Support for product safety and testing
How to arrange product safety assessment, and where to find testing laboratories, services and product certification in the UK
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 that they meet product safety law requirements. Even if not required by law, in some cases it is the industry norm to conduct safety tests.
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
Businesses in Northern Ireland can get help with compliance, technical standards and product testing from Invest Northern Ireland's (NI) technical advice team. Read more about what's available through Invest NI's technical support service.