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 lifetime of that product. Testing usually occurs just prior to the product being made available or marketed.
However for CE marking to the new 2014/30/EU EMC directive a single EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) that is continually updated. This means that gap analysis of the superseded EMC standards and the allowable EMC standards as per the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). In some cases, the product standard may have completely changed. Upcoming notable changes would be the introduction of EN 55032 replacing EN 55013, EN 55022 and EN 55103-1. Visit our blog page for more information on the changes in 2017 for EMC testing multi-media equipment.
Future Proofing EMC compliance Testing
- The cost of the EMC Testing
The company historical testing regimes
The EMC Laboratory capability or accreditation status
In some cases compliance itself
Example of EMC standard change resulting in EMC re-testing
Future Proofing Radio compliance Testing
Radio transmitters used for wireless communications the testing evolves as fast as the technology. Which is very fast in comparison to EMC testing. This then, in turn, means that a transmitter may not comply with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) after a few years after initially tested. So how can you future proof against such a rapid change in acceptable radio equipment testing standards? Well, the answer may be to source a modular approved or certified wireless module incorporated into your product. If the supplier of the wireless module and is an expert in the wireless field. They may continually perform any gap testing, documentation and listing accordingly. This way saving the overhead of re-testing, technical knowledge and most importantly time and money.
EMC Bayswater is not declaring that future proofing EMC and Radio compliance testing can be 100% achieved for every product. But by applying the latest product standard accepted in the OJEU it can extend the lifetime of compliance. By using reputable wireless module manufacturers the impact upon compliance can be minimized or completely avoided. Provided that they keep pace with standard changes and apply any gap analysis and re-testing as required.