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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB)

In the U.S. the Federal Communications Commission FCC regulates all products containing radio transmitters

What is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB)?

In the U.S. the Federal Communications Commission FCC regulates all products containing radio transmitters (radio, telecom and satellite equipment) in areas such as electromagnetic interference, radio frequency (RF) exposure and spectrum allocation. Mobile marine communications equipment and other products capable of radio communication must therefore be certified compliant by a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), which has been appointed by the FCC.

Why is FCC TCB Important?

To access the U.S. marine radio and telecoms equipment market, manufacturers and importers must ensure that their products comply and meet all criteria for FCC certification. Non-compliance may lead to costly delays, fines and forfeitures, as well as reputation-damaging product recalls. Expert advice on applicable requirements and regulations, as well as compliance strategy guidance, is therefore required to ensure FCC acceptance.

Why choose TÜV SÜD for FCC TCB?

TÜV SÜD can help you to determine which FCC rules, requirements and procedures apply to your product, supporting you to meet time-to-market targets without running the risk of having products blocked by the U.S. authorities. TÜV SÜD can also provide third-party testing so that you can create a technical compliance file. Our certification body, TÜV SÜD BABT, is a TCB appointed under the EU-USA Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). It is authorised to certify and approve devices, as well as assess and issue equipment approvals on the FCC authorisation database.

TÜV SÜD’s services

TÜV SÜD’s pre-compliance product evaluation service will help you to identify potential issues with a product at an early stage of product development. Our compliance strategy guidance will help prepare the product for formal testing and we can also help determine the appropriate FCC authorisation route for the product.

TÜV SÜD BABT provides FCC certification services for manufacturers and suppliers of radio and telecoms equipment wishing to gain access to the US market. As a FCC TCB, TÜV SÜD BABT can issue grants for equipment within the following categories:

  • CFR 47 Parts 15 – Unlicensed Radio Frequency Devices
  • CFR 47 Parts 22 – Public Mobile Services
  • CFR 47 Parts 24 – Personal Communication Service
  • CFR 47 Parts 27 – Miscellaneous Wireless Communication Devices
  • CFR 47 Parts 80 – Maritime Service
  • CFR 47 Parts 87 – Aviation Services
  • CFR 47 Parts 90 – Private Land Mobile Radio Service
  • FCC Part 2 – SAR

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