One of the biggest technical challenges when bringing an invention to market is making sure that it is properly tested and compliant with the laws and regulations relating to it.
Many products have to undergo third-party testing to ensure they are safe by law, while in other cases it is the industry norm to conduct safety tests. Read more about product safety law.
Accredited product testing services
Testing centres or laboratories in the UK are authorised by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Using such a laboratory for product tests ensures that they will be carried out competently and that the results will be accepted in other markets. Search for accredited testing laboratories in the UK.
One of the main providers of product-testing services accredited by UKAS is the British Standards Institution (BSI). It conducts tests on items such as electrical and gas appliances, engineering products, construction products, electrical components and medical equipment. Read about BSI product testing and certification.
Help with product testing and compliance
Invest Northern Ireland's (NI) technical advice team may be able to offer support with compliance, technical standards and product testing issues. Read more about what's available through Invest NI's technical support service.