When 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 the new End Product or Subsystem. This allows members to make changes to a previously qualified Component design and not have to perform testing for test cases unaffected by the member's changes.
If the Component was qualified/assessed within three years of the date of the new design being qualified, members can inherit test evidence for conformance test cases (test cases that end in -C) from the original qualification and reference that test evidence when completing their 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. New test evidence must be provided for these test cases for any new qualifications integrating the Component.
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, members are not responsible for testing new test cases that are introduced and associated with an existing ICS selection or re-executing any test cases impacted by a TSE introduced in TCRL releases since the original Component's assessment date. Members are always required to ensure their designs are 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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