Routes of Compliance Explained

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dB Technology has its test site description filed with the FCC (Reg: 90528), but it is not accredited by NVLAP. This means that we have submitted the information required by Part 2.948 of the FCC Rules for measuring devices subject to Certification under Parts 15 & 18. We are therefore only able to operate the Verification and Certification requirements. For Certification the manufacturer will also need to involve a TCB. dB Technology will provide the test data required for vetting by the TCB, but all other parts of the application will need to be handled by the manufacturer.

A search of sites that either have details of test facilities filed with the FCC under the requirements of Part 2.948 or are accredited for FCC testing by NVLAP can be found via the link below.

Verification (2.902)

The manufacturer is able to make measurements or take the necessary steps to ensure the product complies with the appropriate technical standards. There is no requirement to submit a sample unit or data to the Commission to demonstrate compliance. The manufacturer can therefore test the product themselves or test at a facility of their choice. Details of such testing should be kept on file and only need be produced if requested. A full description of the test facilities must also be kept unless tests are performed at a site whose details are filed with the FCC (e.g. dB Technology).

Certification (2.907)

This is an authorisation procedure whereby the Commission or, more commonly, a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB) issues an authorisation following the submission of test data by the applicant. For certification, measurements must be made at one of the following:

Declaration of conformity (2.906)

This is a process whereby a responsible party makes measurements or takes necessary steps to ensure the product complies with the appropriate technical standards. There is no requirement to submit a sample unit or data to the Commission to demonstrate compliance unless specifically requested. A responsible party is a test house that has been accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) or one that has been designated by the Commission under a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).