CE marking affects the supply of products to and allows free movement and sale of goods throughout the European Economic Area. CE-marking is mandatory within this region and as part of the mandated requirements it requires documentation in the form of a ‘Declaration of Conformity’ or commonly abbreviated to ‘DoC’ that states that the product meets all the applicable CE directives.
This article is designed to provide a very quick overview of why product compliance testing and certification is performed and to outline some of the compliance requirements. Hopefully your soon understand the responsibilities of product certification and why your having your product tested? How you go about selecting a laboratory and what to ask them about their accreditation.
Following on from our last post we have decided to layout the foundations of a basic EMC test plan template. This basic template provides a means to at least determine how to formulate a template for your company for future compliance testing requirements. The test plan should be stored along with the test report, EMC testing quote and other technical documentation in the compliance folder for future reference. This helps trace back technical decisions and allows trace-ability.
We often request that customers complete a test plan prior to been able to quote for testing this article will explain why an EMC test plan is so important. Customers new to testing often ask the question “how to write an EMC Test Plan”. So following on from our previous post; Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing Requirements we wanted to go over and provide guidance on how to get your EMC testing project started. The EMC test laboratory should be able to assist you to some level with helping answer some more of the technical issues. However as the manufacture or importer, you are responsible for the completing the declaration of conformity!
Customers are required to prepare their product in the correct configuration for FCC Part 15 EMC testing. This includes the functionality or operation and also the associated cabling and much more. This brief blog article will highlight some of the requirements. FCC Part 15, Subpart B and also Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) previously Industry Canada (ICES 003 etc) references the methods as per ANSI C63.4: 2014.
Compliance Engineering is designing and developing products to meet the applicable market compliance requirements including any rules and regulations (laws) formulated for that product. Compliance requirements may include safety testing, EMC Testing, Radio or wireless Testing, Protocol, human exposure to RF, IP Testing, material testing, shock and vibration testing, Human exposure and many more. The compliance requirements are dependent upon the intended use of the product the environment and specific mandatory requirements. A compliant product usually has to undergo evaluation though technical review or testing. This is to ensure it meets the stipulated compliance requirements. Compliance is usually undertaken by either the manufacturer or the importer of a product i.e. the responsible party.
Why is FCC Testing Part 15B and 15C in Australia changing? FCC testing in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, Part 15 (47 CFR 15) i.e. FCC Part 15B and Part 15C is going through changes. These Federal Communications commission changes were initially to be introduced July 2016. Due to many EMC testing laboratories and other regional market pressures this has been delayed until July 2017. These FCC testing and accreditation changes affect compliance of any product sold, marketed or distributed in the USA and associated regions.
If your reading this, you maybe seeking how to avoid EMC testing by possibly using some EMC testing exemptions. Although this brief article will highlight some possible exemptions for testing, you are still responsible for your product. The majority of EMC testing performed at EMC Bayswater for the North American market i.e. the United States falls under the requirements of FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Subpart B. FCC Part 15, Subpart B is for the testing of products that are not transmitters, receivers or transceivers.