New EMC testing requirement for exports to the USA
The requirements for the export of electrical and electronic products to the USA are being tightened up. As of July 2016, new regulations for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) verification will be brought into effect by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). From then on, testing to obtain approval for the US market must be carried out by a “Conformity Assessment Body” (CAB), and this will be compulsory. “An EMC test in a laboratory that just has an FCC listing will no longer be sufficient”, says Armin Hudetz from the testing institute SGS.
Manufacturers and exporters of electronic products such as IT technology, laboratory equipment, and miscellaneous so-called digital devices can contact the SGS testing centre in Munich. The EMC laboratory there has been accredited as an official Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) since 2014 and performs the required testing for exports to the USA in accordance with the specifications of the FCC.
As of July 2016, if a manufacturer commissions a lab that is not CAB-accredited, the measurements taken will not be accepted by the US authorities. It will therefore not be possible to import the goods into the USA and the testing will then have to be repeated by a CAB laboratory. Accreditation of a test laboratory in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 will also not meet the new requirements in and of itself. “With our EMC acceptance testing, however, manufacturers are already on the safe side, and will be even into the future, for exporting electronics to the USA without loss of time or money”, explains SGS expert Armin Hudetz, Division Manager EMC & Product Safety.
Apart from EMC measurements, the testing experts at SGS also provide manufacturing and export companies with services such as product safety testing, environmental simulation, and component qualification.
SGS Germany GmbH
Consumer Testing Services E&E
D- 81379 München
t: +49 (0)89 787475-133