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Global Certification Technical Update

July 2019

July 2019 Updates

United States

US/CANADA (FCC/ISED) CERTIFICATION FOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

The application for FCC/ISED certification of household appliances needs to conform to its certification standards and procedures.

Exemption for household appliances:

Part of household appliances can be exempted from certification according to the requirements of standard FCC Part 15. The requirements of products that can be exempted from certification are as follows:

  • Products with internal working frequency or generated working frequency ≤ 9 kHz are not defined as digital products and are exempt from the requirements of FCC Part 15.
  • According to the requirements of FCC Part 15.103(h), equipment with working frequency <705 MHz and powered by battery can be exempted from the requirements of FCC Part 15.
  • According to the requirements of FCC Part 15.103 (d), the digital circuits used in some household appliances can be exempted from the requirements of FCC Part 15. At the same time, this clause is extended to KDB 772105 for further explanation.

Label requirements for household appliances:

According to the requirement of KDB 89681, the qualified household appliances evaluated by SDoC process can be labeled with FCC Logo voluntarily. Exempted household appliances cannot be labeled with FCC Logo. Exempted household appliances can be labeled with FCC logo voluntarily only after they have passed the evaluation of SDoC. At the same time, the labels or instructions of household appliances need the following declarations of meeting the requirements of part 15. Exempted household appliances products cannot use following declarations of conformity unless they meet the requirements of SDoC.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

SDoC: The supplier declares their products conform to the standards of FCC/ISED. The declaration is not arbitrary. It can be made only after the products meet the limit requirements, and the labels, user manuals, importers and technical materials of the product meet the requirements of the SDoC.

FCC ID: Product testing needs to be carried out in a laboratory accredited by FCC. The certificates are issued after TCB finishing the verification of the submitted reports and technical documents.

ISED ID: For certification of wireless products in Canada, testing needs to be carried out in ISED-accredited laboratories, and the certificates are issued after Certification Body (CB) finishing the verification of the submitted reports and technical documents.

Household Appliances FCC/ISED Certification Standards and Procedures List

Product Category FCC Certification ISED Certification
Certification Standard Certification Standard
General household appliances SDoC or FCC ID FCC Part 15B SDoC ICES-003
With wireless function home appliances Home appliance function: SDoC or FCC ID Home appliance function: FCC Part 15B Home appliance features: SDoC Home appliance function: ICES-003
wireless function: FCC ID wireless function: FCC Part 15C, FCC Part 15E, etc. wireless function: IC ID wireless function: RSS-247, RSS-210, etc.
Industry, department, medical home appliances SDOC or FCC ID FCC Part 18 SDoC ICES-001

US FCC KNOWLEDGE DATABASE (KDB) PUBLICATIONS

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has published the new Knowledge Database (KDB).

Publication Question Answer
388624 What devices require FCC guidance prior to a TCB issuing a grant of equipment authorization, and what are the procedures to obtain this guidance? The attached documents provide guidance on the Pre-Approval Guidance (PAG) procedures (Section 2.964) formerly known as the Permit But Ask (PBA) procedure. Attachment 388624 D02 Pre-Approval Guidance List v16r05 provides a list of the RF devices that are subject to the Pre-Approval Guidance procedure and attachment 388624 D01 Pre-Approval Guidance Procedure v11r02 provides the Pre-Approval Guidance procedures.

Attachment List:
388624 D01 Pre-Approval Guidance v11r02
388624 D02 Pre-Approval Guidance List v16r05

940660 What procedures should be used to evaluate Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) for compliance under Part 96? Attachment 940660 D01 Part 96 CBRS Eqpt v02 provides guidance on applicable approval procedures, technical requirements, and Part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) interaction with Spectrum Access System (SAS) evaluation.
Attachment List:
940660 D01 Part 96 CBRS v02
940660 D02 CPE-CBSD Handshake Procedures v01
653005 What are the requirements for vehicular radars operating in the 76 to 81 GHz band under Part 95 Subpart M? Guidance on the technical requirements for vehicular radars operating in the 76 to 81 GHz band is provided in attachment 653005 76-81 GHz Radars v01r01.
Attachment List:
653005 D01 76-81 GHz Radars v01r01
558074 What are the test procedures for measuring Digital Transmission System (DTS), Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum systems (DSS), and hybrid devices subject to the requirements in Section 15.247? Test procedures for measuring Digital Transmission System (DTS), Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum Systems (DSS), and hybrid devices are provided in the attachment 558074 D01 DTSMeas Guidance.
Attachment List:
558074 D01 15.247 Meas Guidance v05r02
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