FCC Has a Change of Heart - Laboratory and Accreditation Body Recognition in Non-Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Countries
On 15th June 2016, the FCC adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order relating to the authorisation of radio frequency and terminal equipment.
This changes previous FCC rules (KDB 974614), which stated that after July 12th 2016 Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) would only be able to accept test reports from test laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the FCC, or a designating authority which is recognised by the FCC through a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).
The new FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order states that listed laboratories will now be recognised for a further year – until July12th 2017, providing sufficient time for eligible laboratories to become accredited, so as to not disrupt the equipment development and manufacturing process.
What should manufacturers do?
The FCC actively enforces its own rules and penalties can be severe. If in doubt about the FCC rules, seek guidance from a company experienced in dealing with FCC matters, such as TÜV SÜD.
How can TÜV SÜD help you?
TÜV SÜD offers ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing for FCC and ISED radio standards and has FCC and ISED recognised testing laboratory locations throughout the world. TÜV SÜD BABT, the certification body of TÜV SÜD, provides FCC and ISED certification services for manufacturers and suppliers of radio and telecoms equipment wishing to gain access to the US and Canadian markets. As a TCB appointed under the EU-USA MRA, TÜV SÜD BABT is authorised by the FCC and ISED to issue grants and certifications for a wide range of radio and telecommunications equipment.
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