Introducing:
Certification Transfer Program

 

Open as of June 1, 2018

The Zigbee Alliance has opened a new Certification Program that makes it easier for companies to join the Zigbee Alliance ecosystem of Certified Products. The program enables Zigbee Alliance Participant and Promoter members to offer their Certified Products to current members and new companies for white-labeling while maintaining those products’ Zigbee Certified status.

 

Program Value

For existing members

Participants and Promoters can now transfer a product to a customer, and allow them re-certify the product under their company name. This makes it easy for customers to enter the IoT marketplace, and increases distribution and sales channels by leveraging existing Certified Products. 

Participants and Promoters are also eligible to receive a Certification Transfer.

Adopters are eligible to receive a Certification Transfer on a product from a Participant or Promoter company, and re-certify the products under their company name. Approved products can then carry the Certified logo under the new company name.

For new companies

New companies can now easily and affordably implement Certified Products from Alliance Participant and Promoter member companies, and re-certify these products under their company name. Approved products can then carry the Certified logo under the new company name.

Criteria for non-member companies who wish to take advantage of the Certification Transfer Program:

  • Must have never been a member of the Alliance
  • Are limited to a maximum of ten (10) re-certifications per calendar year
  • Must use the Zigbee Alliance trademarks and logos in strict compliance with the Guidelines and Terms
  • Must comply with the Zigbee Alliance and third-party terms

 

How the program works

Participant and Promoter companies are capable of offering products for certification transfer.

Products for certification transfer must:

  • Be an end product
  • Be previously certified by the Zigbee Alliance (Zigbee 3.0, Zigbee Smart Energy, and Green Power devices only)
  • Belong to a Participant or Promoter member company
  • Be enrolled in the program by a Participant or Promoter Company for certification transfer in the member Certification Web Tool.

Eligible companies can then apply to re-certify products under a different company name, as long as the product:

  1. Has not undergone any functional changes from the originally certified product, and;
  2. Seeks certification under the same program, device type, and device capabilities as the originally certified product

 

Benefits of completing a Certification Transfer

  • Carry the well-known Certified logos under your company name simply by completing the program
  • Easy access to the IoT world without needing the expertise to design your own devices
  • Join the Zigbee Alliance Certified ecosystem of more than half a billion products across the globe
  • Focus on tailoring a product to your end user without having to modify core networking functionalities
  • The Zigbee Alliance will review all applications to ensure that the Zigbee functionality in the previously certified product was not modified in any way.

Benefits of enrolling devices in the Certification Transfer Program

  • Deliver more value to your customers by making it easy to enter the IoT marketplace through re-distributing your already-Certified products
  • Increase your distribution and sales channels by leveraging existing Certified Products

 

How to join this program and certify a device

Existing members can enroll products in the program and apply for a Certification Transfer using the Certification Web Tool

For new companies that are not Alliance members, please complete the following:

1. Review:

2. Register your company and apply for product re-certification on the Alliance Certification Transfer tool. Click here to access the Certification Transfer tool.

3. Submit $500 certification listing fee per device transferred.

For questions about the process, please contact [email protected].

Certification Transfer Program: FAQs

What are the company qualifications to join the program?

To submit a product to be transferred, you must be from a Participant or Promoter company in good standing.

To receive a Certification Transfer, you must be either a Zigbee Alliance Member in good standing, or be a new company who has never been an Alliance member. New companies are limited to ten (10) certifications per calendar year.

 

Which products qualify for the transfer program?

  • Any product that has been certified to Zigbee 3.0
  • Any product that has been certified to Smart Energy 1.2a or 1.4
  • Any product that has been certified as a Zigbee Green Power Device

 

What changes to the previously certified product are allowed as part of the program?

  • Product packaging changes (color, shape, etc.)
  • Changes to the product color or brand name
  • Changes in the user interface that do not affect Zigbee functionality (color display versus B&W, push-button light switch versus paddle switch, etc.)
  • Hardware configuration changes that do not affect Zigbee functionality (changing location of a read switch, change of button location, etc.)

 

Which companies can my company transfer products from?

Only Participant and Promoter members of the Zigbee Alliance are able to register their certified products to be part of the Certification Transfer Program. Once registered, you will see a full list of products available to transfer when you are entering an application for certification.

 

Will my product be listed on the Zigbee Alliance Certified Products page?

Yes, once the transfer is approved, your product will be listed on the Alliance Certified Products page here: http://www.zigbee.org/zigbee-products-2/

 

If you have a Zigbee 3.0 Product that was Certified before the launch of the program (June 1, 2018), can it be enrolled in the Certification Transfer Program?

Yes. Any Certified Product can be enrolled in the program as long as it is an end device.

 

Can Promoter/Participant members enroll their Zigbee 3.0 Certified Products for Certification Transfer program and then decide later based on the requests received whether they want to sell such product to the requester?

Yes. Promoter/Participants will be contacted by the Alliance to authorize the use of their product as the basis for a Certification Transfer application.  

 

Is there a limitation on how many products a Participant or Promoter can enroll for Certification Transfer Program?

No. Participant and Promoter members can enroll as many eligible products as they’d like.

 

If a Participant downgrades to Adopter member status, will it affect the products they already enrolled in the program?

Yes. The products will no longer be eligible to be transferred.  Only current Promoter and Participant companies can enroll and have active products in the program.

 

Will the certificates for products that have obtained their certification by the transfer program be marked in any way to allow them to be identified as having used the program?

No. Products that successfully complete the program will be marked in the same way as any other Zigbee Alliance Certified product.

 

Can a certified module or platform be integrated by another company and still receive Certification Transfer if the Zigbee hardware and firmware have not changed?

No. Some hardware and firmware changes have the potential to alter Zigbee performance. To confidently deliver on our promise of interoperability, these Certification Transfers are not permitted.

 

If a product is certified with a set of attributes for the basic cluster, are you allowed to change attributes such as application version, hardware version, model identifier, etc.?

No. Similar to the previous answer, these changes have the potential to alter Zigbee performance. To confidently deliver on our promise of interoperability, these Certification Transfers are not permitted.

 

What happens to the manufacturer ID when the product is transferred? Does the original certifying company’s ID display on the product, or the transferee?

Manufacturer IDs are only issued to member companies. If the company receiving the transfer is not a member, they won’t get their own manufacturer ID and will have to use that of the original certifying company. However, if the company is a member, they can note on their application that they would like to use their own Manufacture ID.

 

Can a certified module or platform be integrated by another company and still receive Certification Transfer if the Zigbee hardware and firmware have not changed?

No. Some hardware and firmware changes have the potential to alter Zigbee performance. To confidently deliver on our promise of interoperability, these Certification Transfers are not permitted.

 

What kinds of product changes are acceptable for the program?

Type of change Acceptable Not acceptable
Product appearance
Product packaging (color, shape, etc) X  
Changes to product color or brand name X  
User interface
Changes to display screen (color vs. monochrome, language, etc.) X  
Buttons (push button switch vs. paddle switch) X  
Hardware configuration
Changing location of buttons, switches, etc. X  
Changing any hardware that interferes with our alters Zigbee functionality   X
Other
Changing the device type from the originally certified product   X
Changing Certification type from the originally Certified Product   X
Adding/removing supported clusters from the originally Certified Product   X

 

Have more questions? Please contact us at [email protected].

The Zigbee Alliance is the foundation and future of the IoT. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.