Equipment Authorization & Device Assurance

device testing

Wireless devices have multiplied in both volume and complexity in recent years. Devices that contain multiple distinct wireless chipsets are now commonplace in both the consumer and industrial marketplace. Meanwhile, the exponential increase in wireless hardware necessitates a need for more efficient device testing and approval procedures. In recent years, TIA successes like the E-LABEL Act have helped reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary and outdated regulatory requirements.

Streamlining Approval Procedures

Streamlining and globally harmonizing equipment authorization procedures, and promoting process improvements, will decrease both the cost and time-to-market for equipment manufacturers. This ultimately benefits the end-user with quicker access to devices at lower costs. To achieve these goals, TIA advocates for continued modernization of FCC and global authorization procedures for wireless devices—many of which are manufactured by TIA members – to include the following:

  • Streamlined wireless testing procedures for wireless devices, and harmonized regulations with those used in the international community.
  • Continuous processes to examine ways to improve governmental device approval processes towards increasing certainty and efficiencies, including proactive and open dialog with affected stakeholders.
  • Advanced approaches to the efficient regulation of information and communications technology (ICT), such as the allowance of electronic labeling, reduced import restrictions, and the use of a self-declaring certification regime.
  • The use of international standards, and global harmonization of technical requirements based on those standards, to ensure that technical compliance will maximize the widespread international availability of ICT equipment at competitive prices.

Expanding E-Labeling

E-labeling allows devices to more efficiently arrange and present their certification labels, and allows manufacturers to avoid costly physical marking and labeling processes that vary by geographic region and often necessitate regional labeling operations. E-labeling also serves consumers by making certification information more accessible and robust.

TIA’s advocacy for the E-LABEL Act has already led to significant streamlining by the FCC for equipment sold in the United States. But as the number of international certification bodies increases and the worldwide marketplace for wireless devices expands, devices must still house an ever-growing number of certification marks and labels. TIA continues to support expansion of e-labeling allowances by both domestic and international regulators.