IoT and Other RF Device Suppliers Take Note: The FCC's New Authorization and Importation Rules Are Now Effective

The CommLaw Group has issued a client advisory regarding the Federal Communications Commission's new rules for radio frequency equipment authorization.
By Ronald E. Quirk
Nov 02, 2017

The CommLaw Group's Ronald Quirk has issued the following advisory:


The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rules for radio frequency (RF) equipment authorization are, as of today, officially in effect. As underscored in a previous article, the new rules modify:

• Self-approval authorization techniques for non-transmitting RF devices.
• RF Equipment Importation Rules.
• Electronic labeling of RF devices.
• Measurement procedures and standards.

Supplier's Declaration of Conformity
The FCC's rules provide that, with limited exceptions, RF equipment must be authorized prior to the marketing, sale, importation, or distribution of that equipment in the U.S. The FCC has replaced two of its existing authorization procedures for unintentional radiators (non-transmitting RF equipment) – Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and Verification - with a single process: Supplier's Declaration of Conformity (SDoC).

Under SDoC, the responsible party is required to, among other things, test RF devices for compliance with specific standards and requirements, and supply a statement with the product containing corporate identification and a declaration that it complies with FCC rules.

There is a one-year transition period wherein a responsible party may, at its discretion, continue to use DoC or Verification for applicable RF devices.

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