Michael Derby has been in the product development and approvals business for more than 35 years. His present area of expertise is helping manufacturers get radio equipment onto the market.
As a Technical Director in Element’s Connected Technology & Mobility group, Michael provides support on all topics related to radio equipment tests, certification, and authorization. He is responsible for new initiatives and growth within Element, identifying new opportunities, finding solutions, setting up new services, and training staff.
Michael started his career working with a manufacturer, helping to get their products onto the market, including the EMC test and approvals process. He then worked for a commercial EMC test lab in the role of Senior Engineer and a radio test lab in the role of Principal Engineer. He was a radio, Bluetooth, and SAR lab manager at a commercial test lab, while attending ETSI to contribute to radio test standards.
Michael then moved to regulatory approvals as a TCB for the FCC, an FCB for ISED Canada, a Notified Body for the EU RED and EMCD, and a UK Approved Body for Great Britain.
Michael joined Element Materials in September 2020. He lives in the UK and works in our North American, European, and Asian business areas, supporting our staff and customers globally.
Michael’s core skills include communication, problem-solving, and explaining complex topics. Michael represents the test and certification industry in manufacturing organizations and is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events. With specialization and keen focus on radio modules and using radio connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), Michael is the author of the EU’s guidance on Radio Module assessment and integration.
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing
- Electrical Safety Testing
- Radio Testing
- Cybersecurity Testing
- Product Certification and Approvals
- FCC TCB Council Board of Directors (Member)
- FCC TCB Council Modular Committee (Chair)
- EU RED-CA (Member)
- EMC Test Lab Association (Technical Secretary)
Content by this expert
Prepare Your Products for Successful Wireless Device Testing
With the growing selection of radio applications such as RFID, WiFi, and Bluetooth, it is sometimes challenging to obtain regulatory approvals for your products. This article discusses wireless testing scenarios.
Cybersecurity and the RED Article 3.3 Essential Requirements
The Regulation outlines some of the reasons for the requirements, which types of equipment will be within the scope, and the timeline for applying the new essential requirements.
Understanding Radio Approvals: On-Demand Webinar
Michael Derby, Technical Director of Regulatory Approvals at Element delivers guidance on radio approvals, reviewing the procedures for radio products for any industry using radio and connected technologies.
On-demand webinar: Getting up to Speed, with 5G – a Compliance Perspective
Industry expert Michael Derby provides a deep dive into using 5G as a tool to meet the latest demands of our world, how it differs from previous cellular generations and compliance of 5G from a test lab and certification body perspective.
Element's testing and certification services enable faster global market access to those manufacturers of mobile and smart devices, where connectivity and interoperability is key to their successful launch and adoption worldwide. Our agile team of experts are fully equipped technically, operationally and geographically to make certain that our customers' products are always safe, compliant and fit for purpose.