Session 5: Practical compliance for manufacturers
This session is to discuss practical compliance for manufacturers, and to cover all compliance issues, more than just EMC / RED, and of course can cover more than just UK / Euro issues. I see it more as giving guidance to maybe less experienced companies, pitfalls to look out for, lessons learned, in-house vs external testing, etc.
Session 5, Speaker 1
Alexander Toohie – Compliance Manager, Texecom
What Next? A Crash-Course in Some of the Regulatory Requirements Outside of Just EMC
So you understand EMC now? Great! But what happens when your next product has ten different modes of operation, four wireless interfaces, a couple of moving parts, and it’s for use on gas pipelines? Not to mention all the different build options you’ll need to address those component shortages. Oh, and your marketing team already have pre-orders in fifty different countries. If you’re sweating, this talk is for you.
Alexander Toohie has a background is in astrophysics, having studied for his Master’s at the University of Leicester, with a focus on remote sensing technologies for orbital missions, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours. Alex spent 8 years working with Element, a UK-based test laboratory, in both an applications engineering role and more recently as a business development manager, planning the testing and certification paths for complex and varied radio products. In 2022 Alex joined Texecom, an international leader in the design and manufacture of intruder and fire alarm systems, leading their compliance team and ensuring their devices meet CPR, EMCD, RED, UKCA, and other regulatory compliance schemes.
Session 5, Speaker 2
Marc Hudson – Senior Compliance Engineer, Sky
Experiences and Lessons of a Compliance Engineer/Manager
Market Authority - What they are really like if you do things properly. What are they really looking for - DoC and TF.
Technical File - The Technical File is critical. Not just assessment/testing – Honestly though, testing is really what is being asked for although not the legal requirement in EU/UK
Test House - Details about test houses and their behaviour – How to interact with them, getting to the truth – weekly dialogue, treat test house as part of the team but independent, feeling valued, help organisation achieve its goal, understanding the requirements for your product
Training, ISO 9001, ISO 17025 - Benefits + Auditing
Communication is Key - Most mistakes are due to bad communication
Management and processes - SMART, PDCA, closed loop communication, RASIC/RACI, Single Point of Failure
Been a member of the product Compliance industry since 2004, starting in audio/video/radio (Audio Partnership), moving into power tools with radio modules (Bosch) and then back into audio/video/radio (Sepura and Sky). Senior Compliance Engineer, previously Compliance Manager and Compliance Team Leader, BTEC HND in Sound and Video Engineering and MIET. Previously a member of UK, EU and International Standards Committees and EU/UK Trade Association Committees, specifically Vice Chair of LVD, EMC and RED matters for the EGMF EU Trade Association for Garden Equipment. Also, published an article on the NLF for the EMC Journal in 2010. As part of internal ISO 17025 accreditation for the acoustic chamber according to the Outdoor Noise Directive (non-accredited for Machinery Directive), was an approved Noise Technical File expert.
Session 5, Speaker 3
Enforcement of the UKCA and UKNI Marking regimes
Dai Davis is a Technology Lawyer. He practices as a solicitor but is also a qualified Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession for over 25 years. He has two master degrees: one in Physics, the other in Computer Science.
Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds for a number of years, Dai has for the past decade been a partner in his own specialist law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co. Dai advises clients throughout the country on intellectual property, computer and technology law subjects. A third “super specialism” that Dai has practised for over two decades is high-tech product safety, including advising on the CE, UKCA and UKNI Marking and product recall.
He is primarily a non-contentious lawyer, advising clients on technology-related commercial agreements. Being a technologist, Dai often works with clients who are involved in cutting edge technologies. He has recently been elected as a trustee of the UK Cyber Security Centre.
Dai is a non-executive director of FAST (The Federation Against Software Theft) and a Liveryman of the City of London through the WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists). He is a trustee of the UK Cyber Security Council. He has been a Council member of the Licensing Executives Society of the United Kingdom, a body of professionals dealing in intellectual property licensing, for more than a decade. He is widely published and an experienced public speaker and writer. He can be contacted on 07785 771 721 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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