Excerpting the initial text:
Open Source Hardware Certification Version 1
This is version 1 of an official certification for open source hardware housed in the Open Source Hardware Association. It outlines the purpose and goals of such a certification, and establishes the mechanisms for the operation of the certification process itself.
* Make it easier for the public to identify open source hardware.
* Expand the reach of open hardware by making it easier for newer members to join the open source hardware community.
Read the full document: