The SDoC method combines and replaces the previous “Verification” and “Declaration of Conformity” methods. Effective as from Nov. 2, 2018, manufacturers must follow the FCC requirements.
As a result, the following changes now apply to all unintentional radiators subject to FCC self-approval process :
- The manufacturer is now responsible for drawing up a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) for all self-approved unintentional radiators.
- The use of accredited labs for testing is no longer required since test methodology is now well established while Equipment authorized under the SDoC procedure shall be tested at a suitable laboratory that meets the requirements of ANSI C63.4 and has compiled the required site description per §2.948.
- The FCC logo is no longer required on any product but it is optional for manufacturers to keep using the logo on products that conform to the FCC rules if they so choose.
- To apply the SDoC procedure, the responsible party must be located in the United States. Alternatively, a responsible party may apply the Certification procedure utilizing a Telecommunication Certification Body if they so choose.
- A technical test report, along with additional documentation will be kept on file and made available to the FCC on request.
The following items are then prepared by the responsible party:
- Prepare a “Compliance Information Statement”, and include it with the product literature.
- Prepare a label for the unit that uniquely identifies it and optionally, applies the FCC logo.
- Include mandatory user’s manual information regarding the interference potential of the device
Radio frequency devices that would have been considered eligible for authorization under either the verification or Declaration of Conformity procedures that were in effect prior to November 2, 2017 may continue to be authorized until November 2, 2018 under the appropriate procedure in accordance with the requirements that were in effect immediately prior to November 2, 2017. For a copy of the 2016 rules that specified the verification and Declaration of Conformity procedures.
Fcc SDoC Q&A
Procedures for authorizing an RF device using Suppliers Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) – Part I
Go to Gov information site (Code of Federal Regulations, Annual Edition)
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