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FCC Certification

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Market approval for devices with radio technologies in the USA

In order to obtain market approval for a device with radio technologies in the USA, each manufacturer must obtain FCC certification for the respective device. Certification in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) primarily means approval of devices with radio technologies in the USA. In order to make the certification process more efficient for manufacturers in and outside the USA, the FCC has designated Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) that have the authority to apply for and grant certification as part of the FCC approval process.

In November 2017, an updated FCC Authorization Program was presented, which was in a transition period until November 2, 2018. During this transition period both programs were valid.

A new authorization program for FCC certification for the US market has been in effect since November 2018.

View into the shielded hall for regulatory radio tests

Certification

Has to be assigned by an accredited and recognized FCC Laboratory

sDoC

Self declaration process – No FCC lab is required. The responsible party must be located in the US. A FCC Logo in FCC 15.19 is no longer mandatory.

A list of product groups for which the less complex sDoC procedure can be used can be found in FCC Rule Part 15.101. For all other product groups, the FCC certification procedure with an accredited and recognized FCC laboratory is mandatory.

Our services

We are accredited and recognized as an official laboratory by the FCC and are therefore able to perform all relevant regulatory tests necessary to start the FCC approval process. In addition to the necessary tests, our TCBs also enable us to offer you the certification process and thus a complete FCC approval from a single source.

Laboratory for EMC tests of emitted interference and noise resistance

Our accredited laboratories in North America and Europe have several approved TCBs and we offer testing and approval services according to all FCC standards. These include, among others:

  • FCC PART 22, 24 & 27 for GSM/WCDMA/LTE devices
  • FCC PART 15.247 for Bluetooth/WLAN 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • FCC PART 15.407 for WLAN 802.11 a/n/ac (5 GHz)
  • FCC part 15.245 (902-928 MHz band, ISM bands)
  • FCC PART 15.225 for RFID (13.56 MHz)
  • FCC PART 25 for devices for satellite communication
  • FCC PART 90
  • FCC PART 95
  • HAC tests according to FCC requirements
  • DFS tests for equipment operating within the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz frequencies. (FCC PART 15 subpart E)
  • SAR tests according to FCC requirements

Expertise FCC Certification

What are the components of an FCC certification application?

For unlicensed devices such as Bluetooth or WLAN products, radio keys, etc. the following must be submitted:

  • Completed FCC Form 731 (application)
  • Marking and information on the position of the marking (product label)
  • Block Diagram
  • Function Description
  • Circuit diagram including PCB arrangement
  • User manual (including regulatory information for the user)
  • External photos
  • Internal photos
  • FCC test report
  • Photos of the test setup
  • Temporary Confidentiality Requirement Letter for FCC (if required) – Confidentiality Letter (short term)
  • Confidentiality Requirement Letter for FCC – Confidentiality Request Letter (Permanent)

For licensed devices, such as mobile phones, the following additional features are needed:

  • SAR test report, far-field calculations (safety of persons in electromagnetic fields)
  • Information on setting the HF performance parameters (so-called Tune Up Document)
  • Equipment list

The application, including documents in English, must be submitted by the TCB to the FCC.

What types of certification are available from the FCC?

  • New certification application
  • Change in Identification
  • Class I Permissive Change – no approval necessary, a kind of self-declaration if change does not affect the RF characteristics
  • Class II Permissive Change – Changes affect RF characteristics
  • Class III Permissive Change – only for Software Defined Radio (SDR); is very rare

Does an FCC certification also count as market approval for Canada?

The basis for a market approval in Canada is the so-called ISED certification. The responsible authority for radio licensing in Canada is called Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The technical requirements for a market approval of products with radio technologies are in most cases identical to those in the USA and the tasks of the FCB for Canada are similar to those of the TCB.

  • Documents are submitted to ISED but are not published on the website. If confidentiality has not been requested, these documents can be viewed after appropriate consultation.
  • In contrast to the USA, a model name or the so-called “HVIN” on the label is mandatory in addition to the certification number. In addition, a marketing name is required for each approval before the approval is published on the website.
  • Without a local representative (LR) an approval is not possible. The LR must be registered with the authority ISED.

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