, such as:
After selection, your company and the compliance testing lab need to be partners working toward a common goal: seeing your product receive compliance certification. Together, your company and the test lab will forecast challenges, troubleshoot, and ultimately find solutions to compliance issues.
Adhering to these regulatory standards doesn’t need to wait until you walk through the doors of the testing facility. Proactively designing with an eye toward compliance will save many headaches at this stage of the process.