This level of change is creating widespread confusion on the correct approach to Design, Testing and Certification. ‘Change’ is impacting a manufacturer’s ability to effectively sell products in an increasingly global marketplace. ‘Change’ is impacting the level of trust in any performance or safety-related data required to satisfy complex regulatory environments.
The regulatory environment is not helping. The lack of global harmonized standards leads to a quagmire of differing and contradictory standards. Little to no correlation exists between ‘regulation’ and product. Further, the uncertainty of Brexit has muddied an already confusing situation.
Nevertheless, new large-scale entrants from overseas are looking to enter the UK and European market, potentially able to out-compete local competitors with resources, skills and capital.
Getting safe and compliant products on time to market makes the entire difference to the profitability of your product range.