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International Approvals

Do you need International Product Approvals? ACB can provide International Approvals / Worldwide Certifications / Product Homologation for over 200 market countries.

2017 International Wireless Certification Conference a Success!

Shanghai, China

International Wireless Certification Conference

The American Certification Body 2017 International Wireless Certification Conference welcomed over 180 participants in bustling Shanghai China, one of the great technology nexus of China. The focus of the Conference was technologies for the wireless certification industry, including requirements for United States, Europe, Canada, China, Australia and Japan.

Co-hosted by China Telecommunications Testing Laboratories (CTTL), the attendees represented the wireless testing and certification services industry providing advanced state-of-the-art engineering, design and test services. It is reported that the Chinese testing industry is responsible for one-half of the wireless devices certified under the Federal Communications Commission certification system. American Certification Body is a top provider of Certification services world-wide. Read about the conference.

FAQ on Radio Equipment for Europe

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Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

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Selling Radios in Europe?

Selling Radios in Europe? Stay in the black, prepare for RED.

Ready for RED

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) will be the only route for radio devices to be placed into the European Union from June 13, 2017. Prepare your compliance plan now!

Wireless manufacturers will need to obtain CE Marking under the "RED" from that date. ALL radio equipment that is being place on the market must transition to RED, even devices that were approved under the R&TTE Directive.

To prove compliance, it is necessary to use Harmonised Standards. The challenge is that there are very few Harmonized Standards to use!

In the meantime, ACB has an answer.

ACB is a Notified Body (1588) under the RED and can issue "EU Type Examination Certificates" that are necessary for compliance during the transition to a full set of Harmonised Standards.

This process involves a review of your product operation and use, analysis of existing regulatory resources, such as draft ENs, standards and industry committee activity and communication with European regulatory authorities. This process is detailed in our ISO 17065 accredited procedures and allows us to prepare the necessary technical and regulatory support to issue an EU Type Examination Certificate.

Clients who have used our services for Notified Body support realize how critical this service can be as it allows market access to the 300 million consumers in the European Union.

For a quotation, or to discuss further, please contact an ACB office in your region.

The new EMC and Radio Equipment Directives

ACB is Notified to the new EMC and Radio Equipment Directives

Effective 29 August 2016, American Certification Body is notified to the most recent European Directives for Electromagnetic Compatibility 2014/30/EU (EMCD) and Radio Equipment 2014/53/EU (RED). "Notification" allows us to make certain regulatory decisions that can open doors for the European market. This status is part of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement that has been in-place with Europe for improving trade and market access for telecommunications and technology products.

Michael Derby, Director of ACB EU, states that "We are pleased to achieve this updated Notification status which allows us to serve our global clients for EU market access. There are several critical changes in the implementation for Radio Equipment in particular that affect most, if not all radio transmission equipment. Finally, we are very appreciative of our colleagues at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for their unfailing support of the Conformity Assessment industry."

Contact ACB for specific guidance for your project.

Fast Certification services for Wireless Products

American Certification Body (ACB) provides US/FCC, Canada and European Approvals for Licensed and Unlicensed wireless products. We work with our clients around the world and around the clock. We understand your time to market concerns and we realize that Certifications are an important timing issue for all manufacturers. Contact us anytime. Certification questions and inquiries are welcome.

ACB is your source for radio equipment authorizations including 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth, frequency hopping spread spectrum, digital transmission systems, WiFi, WiMax, GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, HSPA (HSDPA, HSUPA), marine, aviation, land-mobile, OFDM, point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, EPIRB, PLB, BPL, PDA, radar, ISM devices, Smart Phones, and broadcasting equipment. Nearly all devices which use radio frequency energy, from garage door openers to microwave broadcast towers, are eligible for Certification through ACB. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) and Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) evaluations are provided as part of our total Certification package.

FCC Certification - We are an FCC TCB

Our scope includes Certification under FCC rule Parts 11, 15, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 74, 80, 87, 90, 95, 97, and 101. Certification to Canadian Radio Standard Specifications (RSS) is also provided from our staff, with a combination of over 200 years radio approvals experience.

ISED Canada (formerly Industry Canada)

We provide seamless Certification for North America with ISED Canada Certification Services to RSS requirements of the Canadian Government.

European Union

CE Mark1588

In accordance with the Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive and the United States-European Union Mutual Recognition Agreement, ACB is a designated Notified Body for issuing opinions about conformity of Radio and Telecommunications Equipment.

Japan Device Certification Services

American Certification Body Inc. (ACB) Receives Recognition for Japan

Device Certification Services
to Japanese Radio
Law Now Available

Japan FlagACB has been approved in the first round of Certification Bodies recognized to perform Certification for wireless devices to Japanese Radio Law, increasing market-access for manufacturers on both sides of the Pacific.  Read more >>

China SRRC and CCC Approvals

ChinaACB offers fast approvals for China

Our offices in Beijing can get rapid approval to China’s radio, EMC and product safety schemes. We obtain SRRC and China’s Compulsory Certification (CCC).

We provide approvals for SRRC, CCC Mark and MII, all requirements for the applicable product classes.

ACB: A Leader in Wireless Product Approvals.

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 FCC's Broadband Plan Turns Five

FCC's Broadband Plan Turns Five

Blow out the candles, already! The recent auction of Advanced Wireless Spectrum raised $41 Big Ones (that’s $41E9) for the US Treasury. Now, spectrum is a little like real estate and as Will Rogers once said: "I had been putting what little money I had in Ocean Frontage [because] they wasn’t making any more..." If there were spectrum futures, I'd recommend placing a buy. AT&T, apparently, thinks the same way, having dropped nearly one-half of the record bids.  

Part of this haymaking for the Feds is the result of the FCC's "National Broadband Plan" or "The Ominbus Broadband Initiative." In 2010 the FCC released a plan to increase the availability of spectrum for broadband deployment in the United States. Some of the initiatives have had an immediate impact. Others have languished or have been overtaken by events. What has happened since is that the Commission has made hundreds of MHz of spectrum available for all kinds of mobile, IoT and M2M uses. This has caused some difficulties for incumbent users and created opportunities for innovators.

This article will provide an update of how the plan is being implemented.

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This article was originally published in the June 2015 Issue of InCompliance Magazine.

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