When considering the how to approach the compliance for the RCM Radiocommunications requirements for Australia we need to consider the the ACMA requirements and also the product itself, i.e. what type of transmitter or receiver the product is.
Considering adding Bluetooth to your product? Not sure what Bluetooth EMC compliance is required. EMC compliance when adding Bluetooth to your host product may seem to some straight forward and to others a compliance nightmare. Hopefully this blog will help you get on track!
The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) Declaration of Conformity (DoC) key characteristics are listed in this article along with the required Technical Contents that should accompany the DOC and links to the relevant information sources. As an example we have used a imaginary product that has a Bluetooth module incorporated into a simple consumer product.
EMC Bayswater are often asked about products with Wireless integrated telecommunication modules for RCM compliance such as 2G, 2.5G & 2.75G (GSM, GPRS & EDGE), 3G (WCDMA, UMTS, HSPA) or 4G (LTE) modules. usually these wireless modules come with existing certifications with the idea of making the route of compliance for the intended market easier. The biggest confusion comes around how to go about the process of re-evaluating or testing a host product with such a module installed.
What is the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)? The European Union adopted a new set of rules regarding radio equipment that is put into service or placed on the European market. This change was confirmed back in 2014 to allow sufficient transition time at all levels. Each EU member state were required to adapt their National laws to accommodate the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) (2014/53/EU, which was published on 22 May 2014). Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU comes into full affect on 13 June 2016.
Future proofing EMC and Radio compliance testing for a product is a difficult activity. However it may not be an impossible task. Some markets such as the FCC for the US and RCM for Australia require the product to be compliant and a declaration or certification be produced for the life time of that product. Testing usually occurs just prior to the product been made available or marketed.
We are surrounded in our modern world by many devices that need wireless radio testing. If are a layperson that uses a device that emits electromagnetic radiation such as a pacemaker. Or a professional engaged in professional activities requiring the use of electronic equipment such as a laptop. Or a businessman who designs, manufactures or imports products with electronic circuitry inside such as a cell phone. Then it is definite that you know and care about EMI or electromagnetic interference. And that devices that need wireless radio testing have passed wireless radio testing and have obtained electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) certifications before their release to the market.
Lets start with some background about the different types of Electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation is a form of energy produced by various electromagnetic processes. There are two types of electromagnetic radiation, visible light and the invisible ones such as radio waves, infrared light and X-rays.