Conform with FCC regulations, or face consequences
Importance of FCC Regulations for RF Devices
As manufacturers, we know how crucial it is to follow the FCC regulations for radio frequency (RF) devices. These rules protect the electromagnetic spectrum from harmful interference and ensure the quality and safety of our products. If we ignore or violate these rules, we could face serious consequences, such as hefty fines or legal actions. A recent example is a Brooklyn-based company facing a proposed fine of more than $1.2 million for marketing 33 device models without getting the required equipment authorization from the Federal Communications Commission.
Understanding FCC Regulations in Title 47 Part 15
The FCC spells out its regulations in Title 47 Part 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations(CFR). This covers electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for RF-emitting devices. These regulations establish strict requirements and emission limits for various devices, depending on their purpose and potential spectrum impact. To comply with these regulations, we need to evaluate our equipment through testing and measurement procedures that verify its adherence to the specified standards.
The marketing rules for licensed transmitters are in in Part 2, Subpart I, Section 2.803.
In accordance with FCC Part §2.803, “ Marketing of radio frequency devices prior to equipment authorization” isn’t allowed. Therefore, before selling equipment in the US, we need to ensure it complies with FCC regulations.
The company in question failed to do this evaluation and got caught by the FCC.
See the FCC notice at the links below.
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In summary, complying with FCC requirements is not only a legal duty but also a key factor in ensuring the quality and safety of our products and the integrity of the electromagnetic spectrum. We should always be aware of these regulations and use the best tools and practices to meet them.
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