What does FCC Certification of a product mean?

By law, any electronic device that utilizes radio frequency (RF) technology or emits – either by design or as a byproduct – radio frequency energy, requires certification by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The primary purpose of FCC certification is to ensure that the radio frequency emitted from a product is within approved limits and won’t cause harmful interference with other electronic equipment or wireless communication services.

There are a wide range of product types that require FCC certification. In addition to electronic devices in general, Bluetooth devices, power adapters, remote control transmitters, telecommunications equipment, IT equipment, and garage doors require FCC certification. The general rule is any electronic device that can oscillate above 9 kHz must be FCC certified.

The FCC divides electronic devices into two main classes: Class A and Class B. Class A devices are those used in commercial, industrial, or businesses and that are not marketed for use in the house or by the public. Class B devices are marketed for primary usage in a residential environment and for general use by the public. In general, Class B devices are subjected to more stringent requirements.

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The FCC certification mark on a product – see image – signifies:

  • Compliance: The product has been evaluated and tested to ensure it meets the technical standards and requirements set by the FCC.
  • Legal: The product is legally allowed to be sold, imported, or used within the U.S.
  • Safety: The product is safe to use and won’t cause harmful interference with other devices.

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