If you're planning on exporting your product, it needs to meet international standards. For example, it must be considered safe in the country of destination.
The standards will differ depending on the type of product you sell and the market you want to export to. Your product may need to be tested by a government approved (accredited) body.
Get product liability insurance for the markets you're selling into to make sure you're protected.
There are a number of testing facilities in the UK that will test samples of products to see if they meet international standards.
Accreditation bodies are established in many countries to make sure testing laboratories are subject to oversight by an authoritative body.
Accreditation bodies (which have been evaluated by peers as competent) sign arrangements that enhance the acceptance of products and services across national borders. This supports international trade by removing technical barriers.
Use the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to search for accredited testing facilities in the UK.
Suitable for the market
Even if goods meet a country's legal requirements, they may still not be suitable. For example, a component manufactured in the UK using metric measurements might not fit in America with the imperial parts Americans normally use.
The way a product looks or performs might not match international customer demand and you may need to adapt it.
Visit GOV.UK for more information on the conformity assessment and accreditation policy. Conformity assessments ensure that any goods or services supplied actually meet the requirements specified or claimed.