FCC requires all manufacturers of products transmitting radiofrequency energy (RF) to put certification identification (FCC ID) on their products. FCC ID can be labeled on the product, etched on the exterior of the product, or electronically displayed. The ID must be visible and located in a reasonably visible font without a need for magnification. At Compliance Testing, our experts discuss all the FCC labeling requirements you must know about.

How To Label Different Products With FCC ID

The following are the two common ways to label products:

  • Products with approved transmitter: A product using an approved transmitter certified as a module must be labeled with its FCC directly on it. 
  • Products with unapproved transmitter: A Grant of equipment authorization is issued for a finished product that uses an unapproved transmitter, provided a certification has been performed on the product. The FCC rules stipulate that the finished product with an unapproved transmitter is labeled with FCC ID on the exterior.

Use Of FCC Symbol During Labeling

The FCC requires that labeling must be evaluated and affixed. For you to use the FCC symbol as shown in FCC 15.19(b), the product should qualify for the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). If your device doesn’t qualify for DoC, you are not permitted to apply the FCC symbol. Ideally, the following is additional information to keep in mind when it comes to FCC symbols:

  • Devices that require both Certification and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) must receive two marks of conformity: the FCC symbol and the Certification number
  • Devices requiring Certification OR SDoC should only get a single mark of conformity as selected by the manufacturer.

Can I Put The Labels On The Manual Instead Of The Product?

One of the common mistakes that manufacturers make with their small products is to put labels in their manual instead of on the product. The FCC rules stipulate clearly that the FCC ID must be on the product and should be reasonably visible without magnification.

Another misconception manufacturers have is utilizing a current item to check for relevant labeling standards. FCC requires you to look up the guidelines first to ensure your labeling conforms to the rules.

Must I comply with FCC Labeling Requirements for My IoT Product?

Any device connecting wirelessly to the internet, such as a home security system, smart coffee, or fitness tracker, must comply with country-specific equipment labeling rules. In the US, all IoT devices must meet the authorization and labeling requirements of the FCC to be allowed into the market.

What Are The Consequences Of Failing To Label My Product?

Missing or improper labeling on your product could result in FCC fines. FCC may also recall your product from the market, meaning you won’t legally sell, market, or display it for sale. Failure to follow federal rules will also make it hard for you to monetize your investment or attract new investors.

Get Your Product In The Market Faster With Compliance Testing

The certification identification (FCC ID) marking is mandatory if your product generates radiofrequency energy (RF). This is because products and devices that produce RF can interfere with other electronic devices and therefore are regulated by the FCC. Displaying proper labeling is an effective way to show the product or device meets all FFC-required testing standards and has no risk of interfering with other devices. 

Compliance Testing labs provide top-notch FCC certification testing and approval for transmitters and intentional radiators. We provide product approval for various countries, including the USA (FCC), Canada (ISED), and Europe (CE Mark). Contact us today to schedule a consultation.