The Qualification Program is the means by which Bluetooth technology is licensed to manufacturers along with the trademark and word mark.
The transition period from PRD 1.0 to PRD 2.0 will soon come to an end. Under the new Qualification Program Bluetooth SIG members have greater responsibility for the conformance of their product. For PRD 2.0 the Bluetooth SIG have appointed Bluetooth Qualification Experts (BQE) to assist SIG members through the complex task of documenting their product, deciding which tests are needed and managing the test process. BQEs replace the BQBs who were accredited under PRD 1.0. SGS offers BQE services at its labs in Taiwan and in the UK where both have a long experience in Bluetooth Qualification.
PRD 2.0 introduces random audits of Bluetooth compliance folders. Under PRD 2.0 every company should be audited regularly. If a BQE approves the product then a BQE certificate is awarded and it is removed from the random audit pool. A BQE certificate will therefore add value to a Bluetooth product as buyers will be assured that the Bluetooth SIG will not demand any changes to the product once it is in production as a result of an audit.
Certain Bluetooth testing must be done at accredited Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF). SGS has two BQTFs, one in Taiwan and one recently established in Korea. Internationally there are just 21 BQTFs and 35 BQEs making SGS a major player in the Bluetooth testing and approvals market. Furthermore, the launch on the 1st of January 2007 of Bluetooth EMC & RF testing capabilities at the Guangzhou lab in China has further improved SGS´s market position.