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    Bluetooth SIG Certification

    Have you ever wondered how manufacturers ensure their Bluetooth products meet stringent standards for safety and interoperability? What is Bluetooth SIG Certification, and why is it essential for your business? This certification is crucial for any product seeking to use Bluetooth technology and branding, ensuring it meets specific criteria for global functionality. Navigating the certification process can be complex, but 360Compliance can make it seamless and efficient. Let’s explore what Bluetooth SIG Certification entails, why it’s essential, and how 360Compliance can help you achieve it.

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certification

    In addition to governmental clearances for Bluetooth goods, commercial release requires certification in conformity with the Bluetooth SIG’s criteria. Every product requesting Bluetooth connectivity and branding should complete the Bluetooth SIG Qualification Procedure first.

    After completing the Bluetooth certification, the company would have the legal right to use the Bluetooth technology and trademark, certifying the global functionality of Bluetooth-enabled devices. If your item needs to be clarified, we will help you optimize your gadget depending on accurate testing results.

    Bluetooth Device Compliance Standards

    The manufacturer must first select a specific protocol to authorize a Bluetooth device. Bluetooth technology comes in a variety of kinds. According to the certification standards, regulatory Bluetooth monitoring is necessary for all variations.

    Such regulations are not limited to Europe and the United States. The following is true of all radio technologies in principle. Marketing authorization in the target nation should be granted if the conditions of the particular organization or entity are clearly met. If you need it, we can give you the requirements your Bluetooth device needs for approval in target markets.

    Why Is It Important To Get Bluetooth Certification?

    Bluetooth qualification certification ensures device interoperability through conformity testing. If a manufacturer creates products that utilize this technology and trademark, they must get a Bluetooth SIG membership and follow the established requirements.

    How To Get Bluetooth Certification?

    The Bluetooth Qualification Process applies to all products incorporating Bluetooth designs. These designs are specific configurations of hardware and software that implement adopted Bluetooth® specifications. Based on the Compliance Requirements section of the specifications, each design is assigned a Bluetooth product type.

    There are two main paths within the Qualification Process:

    No Required Testing: This path is suitable when:

    • Integrating another member’s Bluetooth End-Product or Subsystem without design changes.
    • Distributing a third-party Bluetooth product with your organization’s name (white-labeling).
    • Creating combinations using only previously qualified Bluetooth End Products or Subsystems without design alterations.

    Required Testing: This path is applicable when:

    • Creating a new design or combination not limited to previously qualified Bluetooth End Products or Subsystems.
    • Modifying a previously qualified Bluetooth design, impacting core configuration/functionality.
    • Qualifying a design using a previously qualified Bluetooth Component product type.

    There are official tests that Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF) perform. Then, certified experts must accept the results of the tests and approve them. After you complete all the necessary steps, you can distribute your product using the Bluetooth trademark.

    Discover the complete list of officially accredited Bluetooth® Qualification Test Facilities here.

    What are the categories of Bluetooth products?

    Three things are highlighted regarding the product as recognized by Bluetooth. Usually, any Bluetooth product that can be easily available for sale across the market must be qualified as the final product.

    Types of Bluetooth Products and their Qualification Requirements:

    • Component – A design that assists, at a very minimum, all the requirements for one or more of that layer in the Core Specs and protocols, specifications of the Profile, and Services. For example, RF-PHY and Link Layer modules.
    • Subsystem – It is a design that is a great controller, profile, or host.
    • End product – Another design that supports a complete set of core architecture at a minimum with all corresponding controllers & hosts all main configurations and Services or protocols or profiles outside the core specs of Bluetooth.

    Do you want to use the Bluetooth logo on the product?

    Having applied for Membership, the company must agree to comply with the rules, including those related to the Bluetooth trademark and its use. Only a member company can use the word mark and logos for qualified and listed items. Therefore, to work with this kind of product, the company must:

    • Become a member and sign an agreement on the trademark use.
    • Specify the items that will be sold and distributed under this trademark.

    How much does it cost?

    Costs are always variable depending on particular situations. However, we have an example of what you can expect regarding fees through Bluetooth Certification, as the annual fees of Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) Membership are all free if it is an adopter member. However, when it comes to an Associate Member, it will cost around $48,300 (if revenue is more than $100M) and $10,350 for an associate member if the revenue is less than $100M.     

    In addition to the base fee, there may be additional charges for obtaining Bluetooth Certification, such as the Declaration or Listing fee.

    Why Choose 360Compliance For Bluetooth Testing & Certification

    Products incorporating Bluetooth technology must navigate a dual layer of compliance: national regulatory approvals such as FCC and CE certifications and Bluetooth-specific testing and certification. While seemingly redundant, both layers play distinct roles in ensuring product safety, functionality, and interoperability.

    If you need professional assistance in going through such testing & certification, 360Compliance can deliver a turn-key solution for you. You will also get help with project management and consultations to minimize expenses and help your product reach the market faster. With 360Compliance, you are guaranteed on:

    • Transparent and fixed pricing policy;
    • Professional round-the-clock management;
    • Technical support at all stages;
    • ISO17025 accreditation;
    • Compliance with the Global Market Access rules.

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact 360Compliance and get a consultation for your project.

     

    Other Certifications

    CE Certification

    Why is CE Certification Important? CE certification confirms that the product entered the market legally, has all the permits, and does not pose any threat to human health or the safety and integrity of the environment. Thus, the CE mark signals both buyers and official regulators about the successful completion of all testing and certifying procedures. What Countries Require CE Compliance? The mandatory CE certification applies to products entering the market of all 30 countries of the European Economic Area (EEA). It also covers Switzerland and Turkey, the United Kingdom, which have signed a number of bilateral agreements with the EU, including the CE marking requirement. Additionally, the UK indefinitely recognizes the EU's CE mark for various manufactured goods placed on the UK market. European Economic Area Countries Other Countries Austria Denmark Hungary Lithuania Portugal Switzerland Belgium Estonia Iceland Luxembourg Romania Turkey Bulgaria Finland Ireland Malta Slovakia UK Croatia France Italy Netherlands Slovenia   Republic of Cyprus Germany Latvia Norway Spain   Czech Republic Greece Liechtenstein Poland Sweden   Which Products Need a CE Mark? To determine whether a product requires CE certification, manufacturers should consult the relevant EU directives and harmonized standards. Notified bodies, independent organizations authorized to assess product compliance with EU directives, can also provide guidance. Product Category Examples Electrical equipment Household appliances, power tools, lighting, cables Toys Dolls, action figures, toy cars, construction sets Machinery Industrial machinery, agricultural machinery, construction machinery Medical devices Surgical instruments, implants, diagnostic equipment Construction products Cement, steel, windows, doors Personal protective equipment Safety helmets, goggles, gloves, boots Pressure equipment Gas cylinders, boilers, pressure cookers Gas appliances Cookers,  heaters, gas water heaters Aerosols Spray paint, deodorants, insecticides Telecommunications equipment Mobile phones, routers, modems Radio equipment Radios, televisions, Bluetooth devices Lifts Escalators, elevators, dumbwaiters Explosive devices Fireworks, detonators, ammunition Products That May Be Sold Without a CE Mark Not all products imported into the listed countries require CE marking certification. In particular, goods belonging to the following categories, which are covered by other Directives, are subject to a different type of certification: Chemical products Cosmetics Food products Pharmaceuticals How to Obtain CE Certification? Obtaining a CE certificate involves a systematic process: Identify Applicable Directives The Directives include general safety requirements for products placed on the market. The specific parameters and technical requirements are detailed in the harmonized standards. If a product does not fall under any Directives requiring CE marking, it must still comply with a document outlining general safety requirements. Directive Number Product Category 2014/35/EU Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) 2014/29/EU Simple Pressure Vessels Directive 2009/125/EC Ecodesign for Energy-related Products 2000/14/EC Noise Emission for Outdoor Equipment 2009/48/EC Toy Safety Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 Construction Products 2006/42/EC Machinery Regulation (EU) 2016/425 Personal Protective Equipment 2014/31/EU Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulation (EU) 2016/426 Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels 2014/28/EU Explosives for Civil Uses Regulation (EU) 2017/745 Medical Devices 90/385/EEC Active Implantable Medical Devices 98/79/EC In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices 2014/34/EU Equipment and Protective Systems for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) 2014/90/EU Marine Equipment Directive 2013/53/EU Recreational Craft 2014/33/EU Lifts 2014/68/EU Pressure Equipment 2014/53/EU Radio Equipment Regulation (EU) 2016/424 Cableway Installations to Carry Persons 2014/32/EU Measuring Instruments 2013/29/EU Pyrotechnic Articles 2011/65/EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Identify the requirements for the product Each Directive specifies essential requirements that a product must meet. To demonstrate conformity, manufacturers must identify applicable 'harmonized European Norms' (hENs), which are standards that offer a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements. These standards vary depending on the product's classification and intended use. Harmonized standards, available on the European Commission’s website, simplify compliance through clear frameworks. Determine if third-party assessment is needed Certain directives may require third-party assessment by a Notified Body (NB), an organization authorized by European authorities. For example, the Medical Devices directive and others mandate the use of an NB. However, the EU has reduced the number of products requiring NB assessment, placing more responsibility on manufacturers. Assess Product Conformity Conduct a thorough assessment of your product to ensure it conforms to the essential requirements outlined in the relevant directives. This step may involve testing and verification processes to demonstrate that your product meets the necessary safety and environmental standards. Compile a Technical File Create a comprehensive technical file that documents every aspect of your product's design, development, and manufacturing process. This technical file, also known as the Technical Construction File, should include technical descriptions, drawings, circuit diagrams, bills of materials, specifications, test reports, and other relevant information. The file serves as evidence of conformity and must be maintained for up to 10 years after the last unit is manufactured. MAKE A DECLARATION AND AFFIX THE CE MARK When satisfied that the product conforms to the applicable CE Marking Directives, the manufacturer must complete a Declaration of Conformity. It includes information about the product, directives, standards applied, and the responsible party in the company.  Following this, affix the CE mark visibly on the product, signaling compliance with EU standards. This is the final stage, after which the product may be launched to the EU and EEA markets. Responsibility of Manufacturers for CE Certification To complete the standard procedure for obtaining the CE mark, manufacturers must find out which EU Directive regulates the access of products of their category to the market and check compliance with all regulations. After that, a conformity assessment is carried out, based on which a technical file is prepared. Further, the EU-authorized body examines the documents, and the manufacturer issues the EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC). When all documents are certified and the CE mark is received, the manufacturer can label with this mark their products and packaging. Responsibility of Distributors for Products with a CE Mark Distributors of goods in the EU market must ensure that the CE conformity mark has not yet expired and that the certificate itself is not fake. They also check the placement of the stamp on the product or its packaging since marking is the responsibility of the manufacturer. What is the Advantage of CE Certification? There are several advantages to CE certification, including: Free movement of goods within the EEA Allows manufacturers to freely circulate their products within the EEA without facing additional technical barriers to trade. Increased market access CE certification can help manufacturers gain access to new markets in the EEA, as well as in other countries that recognize the EC marking. Enhanced product safety Helps to ensure that products meet high standards of safety and environmental protection. Improved consumer confidence CE certification indicates independent compliance with EU safety requirements, boosting consumer confidence. Become CE Certified with 360Compliance The CE marking procedure can be tedious and incomprehensible to non-professionals. However, the 360Compliance team will help you pass all stages of certification quickly, competently, and successfully. You will receive full project management with no hassle. You are also guaranteed technical support and a transparent pricing policy. To start the testing & certification process for obtaining a CE stamp, contact the 360Compliance team in any convenient way and get all the answers and instantly initiate the certification procedure. Frequently Asked Questions About CE Marking For How Long is a CE Certificate Valid? For each product group, a certain validity period is established, but in most cases, it is 3 years. After that, you need to go through the re-certification procedure. However, there are products for which the CE label is valid for 10 years or more. What are the Penalties for the Absence of a CE Compliance Certificate? Punishment for selling goods without the certificates in countries where the CE marking is mandatory varies widely from administrative to criminal liability. The specific article of the law that will be applied depends on the damage that a given product can cause to people or the environment. How to Get a CE Certificate? To obtain the CE stamp, it is necessary to go through a risk assessment procedure for the products offered. For this, you need to study the standards of the specific Directive that regulates access to the market for this type of products, make up a technical file, and pass testing. When all permits are issued, CE marking can be applied to the offered products. How to Authenticate a CE Certificate? You can authenticate a CE label using the official database. Also, it is possible to contact the official authority that issued the certificate and request details on this product. If it turns out that this product is not registered with official institutions, you are dealing with fake certification.

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    EMC Directive 2014/30/EU

    Do you manufacture or sell electrical or electronic equipment in the European Union (EU)? If so, you'll need to ensure your products comply with the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU. Wondering how you can streamline the compliance process to ensure your products meet the EU's stringent electromagnetic compatibility requirements? 360 Compliance is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your products not only comply but thrive in the European market. What is CE EMC Certification? CE EMC Certification is a mark that indicates a product's compliance with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements in the European Union. EMC is crucial because electronic devices emit electromagnetic waves during operation, and without proper EMC measures, these emissions can lead to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). The CE mark, which stands for Conformité Européenne, is a mandatory certification for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). It signifies that a product meets the essential EMC standards set by the European Union to ensure that it won't cause or be susceptible to electromagnetic interference. This interference could affect the proper functioning of other nearby electronic devices. The certification process is guided by Directive 2014/30/EU, which outlines the specific EMC requirements that products must meet to obtain the CE mark. This directive establishes the legal framework for electromagnetic compatibility and mandates that manufacturers thoroughly test their products for compliance. The goal is to guarantee that electronic devices can coexist harmoniously in the European market without causing disruption or compromise in functionality. Which Products Need the CE EMC Mark? If your product falls into the category of devices that can emit electromagnetic waves during operation, it likely requires the CE EMC mark. Here are some examples of products that typically need this certification: Electrical Appliances: Household appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, and microwave. Information Technology Equipment: Computers, laptops, servers, and networking equipment. Consumer Electronics: This includes a broad range of devices like televisions, audio equipment, and gaming consoles.  Medical Devices: Equipment used in the medical field, such as diagnostic machines and monitoring devices. Telecommunications Equipment: Phones, routers, and other communication devices. Industrial Machinery: Various types of machinery used in industrial settings, like manufacturing equipment and automation systems. Lighting Products: From simple light bulbs to complex lighting systems. Electronic Toys: Children's toys that incorporate electronic components or emit electromagnetic signals during play. Why is EMC Directive Important? Ensuring Market Access: Legal Compliance: CE EMC Certification is a legal requirement for placing products in the EU market. Non-compliance can result in serious consequences, including fines and withdrawal of products from the market. Enhanced Market Credibility: Products with CE EMC Certification signal adherence to high-quality standards, enhancing your brand's credibility and customer trust. Quality Assurance: Product Reliability: EMC Certification ensures that your products can function in the presence of electromagnetic disturbances, making them more reliable. Reduced Interference: Certification reduces the risk of your products causing interference with other electronic devices, preventing potential issues for end-users. How to Get CE EMC Certification? Step-by-Step Guidance: Consultation: Initiate the process with a consultation to understand your product and specific certification needs. Pre-assessment: Identify potential EMC issues and address them before formal testing to expedite the certification process. Testing and Evaluation: Utilize our accredited laboratories for comprehensive emissions and immunity testing. Documentation Support: Our team assists in preparing the necessary technical documentation required for certification. Declaration of Conformity: Once certified, we help you issue the Declaration of Conformity and affix the CE mark to your product. How long will testing take? The EMC CE certification procedure takes 4 to 6 weeks on average. If the product belongs to an industry that is regulated by other directives (e.g. CE RED), it is subject to additional tests, which increases the time required. Manufacturer's Responsibilities Related to EMC CE Certification The company that develops a product shall design it according to EMC CE norms and confirm compliance with the norms by independent laboratory tests. It is also required to: indicate the actual electromagnetic radiation level in the documentation; warn about the possible hazards associated with the use of the device; provide the user with operating instructions; indicate geographical restrictions on the use of the product, if any; keep a register of complaints; store certificates and declarations of conformity for at least 10 years; cooperate with local authorities and provide product samples to the authorities. Quick and Easy EMC CE Certification with 360Compliance Obtaining CE EMC Certification is not just a regulatory obligation; it is a strategic move to ensure your products' quality, compliance, and market competitiveness. By investing in certification, your business can access new markets, build trust with customers, and stay ahead in the dynamic world of electronics. At 360Compliance, we simplify the process, offering expert guidance and tailored solutions to ensure your products meet the highest standards of electromagnetic compatibility. Contact us to get transparent pricing, clear timelines, and technical support at all stages of the procedure.

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    CE Mark Medical Device

    Do you manufacture or plan to sell medical devices in the European Union (EU)? If so, obtaining CE marking for medical devices is essential for legal market access. This signifies compliance with the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) 2017/745. Looking for a partner to demystify the CE marking process and ensure your medical devices comply with EU regulations? At 360Compliance, we're here to provide guidance and support to address any questions you may have. What is CE MD Certification? CE MD certification is a mandatory requirement for all medical devices that are sold in the European Union. The CE mark is a symbol that indicates that a product has met all of the applicable EU directives and regulations. To obtain CE marking for medical devices, manufacturers must adhere to the regulatory framework outlined in the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) or the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). The primary objective of CE approval for medical devices is to ensure the safety, effectiveness, and alignment with the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. The process is regulated by EU Directive 2017/745 and relevant industry regulations, including 90/385/EEC, 93/42/EEC, 98/79/EC, and 722/2012. Which Products Require MDR CE Marking? CE MD marking is mandatory for a wide range of medical devices, including but not limited to: Diagnostic Equipment; Implants; Surgical Instruments; Monitoring Devices; Dental Products; Rehabilitation Equipment. Manufacturers must ensure their products align with specific classifications and requirements outlined in the applicable directives. Which products do not need the CE mark medical device? CE medical device certification is unnecessary if the product does not meet the definition of a medical device outlined in EU Directive 2017/745 (MDR). In that case, other industry regulations, like those governing radio frequency or electromagnetic radiation, are applicable. Additionally, products can be sold without a CE certificate if alternative standards have been set for them, as seen with medicines, food products, cosmetics, and chemicals. CE Certification Process for Medical Devices The CE certification process for medical devices involves several key steps: Legal Requirement CE marking is mandatory for medical devices under the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) or the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR), depending on the nature of the product. Conformity Assessment To obtain CE marking, manufacturers must undergo a conformity assessment, which involves demonstrating that the medical device complies with the relevant essential requirements and standards. Particularly the IEC 60601 series, which specifically addresses the safety and essential performance of medical electrical equipment. Classification of Devices Classifying devices involves categorizing medical devices into different classes based on their risk level. The classification determines the conformity assessment procedure that the manufacturer must follow. Technical Documentation Manufacturers must create and maintain technical documentation supporting the conformity of the medical device. This documentation should cover aspects such as design, manufacturing, risk assessment, and labeling. Notified Bodies In many cases, a Notified Body, an independent third-party organization, is involved in the conformity assessment process. The Notified Body assesses the technical documentation and issues a certificate if the requirements are met. Post-Market Surveillance CE marking is not a one-time event. Manufacturers must continue to monitor their products after they enter the market. Post-market surveillance involves tracking the device's performance, addressing any safety concerns, and updating documentation as needed. Unique Device Identification (UDI) The EU MDR and IVDR require the use of a Unique Device Identification system, allowing for traceability and improved post-market surveillance. The timeframe for issuing the certificate varies depending on the niche and the application of the device. The average time for a Class A device is 4 to 8 weeks. Clinical testing of Class B and C devices can take several months. Benefits of CE Certification for Medical Devices Market Access Achieving CE certification opens the doors to the vast European market, allowing manufacturers to distribute and sell their medical devices within the EU. Compliance with Regulations CE certification ensures that your medical device complies with the stringent regulations and standards set by the European authorities, fostering trust among healthcare professionals and end-users. Enhanced Reputation Displaying the CE mark on your medical devices demonstrates a commitment to quality and safety, enhancing your brand's reputation in the competitive healthcare industry. Risk Mitigation Compliance with CE mark medical device requirements helps mitigate legal and financial risks associated with non-compliance, ensuring that your products meet the highest safety and performance standards. Why Choose 360Compliance For CE Approval For Medical Devices? We provide a full range of CE certification services for medical devices. Our employees provide assistance with all the stages of this procedure from evaluating the legal environment and determining the class of equipment to the paperwork and cooperation with authorized bodies. We guarantee transparent prices, clear deadlines, and convenient technical support. Get your certificate quickly and with a minimum of effort by leaving an application on our website to learn more about our services!

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