Lighting Global recently updated our testing policy and will now accept test results from independent labs that meet certain requirements. The new policy will give manufacturers more options for product testing and should help accelerate the adoption of international testing standards for pico-powered lights.
Technical Note Issue 16: Laboratory Testing Requirements and Accreditation discusses a few key requirements in this process. Specifically, we are requiring that independent labs testing outside the Lighting Global test network be accredited to perform the tests that they would like to submit. The accreditation process (often incorrectly called certification) includes a set of actions and reviews that a laboratory undertakes to improve its testing capability so that it can produce technically valid test results that can be accepted worldwide. This may sound a bit convoluted, but ultimately accreditation comes down to the details and is VERY specific in the language used to describe the various parts and the requirements a lab must meet to obtain accreditation.
The whole process was developed to allow test results from one part of the world to be considered valid and accepted by another part of the world. This is exactly what we are doing here. Our goal is to maintain confidence in the product testing associated with Lighting Global so that stakeholders and consumers can rely on the information they get from the program.