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    FCC Certification Testing & Approvals

    What is the FCC Certification?

    FCC certification is a mandatory requirement imposed by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States. It serves as a mark of approval, indicating that a product meets the necessary regulatory standards for electromagnetic compatibility and radiofrequency interference. This certification is crucial for products that utilize radiofrequency, ensuring they operate within specified parameters and do not interfere with other electronic devices.

    Which Products Needs FCC Certification?

    Products that emit radiofrequency signals or can potentially cause electromagnetic interference are typically subject to FCC certification.

    Product Category Examples
    Wireless Devices Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth devices, cellular phones
    Electronic Devices Computers, laptops, tablets, printers
    Telecommunication Equipment Telephones, modems, fax machines
    Radio Frequency Devices Remote controls, garage door openers
    Digital Devices Digital cameras, digital TV receivers
    Unintentional Radiators LED lights, power supplies
    Industrial, Scientific, Medical (ISM) Devices Microwave ovens, medical equipment
    Personal Computers and Peripherals Keyboards, mouse, monitors
    ITE (Information Technology Equipment) Servers, data storage equipment
    Consumer Electronics TVs, DVD players, audio equipment
    Wireless Charging Devices Wireless chargers

    FCC Testing Requirements for Products

    FCC testing involves a series of assessments to verify a product’s compliance with regulatory standards. This includes radiofrequency testing, technical assessments, and electrical certifications. Understanding the specific testing requirements for each product is crucial for manufacturers to prepare adequately for the certification process.

    What are the FCC Regulations?

    FCC majorly examines the type of device tested responsible for emitting RF, commonly known as radiofrequency. Moreover, the Federal Communications Commission has devised a group identifying which type of testing and regulation can be used in different electronic devices to get a certified permit for distributing the products. The testing of devices is categorized into the:

    • FCC Part 11: Emergency Alert System (EAS)
    • FCC Part 15: Radio Frequency Devices
    • FCC Part 18: Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Equipment
    • FCC Part 22: Public Mobile Services
    • FCC Part 24: Personal Communications Services
    • FCC Part 68: Connection of Terminal Equipment to the Telephone Network
    • FCC Part 73: Broadcast Services
    • FCC Part 76: Cable Television Service
    • FCC Part 80: Maritime Services
    • FCC Part 90: Private Land Mobile Radio Services
    • FCC Part 95: Personal Radio Services
    • FCC Part 97: Amateur Radio Services
    • FCC Part 101: Fixed Microwave Services

    How Long Does it Take to Get FCC Certification?

    The FCC certification period normally takes between 8-12 weeks. To make this process faster, FCC has permitted many private companies to issue these certifications. Similarly to that, Telecommunication Certifications Body (TCB) hastens the process, and you get the certification in 1-2 weeks.

    What Is the Process for Obtaining FCC Certification?

    Identify Applicable Rules and Standards:

    Begin by identifying the specific FCC rules and standards that apply to your product. The FCC has different certification processes for various types of equipment, such as intentional radiators, unintentional radiators, and modular transmitters.

    Get Registered and Grab a Grantee Code

    Before you submit your application, you need two things:

    • FCC Registration Number (FRN): This unique ID identifies you as the responsible party. Obtaining it is free and takes minutes online.
    • Grantee Code: This code links your FRN to specific devices you certify. Apply for it through the FCC’s Grantee Registration website.

    Pre-Compliance Testing:

    Before submitting your product for formal certification, it’s advisable to conduct pre-compliance testing. This step helps identify and address potential issues early in the process, reducing the likelihood of delays and rejections.

    Prepare and Submit FCC Form:

    Complete the required FCC Form, typically Form 731 or Form 740, depending on the type of equipment. Provide accurate and detailed information about your product, including technical specifications and test results. Ensure that your submission complies with the FCC’s electronic filing system requirements.

    Testing and Evaluation:

    Engage an accredited testing laboratory to perform the necessary tests on your product. These tests assess the device’s electromagnetic compatibility, radio frequency emissions, and other factors to ensure it meets FCC standards.

    Compliance Labeling:

    Affix the FCC compliance label to your product. This label demonstrates that your device has undergone the necessary testing and is certified for legal distribution in the United States.

    Post-Market Surveillance:

    After obtaining FCC certification, it’s essential to conduct post-market surveillance to ensure ongoing compliance. Regularly review and update your product documentation to reflect any changes that may affect FCC compliance.

    How Much Does FCC Certification Cost?

    The cost of FCC testing services is determined on an individual basis according to the product category, required equipment, and the type of radio device. If we consider testing for a single-channel radio and its transmission and receiving signals as an example, it will cost approximately $5,000. The transmitter tests cost about $3,500, and the receiver tests cost about $1,500, correspondingly.

    360Compliance – FCC Certificate from Start to Completion

    Obtaining FCC Certification may seem a challenging task. However, there are companies like 360Compliance that can help with this issue. The professional team is experienced in all the special features and nuances and will advise you on the required actions.
    Our offers include:

    • Fixed and transparent pricing policy;
    • Fast, convenient, and timely service;
    • High-quality turnkey project management;
    • Technical support at all stages of the process;
    • Full testing & certification;
    • Access to the global market in more than 195 countries.

    If you truly wish to expand the number of your clients and sell or distribute electrical equipment in the USA, the FCC testing will open this door for you. And 360Compliance will guide you through this process without any troubles or difficulties. Do not hesitate to trust this issue with professionals, and your devices will conquer the market.

    Other Certifications

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    ISED Certification

    What is ISED Certification? ISED Certification, short for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Certification, is a quality assurance process that validates products, services, and technologies in the Canadian market. Administered by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED), this certification ensures compliance with regulatory standards, fostering innovation and economic growth. Which Products Require ISED Certification? Products requiring ISED certification: Electronic devices : This broad category includes equipment powered by electricity or batteries, including: Mobile phones Laptops and desktops Tablets Gaming consoles TVs Audio equipment Medical devices Industrial equipment Wireless devices: Any equipment using radio frequencies for communication needs certification, including: Wireless local area network (WLAN) equipment (routers, access points) Bluetooth devices Remote control transmitters RFID devices Wi-Fi devices Spread spectrum devices Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipment Shipborne RADAR Specific product categories: Lighting equipment Audio, visual, and IT equipment Aerospace and defense equipment Amusement rides and theme park equipment Products NOT requiring ISED certification Non-electrical products: Equipment that doesn't use electricity or batteries, like hand tools or mechanical devices. Wired devices: Devices that only use wired connections, like wired headphones or wired Ethernet cables. Certain low-power devices: Devices with very low radio frequency emissions, like medical implants or radio-frequency identification tags used for animal tracking. Obtaining an ISED Canada Certificate: A Step-by-Step Guide ISED Canada certification is a mandatory process for any radio equipment that wants to be sold or imported into Canada. This certification ensures that the equipment meets all the technical requirements and safety standards set by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED Canada). The process for obtaining an ISED Canada certificate involves several key steps: Identify the applicable Radio Standards Specifications (RSSs). The first step is to identify the specific RSSs that apply to your equipment. These RSSs will outline the technical requirements that your equipment must meet. You can find a list of all the RSSs on the ISED Canada website.  Select a Certification Body (CB). The CB will be responsible for testing your product and ensuring it meets the ISED standards. You can choose a CB accredited by ISED or a Foreign Certification Body (FCB) recognized by ISED. Apply the CB. The application must include all of the required documentation, such as the technical specifications for your equipment and the test reports from a qualified laboratory. Testing The CB will test your product to ensure it meets the ISED standards. This may involve testing for things like radio frequency emissions, electrical safety, and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Review and Certification Once the testing is complete, the CB will review the results and issue a certificate if your product meets the standards. Label your product Once you have your certificate, you must label your product with the ISED certification mark. This mark indicates that your product has been certified to meet the ISED standards. Why is ISED certification needed? Key Points about ISED Certification: Comprehensive Compliance: Ensures that electronic devices meet the stringent regulatory requirements set by the Canadian government. This comprehensive compliance is essential for manufacturers and businesses involved in the production and distribution of electronic products. Telecommunication Standards: Particularly in the realm of telecommunications, ISED Certification is a testament to a product's adherence to the prescribed standards. This includes aspects such as electromagnetic compatibility, radio frequency exposure, and equipment interoperability. Market Access: Achieving ISED Certification opens doors to the Canadian market. It serves as a key credential for manufacturers looking to introduce their electronic products in Canada, enhancing credibility and trust among consumers and stakeholders. Ensuring Safety: Emphasizes safety aspects related to electronic devices. This includes measures to mitigate potential risks, ensuring that the products are safe for consumers and do not pose any hazards.   360Compliance - Regulatory Testing from Start to Certificate 360Compliance provides a seamless path to ISED Marking with fixed prices, a rapid time-to-market turnaround, full project management support, technical assistance, and global market access covering approximately 195 countries. Contact 360Compliance experts for an initial free-of-charge consultation, guiding you to define the right strategic approach for a faster time-to-market and a cost-effective solution.

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    CE RED Certification

    What is CE RED Certification? CE RED Certification is a crucial element within the European Union's regulatory landscape, intimately tied to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) adopted on June 13, 2016. Its objectives include standardizing devices, ensuring efficient use of radio frequencies (rf), prioritizing user safety, and guarding against data theft and fraud. The RED directive serves as the foundation for additional standards covering various aspects: emergency services calling; equipment compatibility; privacy protection; corporate secrecy; crime prevention; ensuring confidential communications of intelligence services. The Importance of the Radio Equipment Directive RED certification opens the door to selling equipment in all 27 countries of the European Union, the third-largest electronics market by revenue globally. Additionally, many countries, including Australia and those in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), have adopted the CE RED standard as their national regulation. What Products Need the RED Mark? All radio frequency emitting sources sold in the EU undergo RED testing. Unlike the previous R&TTE standard, the new directive does not impose any limits on device frequency range or supply voltage. Commonly certified equipment includes: smartphones and cell phones; radio frequency identifiers (RFID); common band transmitters (CB); stationary and mobile satellite systems; wireless networking equipment; stationary wireless telephones; industrial, scientific, and medical standard (ISM) transmitters; avionics; navigation systems; telemetry for remote control of equipment; wireless headphones and microphones, etc. What Products Can Be Sold Without the RED Mark? The RED directive does not apply to amateur communication devices like pre-tuned Walkie-Talkies for short-distance communication. Exceptions also include equipment used by the military, police, and national security services. For example, aircraft communications and navigation systems follow a separate standard (EC216/2008), and shipboard radio equipment adheres to EN 60945. How to Apply for RED Certification? Manufacturers can bring a product to market through certification for conformity to harmonized EU standards, CE RED testing under authorized bodies, or notification of a certified quality system. The certification process involves preparing technical documentation, conducting tests, and issuing a Declaration of Conformity. How to Get RED Certification? RED testing confirms product compliance with EU regulations for the effective and safe use of radio frequencies. Manufacturers must provide : technical documentation, including a description of the appearance, functions, interface, and software of the device; a copy of the Declaration of Conformity; if possible, a copy of the Certificate of Conformity to EU standards; instructions for use, including accessories and software. The certification procedure typically takes 4 to 8 weeks. For complex products, which must conform to a large number of regulations, the time frame extends to 8 to 12 weeks.  Manufacturer's Responsibility Companies seeking RED certification must certify their product for use in at least one EU country and submit technical documentation. Responsibilities include applying CE marking, publishing geographical limitations, maintaining complaint registers, and recalling non-compliant products. Distributor Responsibility Authorized companies selling equipment in the EU must ensure products meet RED standards. Altering technical characteristics is forbidden, and doubts about CE RED compliance require suspension of sales and withdrawal of supplied equipment. Differences Between RED and FCC Certificates CE RED and FCC Certificates are regulatory approvals for electronic devices in the EU and the United States, respectively. CE RED emphasizes safety without frequency limits, addressing intentional emitters with a comprehensive assessment. In contrast, FCC certification is mandatory for United States radio equipment and has less stringent overall requirements but enforces rigorous testing exclusively by accredited laboratories. Manufacturers need to grasp these distinctions for compliance in their target markets. Easy CE RED Certification with 360Compliance 360Compliance facilitates bringing electronic products to the European Union, Australia, and other markets. Offering a full range of services related to CE RED certification, including drawing up work plans and obtaining documents, the company ensures transparent prices, clear service timelines, and full technical support at all stages of the procedure. Apply online to learn more about RED certification.

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    CyberSecurity

    RED Cybersecurity Testing

    What is Cybersecurity Testing? Cybersecurity testing, also known as penetration testing or security auditing, is a systematic process of identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses in wireless devices and radio systems. Cybersecurity testing, in compliance with CE-RED, involves a systematic evaluation of device vulnerabilities against real-world cyberattacks. It simulates unauthorized access attempts, data breaches, and other malicious activities to assess the device's resilience and identify potential weaknesses. Learn more about the evolving regulatory landscape in wireless device cybersecurity here. Products that Need Cybersecurity Testing Any IoT device that collects or transmits data needs thorough cybersecurity testing. Some common examples include: Smart home devices: Thermostats, security cameras, speakers, and appliances. Wearable devices: Fitness trackers, smartwatches, and medical monitoring devices. Connected toys: Interactive toys, educational tablets, and baby monitors. Industrial IoT devices: Sensors, actuators, and controllers used in manufacturing and energy production. What are the CE RED Cybersecurity Requirements? The updated RED outlines three key cybersecurity objectives for radio equipment: Confidentiality: Protecting sensitive data transmitted and stored by the device from unauthorized access. Integrity: Ensuring the data remains unaltered and trustworthy throughout its transmission and storage. Availability: Guaranteeing that the device and its associated services are consistently accessible and operational.   To achieve these objectives, the RED sets forth specific technical requirements that manufacturers must address. These include aspects like: Risk management: Implementing processes to identify, assess, and mitigate cybersecurity risks. Software updates: Ensuring timely and secure software updates to address vulnerabilities. Password protection: Utilizing strong password policies and mechanisms. Vulnerability testing: Conducting regular penetration testing and vulnerability assessments. Benefits of RED Compliance through Cybersecurity Testing: Enhanced Security: By plugging vulnerabilities identified during testing, manufacturers proactively strengthen their security posture, making it harder for attackers to infiltrate systems and steal data. Increased Credibility: A RED-compliant device signifies commitment to robust cybersecurity, fostering trust and confidence among consumers, partners, and stakeholders. This translates to a competitive edge in the market. Simplified Compliance: RED compliance demonstrates adherence to mandatory security standards, streamlining regulatory audits and saving manufacturers time and resources. Reduced Risk: Proactive identification and mitigation of vulnerabilities minimize the potential for costly data breaches, reputational damage, and even physical harm in critical infrastructure applications. What does this mean for Manufacturers and Importers? The RED Delegated Act, which comes into effect on August 1, 2025, presents both challenges and opportunities for manufacturers and importers of wireless devices. To ensure compliance, manufacturers will need to: Review their product designs and development processes: Security needs to be integrated throughout the entire product lifecycle, from conception to end-of-life. Invest in cybersecurity expertise: Manufacturers may need to hire or train personnel with cybersecurity skills to conduct risk assessments, implement security measures, and test devices for vulnerabilities. Stay informed about harmonized standards: The European Commission is currently developing harmonized standards that will provide more specific guidance on how to meet the RED Delegated Act's requirements. Why Choose 360Compliance for RED Cybersecurity Testing? In today's digital landscape, cybersecurity is no longer an option, it's a necessity. 360Compliance goes beyond basic testing to provide comprehensive solutions that assure your products are cybersecure and meet the highest industry standards. Our team of experts will guide you through every step of the CE-RED compliance process, providing comprehensive cybersecurity testing and certification solutions to ensure your devices meet the highest industry standards. Gain faster time to market, enhanced brand trust, and reduced risk with our fixed-cost pricing and expert guidance. Choose 360Compliance for cybersecurity testing and certification, your one-stop shop for enhanced security, boosted credibility, and seamless compliance.

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