FAQ

On this page you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about The LIA Lab, testing, and general enquiries. If you don't see your question answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us directly. 

 

Do I need to get my products tested?

Lighting products in the UK need to meet the requirements of UKCA. This includes mandatory requirements for a Declaration of Conformity and a risk assessment demonstrating how your product mitigates risk to people, buildings and animals. It is not mandatory to have testing done by a 3rd party laboratory, however the majority of companies use a 3rd party lab to provide them with supporting reports and certificates to prove safety prior to placing products on the UK market. Remember, as soon as you place the UKCA mark on your product and put it on the market you’re legally responsible for compliance to all the requirements.

How much does testing cost?

Testing costs are based on the specification of the products. You can follow this link to produce an indicative quote using the quote generator found here.

How long does testing take?

Testing lead times will depend on specification of the product and the tests that are required to be applied. As an average a full luminaire test is ~6 weeks with emergency luminaire testing adding another 2-4 weeks. Partial tests such as flammability or UMSUG testing are normally actioned within 2 weeks.

What do I need to do prior to testing?

You will need to provide your product along with any packaging, tools or instructions that you will sell with the product. You will need to ensure that you have all the component certificates or reports as per IS-6 here.

What do you test to?

We can test to whatever standards you request. A full list of our accreditations can be found below.

 

What happens if I fail the testing?

Once testing is completed you will be provided with a report which hopefully indicates your products compliance to the standard assessed against. Where there are non-compliances you will receive a report outlining the failures and the clauses against which the product did not comply. If you wish to amend the product and re-test, one pass results are achieved a full pass report can be issued. 

 

 

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