FCC Electromagnetic Compatibility and Telecommunications (EC&T) Laboratory Accreditation Program (LABPR-406)

Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B) achieves recognition by the Federal Communications Commission

(Fort Wayne, IN – January 31, 2014 ) – Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B), a division of A-S-B, is proud to announce that the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) now accepts L-A-B accreditation for testing laboratories seeking recognition by the Commission to perform testing of telecommunications equipment subject to the Commission’s rules.

On December 17, 2014 the Commission adopted a Report and Order (FCC 14 -208) as part of an ongoing review and update of the Commission’s radiofrequency (RF) equipment authorization program. The OET Laboratory is in the process of implementing the Order and as a result of the changes to the equipment authorization program it will be necessary for several KDB Publications to be updated. Revised guidance will be issued over the next few months in the related KDB Publications.

  • The FCC will discontinue acceptance of applications for equipment Certification of RF equipment and instead permit TCBs to process and grant all applications for Certification.
  • FCC rules now reference ISO/IEC 17065 to accredit TCBs that approve RF equipment under Part 2 of the Commission’s rules and terminal equipment under Part 68 of the Commission’s rules
  • The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology’s (OET) report and Order FCC 14-208 requires accreditation of all laboratories that test equipment subject to any of the certification procedures under Part 2 of the Commission’s rules and codify a procedure through which the Commission currently recognizes new laboratory accreditation bodies;
  • The FCC has update references to industry measurement procedures in the Commission’s rules (e.g. ANSI C63.4-2014 and ANSI C63.10-2013) for the certification of RF equipment.
  • The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology’s (OET) report and Order FCC 14-208 provides greater flexibility under the Office of Engineering and Technology’s (OET) existing delegated authority to enable OET to address minor technical issues that may be raised when updating to the latest versions of industry standards that are referenced in Parts 2, 5, 15, and 18 of the Commission’s rules
  • As of the effective date of the rules the Commission will no longer accept applications for Commission issued grants of equipment certification
  • As of September 15, 2015 all TCBs are required to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065. Once the accreditation has been completed the accreditation body needs to notify the designating authority so that they can then upload the new accreditation certificate to FCC Equipment Authorization System (EAS) TCBs do not need to notify the FCC directly.
  • Organizations accrediting a TCB or testing laboratory shall be capable of meeting the requirements and conditions of ISO/IEC 17011:2004.
  • A transition period of one year from the effective date of FCC 14 -208 is provided for phasing out the “2.948 test site listing” program. Laboratory Accreditation Bureau is taking applications for certification will be required to be based on testing performed by a recognized accredited testing laboratory.

L-A-B assessors are prepared for:

  • the new requirements for measurement facilities used to make radiated emission measurements using the procedures in ANSI C63.4 or ANSI C63.10, measurements for intentional radiators subject to Part 15 to be made using the procedures in ANSI C63.10 -2013, “American National Standard of Procedures for Compliance Testing of Unlicensed Wireless Devices”,
  • measurements for unintentional radiators to be made using the procedures in ANSI C63.4-2014,
  • with the site validation requirements in CISPR 16-1-4:2010-04 for radiated emissions 1 GHz to 40 GHz .

Testing in support of an application for certification or when the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) procedure is used must be performed by an accredited testing laboratory that is FCC recognized.

  • When a testing laboratory uses external resources to perform testing , after the transition date, it is required that such testing be performed by testing laboratories that have also been recognized by the Commission as an accredited testing laboratory with the appropriate scope of accreditation
  • Testing laboratories located in the United States may be recognized by the FCC if they are accredited by one of the four FCC recognized accreditation bodies, including L-A-B.
  • Testing laboratories located outside of the United States may be recognized by the FCC if they are designated as an accredited testing laboratory under the terms of government – to – Government Mutual Recognition Agreement. See http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/ea/mra/

Laboratory Accreditation Bureau is equipped to meet the needs of testing laboratories needing to obtain accreditation or expand their scopes of accreditation. Testing laboratories are encouraged to start the process immediately so they have the necessary accreditations in place prior to the end of the transition period.

Testing laboratories located in non MRA countries are not FCC recognized as accredited under the current procedures. The existing procedures are under review and updates will be issued in a KDB Publication

How do I become Accredited?

  • To learn more about the program click on the “EC&T Laboratory Accreditation Program” cover page at the right to download a copy for review
  • Apply by clicking the “Request a Quote” button below to download and fill out the application.