In order to obtain market approval for a device with wireless technologies in the US, an FCC certification is required for each manufacturer. The certification is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), usually with the inclusion of a so-called Technical Certification Body (TCB).
In November 2017, an updated FCC authorization program was introduced, which is currently in a transitional period until November 2018. As part of these changes, the two approval procedures Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and Verification are combined in a new process named sDoC. The process of a full certification (Certification) remains unchanged.
The special device type specifies – as before – the type of approval process. The prescribed rules are defined in the FCC Rules Part 15.101.
From November 2018, the FCC will no longer accept approvals based on the old program as the transitional period expires. It is important to mention that approved products do not have to be re-certified.
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