PTCRB Certification

For devices with mobile phone technologies in the USA

Similar to the tasks of the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for Europe, PTCRB focuses on ensuring that a device functions in accordance with the American mobile phone standard as defined in the regulatory and network operator requirements of the USA (North American Program Reference Document).

PTCRB certification is therefore required for products that rely on mobile communications technologies and are intended to be operated in the USA. These technologies include the classic mobile communications standards 2G, 3G and LTE, but also new technological developments such as CAT M1 and NB IoT.

The PTCRB certification process

The PTCRB certification process for mobile devices and modules provides for an 8-step plan that begins with the application for approval and ends with the issuance of the certificate for PTCRB certification:

  1. Manufacturer submits a request for certification via the certification database – located on the PTCRB website.
  2. Manufacturer selects a primary lab.
  3. Primary lab determines testing required for device based upon individual device capabilities.
  4. Primary lab submits the required documentation to the certification database upon completion of testing.
  5. Manufacturer submits the necessary documentation required for the PTCRB certification database.
  6. Manufacturer makes payment for certification to CTIA, the certification program administrator.
  7. CTIA ensures all requirements have been met.
  8. PTCRB certification notice is issued to the manufacturer.

The tasks of the "Primary Labs"

PTCRB has authorized several laboratories worldwide to conduct certification tests for approval as so-called “Primary Lab” on behalf of PTCRB. These tests can also be carried out in a “Primary Lab” only, whereby the laboratories are distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • Demonstration of the tools and knowledge necessary to test devices according to the PTCRB specified test requirements.
  • Independence from any direct link to a manufacturer through ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the PTCRB requirements and processes

Our services

The CETECOM laboratories in Essen (Germany) and Anyang (Korea) are complete PTCRB Primary Labs and offer the full range of services for PTCRB certification of mobile devices, modules and so-called “Integrated Devices”. This includes certification services for CAT M1 and NB IoT as next generation mobile connectivity. Further information on GCF certification can be found here.



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