RF Testing Approvals
HCT America provides complete RF certification services for more than 120 countries. For seamless application prep and handling, as well as Local Representative Services, HCT America is your one-stop solution to access the world’s markets.
Radio certifications can be complex, often involving SAR (Radiation Exposure), as well as the FCC Permit But Ask (PBA) protocols. Our reviewers have years of experience with every type of FCC Certification.
Why Worry About Radio Device Approvals
It is illegal to sell radio frequency (RF) devices, that don’t comply with the FCC standards in the United States.
The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) authorizes radio frequency (RF) devices under 47 CFR Part 2 before allowing them to be imported or manufactured, and sold in the United States. The authorization process ensures that the RF devices in use do not cause harmful interference and comply with the rules set by the FCC.
What RF Devices Need Approvals?
Al intentional radiator devices are regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, Part 11 through Part 101. Radio Devices need to undergo a certification process and demonstrate compliance with the FCC rules before receiving a permission to be sold in the United States.
AC and DC motors, basic electronic power tools without digital logic, and mechanical light switches are most common examples of incidental radiators. These devices are not designed to emit radio waves of frequency higher than 9 kHz, but radio emissions can be an unintentional by product of such devices under certain work conditions.
(USB Peripherals, Multimedia Products)
Personal computers, multimedia devices, and household appliances were not designed to emit RF energy, but they do. So the Subpart B of 47 CFR 15, Subpart B was written to regulate the radio waves coming out of such devices. The use of digital logic in unintentional radiators separates them from incidental radiators that do not employ digital logic in their functioning. Adding digital logic to an AC/DC motor can transform it from an incidental radiator into an unintentional radiator.
(Universal Remote Controls, Wi-Fi)
A device that generates and emits RF energy intentionally. The emissions may be in the form of radiations (waves) or induction (physical contact). The radar systems used in modern cars, Bluetooth devices, and alarm systems are intentional radiators.
Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Devices
(Microwave Ovens, Wireless Chargers)
RF energy can be used for goals other than communication. Scientific tools to heat matter, ionize gases, generate mechanical vibrations, accelerate charged particles, and produce certain chemical effects rely on radio waves for their functioning. The FCC rules that they be tested under Part 18 of Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47.
Licensed Radio Services
(Smartphones, TV Transmitters)
The FCC considers products using licensed radio spectrum—such as cell phones, TV transmitters, and base stations—RF devices. So they have to undergo RF device approval testing.
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How to Get an RF Device Approval
The FCC documents a six-step process to getting an approval for your RF device.
- Determine FCC Rules that Apply. Find out if your product needs an RF device approval.
- Choose an Equipment Authorization Procedure. Your engineers can tell you if you need Certification, Declaration of Conformity (DoC), or Verification.
- Compliance Testing. Work with a TBC to get the testing process underway.
- Approval. Finalize the approval process based on the applicable approval procedure if your device is found to be compliant.
- Label/Manual/Record Retention. Label your product, and maintain a documentation of the entire testing process.
- Manufacture/Import/Market. Follow the FCC importation requirements.
The procedure sounds complex, but it isn’t if you have the expert engineers from HCT America to assist you.
HCT America to the Rescue
HCT America is an A2LA accredited Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), recognized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Industry Canada recognizes HCT America as a Foreign Certification Body (FCB). We are accredited for all FCC and Industry Canada radio scopes.
These accreditations guarantee you, as a manufacturer or importer of electronic or electrical products in the United States, a highly-experienced and professional technical review staff for performing TCB, FCB and Certification Document reviews.
HCT America also employs a staff of friendly engineers who are always willing to answer your questions regarding the certification process as you are preparing your project schedule.
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