Regulatory Compliance Testing – Best Practices for choosing the right Test Lab

As a manufacturer, you can produce an innovative product that exceeds customer expectations and sold by the greatest sales and marketing team ever assembled – but if it doesn’t pass compliance testing and certification, it cannot lawfully go to market. This is why, whether you’re a manufacturer of smart devices, medical tools, IT equipment, or anything in between, finding a test laboratory that fits your needs and commits to a meaningful partnership is no longer optional, it’s mandatory.

Not all test labs are created equal. Specialties, scope and experience can vary considerably which means finding a lab that has the capabilities to adequately test and certify your product can be a challenge. Once you find an accredited test lab that meets your expectations, the standards to which you hold that lab should not be compromised.

Your time is important. Your money is valuable. Your lab should be leveraging the latest innovations and relying on the most optimized processes available within the industry.
Your lab should be utilizing parallel testing rather than the more traditional serial practices.
There are a number of factors that can set one lab apart from another – and you should hold your lab accountable to all of them – but in this post, we will examine some core factors that have the greatest impact:

We live in a rapidly changing world. Your lab should always stay on the forefront of evolving industry standards by employing the most efficient methods and implementing streamlined processes. Your lab should continuously refine their internal processes to ensure the best results and the best client experience.
Parallel testing is a relatively new concept that requires thinking differently. Your lab should embrace such an opportunity for improvement.

Streamlined Process
Most test labs have a ready-made, assembly line type of process. You should check to see if your lab utilizes automation to the benefit of their clients as manual intervention is prone to error. Automation triggers the appropriate testing and results will be automatically generated, significantly reducing delays in testing and reporting phases.
Parallel processes in conjunction with automation ensures that your program is complete on schedule, with time to spare.

Timely Completion
Differing technologies, varying operating modes, and unique product requirements will alter the length of time it takes for a test program to be completed. Manufacturers must make the right choice in selecting a proper test lab to ensure that their project is completed in a reasonable timeframe as speed to market still ranks highest among critical considerations in the global marketplace.
Time is money, and efficiency is key. Are you making the most of your valuable time and resources spent on regulatory compliance?

Cost Effective
It goes without saying that you must seek the best return on investment, rather than simply seeking the lowest cost. The lowest bidder could cost you significantly more in the end as they may under-quote just to get you in the door. This is just the nature of the business, but always do your due diligence and research to guarantee that you are getting your money’s worth. By speeding up the process and systematically avoiding rework, parallel testing saves you time, which indirectly saves you money.

The Parallel Difference
Just because a test process has been done a certain way for a long time doesn’t mean it’s the right way, or the only way. It may be time for your test lab to leave their comfort zone and innovate, finding ways to make the process as optimized and efficient as possible for the client.
Stay tuned for future posts, as we will explore the difference between serial and parallel testing. Additionally, we’ll delve deeper into the parallel process and detail the advantages offered. Parallel testing represents the future of compliance testing and certification.

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