For any electronic equipment manufacturer, it is mandatory for them that their product does not fall short of certain standards. These standards were first laid out by two leading organisations: the Federal Communications Commission in the United States and the European Commission in Europe. These rules differ in implementation depending on the region where you plan to manufacture or market your product. Anyway, the product must have FCC and CE compliance.
An average user, more often than not, believes the FCC and CE mark to be the same. Though these marks do share certain similarities there are also some marked differences between these two.
This article will highlight the difference between FCC and CE marks. Moreover, other electrical marks including UL, EMC, and CSA will also be compared.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC is an independent government agency in the US. The matters of the organization are managed by Congress. The organisation was set up to regulate interstate and international communications by television, radio, cable, wire and satellite. The rules of FCC states that electrical equipment working at 9kHz must undergo FCC testing. The testing ensures that the electronic equipment does not violate FCC laws. Electronic products with a FCC seal shows that the product has undergone FCC equipment authorization testing. T huh e official FCC certification is proof that the equipment is safe to use. Moreover, the product has been proven to not interfere with the functionality of other electronic equipment in the same circuit/environment.
Conformitè Europëenne (CE):
The CE mark has been chosen by the European Union. The mark was chosen as an official symbol to regulate all goods sold in the European Economic Arena (EEA). So, if your product has a CE mark on it, then it follows the standards laid down by the European Union. The official CE mark has been used around the globe and has become quite famous even among people who have no idea about EEA.
The seal of CE is an approval that the product fulfils the following requirements:
- The product was made in accordance with the European product directives.
- The product has the relevant performance and safety standards as laid down by European Union.
- The product fulfils its job and is not a threat to lives or property.
By laying down these safety guidelines, the European Union aims that electrical appliances have a greater degree of safety and the device performs exceptionally well.
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC):
Testing EMC testing is a measure of how well an equipment or system functions in an electromagnetic environment without introducing electromagnetic disturbance that might affect the performance of other devices in the environment.
In most international markets such as Europe, US, China, Australia, Korea, and New Zealand, following EMC regulations and standards is mandatory. EMC testing helps you to clear regulatory tests, improves your product's performance, and brings down the cost of non-compliance.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL):
The UL mark on the items verify the following: The product is not dangerous. It cannot start a fire or will not result in the death of any person. Is the product operable in dry or wet conditions? The product follows all the regulatory codes. The product follows all other safety and performance standards. Canada Standards Association (CSA) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that the CSA mark can be seen as an alternative to the UL mark. CSA aims to lay down regulations that will boost public safety.
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