Bluetooth Qualification Process Overview

The Bluetooth Qualification Process promotes global product interoperability and reinforces the strength of the Bluetooth® brand and ecosystem to the benefit of all Bluetooth SIG members. Qualification helps member companies ensure their Bluetooth products comply with the Bluetooth Patent & Copyright License Agreement and the Bluetooth Trademark License Agreement (collectively, the Bluetooth License Agreement) and Bluetooth specifications.

All Bluetooth products must complete the Bluetooth Qualification Process to be listed on the Bluetooth Product Listing Database.

Completing the Bluetooth Qualification Process

The Qualification Process applies to products incorporating Bluetooth designs. A design is a specific configuration of hardware and/or software implementation of adopted Bluetooth® specifications. The design is assigned a Bluetooth product type per the definitions in the Compliance Requirements section of the Bluetooth specifications.

If an organization produces more than one product that incorporates the same Bluetooth design, those additional products can be listed within the same qualification at no additional cost.

Use the Bluetooth Qualification tool Launch Studio to complete the Bluetooth Qualification Process. There are two paths within Launch Studio.

The path you use depends on whether your product uses a new or existing Bluetooth design.

Qualification Process with No Required Testing

This path applies to the following scenarios when you are:

  • Using another member organization’s previously qualified Bluetooth® End-Product or Subsystem in your product with no changes or additions to the Bluetooth design
  • Purchasing a Bluetooth product manufactured by a third party and distributing it with your organization’s name or logo (also referred to as “white-labeling“).
  • Creating combinations involving only previously qualified Bluetooth End Products or Subsystems and you make no design changes.

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Qualification Process with Required Testing

This path applies to the following scenarios when you are:

  • Creating a new design or combination that does not involve only previously qualified Bluetooth® End Products or Subsystems. Altering a previously qualified Bluetooth design by changing the core configuration/functionality.
  • Qualifying a design that uses a previously qualified Bluetooth Component product type.

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Note: When qualifying with a previously qualified Bluetooth® Component product type, testing may or may not be required. It depends upon the type of testing already performed for the qualified Component product type and the date that testing was completed.

Failure to properly qualify a design and list associated products may cause organizations to become subject to enforcement action. Read the updated policy here for the escalation schedule.

Note: If you are a retailer or supplier selling or distributing another organization’s qualified Bluetooth® product, and you are not adding any logos, branding, or representing the product as your own, you do not need to complete the qualification process for the product. However, the qualified product must be clearly labeled and represented as listed on the Bluetooth Product Listing Database.

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