As the world becomes more wireless, RF compliance testing is becoming required by more industries than ever before. 

Whether you have installed a pre-approved module or developed a radio solution from scratch using a chipset, Element provides Radio RF regulatory compliance testing services to enable you to demonstrate that your products will use the radio spectrum effectively and comply with country-specific regulatory requirements. 

Radio compliance testing process

Manufacturers must comply with the directives, rules, or standards applicable to the territory in which they want to sell their products. Element’s engineering team can support you throughout the entire radio compliance testing process, from generating bespoke test plans and performing pre-compliance investigations through to full formal conformance testing. We aim to deliver fast and efficient solutions against complex product testing requirements. 

The Element advantage 

Combined with our extensive Radio RF regulatory compliance testing capabilities, Element offers EMC and electrical product safety testing services to assist you from the initial stages of identifying a suitable compliance strategy through comprehensive testing programs, certification, and Global Market Access (GMA)

Our Global Standards

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ETSI Standards

In Europe, radio and wireless equipment will fall under the scope of  the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and are subject to assessments against article 3.2 of the directive, which requires that radio equipment has efficient and effective use of the spectrum. Manufacturers can demonstrate this through the application of ETSI standards. 

Element can commonly test products to the most frequently used harmonized standards:

  • ETSI EN 300 328 covering Zigbee, Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) 
  • ETSI EN 300 220 covering short range devices operating in the 25 MHz to 1000 MHz range
  • ETSI EN 300 330 covering short range devices operating in the 9 kHz to 25 MHz range
  • ETSI EN 300 440 covering short range devices operating in the 1 GHz to 40 GHz range
  • ETSI EN 301 893 covering 5 GHz RLAN / Wireless LAN (5 GHz Wi-Fi) 
  • ETSI EN 302 502 covering 5.8 GHz Wireless Access Systems 
  • ETSI EN 302 208 covering RFID operating in 865-868 MHz and 915-921 MHz 
  • ETSI EN 301 406 covering DECT 
  • ETSI EN 301 681 covering Satellite Earth Stations operating in 1.5 – 1.6 GHz bands

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FCC Standards

As an FCC Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), Element is authorized to test products and provide FCC certification through its appointment as a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB).  

We commonly test products against the following:

  • 47 CFR Part 15 covering Radio Frequency Devices such as Bluetooth, WLAN, Zigbee 
  • 47 CFR Part 18 covering Industrial Scientific and Medical Equipment 
  • 47 CFR Part 22 covering Public Mobile Services 
  • 47 CFR Part 24 covering Personal communication services
  • 47 CFR Part 25 covering Satellite Communications 
  • 47 CFR Part 27 covering Miscellaneous Wireless Communication Services
  • 47 CFR Part 73 covering Radio Broadcast Services
  • 47 CFR Part 90 covering Private Land Mobile Service
  • 47 CFR Part 96 covering Citizens Broadband Radio Service
  • 47 CFR Part 101 covering Fixed Microwave Service

Element offers FCC certification testing services for a number of wireless devices including radios, Wi-Fi, RFID, ZigBee, Bluetooth and BLE devices. 

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RSS Standards

Element is authorized to test products and provide ISED Canada certification through its appointment as a Foreign Certification Body (FCB).  

We commonly test products against the following:

  • RSS-119
  • RSS-123
  • RSS-131
  • RSS-170
  • RSS-210
  • RSS-213
  • RSS-247

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Japan Radio Law

As a Registered Certification Body (RCB), also known as a Japanese Conformity Assessment Body (CAB); Element offers a comprehensive testing and certification program to cover the main sections of MIC certification for data transmission equipment, Bluetooth, zigbee, WLAN, Wi-Fi, RFID, satellite and short-range devices. 

We can commonly test to the following standards: 

  • Article 8
  • Article 19
  • Article 19-2
  • Article 19-3
  • Article 19-3-2

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When is an approved radio module not approved?

Depending on the product and RF receiver, there are benefits to integrating a pre-approved module into a host product, as well as designing your own radio. The commonly perceived wisdom is that buying in a module costs more than a chipset, but saves time and money by bypassing the testing process. 

While this is often the case, there are some important factors to consider, including:

  • Fundamental frequency resonating in unterminated tracks on the PCB
  • Receiver sensitivity being compromised by nearby components or metallic chassis
  • Additional spurious emissions being caused by low-frequency signals coupling onto the RF output
  • The receiver being blocked by unwanted RF signals generated in the host

When there are significant changes to the module function, additional testing may be required. Using a pre-approved radio that has been altered can result in fees or loss of compliance, so ensuring proper use and function is critical.

For more information about how and when to use a module or a chipset, speak to an expert today.

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