原定2016/7/13后, 实验室必须符合 ISO 17025 资格和经FCC 指定的稽核实验室机构 (Designating Authority)审查认可后, 并登录在 FCC 网站, 才可发行被FCC 认可的测试报告。认可实验室的地点, 是指座落于美国, 或是座落的国家与美国有相互承认 (Mutual Recognition Agreement) 已有明确的稽核实验室机构 (Designating Authority) ,可立即申请新的认可程序, 成为 FCC 认可测试实验室; 但实验室座落在地点的国家(如: 中国) 尚未与美国签属相互承认协议书,测试报告将不被接受。
FCC EXTENDS TRANSITION PERIOD FOR ACCREDITATION OF
LABORATORIES THAT PERFORM EQUIPMENT CERTIFICATION TESTING
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 – Today, the Federal Communications Commission moved to provide testing laboratories with an additional year to meet an accreditation requirement under its equipment authorization rules. The Commission will also provide guidance on the process for recognition of accreditation bodies. The Commission took these actions through a Memorandum Opinion and Order and Order on Reconsideration in ET Docket 13-44.
Previously, as part of a decision that modified certain portions of its rules related to the equipment authorization process, the Commission decided that all laboratories that perform equipment certification testing must be accredited by a recognized accreditation body. Accreditation is a rigorous process that includes an onsite evaluation of a laboratory’s facilities, review of the competency of its testing personnel, and examination of the quality systems the lab has in place. The Commission provided a transition period to phase out the alternate practice of accepting test data from “listed” laboratories – labs whose facilities had been found acceptable by the Commission staff based on paper review of technical data. Two parties sought reconsideration of this action.
The Commission agreed with petitioners’ concerns that many laboratories will not be able to make the July 13, 2016 deadline. To avoid the potential disruption of the distribution and sale of radiofrequency equipment in the United States, the Commission is extending the time during which it will recognize “listed” laboratories to July 13, 2017. The extension will also provide additional time for the recognition of accreditation bodies and accreditation of laboratories as well as for countries to pursue telecommunications Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with the United States to provide for the recognition of accredited laboratories in those countries.