FCC Certification


The FCC is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

From July 2016 testing in an FCC recognized laboratory is obligatory. To make the certification process more efficient for manufacturers in and outside the USA, the FCC has appointed Telecommunications Certifications Bodies (TCBs) who have the authority to review and grant an application for Certification on behalf of the FCC.


The Role of a TCB

A Certification Body that has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 by a recognized Accrediting Organization and designated by the National Institute of Standards (NIST) in the United States or by a body in an MRA partner country to approve equipment subject to Certification according to its scope of accreditation and issues Grants of Equipment Authorization.

From July 13, 2017 only Accredited and Recognized FCC test lab required for DoC and all Certification testing. Decision taken from FCC order 14-208.

The accredited CETECOM labs in North America and in Europe dispose of several authorized TCBs, providing testing and approval services according to all the FCC standards including:

  • 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 Satellite communications devices
  • FCC PART 90 for Private land mobile devices
  • FCC PART 95 for Personal radio devices
  • HAC testing according to FCC regulations
  • DFS testing for devices operating within the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz frequencies. FCC PART 15 subpart E.
  • SAR testing according to FCC rules
  • and many more


FCC certification is also required for a PTCRB certification. Utilizing CETECOM’s services will provide you with the convenience of obtaining FCC and PTCRB certification in parallel.