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Certification

As a global network, CETECOM can help you manage the conformity processes all around the world - whether it's the United States, the European Union, Asia Pacific or elsewhere. With our extensive global accreditations, recognitions and worldwide contacts with decisive authorities, we can inform you of the standards, directives and access requirements of any market you target.

CETECOM certifies to international and local standards for a wide range of industries and technologies. We can perform the necessary tests and manage the entire certification process from start to finish, helping you get your product into its target markets quickly.

Pre-certification is designed to help you prepare the formal product certification. By engaging CETECOM right from the beginning, we can assist to ensure a development advantage and rapid market introduction, saving you time and money.

Europe

CE Marking

The European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). The European Union introduced the CE Marking scheme to make trade easier and cheaper between EU countries. By affixing the CE Mark the manufacturer claims that a product conforms to the minimum legal requirements.

EMC Directive

The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2004/108/EC lay down requirements in order to prevent electrical and electronic equipment from generating or being affected by electromagnetic disturbances. Compliance with these protection requirements is demonstrated by applying the conformity assessment procedure of the Directive. If you are not familiar with the procedure, it is recommended to involve an EMC Notified Body, especially when harmonized standards are not applied.

GCF

The Global Certification Forum, known as GCF, is an active partnership between mobile network operators, mobile device manufacturers and the test industry. GCF provides an independent program to ensure global interoperability of 2.5 and 3G mobile wireless terminals. GCF is a globally recognized program that complements existing regional regulatory certification requirements.

The current GCF membership includes around 150 network operators worldwide, more than 40 leading terminal manufacturers and over 65 test equipment manufacturers, test laboratories and other organizations.

GCF compliance ensures high reliability and functionality on UMTS and GSM/GPRS mobile networks. Wireless operators benefit by knowing that GCF certified devices will perform optimally on networks, providing customers with seamless roaming.

Low Voltage Directive

The Low Voltage Directive applies to all electrical equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000 V AC and between 75 and 1500 V DC. The Directive defines 11 safety requirements to cover all risks arising from the use of electrical equiment. Besides electrical risk, these requirements refer also to mechanical, chemical and health aspects.

Electronical equipment that has been manufactured in accordance with harmonized standards benefits from presumption of conformity. If this is not the case the manufacturer must prove in the technical documentatin that the safety aspects of the Low Voltage Directive have been respected.

CETECOM can guide you through the process by offering following service:

• Consulting service on the applicable standards to the product 

• Testing to harmonized, international, local or customized specifications

• Assessment for LVD compliance

• Assessment of the technical documentation

R&TTE Directives

The R&TTE Directive sets out a regulatory framework for radio and telecommunication terminal equipment in the European Union with essential requirements concerning user health, safety, electromagnetic compatibility and radio spectrum usage.

Manufacturers and suppliers of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment including ground-based Air Traffic Management Equipment (ATME) wishing to place their products in the European Union market must demonstrate compliance with the protection requirements of the R&TTE Directive by providing as follows:

• a Technical Construction File (TCF)

 

• Declaration of Conformity (DoC) that shows how compliance is achieved
• CE Marking to indicate compliance
If you are not familiar with the procedure, it is recommended to involve a Notified Body, especially when harmonized standards are not applied. The R&TTE Directive applies to all markets within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. CETECOM is a Notified Body under the Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Regulations. As a Notified Body, CETECOM is capable of supporting you with the conformity assessment procedure.

NORTH AMERICA

FCC

Ensuring a communication technology is compliant with its technical specification is only part of what is required for a device to be released to the market. It must also be tested according to regulatory requirements set by the appropriate government agencies of a country. In the U.S., that government agency is the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). CETECOM is recognized as TCB.

Telecom, licenced RF and low powered transmitters must be approved by the FCC before being released to the U.S. market. To obtain an approval, it must be tested according to FCC standards that are applicable to the device’s radios and integrated technologies. 

PTCRB

PTCRB certification – no GSM/W-CDMA device can be sold to the North American market without it. This is due to the fact that the major North American operators will not accept a device onto their network if it is not PTCRB certified.

Created by the PCS Type Certification Review Board, PTCRB certification ensures GSM/WCDMA devices are compliant with the technical specifications as defined in the NAPRD (North American Program Reference Document), regulatory and network operator requirements. A PTCRB certified device gives operators confidence it will not harm their network. 

The scope of testing for PTCRB certification varies depending on a device’s features and integrated technologies.  When integrating a module into an end-product, it is important the module already be pre-certified. A pre-certified module will allow your device to bypass a good portion of testing since these tests have already been performed on the module.

    

If you are not familiar with PTCRB certification, it is recommended to contact a PTCRB accredited test lab, such as CETECOM, early on to understand all requirements specific to your device. 

CTIA

Defining test plans, implementing certification programs - The CTIA – The Wireless Association® holds many roles when it comes to certification of wireless devices for the North American market.  In addition, they also are tasked with the role of authorizing third party laboratories to handle certification testing on their behalf.  These third party laboratories are called CTIA Authorized Test Laboratories (CATL).

The role of a CATL is significant since most of the CTIA certification programs require testing be handled by an authorized lab.  CETECOM has CATL’s located in Europe and North America capable of offering test services for several CTIA programs

Canada

Telecommunications equipment is required to meet minimum technical requirements in accordance with the provisions of the legal requirements and departmental standards. Testing and certification according to regulatory requirements set by the appropriate government agency, IC (Industry Canada) is a necessary condition for market launch.

In an effort to make the certification process more efficient for manufacturers in and outside Canada, IC has appointed so-called Foreign Certifications Bodies (FCB). A FCB has the authority to review and grant an application for Certification on behalf of IC.

CETECOM is an authorized FCB, offering - among others - worldwide testing and approval services according to all major IC standards.

Japan

MIC Japan

Any telecommunications equipment sold in Japan must conform to the Radio Law or/and Telecommunications Business Law and related cabinet orders, ordinances and other regulations. In principle equipment must be presented to recognized institutions allowed to perform conformity testing and certification.

In an effort to make the certification process with regards to the Radio Law or/and Telecommunications Business Law more efficient for manufacturers in and outside Japan, MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) has appointed so-called Recognized Certifications Bodies (RCB). A RCB has the authority to review and grant an application for Certification on behalf of MIC. CETECOM is one of the first RCB's outside Japan.

VCCI Japan

VCCI JapanRegulatory requirements as to electromagnetic radiation generated by IT-equipment are well established in Japan, but their implementation differs completely from that in other countries. 

Emission control is carried out on a voluntary basis, under the supervision of VCCI. The program is voluntary, however, it is widely supported by the Japanese industry, and the meeting of this criteria, as evidenced by the application of the VCCI compliance label, is increasingly perceived as an indication of product quality.

CETECOM is currently appointed by VCCI as test facility for the whole technical scope.

All other countries

Approval handling in 180 countries - When your target market is not covered by mutual recognized standards or agreements, our specialized team for International Type Approval (ITA) can handle the certification process with the responsible authorities on location.

On the basis of many years of successful approval handling and long-standing contacts with official approval bodies around the world, CETECOM can test and certify according to regulatory requirements of virtually any market you plan to enter: efficiently and cost-effectively.

Given the wide range of industries and technologies which are served by CETECOM, our Certification department consists of a multinational team of approval specialists with a high level of technical expertise. Following languages are - among others - covered by native speakers, also guaranteeing that peculiarties due to cultural differences are taken into account:  English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi.

Let CETECOM manage and streamline the conformance process to ensure the timely insertion of your products onto its target market.  Following your specific requirements we assume an intermediary function between the manufacturer and the local authorities location in the target country, helping you reduce time-to-market and save overall cost.

CETECOM’s service package comprise:

• Country and market specific research into regulatory requirements

• Compliance evaluations

• Language translation

• Approval planning and management

• Preparation and submission of testing and approval applications

• Testing coordination and scheduling

• Local technical support and guidance when testing must be coordinated in the markets you plan to enter

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