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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations cover various consumer technology devices, wireless devices, and industrial devices with cellular connectivity, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, or/and Bluetooth. Before being allowed into the U.S. market, these products must undergo careful FCC-mandated testing and certification that follows a specific procedure.

To help with the process, the testing and certification experts at Compliance Testing outline three tips for smooth FCC certification. Compliance Testing provides clients with the complete testing and certification services they need to achieve certification success and quickly get their product on the market.

What is FCC certification?

FCC certification is a process that ensures an electronic or mechanical device intended for the U.S. market produces safe levels of radiofrequency radiation. For a product to be FCC certified, it must undergo a testing process that gauges levels of R.F. output.

How do you obtain FCC certification?

The process to obtain FCC certification is a long and rigorous one. The FCC typically outsources the testing process to accredited third-party labs in the USA, such as Compliance Testing. The first step to getting an FCC certification for your product is to work with a lab that meets your testing needs. The lab leverages advanced equipment to gauge the R.F. output of your device and measure it against regulations. If the device passes the test, it gets FCC certifications. However, products that fail the test are sent back to be reworked to reduce their R.F. output and comply with FCC regulations.

3 tips to get a smooth FCC certification

Determine the standards

There are specific tests for different types of devices. It is essential to check which standards your products need to adhere to save time and money. Reference the applicable FCC guidelines to learn the frequencies legally open to you and your equipment. Consider several factors, including the radio range, size, propagation, optimization, and power consumption. You should also provide a detailed description of your device and acquaint yourself well with your product. This helps you answer pertinent questions regarding intended use and technical makeup.

Test during development

Perform as many pre-compliance tests in-house as the product is being developed. Although these tests may not count, it helps you avoid major mistakes that could render your efforts useless. You can use a certified third-party lab like Compliance Testing to help you with the testing.

Work with a re-known test lab

Finding a good test lab with an impressive track record can be daunting. The right lab should have the expertise, equipment, and cutting-edge technology to deliver stellar results within a short turnaround time. At Compliance Testing, we have provided best in class provided reliable product testing for over 50 years. Our testing and certification services are designed to help you quickly get your product to the market and grow your bottom line.

Get fast FCC certifications with Compliance Testing

The FCC regulations require any radio frequency equipment manufactured, sold, or distributed in the U.S to obtain FCC certification. Obtaining certification for compliance can be an expensive and tedious task for most manufacturers. You can avoid these pain points by working with an accredited third part testing lab with a solid track record. 

Compliance Testing provides clients with best-in-class testing services and regulatory guidance designed to put their products on a direct path for approval. We cater to manufacturers of electronics products and provide services to our customers in the United States, Canada, Japan, the European Union, Australia / New Zealand, and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.