Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FCC rules update for Part 15 UPCS devices

Just published in the federal register, the Federal Communications Commission has updated part 15, specifically 15.31 on the measurement standards to be used for Unlicensed Personal Communications Service (UPCS) under part 15, subpart D.

ANSI C63.17 2013 replaces the 2006 version of the standard.


Federal Register Post for January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FCC will no longer accept applications for equipment certification

The FCC introduced a Report and order just before the new year that among other things, effectively puts them out of the RF device certification business and permits this activity to be performed solely by private Telecommunication Certification Bodies, also known as TCBs,

The big take away is that the FCC will no longer be certifying products, however also included in this report is a new requirement that all testing be done at an “accredited” lab.

A quote from the report and order; 

41. Proposal. In the Notice, the Commission proposed to require that all laboratories that test
equipment subject to Certification or to DoC under any rule part be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, ending
the “2.948-listing” program for unaccredited labs to test equipment to be certified under Parts 15 and 18
of the rules.

Prior to this order devices subject to certification; such as radio transmitters, could be tested at any listed lab. This listing program is less rigorous and less expensive than full certification. The listing program simply requires that the lab file information with the FCC. In contrast, the accreditation requirement ensures that the the testing laboratory is competent to perform the required work, but it also requires that the laboratory be in a country that is recognized by the FCC, such as one with an established Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the United States.

Currently, many companies rely on test data suppled by third party test labs that are not accredited or are in countries which do not have an established MRA with the United States. As an example, there are no laboratories in China that are qualified to perform testing for FCC certification or DoC, due to the fact that there is no MRA between China and the United States.

Along with this change the FCC lays out the process for a pre-grant approval procedure to be followed when a TCB is faced with certification of a device based on new technology.

The FCC also makes clear in the report the TCB’s responsibility in performing “post-market” surveillance of products it has certified.


Friday, May 23, 2014

New Radio Equipment Directive Published

European Union flag

European Union flag (Photo credit: YanniKouts)

The new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, replacing the R&TTE directive, has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The directive enters into force 20 days after publication and shall be transposed and become applicable 24 months after the date of entry into force.

Products have one extra year before they must comply with the new requirements. Products that comply with the current EU R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC can be placed on the market up to 36 months after the date of entry into force.

Publication in the OJEU was on 22nd May 2014.


RTTE-CA presentation by the European Commission Unit F5

Directive 2014/53/EU

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New EMC Directive Published

The revised Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC Directive) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (3/29/2014)

A new “Blue Guide”  on the implementation of the EU product rules, 2014 edition, has been published.

Visit for links to both documents.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New EMC directive and LVD - NLF (New Legislative Framework) recast

European Commission

European Commission (Photo credit: tiseb)

Voting has concluded and a number of CE marking directives have undergone a “recast” to align with the European Commission New Legislative Framework (NLF). Among the new directives for electrical products are the Electromagnetic compatibility EMC Directive and Electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits Low Voltage Directive.

The updated directives align them with the legislation laid down within the “NLF”. The NLF, adopted in 2008, is intended to improve market surveillance rules, require traceability within the supply chain, boost the quality of conformity assessment through stronger rules on the requirements imposed on conformity assessment bodies and testing laboratories, and stronger controls on the use of the “CE Mark” to enhance the marking credibility.

REF; – European Commission Press Release (Feb. 5th 2014)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

New versions of EN 55022 and EN 55024

ce mark

ce mark (Photo credit: a94540871)

Just a little over 3 weeks before the new European EMC standards for Information Technology equipment are mandatory, are your reports and testing up to date?

The date of withdrawal is set to 12/1/13, after that date, no products covered by EN 55022 or EN55024 can be placed on the European market unless they are compliant with the new standards.

Link to CENELEC Project Page
Link to CENELEC Project Page

Monday, October 21, 2013

Power line communication standard ratified

Power to you

Power to you (Photo credit: Domiriel)

On October 9th, 2013, the CENELEC Technical Board (BT) ratified FprEN 50561-1:2012

‘Power line communication apparatus used in low-voltage installations - Radio disturbance characteristics - Limits and methods of measurement – Part 1: Apparatus for in-home use’


Implementation dates:

  • Date of adoption (doa) = April 9th, 2014
  • Date of publication (dop) = October 9th, 2014
  • Date of Withdrawal (dow) = October 9th, 2016

It has been asked of the CEN-CENELEC Management Center (CCMC) to offer the standard to the European Commission (EC) for citation in the Official Journal (OJEU) under the EMC Directive and R&TTE Directive.

Previous posts on Power line communications;

Dec. 3, 2010 - An update on PLT, Power Line Telecommunications, in Europe

July 20, 2011 - Power Line Communication Limits and methods of measurement draft Part 1

Dec 14, 2011 - The last word on Power Line telecom (PLT) in the EU, EN 55022:2006 applies in full, maybe….