beneficial testing

Beneficial Designs performs testing to determine if a specific wheelchair or scooter is safe, durable, and reliable for the end user. We perform wheelchair testing according to the RESNA WC-1 and RESNA WC-2 or the ISO 7176 test procedures. The RESNA and ISO test standards were created to ensure that both national and international test laboratories perform all wheelchair testing using the same procedures nationally and internationally. Beyond testing in accordance with the test standards, we can ensure that your wheelchair will be tested to meet the requirements for Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding (PDAC), the United States Departments of Veterans Affairs, and/or an FDA 510K clearance.

BD is dedicated to thorough and precise testing methods which ensure wheelchair and scooter manufacturers produce the best quality equipment for end users’ mobility needs.

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ISO & RESNA

testing standards

testing standards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies. ISO creates documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. BD tests to ISO 7176 standards which includes a comprehensive list of testing and quality control methods for manual and powered wheelchairs.

RESNA WC-1

requirements and test methods for wheelchairs and scooters

Beneficial Designs regularly performs the Public Rights-of-Way Assessment Process (HETAP) for numerous clients across the country. During an assessment using a Beneficial Designs PROWAP cart, a Beneficial Designs employee must be present. However, you may want help with the assessment and work alongside one of our assessment coordinators. In that case, Beneficial Designs offers training in order to equip additional workers to help with the assessment.

RESNA WC-2

additional requirements for wheelchairs and scooters with electrical systems

This standard applies to powered wheelchairs, including scooters, and accessories for wheelchairs and scooters. It specifies test methods and requirements for: dynamic stability; brake effectiveness; energy consumption; maximum speed, acceleration and deceleration; obstacle climbing ability; climatic testing; power and control system; and electromagnetic compatibility.

Peter Axelson lecturing at Stanford

informed testing

Peter Axelson, founder of Beneficial Designs, Inc. and director of research and development, led the development of the RESNA Wheelchair Standards for the United States and participates as the Vice-Chair of the RESNA Standards Committee on Wheelchairs. With our staff consistently participating in annual RESNA meetings, we can ensure that your wheelchair will be tested to meet the latest requirements necessary for PDAC (Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding) and/or VA (United States Department of Veterans Affairs) submission.

testing options

Beneficial Design offers a diverse and comprehensive set of testing options for wheelchair and power scooter devices. Click the button below to learn more about our RESNA and ISO compliant test categories.

what our customers have said...

Peter,

I want to thank each one of you for the help that was provided. This is the best customer service I have ever encountered. Everyone was amazing, but I worked primarily with Stephen and I cannot say enough good things. Not only that, but you bent over backwards to help us on a shortened schedule that was our fault. A sincere thank you for taking the hours off and for working with us to make sure the product was properly represented.
Thank you again.

– wheelchair manufacturer

Stephen, Bill, and Peter,

I wanted to reach out and say Merry Christmas. You were all so helpful to us and bent over backwards to get us ISO certified. I can’t thank you enough nor speak about you highly enough. We greatly appreciate you going the extra 10 miles for us.  
Thanks for helping our mission. We are up to 129,000 wheelchairs to 109 countries now and you have played a big part in that.
God Bless and thank you so much.

– wheelchair manufacturer

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