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General FAQs

Membership

How much does it cost to join the PMA as a regular member?

The regular membership fee is $10,000 USD and valid for 12 months after becoming a member.

 

In addition to the membership fee, are there any other fees associated with being a member of the PMA and certifying devices?

$500 administration and processing fee payable to the PMA per device model certified. In addition, there are fees payable to the certification labs for the services of certifying devices and are determined by each lab. Links to the PMA accredited certification labs can be found here. Companies that have their intellectual property claims included in the PMA specifications may charge royalties for the use of their intellectual property. A list of such known to PMA companies, along with their contact information, could be found here PMA Intellectual Property Claims. Please note that PMA does not assure that this list of companies is complete or without error and disclaims any assurances to the contrary. PMA does not participate in any discussions related to application of royalties by other companies.

 

Are there other membership tiers aimed at small companies or startups wishing to join the PMA?

No. With the exception of companies serving as PMA Board members, there is a single membership tier available for companies joining the PMA i.e. regular membership. The PMA values giving all our members equal treatment and rights within the organization which includes unlimited access to specifications and working groups as well as unlimited technical contributions. This helps to establish a strong group of members that are committed to expanding the ecosystem and making a difference in the industry.

 

Do subsidiary companies or separate divisions need to have their own PMA membership?

Subsidiaries inherit the same rights of a parent company who is a member of the PMA as long as parent company ownership of the subsidiary is greater than 50%. However, a single membership allows for only a single company name and logo on the website and PMA is bound by the principle of one (1) vote per one (1) PMA Member. In addition, certain exceptions may apply based on the terms of entered membership agreement.

Does my company need to be a member of the PMA to use the PMA Certification Mark?

Yes, any company developing products that would like to use the PMA Certification Mark must be a PMA member in good standing. In addition to membership, there are other requirements that apply to the use of the PMA Certification Mark. In the case of companies re-branding (white label) a product that has been designed/developed/manufactured by a separate OEM/ODM company, both companies (i.e., OEM/ODM and the company that is white labeling) must be PMA members in good standing.

 

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Specifications

Does the PMA have a released specification for wireless charging?

Yes. PMA System Release 1 specifications, which include the PMA Inductive Wireless Power and Charging Specifications for Receiver (Rx), Transmitter (Tx), and Host Control Interface (HCI). Rx and Tx Specifications have been published and the HCI is in the process of being released. These specifications are available to all PMA members.

 

Can any member of the PMA make contributions to the PMA specifications?

Yes. As a part of the PMA technical development activities and in accordance with applicable PMA processes and procedures, any member in good standing can make unlimited contributions to the PMA specifications to be reviewed and approved by members of the technical working groups.

 

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Intellectual Property and Licensing

Does the PMA charge any royalties for use of the PMA specifications?

There are no royalties payable to the PMA for using or implementing PMA specifications. However, any company that uses or incorporates PMA specifications in its products must be a PMA member in good standing and its products must go through the PMA certification process with a PMA accredited certification laboratory.

 

Are there any other associated royalties for use of the PMA specifications?

Companies that have their intellectual property claims included in the PMA specifications may charge royalties for the use of their intellectual property. A list of such known to PMA companies, along with their contact information, could be found here PMA Intellectual Property Claims. Please note that PMA does not assure that this list of companies is complete or without error and disclaims any assurances to the contrary. PMA does not participate in any discussions related to application of royalties by other companies. All PMA members agree to the terms of the PMA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy that includes licensing obligation under reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free of any unfair discrimination.

 

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Certification and Markings

What fees does the PMA charge for Certification?

Once a wireless charging device (Rx or Tx) has passed certification, there is a onetime $500 administrative and processing fee per certified product model payable to the PMA. The PMA Certification Mark can then be used on an unlimited number of certified devices and datasheets as long as the devices do not change form/fit/function. There are additional fees payable to certifying lab described below. NOTE: The member must remain in good standing with the PMA while using the PMA markings.

 

What does the $500 administrative and processing fee for certification include?

This fee covers a variety of certification related administrative tasks provided by the PMA including product approval for a certification registration number (CRN) to begin the process, review and verification of certification results, test logs, certification body reports, and verdicts, verification that the member complies with all other requirements for receiving PMA certification in order to use the PMA certification mark, the process of uploading results to the registration database as well of listing of the certified product and maintenance of that database.

 

How much do labs charge for certification and where can I find a list of the PMA accredited certification labs?

Fees payable to the certification labs for the services of certifying PMA devices is determined by each lab. Links to the PMA accredited certification laboratories can be found here for contact purposes.

 

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