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Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada (IC) Certification Services

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada (IC) Certification Service

General Information:

FCC and IC approval process are very similar.  FCC and IC verification or DOC approval types are required for all electronic equipment sold in the U.S. and Canada.  For intentional radiator (e.g. wireless, cell) devices the transmitter portion of a product is required to be certified.  The Following are details on wireless and non-wireless product types:

  • Wireless Product Certification: For wireless devices using a wireless module that is already certified by the FCC and IC, and all parameters in the end product match the original testing parameters, no additional testing or wireless certification is required on the end product. If a device is using a proprietary wireless board, that has not been previously certified, then the end product would be required to undergo wireless certification testing.  Intentional radiator testing is mainly to verify that radiated power does not exceed specified limits based on frequency ranges.  FCC Certification testing must be conducted in an FCC approved laboratory.
  • Non-Wireless Verification and DOC approvals: Non-Wireless Verification testing requires the end system product be tested for radiated and conducted emissions.  A DOC approval on the other hand allows the manufacturer to combine test data for sub-components in order to declare that the end system product complies with the requirements.  Both Non-wireless types of approvals are intended to verify that unintentional noise does not exceed specified limits both through the air, and on the power conductors.  FCC and IC testing for verification and DOC approvals must be conducted in an ILAC approved laboratory.

FCC/IC marking and documentation requirements can be challenging.  To see the documentation requirements that we are aware of for FCC and IC, click on the link below.

FCC-IC Documentation Requirements

How Can We Help?

Our goal at G&M is to obtain certifications quickly and efficiently, while representing our customer’s best interests.  We succeed in this by:

  • Troubleshoot during testing if failures arise
  • Choose the best test lab to fit the needs of our customer
  • Verify sample is operating properly before testing
  • Offer design level assistance, see right-hand menu for more information

For more information, additional questions, or to request a quote – Please submit an online RFQContact Us, or call.

If the standard remedies are not correcting your EMI issues, you may need a design level fix to correct your problem, and we can help.  G&M has an expert EMI design engineer on staff with over 40 years of experience to assist in areas such as:

  • EMI board design
  • Filter selection
  • Ground loop analysis
  • Provide simple in-house test setups for troubleshooting
We have found that often times certification bottlenecks can occur within a manufacturer’s organization.  As a result, we offer a service to provide internal help managing regulatory certification tasks.  Because G&M is not a certification body, we are in a unique position to offer valuable regulatory expertise without any conflict of interest issues.  In such cases we place G&M certification experts into our customers’ organizations to manage the certification process for them.  Once on the inside, our managers can leverage G&Ms collective experience to guide certification processes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  To learn more about this service see our Homologation Management Service Page.  
Untimely expirations of certificates can cause delays in product deliveries.  Re-certification of products will generally be treated as new submittals instead of certificate renewals.  This can be time-consuming and costly.  G&M provides a web-based certification tracking system that alerts users when expirations are coming, provides on-line storage of important certification documentation, and is searchable by certification specific criteria.  For more information on this system see our CATS page.