As a record number of consumers are using cell phones and electronic devices, specific absorption rate testing is becoming more important for manufacturers. Element helps you meet product safety and compliance requirements for markets around the world. 

Defined as the measure of radio frequency absorbed by the head or body, specific absorption rate (SAR) is carefully regulated by government institutions. Working closely with health and safety organizations, most countries have developed SAR safety guidelines for devices used within 20 cm (7.8 in) of the head or body. Testing is conducted to determine the overall absorption rate of a product. If the rate is below accepted standards, it meets compliance standards; if it exceeds the accepted rate, the product must be redesigned to meet official guidelines. 

Element’s Specific Absorption Rate Testing Capabilities

Our specific absorption rate testing lab is located in a semi-anechoic chamber to maintain strict temperature control, and eliminate influences from other nearby transmitters. Our experts use the DASY5 system (the latest technology in SAR testing) to ensure confidence in your results. Equipped with probes, tissue simulants, and phantoms (simulated human tissue for testing), the DASY5 can evaluate wireless devices operating from 300 MHz – 6 GHz. For projects with additional requirements, we also use a variety of call boxes to support all cellular operating modes up through LTE.

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 European Union and many other countries have a SAR limit of 2.0 W/kg.

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.

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 testing, making us the ideal testing partner for telecoms device certification. Our experts can help you design a custom test plan that ensures product safety while meeting the requirements for certification in countries around the world. 

For more information about our SAR testing capabilities, or to request a quote, contact us today.

specific absorption rate (SAR) Testing

Standards We Test To

  • EN62369-1:2009
  • EN 50360 (2001)
  • EN 62209-1 (2006)
  • IEC 62209-1
  • IEC 62209-2 (2010)
  • EN 50364 (2001)
  • EN 50371 (2002)
North America
  • IEEE Standard 1528 (2013)
  • IEC 62209-2 (2010)
  • IC RSS-102, Issue 5
  • Safety Code 6: Health Canada's Radiofrequency Exposure Guidelines
International Standards
  • IEEE Standard 1528 (2003)
  • IEEE Standard 1528 (2013)

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