Element is a global leader in RF Exposure assessments including Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and Power Density (PD) testing, and SPR-002 Nerve Stimulation Testing of wireless devices for compliance with RF safety limits for worldwide markets including US, Canada, Korea, Japan and European regulations.
Defined as the measure of Radio Frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the head or body, Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is carefully regulated by government institutions. Many countries around the world have developed SAR safety guidelines to limit the amount of RF exposure of devices used within 20 cm (7.8 in) of the head or body. We can help you determine the specific absorption rate of a product and ensure that the rate is below-accepted standards for safe exposure.
Element has a comprehensive range of testing and certification services for your products, including those with SAR requirements.
We regularly carry out RF exposure assessments for a wide range of products including 2G/3G/4G/LTE/5G cellular phones, WLAN, PDA’s, laptops, Bluetooth, Zigbee, implantable and body-worn devices and offer RF exposure and SAR testing services according to the latest standards and specifications around the world to support you with gaining approvals for CE marking for EU, FCC for US, ISED for Canada, MIC for Japan, and RRA for Korea.
We have close and regular contact with both the FCC, ISED, service providers/carriers, and manufacturers, and use this to establish test solutions for complex compliance situations. We have assisted in developing test solutions for regulatory requirements for products including:
- Consumer and occupational handheld wireless devices
- Tablets and smartphones including all cellular technologies (2G/3G/4G/LTE/5G)
- EAS, metal detectors, RFID, TPMS, vehicle security systems
- A4WP, WPC, PMA Wireless Power Transfer (WPT)/Charging
- Implants and body worn devices
- IoT including ZigBee
- 5G NR and mmWave technology
We are also a Vodafone Authorized SAR Laboratory.
When working with Element, you benefit from having access to the very latest RF exposure knowledge with fast turnaround of tests, a global network of expertise and over 39 years of Connected Technologies experience to get your products to market on time, every time.
Our Specific Absorption Rate Testing Services
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Testing
DASY6 system: the latest technology in SAR testing
As leaders in the field of SAR and PD, we use the latest technology and best in class expertise to provide measurement assurance for the results and the certifications we issue, helping you to gain market entry as quickly as possible with the certainty in results you need.
Our team of highly experienced engineers use a variety of phantoms (simulated human tissue for testing) of various body parts such as head, torso, wrist, hand etc to make specific absorption rate (SAR) and/or Power Density (PD) measurements on your device. Combined with the necessary wireless support equipment to establish a communication link, we offer the ability of testing a full range of wireless device including 4G(LTE), 5G (NR) – sub-6 and mmW as well as many other technologies such as U-NII (2.4, 5 and 6 GHz), UWB, WPT and the like.
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Testing
SAR testing guidelines
As part of the equipment authorization process, manufacturers are required to ensure that their devices comply with these exposure limits.
The SAR limit for the general population in US and Canada is 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg). The SAR limits are regulated by 47 CFR Part 2, section 2.1093 in the United States. The European Union and many other countries have a SAR limit of 2.0 W/kg. Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC governs the RF exposure and SAR limits in the European Union. Our global approvals experts are knowledgeable about the product safety requirements of countries around the globe. If you are looking to perform SAR testing for multiple countries, or are seeking specific certifications for foreign markets, our team will support you with the administrative and technical assistance you need to certify your products on time and on budget.
SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATE (SAR) TESTING
The Element advantage
With years of experience providing testing and certification to the telecoms industry, we are experts at providing accurate, dependable results that fit your budget and your deadlines.
We are one of a handful of labs around the world that provides comprehensive Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing, making us the ideal testing partner for telecoms device certification. Element can help you design a custom test plan tailored according to your device that mitigates the risks of noncompliance and ensures product safety while meeting the customer and target market requirements.
Standards We Test To
- EN 50360 (2001)
- EN 62209-1 (2006)
- IEC 62209-1
- IEC 62209-2 (2010)
- EN 50364 (2001)
- EN 50371 (2002)
- IEEE Standard 1528 (2013)
- IEC 62209-2 (2010)
- IEC 62209-1 (2016)
- RSS-102, Issue 5
- Safety Code 6: Health Canada's Radiofrequency Exposure Guidelines
Advisory Services for Radio Products
Element provides guidance on the relevant regulatory requirements before you reach the testing and approvals stage, supporting you from start to finish - we ensure you achieve first time success.
Element provides a wide range of wireless and radio testing services including RF testing for regulatory compliance, RF exposure and SAR assessments and OTA and Wireless Coexistence testing.
Element offers wireless and radio certification services for FCC for USA, ISED for Canada, CE marking for Europe and MIC for Japan.
Global Market Access
Element's GMA team helps manufacturers to gain necessary wireless and radio certifications, to enable them to place their products on the market in countries around the world.
Find out more about Element's global platform of laboratories to ensure that you have the facilities, technical expertise and procedures to ensure that your products comply with national and international industry-specific and legislative EMC standards.
USA FCC Certification
Element TCB provides FCC certification services of your wireless devices for entry into the United States market.
Canada ISED Certification
Element FCB provides ISED certification services of your wireless devices for the Canadian market.
Japan MIC Certification
Element RCB provides MIC certification services for your wireless product to enter the Japan marketplace.
Europe Notified Body Certification
Element offers Notified Body review and EU-Type Examination certification of your wireless products subject to the scope of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED).