In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the agency responsible for implementing and enforcing telecommunications law and regulations. The FCC licenses radio and television transmitting stations, allocates radio frequencies and enforces compliance with the rules.
CT Compliance Testing is a company in charge of performing independent FCC certification and testing with permission from the agency, today we will explain how we perform this procedure.
How to obtain the FCC certificate?
The general rule is that any electronic device with the ability to generate frequencies above 9 kHz must obtain an FCC authorization, but there are some exceptions. When manufacturers sell equipment without proper approval, they can receive a penalty and authorities can confiscate their products and profits.
The FCC certification process begins once the product is about to go into production and be sold to consumers. The new product is tested to see if it can cause interference (EMI) to other equipment, transmits in the correct radio frequency range and meets other telecommunications requirements.
FCC compliance testing and approvals only regulate electromagnetic emissions. There are currently no FCC regulations regarding product immunity to electromagnetic fields.
The FCC currently has three authorization options: Verification, Declaration of Conformity and Certification.
This procedure is used on digital devices (FCC Part 15) that do not contain a radio or that contain a radio that has been previously approved and integrated within the guidelines set forth in its authorization grant. The manufacturer or laboratory may test these devices to verify their level of emissions. When these devices are determined to be compatible (compliant), they may be marketed and sold without FCC approval. An example of a device that may only require verification is a TV receiver. In the European Union, verification would be equivalent to self-certification.
Declaration of conformity
This more stringent procedure is generally required for FCC Part 18 devices, or devices such as a computer or personal computer peripherals. An accredited laboratory is required to measure RF emissions from the device to ensure that it complies with the emissions standards. A compliant product must display the FCC logo on its label (Figure 1), as above.
The most stringent authorization is FCC testing and certification. This procedure is for equipment that is more likely to interfere with other equipment with its signals. FCC Certifications are issued by a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB). A compliant product displays an FCC identification on its label. Obtaining FCC certification is simple if done step by step and with care. Figure 2 presents an example of an FCC label where the product number and FCC identifier must be included.
FCC part 15 testing
FCC Part 15 is a designation that the FCC created to establish the regulatory standards under which intentional, unintentional or incidental radiators may operate without an individual license.
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