SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, analyzes the theory, benefits and process of product certification.
Testing a product to verify its compliance with mandatory or voluntary standards in a specific market, industry or region provides a unique selling point and enables it to be recognized regionally, nationally or internationally. Evidence of safety and quality demonstrates to consumers and stakeholders that products have been thoroughly tested and are reliable and cost-effective.
The stages of product certification can be identified as application, evaluation, review, attestation and surveillance. With hundreds of different certification marks used all over the world, SGS provides testing and evaluation services for many major standards, including the European CE mark.
Certification can give a product significant market differentiation, and as such, is an important part of product development and manufacture. Understanding the benefits of this and establishing aspects of safety, efficiency and environmental impact, brings businesses a highly effective marketing tool, as well as enabling consumer trust.
The full article on product certification is available in our Q4 PCA newsletter.
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