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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Untied States (US) territories. An independent US government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the US’s primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation.


The Process

The rules governing the sale various electrical & electronic products on the US market may require that such equipment be verified by the manufacturer, the importer, or an accredited Technical Competent Body (TCB), be authorised under a Verification, or Declaration of Conformity (DOC), or receive an equipment authorisation from the Commission by one of the following procedures:

  • Certification
  • DOC
  • Verification

The regulations cover any intentional, unintentional, or incidental radiator whose operating frequency is within the band of 9K-3000GHZ.
The label on these products shall be permanently affixed to the product and shall be readily visible to the buyer at the time of purchase.

FCC Verification

The following statement shall be placed on the products. When the device is so small or for such use that it is not practicable to place the statement, the information required by this paragraph shall be placed in a prominent location in the instruction manual:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation

FCC Declaration of Conformity (DOC)

  • A product authorised based on testing of the product or system shall be labelled as follows: FCC mark + Trade name + Model number
  • A personal computer, if authorised ba sed on assembly using separately authorised components, should be labelled as follows: FCC mark + Trade name + Model number + “Assembled from tested components” + “Complete System not tested”

The applicant can be international, but must be registered on the FCC website for FCC Certification applications.

FCC Verification, Declaration and Certification Marking Process

FCC ID Certificate:

  1. Test
  2. Issue Test Report
  3. TCB Review Application
  4. FCC ID Certification

FCC Verification and Declaration:

  1. Test
  2. Issue Test Report
  3. Issue FCC Verification & DOC

SGS Services Right Where You Need Them

SGS provides independent FCC testing and certification services that will help get your products to market faster. As an FCC designated Technical Competent Body (TCB), SGS helps speed FCC tests and certifications.
With 3 electrical and electronics testing labs across continental US, we can provide clients unrivalled access to state-of-the-art testing procedures for all types of E&E products. Our tailor-made solutions are customized to meet state and national regulations.
SGS’s expertise in compliance management will help you make the right market entry decisions for any product categories, while carrying out the necessary testing and certification quickly and professionally.

For further information, please contact:

David Schramm
SGS North America Inc.
620 Old Peachtree Road Suite 100
Suwanee, Georgia
United States
t: +1 800 777-TEST (8378)
t: +1 973 575-5252