Every electronic device that you have had or have seen has been rigorously tested to ensure its reliability and safety. It has been tested in this way because it is deemed necessary by the government to ensure the safety and well-being of all consumers.

All devices, whether currently in the market or being developed, must undergo and pass certain expectations before it can legally be sold to the consumer.

FCC Guidelines and Requirements

Regulatory Compliance Testing  is not new and was established by the Federal Communication Commission. The FCC was formed as an independent regulatory agency after the passing of the Communications Act of 1934.

While it may seem odd that the FCC is the regulatory agency for consumer electronics, it is not when you consider that they were created to regulate the use of radio frequencies and electromagnetic capability. Therefore, every new consumer electronic must undergo testing to ensure that it meets the requirements of RF and EMC testing.

RF Testing

RF testing verifies that transmission frequencies of any radio transmitter within the device. This testing measures the generated magnetic fields from your device to certify if it meets the appropriate standards for approval. Companies can save themselves a lot of money and time by using pre-certified modules instead of their own RF module designs.

EMC Testing

EMC testing is used to ensure that the electromagnetic field generated by a product fall within the requirements and guidelines of the FCC. While there are some exemptions from EMC testing, these exemptions typically do not apply to consumer goods.

Safety Testing

Every consumer product must undergo rigorous safety tests. You can tell which products are verified by the government because they will have a combination of the UL and ETL marks.

These marks verify that a product has been tested and found safe to be sold to consumers. While the UL and ETL marks are the most common, the safety test required is dependent on the ultimate use of the final product. For instance, retail, end-user/consumer or large enterprise systems require different levels of safety testing.

The FCC is an independent consumer protection agency established in 1934. The regulations of the commission certify that the products you use in your home are safe. Through RF, EMC and safety testing all consumer end products are guaranteed in a way by the federal government. Regulatory testing ensures the reliability and safety of all consumer electronics so that the public can feel safe.