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FCC Part 15 sets out the regulations under which intentional, unintentional, or incidental radiators may be operated without an individual license. Products that need authorization are either intentional or unintentional radiators of radio frequency energy.

Intentional radiators are devices – like a smartphone – that must broadcast radio energy as part of their operation. Unintentional radiators are electronics – like a digital camera – that can create radio signals and broadcast them through space or power lines, as an unintentional byproduct of their operation

The FCC has defined these as the following:

  • Incidental radiator – A device that generates radio frequency (RF) energy during the course of its operation although the device is not intentionally designed to generate or emit radio frequency energy. Examples of incidental radiators are dc motors, mechanical light switches, etc.
  • ntentional radiator – A device that intentionally generates and emits radio frequency (RF) energy by radiation or induction.
  • Unintentional radiator – A device that intentionally generates (RF) radio frequency energy for use within the device, or that sends radio frequency signals by conduction to associated equipment via connecting wiring, but which is not intended to emit RF energy by radiation or induction.

Depending on the type of the equipment, verification, declaration of conformity, or certification are the processes for FCC Part 15 compliance. MET can provide FCC Part 15 services including pre-compliance testing, conducted emissions & radiated emissions testing, documentation review, and issue grants of Equipment Authorization, Following the issuance of this grant, the grantee will be free to begin marketing the device in the United States.

Other FCC Testing & Certification Capabilities »

  • FCC Part 2 – Frequency Allocations and Radio Treaty Matters; General Rules and Regulations
  • FCC Part 11 – Emergency Alert System (EAS)
  • FCC Part 18 – Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Equipment
  • FCC Part 22 – Public Mobile Services
  • FCC Part 24 – Personal Communication Services
  • FCC Part 25 – Satellite Communications
  • FCC Part 27 – Miscellaneous Wireless Communication Services
  • FCC Part 68 – Connection of Terminal Equipment

What is ?

FCC Part 15 is the section of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations that set’s limitations on the amount of electromagnetic interference allowed from digital and electronic devices. FCC Part 15 also covers technical specifications, administrative requirements and other conditions relating to the marketing of FCC Part 15 devices.

Most products that can emit radio frequency energy need to be tested and certified to be marketed or sold in the U.S. With few exceptions, any electronics device with the ability to oscillate above 9 kHz must get an FCC authorization. When manufacturers sell equipment without the appropriate approval, they can be fined and could have their products and profits seized.

As an authorized TCB (Telecommunications Certification Body), MET performs testing and evaluation needed for FCC approval of various types of products needing FCC approval according to FCC part 15. MET is authorized to issue Grants of Equipment Authorization for any equipment for which there is a defined rule part and procedure within Title 47 of the CFR. Following the issuance of this grant, the grantee will be free to begin marketing the device in the United States.

As part of our nationwide locations, MET Labs’ headquarters can provide Our end-to-end testing and certification solutions help you identify your product’s FCC regulatory requirements in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, determine if it requires approval, and evaluate it to FCC rule part 15 to help you successfully achieve approval and market access.