Get FCC Certification from an Accredited Laboratory
We support you to get an FCC mark onto your radio equipment and electronic products. We test your device, prepare documentation, and manage the administrative part of the FCC certification process. Our certification services are for you if you plan to sell or manufacture electrical equipment in the United States.
Whether you need a simple verification (Part 15 digital devices), a Declaration of Conformity (Part 18 devices), or a full-fledged FCC or Industry Canada Certification, we are the agency with the equipment and personnel to assist you.
The Need for FCC Testing
In a world populated with more electronic devices than humans—smartphones alone numbered 2.1 billion in 2016—it becomes essential to ensure that the electromagnetic (EM) radiation coming out of one device does not interfere the functioning of another.
Excessive EM radiation and a non-standard radio frequency is a serious problem, affecting the quality and safety of any device that runs on electricity. It can emanate from man-made devices, or be produced through natural phenomena, such as geomagnetic storms.
A geomagnetic storm releases powerful electromagnetic radiation and can put out entire power grids out of work. Although humans cannot control solar flares, standards have been set to limit the radiation coming out of electronic devices.
In the U.S., the FCC was established way back in the 1930s by the Communications Act of 1934. It regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. A part of the commission’s job is to standardize how much radiation electronic equipment can produce before issuing radio certification.
Your product will be pulled out of the U.S. market faster than the blink of an eye, and you can be slapped with a fine, if it does not comply with the applicable FCC rules.
FCC testing is a way to find out if your device is FCC standards compliant. If it is, you will have the right to put an FCC Logo—the U.S. equivalent of the CE mark—onto your devices.
Three Ways to Get an FCC Logo
All devices operating at a clock rate of more than 9 KHz are required to undergo FCC compliance testing before being allowed to have an FCC Logo. The testing can take up to 30 days.
However, not every manufacturer or seller have to wait a whole month. The FCC has streamlined its approval process in recent years, and it’s possible to get a go-ahead from an accredited lab in less than a week. The key is to find out which of the three options for authorization is an application in your situation:
This is the shortest procedure to market access in North America. It is used for digital devices that are mentioned in Part 15 and do not contain a radio. All that needs to be checked is how much radio frequency energy is coming out of the device. Manufacturers can check it in-house or work with an FCC accredited laboratory, like HCT America.
A little more time-consuming and strict than Verification, a Declaration of Conformity is required for devices listed in Part 18. Only an accredited laboratory, like HCT America, can measure your device’s compliance to FCC standards. You can’t do it in-house. You can feature an FCC Logo onto your product if an accredited agency finds your device to be compliant.
This is the most stringent form of FCC authorization, and it is mandatory for equipment that’s most likely to interfere with other electronic devices. Only a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), like HCT America, can issue FCC Certification. If your product is compliant, you will have the right to feature an FCC ID on it.
Feel free to ask us, if you cannot figure out yourself which path to FCC Certification will be the most suitable for you.
Reasons to Get Your Certification from HCT America
We can not only suggest the fastest approval process but assist you throughout the certification process.
- FCC Accredited Laboratory. We are an FCC accredited laboratory. That means, our test reports will be accepted across the 50 states, District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.
- Expedited Process. Getting approval from the FCC can take up to 30 days. We can expedite the process greatly.