Documentation Package is Part 6 of the blog series Designing for Compliance, outlining the benefits, procedures, risks, and other considerations of designing a product with compliance regulations in the design forefront, rather than the typical afterthought.
A documentation package will be requested by many interested parties (e.g., test laboratories, certification authorities, clients, and OEMs) throughout the product lifecycle. The compilation of technical documentation at the early stages will avoid costly delays that may affect company bottom line.
Prior to the start of testing, it is important to compile a complete documentation package. Doing so later in the process, piece by piece, is a surefire way to make mistakes that could result in unaccounted for product variants or incorrect worst-case variants tested.
A wide variety of documentation will be requested during the certification program. Some of the more common items consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
We firmly believe that having all your ducks in a row eliminates mistakes during the certification process and throughout the product life cycle. Once all the documentation and technical information has been acquired, you and your test lab will move on and begin making a game plan for the test configurations and system setup stage of the process.