US market and FCC certification

FCC and CE marked circuit

To launch their products in international markets, companies have before them several steps. One among them is the requirement to certify that the products to be placed on the market comply with the technical requirements laid down by national laws.
In the field of electronics and telecommunications, the United States are one of the most popular destinations from manufacturer, importers and distributors; But even here, as in other countries, the sale of these devices is regulated by a certification body and regulatory environment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC allows the marketing of electronic and telecommunications equipment only if they comply with all the criteria of compliance with standards required by the law. So, products that pass testing procedures and approval, obtain FCC certification and may be introduced in the US market.

FCC: standards for electronic and telecommunication equipment

In The United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the body responsible for defining the technical norms and standards regarding the different types of electronic equipment, including radio frequency devices, telecommunications terminal equipment, and industrial equipment, medical and scientific.

All special local regulations, referenced by these and other devices, are contained in the different parts that make up the Title 47 of the code of federal regulations of the United States (Code of Federal Regulations).
Just to mention a few points, FCC, in the early parts deals such as to establish maximum levels SAR (Specific absorption rate) for thehuman exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
In Part 15 regulates the quantity limit of electromagnetic noise emitted by intentional emitters, radios that broadcast without needing a license, and unintentional emitters, electrical appliances that contain within them a digital circuit and operating at over 9000 oscillations per second (9kHz).
The rules for mobile phones, satellite phone and radio transmitters are available, Instead, at different points of the other constituent parts of the regulations.

How to proceed to get FCC certification?

FCC label

The FCC has three different authorisation procedures: Check, Declaration of conformity and certification.
Depending on the products and procedures, the approval for the release of the FCC certification are the responsibility of the Federal Communications Commission or a Telecommunications Certification Body (telecommunications certification body). THE TCB, present in limited numbers, are entities authorized to verify that the product meets the requirements to receive approval.
In practice, the electronic equipment that require FCC certification must first be tested in test labs, in order to verify the minimum required standards. Then, the test report and the technical documentation of the device should be examined by a TCB, who will evaluate the results of the tests. If it considers the product conforms, initiate administrative procedures for approval of certification.

If an electronic equipment manufacturer wanted to extend their market to United States, It is therefore clear that the first step is definitely get FCC approval. But where to start?
SICOM, in collaboration with an important certification and other specialized laboratories partners, offers its clients a complete service of advice on certification procedures, run all tests and prepare the documentation for the certification of different types of electronic and telecommunication products.

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