As radio devices have expanded their functionality and purpose, so have the standards that govern how they may be used. As of May 19, 2017, the FCC has adopted a series of reforms to improve the accessibility and relevance of FCC Part 95 to modern Personal Radio Services.
What is FCC Part 95?
FCC Part 95 determines personal telecommunication requirements for Personal Radio Services. FCC Part 95 has both general requirements for all personal Radio Services and category specific requirements based on device classification.
What are Personal Radio Services?
Devices classified as Personal Radio Services (PRS) use low-power transmitters that communicate through a shared spectrum and may be operated without a license. Originally, Personal Radio Services referred to mobile voice communication for individuals and radio control devices for model aircraft. Today, Part 95 includes 11 communication services, which operate devices that perform functions in a variety of industries.
What are the major reforms?
The major changes include GMRS/FRS reforms, which expand digital capabilities for GMRS and increase power to FRS channels in order to facilitate longer range communication. There are also updates to the Citizens Band (CB) rules that eliminate outdated requirements, such as labeling requirements, exclusion of hands-free devices and limitations of channel usage. Other updates to FCC Part 95 include the removal of outdated rules and improved clarity in the writing of the standard.
Discover product safety requirements for North American market access at MET’s upcoming webinar for EU manufacturers.
European manufacturers face a number of challenges to achieve product compliance & entry into North American marketplaces. OSHA and other authoritative bodies dictate that product safety testing must be performed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) in order to demonstrate product compliance and will not accept “self-declaration” of compliance to a product standard.
This North American Product Safety Webinar is intended for European Union manufacturers that sell or plan to sell electronic and electrical products in North America. Topics include product safety regulations in the United States and Canada, how they compare to Europe, and updates on product categories in transition.
November 21, 2017 from 1:00pm-2:00pm (EST)
To learn more or register visit metlabs.com/naps.
Other Upcoming Events
Join MET at upcoming Partner events and tradeshows:
Who: Dekra – Overview of the NEC, OSHA and NRTL Program
Details: Arnhem, Netherlands – October 10, 2017
Who: SIQ – Technical Training Seminar
Details: Ljubljana, Slovenia – October 13, 2017
Updates and Expansions
Safety testing and certification of products for hazardous locations is complicated, especially when a manufacturer is exporting to multiple markets. With varying worldwide certification schemes that define safety levels of products for use in hazardous areas, it is critical to understand the requirements defined within local government, regulatory, and international safety standards.
Manufacturers must meet standards according to general requirements for all explosive environments and specific standards for different classifications of explosive environments. MET’s new scope of recognition allows for testing to general requirements, as well as various specific environments.
OSHA formally recognized MET to test to the following standards, including:
UL 60079-0 (Explosive Atmospheres–Part 0: Equipment–General Requirements)
UL 60079-2 (Explosive Atmospheres–Part 2: Equipment Protection by Pressurized Enclosure “p”)
UL 60079-11 (Explosive Atmospheres–Part 11: Equipment Protection by Intrinsic Safety “i”)
UL 60079-15 (Explosive Atmospheres–Part 15: Equipment Protection by Type of Protection “n”).
With revisions as recent as June 2017, the UL-60079 family of standards determines safety requirements for electrical products intended for use in explosive atmospheres. The standard family mitigates the risk of explosions according to specified risk environments identified by the National Electrical Code.
Through their partnership with MET, SIQ is able to provide effective access to North American certifications for gaming manufactures.
For more than 50 years, SIQ has provided comprehensive services for product testing & certification, management systems assessment, metrology, and training.
As of August 2017, SIQ’s relocation to their new office is complete. The 9000 square meter facility houses both office space and over 5000 square meters of laboratory space. The new laboratories are among the largest and best-equipped of their kind within the European Union.
SIQ’s Safety & Electromagnetics department, as well as the Gaming Technologies department, have already hit the ground running at their new location. With more than half of the office space dedicated to their state-of-the-art laboratories for comprehensive quality testing of electrical products, SIQ is taking advantage of the new facility to provide advanced testing solutions.
SIQ is the only gaming laboratory in the world that offers its partners comprehensive solutions that include not only gaming services, but also electromagnetic compatibility & electrical safety testing of devices and assessments of management systems.