FCC Certification

The FCC marking is the key for the successful market entry of your products in the USA. With the support of IB-Lenhardt AG your company will reach this goal faster and more secure. You benefit from the many years of experience of our experts and the excellent testing services of our subsidiary IBL-Lab GmbH.
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US Type Approval

FCC Marking of your Radio and Telecommunications Products

If you want to offer devices on the U.S. market that operate with electromagnetic waves in the high-frequency range, you need approval. The prerequisite for this is the certification of your products according to the specifications of the FCC. IB-Lenhardt AG provides you with experienced experts who will support you reliably and comprehensively in accessing the U.S. market. This way you will reach your goal quickly and cost-effectively.

Your market access for the USA

Before you can apply for approval of your equipment for the U.S. market, you must request a Manufacturer Identification Number from the Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology. This will remain valid for all certifications. By supplementing your identification number with a product identification number that you specify, you obtain the required FCC identifier that becomes part of the product's labeling. This allows you to trace the manufacturer and device at any time. You apply for certification of your products in writing to an accredited certification body, or TCB. There, the required tests are carried out on the reference device provided by you according to the specifications of the commission.

After successful testing, the TCB issues the corresponding certificate and submits it to the Commission. If a product has been approved, it must be provided with the required marking, without which the approval is invalid. IB-Lenhardt AG experts have performed numerous certifications for the U.S. market. This results in a valuable wealth of experience, which we are happy to put at your service.

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency, created in 1934 by the Communications Act and is responsible for the orderly development and operation of broadcast services and it is also approval authority for communications equipment such as radios, televisions and computers. The certification is required for all electronic products manufactured and sold in the United States.

Our Services

Our experts are ready to handle the entire approval process for you. If you wish, we can accompany you on your way to the U.S. market as early as the design and development phase of your products. In this phase, any necessary adaptations are associated with the least financial and time expenditure. Our competent staff will explain the applicable requirements for your product and familiarize you with the current regulations on safety, electromagnetic compatibility and the applicable limits for emissions. With our preparatory conformity check, you avoid the risk of later changes.

Background of FCC Certification

The abbreviation FCC stands for Federal Communications Commission. This independent authority is responsible for regulating radio communications in the USA. Its tasks include the development of technical standards for radio equipment. Testing for compliance with these standards is required for market approval of most devices that use radio technologies.

The Commission authorizes certification bodies (Telecommunication Certification Bodies, TCBs) to perform the required tests and issue certifications. Details on requirements for the products, approved test methods, labeling requirements and specifications for the equipment and the organization of the TCBs are contained in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Telecommunication. We will be happy to support you in implementing the regulations that apply specifically to your products in this extensive body of rules and regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about FCC certification

What does FCC certification mean?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issues the FCC certification to electronic products sold or manufactured in the United States. To be certified, a product must adhere to their standards set for radiofrequency emission. This is not only in the interest of public safety, but also to ensure that such products do not interfere with other electronic devices. Although this is an American certification, its seal could also be found on products sold outside the United States, which contributes to its recognisability worldwide. This is either because the product in question was manufactured in the US and then exported or is also sold in the US. It is worth noting that the FCC mark does not warrant the quality or safety of a product. It only validates the product’s electromagnetic radiation as being below the FCC’s specified limits.

How do the certifications work?

The manufacturer requests a manufacturer identification number from the Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology and establishes a product identification number for its equipment. He then applies for certification from a certification body (TCB) approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The TCB performs the required tests, issues a certificate after successful testing and submits it to the Federal Communications Commission. There, the required approval is granted.

What documents are required for the application?

The applicant shall provide the TCB with all information necessary to process the application for approval. This includes the properly completed application form as well as a functional description, the user manual, existing reports of tests, block diagrams, schematics, and photographs. Also required are certifications that all information provided in the application is true and correct to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief and that the applicant meets the requirements of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. All statements and test reports must be signed by the appropriate responsible person.

Who awards the FCC label?

After certification and approval of the devices for the USA, the labeling is carried out by the manufacturer according to the specifications of the Federal Communications Commission. The labeling includes the logo, the identifier preceded by the characters FCC-ID, and other notices and characters required by the rules for each class of equipment.

How are the devices labeled?

The product marking FCC must be clearly visible and permanently legible on the outside of the device housing. The required information can be applied by etching, engraving, stamping or printing. Alternatively, they may be on a nameplate permanently attached to the housing.

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Your Success on the U.S. Market

We will be happy to support you in the application process. In our TCB's accredited laboratories, we perform all the necessary tests and issue the required certificates. We also handle communication with the Federal Communications Commission. Of course, you will also receive support in designing proper labeling. Contact our experienced staff if you are planning certifications for your products.

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