In the United States the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. It also regulates the amount of unwanted electonic disturbance (emissions) that electrical and electronic equipment can emit. The FCC is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation. Manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic devices must obtain FCC authorization prior to placing their products on the U.S. marketplace.
US Tech is accredited by the NIST National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and recognized by the FCC to perform EMC testing to a variety of FCC Standards. Among our most common FCC EMC capabilities are: Parts 15, 18, 22, 24, 25, 90 and 95.
The types of FCC EMC approvals are: Verification, Declaration of Conformity (DoC), or Certification.
Verification generally applies to almost all electrical and electronic equipment. Products with digital circuitry operating at 9 Khz or above must be tested for unwanted emissions from digital or switching circuitry. Verification reports are not filed with the FCC and the authorized equipment is not listed with the commission, but proof of compliance must be available when requested.
DoC (Declaration of Conformity) is an FCC procedure that requires the party responsible for compliance to use an accredited testing laboratory that follows established measurement protocols to ensure that the equipment complies with the appropriate technical standards. The responsible party is not required to file an equipment authorization application with the Commission or a TCB, and equipment authorized under the DoC procedure is not listed in any Commission database. However, the responsible party must provide a test report and other information demonstrating compliance with the rules upon request by the Commission. Examples of devices subject to a DoC include personal computers and peripherals, consumer ISM equipment such as microwave ovens and RF light bulbs, radio receivers and TV interface devices.
Certifications requirements apply to products which contain intentional radiated transmitters and the test data and report must be filed with the FCC. Depending on rhe product's category and application, different rules parts apply.
The approvals process can be daunting to the inexperienced, but US Tech will walk you through the process with ease.