FCC Publishes Wireless Device Guidance

14/02/19

On February 1, 2019, the FCC published final versions of two new guidance documents (KDB’s) which cover issues relating to modular approval of wireless devices. These documents will become effective on May 1, 2019, but are recommended to be followed immediately. 

The two documents are:
• KDB 996369 D03 v01: Guidance for Modular Transmitter Instruction Manuals and TCB Certification Application Reviews
• KDB 996369 D04 v01: Modular Transmitter Integration Guide – Guidance for Host Product Manufacturers

The following is Bureau Veritas’ summary of the document - KDB 996369 D04 v01: 

1. A common misunderstanding of modular approvals and modularly approved devices is that their PURPOSE is to relieve the host product manufacturer of any responsibilities regarding compliance to “intentional radiator” rules (excepting of course the responsibility to follow any integration and labeling instructions inherent to the modular approval itself).  In this new document, FCC is clearly stating that this is NOT the case.  The BENEFIT of using a modularly approved device is that the host manufacturer doesn’t have to perform full technical compliance testing and doesn’t have to complete a full subsequent FCC filing process (i.e., Certification).  But it is still expected that the host manufacturer VERIFY compliance of the transmitter portion of composite device, since the host manufacturer is ultimately responsible for its operation.

2. Taking account of this newly articulated requirement for verification, the document lays out the following requirements.

a) Consider ALL FCC compliance requirements of the device, including the transmitter module.
b) Follow the integration instruction provided with the module.
c) Pay particular attention to integration instructions regarding RF exposure requirements. (i.e., maintain required distances to ensure that the modular assessment still applies to host)
d) Obtain appropriate device authorizations not covered by the modular approval (e.g., SDoC for unintentional Part 15B operation)
e) Perform some verification testing of the module while installed an operating within the host. This should cover at least the fundamental transmission and spurious emissions while transmitting.
f) Label the product appropriately.

3.  The remainder of the guidance document deals with recommended verification tests as well as common operational modes in which to sufficiently exercise the device for purposes of testing.

How Bureau Veritas Can Help
While these guidance documents outline responsibilities that host manufacturers own, it is worth noting that the verification test results are not required for any subsequent FCC filing.  These verification test results are to be kept by the manufacturer in a compliance file.  Bureau Veritas CAN, upon request, perform this testing for you, the host manufacture, and produce a verification test report for your compliance file that satisfies the intent of this new KDB Guidance document.

The guidance documents are available for download:  https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/kdb/forms/FTSSearchResultPage.cfm?id=44637&switch=P


FCC KDB Publications released 02/01/2019

Publication NumberQuestion Answer
996369What is the FCC guidance for equipment authorization of transmitter module devices, and equipment that incorporates transmitter modules?See the guidance for transmitter module devices in the following attachments:996369 D01 Module Certification Guide v02 provides a guide for equipment authorization applications under Section 15.212 modular transmitters; 996369 D02 Module Q and A v01 provi..
394321What are the responsibilities of the applicant once they have received a grant of certification for a product certified to the FCC rules by a telecommunications certification body (TCB)? The FCC grant means that the product has been tested and certified to demonstrate that it complies with the applicable FCC regulations, and the responsible party (grantee) is required to ensure that it continues to comply. If an agent was used to obtain t...


Recent KDB Publications: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/kdb/index.cfm


996369 D03 OEM Manual v01 provides guidance to grantees (applicants) seeking to certify a modular transmitter (module) and the key elements to be reviewed by a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) during the certification process;


996369 D04 Module Integration Guide V01 provides guidance to host product manufactures.

Note: 996369 D03 and D04 are effective May 1, 2019, although we encourage parties to follow the guidance immediately.


Draft KDB Publication:
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/kdb/reports/PublishedDocumentList.cfm

Date Posted:Feb 1 2019 4:36PM

Last Date to Post Comments:03/08/2019

View Document:842590 Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service DR01-49707

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