Transition Period to US FCC Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Authorization Procedure Ends in November 2018

Top Quote Stakeholders are reminded the one-year transition period to the new Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity for electrical and electronic equipment will cease on November 2, 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 01, 2018 - Responsible parties, either the manufacturer or importer of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), should be aware that the transition period for replacing VoC and DoC with the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) will end on November 2, 2018.

    Currently a one-year period of transition is in place but after this date the new rules will require:

    • Equipment without a radio transmitter but containing digital circuitry – for example, computer peripherals, microwave ovens, ISM equipment, switching power supplies, LED light bulbs, radio receivers, and TV interface devices – will be subject to approval using the SDoC procedure with an option to use the certification procedures
    • Equipment containing both unintentional radiators (e.g. digital logic circuitry) within the end product and intentional radiators (e.g. radio transmitter) – the first portion can be generally authorized under either SDoC or certification, while the second element typically requires certification

    Further information is available in Table 1 of Section 15.101(a) concerning the use of equipment class codes with applications for certification in Section 2.906(c).

    A responsible party is defined as either the manufacturer, the assembler, or the importer. They are responsible for ensuring the product complies with US regulations, warranting that each unit marketed under the SDoC is identical to the tested unit, which was found to be compliant with relevant standards.

    It is possible for the retailer or original manufacturer to enter into an agreement with the responsible party to assume the liability for guaranteeing compliance, and they will become the new responsible party for the purposes of the Commission’s rules. The responsible party must have a presence in the USA.

    As the transition period is reaching its conclusion, stakeholders are being advised to ensure they are aware of the new regulations and that their products are compliant. They should note that products approved before November 2, 2018, using previous methods, will not require a re-test or application of the SDoC procedure, unless they are modified.

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    For further information contact:

    Jing Song
    Certification Executive
    Tel: 86 755 2532 8659
    Email: ( @ ) sgs dot com

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