Element provides Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Testing for manufacturers of wireless/radio devices. 

Working closely with health and safety organizations, the FCC and other spectrum authorities around the world have adopted limits for exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy. For devices used closer than 20 cm to the head or body, the RF exposure limits are given in terms of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of radio frequency energy absorbed by the head or body.

As part of the equipment authorization process, manufacturers are required to ensure that their devices comply with these limits for exposure. The FCC and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) limit for public exposure is a SAR level of 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 SAR testing lab is located in a semi-anechoic chamber to maintain strict temperature control and eliminate influences from other nearby transmitters. We’ve selected the premier supplier of SAR evaluation systems and government-preferred vendor, SPEAG of Zurich Switzerland, to provide their latest offering – the DASY5. Equipped with probes, tissue simulants, and phantoms, the DASY5 can evaluate wireless devices operating from 400 MHz – 6 GHz. In addition, we use a variety of call boxes to support all cellular operating modes up through LTE. 

Common Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Test Standards Element supports:
North America


FCC - OET Bulletin 65, Edition 97-01 (August
1997)
FCC Guidance for Evaluating Compliance with FCC
Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields
FCC - Supplement C, Edition 01-01 to OET Bulletin
65,Edition 97-01

IEEE C95.1:2005 + A1:2010

IC RSS-102, Issue 5
Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Compliance of
Radiocommunication Apparatus (All Frequency Bands)
Safety Code 6: Health Canada's
Radiofrequency Exposure Guidelines

International


IEEE Standard 1528 (2003) including
Amendment 1
IEEE Recommended Practice for Determining the Peak Spatial-Average Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in the Human Head from
Wireless Communications Devices: Measurement Techniques
IEEE Standard 1528 (2013)

IEEE Recommended Practice for Determining the Peak Spatial-Average Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in the Human Head from
Wireless Communications Devices: Measurement Techniques
Europe


EN62369-1:2009 Evaluation of human exposure to electromagnetic fields from short range devices (SRDs) in various applications over the frequency range 0 GHz to 300 GHz. Fields produced by devices used for electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification and similar systems
EN 50360 (2001) Product standard to demonstrate the compliance of mobile phones with the basic restrictions related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields (300 MHz - 3 GHz)
EN 62209-1 (2006)
IEC 62209-1 (July 2016)
Human exposure to radio frequency fields from hand-held and body-mounted wireless communication devices. Human models, instrumentation, and procedures.

Procedure to determine the specific absorption rate (SAR) for hand-held devices used in close proximity to the ear (frequency range of 300 MHz to 3 GHz)
IEC 62209-2 (2010) Human exposure to radio frequency fields from hand-held and body-mounted wireless communication devices - Human models, instrumentation, and procedures

Part 2: Procedure to determine the specific absorption rate (SAR) for wireless communication devices used in close proximity to the human body (frequency range of 30 MHz to 6 GHz)
EN 50364 (2001) Limitation of human exposure to electromagnetic fields from devices operating in the frequency range 0 Hz to 300 GHz, used in electronic article surveillance (EAS), radio frequency identification (RFID) and similar applications
EN 50371 (2002) Generic standard to demonstrate the compliance of low power electronic and electrical apparatus with the basic restrictions related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields (10 MHz - 300 GHz). General public
Complimentary / Related Services:

For those that need guidance on the regulatory requirements for a particular product we can provide Early Stage Qualification (ESQ®) services to support them through the testing and approval of wireless products and components.  

Our Certification team provides the Certification Services required for Market Access for North America, Japan and Korea as well as Notified Body Services for Europe.

Element's Global Approvals team provide services to help those looking to export their radio products into the Global Market place.

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