As an electronics manufacturer, achieving compliance with regulations such as FCC Part 15 or the European Union’s directives regarding electronic devices is a critical aspect of bringing your device to market.
Part of this process is preparing a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for your product — a formal statement that your device complies with regulations.
As specialists in regulatory compliance for electronics and an accredited electronics testing lab, we can help you with the testing and DoC process. You can contact us online or call us directly at 866-540-5287 to request a quote, talk to our team, or ask any questions about the process.
Below, you can find more information about what a Declaration of Conformity is, as well as the process of preparing a Declaration of Conformity for FCC or CE electronics regulations.
What is a Declaration of Conformity?
A Declaration of Conformity is a formal document that states your electronic device meets the standards of your target market, such as the United States, Canada, the European Economic Area (EEA) or other region.
Your DoC certifies that your device has been tested in an accredited laboratory, with the testing results confirming that it’s compliant.
Preparing a DoC is a critical aspect of compliance with regulations regarding electronic devices, such as FCC Part 15 in the United States (or, in the case of certain devices, FCC Part 18) and directives such as the Radio Equipment Directive or Low Voltage Directive in Europe.
In the United States, a DoC is usually referred to as a Declaration of Conformity. In Europe, it’s referred to specifically as an “EU Declaration of Conformity” or “EC Declaration of Conformity,” as it signifies that a device complies with European Conformity (CE) standards.
You can think of the Declaration of Conformity as one of the final pieces in the legal compliance puzzle for electronic devices — it’s the document you’ll prepare with your testing partner once it’s clear your device is compliant with the relevant standards.
Key Elements of a Declaration of Conformity
A typical Declaration of Conformity includes the following information:
- The name and address of the device manufacturer, or your authorized representative
- A description of the electronic device
- The electronic device’s model and/or serial number
- A list of standards and regulations the device complies with
- Test results and technical documentation supporting its compliance
- A statement that the manufacturer takes responsibility for the device’s compliance
- The date of the declaration and the signature of the authorized person
In some cases, the Declaration of Conformity for your device may require other information. Our team can inform you about the DoC process for your product based on your device type and the countries in which you plan to go to market.
FCC Declaration of Conformity
In the United States, the FCC Declaration of Conformity is a certification process for electronic products that emit radiofrequency (RF) energy. Complying with FCC standards is mandatory to access the United States market.
Requirements for FCC DoC
- Testing. Before preparing a Declaration of Conformity, you’ll need to test your device in an accredited testing lab to verify that it complies with FCC standards. These tests focus on radio frequency emissions, immunity and compatibility with other devices.
- Labeling. After completing testing and confirming that your device meets the standards set by the FCC, your device needs to be labeled with the FCC mark and an identification number.
- Documentation. Finally, you and/or your testing and compliance partner will prepare all documentation for your device, including your device’s Declaration of Conformity, design information, test reports and other data.
Do you have questions about the FCC testing and DoC process? Contact us and our engineers and compliance experts will provide the answers you need to achieve compliance and access to the US market for your device.
CE Declaration of Conformity for Electronics
In the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes all of the EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, completing the CE Declaration of Conformity is a mandatory step in the compliance and market access process.
CE Compliance Process
- Identify applicable directives. Before preparing an EU Declaration of Conformity, you will need to identify the appropriate European Union directives that apply to your device based on its type, components and function. Common EU directives include the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive, the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the Radio Equipment Directive (RED).
- Testing. Your product will need to undergo testing to verify that it operates within limits set by the respective EU standards. As an accredited testing lab, we can complete CE testing for your device to ensure it’s compliant and ready for the market.
- Documentation. After testing, you’ll need to prepare a technical file that provides all of the relevant information about your device, from its design to manufacturing, operation and testing results.
- Issue DoC. The final step is to issue the DE Declaration of Conformity, which includes key information about your device, the directives it complies with, and the standards it meets.
Achieve FCC & CE Compliance for Your Device
Completing testing and issuing a Declaration of Conformity for your device is a key step towards gaining market access, whether you plan to sell your device in the United States, the European Economic Area, or in other markets around the world.
As an accredited testing lab that specializes in FCC and CE compliance, we can help you carry out testing for your device, prepare documentation, achieve the FCC or CE mark and gain legal access to your target markets.
To request a quote for testing and compliance for your device, or to ask our team of engineers and regulatory compliance experts a question, contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287.