When you are integrating a Component to create a new Bluetooth® End Product or Subsystem, test evidence from the original Component qualification can be referenced on the test plan for your new End Product or Subsystem. This allows you to make changes to a previously qualified Component design and not have to perform testing for test cases unaffected by your changes.
If the Component’s Qualification Assessment Date is within three years of the date your qualification, you can inherit test evidence for conformance test cases (test cases that end in -C) and reference that test evidence when completing your test plan. This includes test cases that have changed Test Case Categories since the Component was qualified/assessed. Interoperability test cases/evidence (test cases ending in -I) cannot be inherited. You must provide new test evidence for these test cases.
As a result of Test Case Reference List (TCRL) changes over time, new test cases may be introduced for which there is no existing test evidence. Assuming the Component is still within the three-year window, you are not responsible for testing new test cases that are associated with an existing ICS selection. You are also not required to re-execute any test cases impacted by a TSE introduced in TCRL releases since the original Component's assessment date. You are always required to ensure your design is compliant with (and when necessary provide test evidence for new test cases associated with) any Expedited Erratum introduced in TCRL releases since the original Component qualification.
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