For big companies, getting their products through the compliance process is not a big deal. After all, they have the compliance team, EMC engineers, and they might even have their own accredited test facility to achieve full compliance in house. But for small and medium sized companies, often they don’t have the resources to support compliance exercise. So what can they do? They can either outsource the job to an EMC test house and pay lots of money to get their products certified, or they can do the so called self-declared certification route.

Depend on your company size, you really need to calculate the spending and risks of the options you have when it comes to compliance. The general rule is, if you have great confidence that your product will pass ALL the EMC tests the first time, then it is wise just to send the product to a testing house and pay for the testing and certification fees. However, if your product fails in any of the EMC tests, the repeated testing and troubleshooting exercise might significantly increase your spending and exceeds your budget easily.

In this section, we will discuss all the compliance and what we call ‘pre-compliance’ process for your products. You will find the best combination of compliance routes for your products. Many of the misconceptions (such as CE+CE=CE) will also be discussed. The aim is to help you achieve the quickest product-to-market time using the most cost-effect way.

At a recent event organised by IEEE, Alex Toohie from Element did a great presentation with regards to the compliance side of the business. Here is the presentation link. It is self-explanatory and I am sure you will benefit from this presentation.

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