US Market and FCC certification

US Market and FCC certification

To launch their products on international markets, companies have several steps to take.
A Faulty is required to certify that the products to be placed on the market fulfill the technical requirements set by national legislation.

In the electronics and telecommunications industry one of the most sought after destinations by producers, importers and distributors is the US market.
As with other countries, the sale of products is regulated by certification and regulatory bodies.
In the US the FCC allows the marketing of electronic and telecommunications equipment only if they meet all the compliance with established standards criteria.
Products that pass the verification procedures and approval, get the FCC certification and can be introduced on the market.

FCC: standards for electronic and telecommunication equipment

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) It is the competent body that sets the rules and technical standards regarding the various types of electronic equipment, including radio frequency devices, telecommunications terminal equipment and industrial equipment, scientific and medical.

All the specific regulations, which refer to these and other devices, are contained in the different parts that make up the Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations US (Code of Federal Regulations).
The FCC sets, for example, the maximum limits SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) for 'human exposure to electromagnetic fields.
In the part 15 regulates the quantitative limit of electromagnetic interference emitted from intentional emitters, radios that broadcast without the need to license, and unintentional emitters, electrical appliances that contain within them a digital circuit and which functions at a higher frequency in 9kHz.
The standards for mobile phones, satellite phone and radio transmitters are available in different points of the other parts that make up the regulations.

Obtaining Certification FCC?

The FCC has three different authorization procedures: Check, Declaration of Conformity and Certification.
Depending on the products and procedures, approval for the release of FCC certification They are the responsibility of the Federal Communications Commission or a certifying body for telecommunications Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB).
The TCB are institutions authorized to verify that the product meets the requirements to receive approval.
In practice, electronic devices that require FCC certification, they must first be tested in the test laboratories.
The test reports and technical documentation of the device need to be examined by an entity TCB, who will evaluate the results of the tests.
If the institution deems the product complies, will initiate the administrative procedures necessary for the approval of certification.

If a manufacturer of electronic equipment wanted to expand its US market, should get FCC certification.

Sicom Testing, in collaboration with a leading certification body and other partners specialized laboratories, It offers its customers a full service consulting on certification schedules, It performs all the tests and prepare the documentation for the certification of different kinds of electronic products and telecommunications.

Sicom Testing It offers a complete service for FCC certification products.

To request more information on this topic, write to info@sicomtesting.com
or call +39 0481 778931.

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34 thoughts on “US Market and FCC certification”

  1. Good morning,
    I would like to have some information about the FCC rules; certification procedures, execution of all the trials and preparation of documentation for certification of different kinds of electronic products.
    Thank you.
    A greeting

  2. Good morning, How can I verify the authenticity of the FCC certification? The import and the company says it has certified FCC.

    • Hello Roxana,
      the authenticity of the FCC approval depends on the type of product certificate. To check the conformity of products, the FCC rules lay down different paths depending on the type of product to be certified (radio, electronic, etc). If you need more information about FCC certification of your products, can contact us here https://www.sicomtesting.com/es/richiesta-di-preventivo/
      Kind regards
      Staff Sicom

        • Good morning,
          for non-radio electronic equipment it is necessary to carry out the tests in a specialized laboratory and prepare the technical documentation of the product.
          For equipment containing non-FCC certified radio modules (i.e. without FCC ID), testing must be performed at an FCC accredited laboratory, prepare the technical documentation of the product and submit the documentation to the FCC Commission, for the product to be included in the official database.
          Greetings from Sicom Testing

  3. Good afternoon I would like to know if you me.podrian work with the standard of a known brand of phone Lenovo k8, because it allegedly did not FCC would be a great help for me because here in Colombia these issues are very boring

  4. Good morning,
    in general, regarding EMC, The FCC is less restrictive of the CE marking?
    And it is possible that a product has passed testing for CE marking fails FCC testing?

    • Good morning,
      thanks for contacting us.
      Although FCC and CE related to electromagnetic compatibility are different, there is not one of the other more stringent.
      A product tested and found suitable for the EC Party, still it has to be subjected to the tests prescribed for FCC because the tests may differ.
      Kind regards
      Staff Sicom

      • Good morning, I would like to know if a product that has already had FCC change brand certification needs to be recertified or the old certification remains valid

        • Good morning.
          As a rule, it is not necessary to repeat tests, but surely the new product must be certified. All product documentation and original tests must be available and these must be in accordance with the current version of the applicable standards.
          Greetings from Sicom Testing

  5. Good morning,

    we connected a 3G key to one of our products. We would need to receive information concerning the validity of the radio key certification. It is still valid after being installed in a programmable device? Or should again be certified RED, FCC and IC?

    Thank you

    • Good morning,
      thanks for contacting us.
      In the case of a device containing a radio product already certified, we have the following scenario:
      – by FCC and Canada are reported on the exterior of the certificate data radio product inside
      – in the case of CE marking, repeat all the radio test
      For more information, write us info@sicomtesting.com
      Kind regards
      Staff Sicom

    • Good morning Paul,
      having passed the FCC tests, It does not allow to apply the CE mark, nor to place the product on the European market. These are two different procedures that provide for the execution of several tests, although in some cases some evidence may be the same or very similar.

      In addition to carrying out tests on a representative sample of the product, we must ensure that all parts produced conform to that standard. We must properly store the documents available to the market control authorities. There are rules and fees for the disposal of electronic waste. We must ensure that consumers are respected diitti. Some products have to be registered before being placed on the market.

      All of these procedures exist and their variants in both Europe and the United States, but they must be followed according to local rules and at the local offices of competence.
      Kind regards
      Staff Sicom

  6. One of our customers uses drones bought online, with FCC marking and bearing plate, for example, the abbreviation CE890 or CE1313, but they have no manual in Italian, CE marking classical, EC declaration of conformity and do not report data on the risks for users, etc. They are considerable outlawed in Italy? They can be used by workers without encountering security-related sanctions on the job?

    • The CE marking with notified body number suggests the earlier directive R&TTE outdated.
      The absence of the declaration of conformity and the manual is in Italian irregularities.
      The product, Based on this information, It is outlawed in Italy and Europe.
      As for job security, this type of product must be properly certified for the European market, so also Italian.
      In addition to this, if the product presents a risk, these must be considered in the company document the risk assessment.

  7. Salve,
    I would be interested to know when ê necessary to carry out certification of a product again.
    During production, you may need to replace certain components for various reasons, such EOL or PRODUCt optimization. What are the conditions that guarantee the suitability of the product and the non-necessity of execution of new tests?

    Thank you

    • Good morning
      The manufacturer (and alternatively his agent or importer in the cases provided) is responsible for compliance of all replacement products put on the market. It's’ normal that in the life of a product some components may be replaced. For every change you have to assess whether this may have implications on regulatory requirements.
      The change of a passive component with one having the same characteristics of a different provider is normally considered a safe modification if this does not happen in a particularly delicate circuits.
      The change of a critical component for safety, such as a fuse or an arrester normally require a partial retesting.
      When it comes to components at the end of their lives (EOL), It can think of components that perform complex functions and for which takes place an evolution as to impose a succession of models or versions. They are for example components with radio functions, or processors or memories. When these components are changed it is appropriate to a partial retesting.
      The changes of layout of printed circuits always require the repetition of the electromagnetic compatibility tests.
      This needs a competent person to assess the possible impact of any changes.
      For the determination of the test group to be repeated there can be entrusted to a test laboratory.
      Staff Sicom Testing

    • Good morning Marco, thank you for writing us. To market a product in the United States, FCC compliance is mandatory for electronic equipment that uses frequencies above 9 kHz.
      Greetings from Sicom Testing

  8. Buongiorno,
    Se tutti i componenti (specialmente i moduli radio) utilizzati all’interno di un Pannello industriale sono certificati FCC, il pannello deve essere certificato nuovamente con FCC parte B sotto unintentional radiation?

    • Good morning, thank you for writing us.
      In order to be marketed, the industrial panel must be certified according to FCC part 15B (or part 15C if it uses more than one radio module inside it) even if all the components are already certified.
      Greetings from Sicom Testing

  9. Good afternoon, my name is Ing. Ernesto Tamez Escamilla, telecommunications expert in Mexico and certified in radio and television in E.E.CC. I want to certify on the FCC FM radio transmitter equipment in the band from 88 a 108 Mhz, which would be modulated frequency.
    What would be the procedure Thanks.

  10. Good day,
    If a product is certified to comply with the FCC, must be re-certified annually? or how long the certification lasts?

    • Good morning,
      FCC certification does not expire. However if an FCC certified product undergoes changes, these must be technically evaluated and the product must be tested again, complete or partial, and certified.
      Greetings from Sicom Testing

  11. Good evening,
    for a telecommunications product, which falls within the 47CFR regulatory framework, electrical safety tests similar to those required by EN62368-1 are envisaged?
    If so, what are the regulatory references for the USA?
    Thank you

    • Good morning.
      It Title 47 of the CFR deals only with the aspects of electromagnetic compatibility, while there is no defined regulatory framework for the safety of this type of product, as safety compliance is verified on a voluntary basis.
      Generally the international standards IEC (for example IEC 62368-1) are accepted in the United States, other times the UL mark is required. This depends on the agreements made between the manufacturer and the importer in the United States.
      Greetings from Sicom Testing

    • Good morning.
      Any telecommunications product intended to be marketed in the United States must be FCC certified.
      If an already FCC certified product is modified, laboratory measurements may be required, update the documentation and update or redo the FCC certification.
      Greetings from Sicom Testing

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