Monday, June 29, 2015

8 Significant FCC certification changes with dates you need to know

Mark your calendar, starting July 13th this year a number of changes are taking effect with respect to the FCC certification and approvals process for intentional and unintentional radiators. Below is a quick synopsis of the major changes along with the specified transition dates.

These changes will have a major impact on your certification planning going forward. If you have questions or need assistance with your wireless device certifications don't hesitate to contact Compatible Electronics, Inc.

  1. Rules discontinuing FCC acceptance of certification applications (all certification via TCB)
  2. Codified pre-grant approval procedure that TCBs will follow
  3. Additional clarification on TCB’s post-market surveillance responsibilities
  4. Specified steps to address TCB performance deficiencies
  5. Rules referencing TCB accreditation updated to newest versions.
  6. Require accreditation of all laboratories that test equipment for certification as well as DoC
  7. Rules referencing measurement standards updated to newest versions.
  8. OET gains greater flexibility and authority to address “minor technical issues” and ability to change approved standards to newer versions under § 0.241 Authority delegated. 

Transition Dates:

July 13th, 2015

  • FCC will no longer accept applications for equipment certification (Done through TCB)
  • FCC Will no longer accept applications for § 2.948 test site listings

Sept 15, 2015

  • A TCB shall be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065, guide 65 is deprecated. Accrediting bodies shall meet requirements of ISO/IEC 17011

July 13th, 2016

  • All § 2.948 listings remaining valid will expire. Labs may still submit test reports up to Oct. 13, 2016
  • Intentional radiator measurements subject to part 15 shall be made using ANSI 63.10-2013

October 13th, 2016 (the big one to remember!)

  • All Laboratories submitting test data for support of a certification application must be accredited. 

July 13th, 2018

  • Radiated measurement labs for 1 – 40 GHz shall comply with C63.4-2014 (CISPR 16-1-4:2010-04) site validation in accordance with clause 5.5.1a)1)

For questions, testing or certification needs under the new rules, please contact Compatible Electronics, Inc.

CFR Title 47 § 2.950 Transition periods
Federal Register Vol. 80 No. 113 June 12, 2015 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Quick Tips on the Transition to Canada's new RSS-247 Radio Standard

Industry Canada published a new radio standard, RSS-247 (May 2015). For devices under the scope of this new standard, RSS-210 is no longer applicable for certification.

What devices fall within the scope of RSS-247? If you’re familiar with the FCC rules, then RSS-247 is comparable in scope to FCC Part 15.247. In general, devices operating at 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz or 5725-5850 MHz utilizing frequency hopping, digital modulation and/or a hybrid of both techniques. The new standard also covers licences exempt local area network devices operating in the U-NII bands, specifically, 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5725 MHz and 5725-5850 MHz.

Some things to know about the transition.

  1. If you have received certification to RSS-210 before publication of RSS-247, nothing changes and the device would be covered by RSS-210
  2. If your test report was issued to RSS-210 and you are submitting for certification before August 28th 2015, your certification body will certify to RSS-247. Canada has a three month transition window
  3. After August 28, 2015, your test report must be to RSS-247
  4. Canada will accept test reports up to one year old, so after the August deadline if submitting test results covered by RSS-210, it will need to be supplemented with a partial test report to cover any missing requirements in RSS-247