Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What supporting forms are needed for each type of approval or certification?
A: Many forms such as the "Form 731" for FCC and "application form" for IC can be found on our documents page. For guidance or questions regarding complex projects, contact your regional ACB representative.
Q: How long does the typical approval or certification process take?
A: If the project contains all required reports, forms, photos and documentation the certification process is faster. However, should any part of the project require additional info or clarification, ACB will request the information and the clients response time to correct and/or address any issues will have an impact on the total project time.
Q: Why does ACB sometimes ask for more information? Why does ACB ask questions about my application and/or exhibit files?
A: For your protection. We want to ensure that your application will have no problems with the regulatory agencies like the FCC and IC. These agencies do enforce their rules (For example, see Equipment Marketing Violations at the FCC site). They have the power to audit devices, issue fines and dismiss applications. ACB wants to work with you and be sure the application you submit is correct from the start to avoid those product approval hassles.
What is the difference between CE Marking to the R&TTE Directive and Certification?
A: Certification of wireless devices refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics of wireless devices by the country regulator or certification body. This confirmation is provided by some form of external review and/or assessment under the authority of the spectrum regulator. In the US that would be the FCC and in Canada IC. By contrast, the R&TTE Directive is a Declaration of Conformity approach.
Q: Why is CE Marking to the R&TTE Directive not considered to be a Certification?
A: CE marking is not a certification primarily because the confirmation of these characteristics is not done by the spectrum regulators, or a certification body but is declared solely under the responsibility of the manufacturer or person placing the wireless device on the EU market. While that party may employ the review of a Notified Body, any review is purely the opinion of a Notified Body given to the manufacturer or responsible party and is not the formal authorization/confirmation of the device by the spectrum regulators.
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