EMC/EMI Testing, Support, and Certification Services

The new Radio Equipment Directive has now been published. DIRECTIVE 2014/53/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 April 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment and repealing Directive 1999/5/EC. While there will be a transition period, […]

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With test facilities in California, Oregon, Minnesota and Washington, Northwest EMC goes beyond a basic focus on testing and provides personal consultation and technical support throughout the approval process.

Our EMC/EMI testing capabilities, unique software applications, and extensive roster of worldwide accreditations and authorizations offer manufacturers, designers and importers a single source for meeting all regulatory requirements.

Recent Trends in Enforcement

According to Fish and Richardson, the FCC has been particularly active in enforcement matters during the first two quarters of 2012, having issued more than $1.1 million in forfeiture penalties to RF equipment manufacturers and distributors through May. Recent enforcement decisions have emphasized violations such as the prohibition on marketing regulated equipment without a valid FCC certification, failure to comply with hearing aid compatibility requirements for wireless phone distributors, and purely procedural violations such as failing to respond to FCC letters of inquiry.

The FCC also continues to use its "upward adjustment" discretion liberally to increase forfeiture dollar amounts for repeat and egregious violations. We will continue to monitor developments in this area on our website, which periodically updates you on FCC enforcement actions, and is now current through May 31, 2012.

Fish & Richardson follows all FCC enforcement actions taken against RF equipment manufacturers, vendors, and users concerning violations of the FCC's marketing rules and technical standards. These include enforcement of Rule Parts 2, 15, 18, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95, the tracking of voluntary consent decrees, citations, and Notices of Apparent Liability and Forfeiture.

The bottom line is that manufacturers, importers, and test labs need to be more careful about FCC compliance. Before any product marketing begins, they have to think about the risks of enforcement and potential liability. Comprehensive FCC compliance programs should be developed and implemented in advance of sales, with extra scrutiny given to devices and components coming from offshore locations. Finally, regular post-market sampling of equipment should be the norm, with extra attention given to heretofore minor labeling requirements and pre-sale activities.

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Visit the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau to learn more about their organization and on-going enforcement efforts.