Did you know that 20,000 new products were released in the USA last year?
Today’s world is the perfect environment for starting production. The world is more connected than ever before. This means it’s easier than ever to create supply chains and research markets.
However, if you really want your product to carry weight amongst consumers and suppliers, you should certify your product.
What product certifications are available? What do they mean? Read on to find out.
Comply With Government Law
In some cases, certification is not a luxury item. For instance, if you trade in defense-related projects, you’ve probably heard of the ITAR certification.
Ok, so let’s start by clarifying this certification. Rather than endeavoring to gain an ITAR certification or certificate, you should instead look to meet ITAR compliance laws. This is a more accurate description.
It applies specifically to those who work in the arms industry. If you are trading in any of the items that are listed on the United States Munitions List, you need to have approval from the Directorate of Defence Trade Controls.
ITAR certification means that you are compliant with government regulations and can trade in the listed items.
Reach Your Target Audience
In other cases, you may want to get certification to show that you are a responsible producer. This is especially true if you plan to market to a specific demographic such as the vegan movement.
Animal welfare has never been higher in people’s minds. As awareness of the conditions of animal living and the manner of their slaughter is greater than ever, many look to see the Animal Welfare Approved stamp before they buy.
This certification was originally released in 2006, and it applies to meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Sell Your Products Internationally
If you are planning to sell to an international audience then you should consider region or country-specific certification.
For instance, your headquarters may be located in the USA. However, if you plan to market your product in Europe, you will need the CE certificate in addition to your USA certification.
Be aware that if you display the CE mark on your product, any country you plan to market to can request a folder of documents proving its genuine certification.
In addition to this, you may need further accreditation for your product for each country within the European Union.
Product Certifications and Much More
If you are starting the production of a new range of products, certification can give you the confidence you need to widely market your goods. Product certifications will prove to others that you take your products and your reputation seriously.
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