1.4 – Product Compliance FAQ’s

Product Compliance FAQ

Is it essential to worry about product compliance at the very beginning?

Yes, this is essential and can have a huge bearing on all aspects including your choice of import product. Mark it as important.

Aspects of compliance may alter your complete product idea and model, so it is best to ensure all areas of compliance for your chosen product fit into your initial manufacturing process.

Also, Manufacturers are not held responsible for products not meeting compliance targets so preventative steps will save you time and money and you need to be very clear on what they are and ensure the supplier knows also.

How do I ensure my product meets all requirements worldwide?

There are no global guarantees. If you wish to offer your product to the market worldwide, you may need to corporate with a professional agency who can evaluate wider and more stringent criteria.

What if there are no applicable safety standards for my product?

You may find that you can’t find product safety standards that apply to your specific product. Still take into consideration that all products will still fall under the “safe for consumer use under foreseeable usage conditions” umbrella.

Your products must be designed with safety in mind. If you need further advice you can contact our experts to give you advice on safety standards that you should consider and be mindful of regarding your product.

The product we plan to sell is already being sold in the marketplace. Do we still need to go through the process of product compliance? 

Yes, you still need to ensure you obtain test reports and all other documentation. When importing, the test reports and other requirements document must be issued with the importers name clearly stated.

When is CE marking mandatory?

CE marking is only obligatory for products for which EU specifications exist and require the affixing of CE marking.

Some products are subject to several EU requirements at the same time. You must make sure that your product complies with all the relevant requirements before affixing the CE marking to it. It is forbidden to affix the CE marking to products for which EU specifications do not exist or do not require the affixing of CE marking.

You can check more information on EU official website https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/product-requirements/labels-markings/ce-marking/index_en.htm

The manufacturer has certified the product, can I offer the product to the European market on this basis?

That depends whether you are offering the product to the market as an importer or under your own name.

The importer must ensure the manufacturer has fulfilled its obligations. That means the importer is responsible for ensuring the product complies with European product safety requirements. To demonstrate that the product complies, the importer must ensure the technical documentation is complete and correct. In addition, the importer’s name, registered trade name or trademark, as well as the postal address where the importer can be reached, must be shown on the product. If you offer the product to the market under your own name, you are regarded as the manufacturer. In that case, you may, with permission, use the manufacturer’s documentation.

What are the labeling requirements that must be followed to sell products in the United States?

There are many regulations, depending on the product, with which a product’s label or markings must be in compliance before being sold in the United States. Labeling requirements related to legal metrology (i.e., products and commodities sold in package form by weight, measure or count) must comply with The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) and Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation (UPLR).

In addition, all products imported into the U.S. must conform to the Country of Origin Marking regulations. Other product categories, such as electronics, food, medical devices, etc., are covered by regulations from the responsible agency. Certain products may require several labeling regulations from different agencies.

What country of origin markings are required for imported goods?

Country of Origin Marking regulations require that every article of foreign origin (or its container) imported into the U.S. be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly, and permanently as the nature of the article (or container) will permit, and in such a manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the U.S., the English name of the country of origin of the article at the time of importation.

If you need to find out more about product markings required for USA market, you may visit NIST