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Compliance and precompliance testing of your radio equipment to comply with applicable electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements.

An EMC laboratory room that is used to test radio equipment.

Overview

Unintended interactions between electronics, as well as equipment emissions, can have adverse impacts on electronic devices and radio systems. For this reason, it is mandatory in many countries for new products to comply with EMC requirements before launch.

It’s important for you to keep on top of these requirements to ensure smooth market access. That can be challenging, however, considering that there is no universal EMC standard and requirements can vary from country to country.

Making matters worse, these requirements are continually evolving, making it difficult to keep up with the changes. For example, radio equipment, such as broadcast receivers, that were previously EMC Directive (EMCD) compliant need to transition to the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) to be sold in the European Union.

Fortunately, we have been helping conduct compliance and precompliance testing for more than 20 years. We’ve made it our job to stay on top of EMC changes, so you don’t have to. Our team of experts have the resources to conduct precompliance tests to help detect and resolve potential design flaws. These pretests can help improve your compliance success rate while saving you time and money in the process.

Benefits

Our full-service EMC laboratories are accredited by numerous regulatory agencies, governments, and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) — making us a recognized Accreditation Body in all major markets. We can perform EMC testing to the requirements of regulatory agencies, such FCC in the USA, ISED in Canada, and similar bodies in Japan, Singapore and Korea.

Having access to EMC test laboratories that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology for emission and immunity testing allows us to analyze the ability of your electronic devices to operate as expected in proximity to other electronic devices or in the presence of electromagnetic emissions. Through these analyses, you can gain access to a whole new global marketplace.

We can tailor EMC test methodology and documentation to your own specifications, as well as offer expert advice to help ensure the most efficient use of your time and budget. Leveraging our expertise during the development process can help you avoid costly errors in the design phase and speed time-to-market.

Auto industry specific benefits

Vehicle electronic subassemblies and components pose unique testing challenges to recreate the in-vehicle device operation and monitor performance in a laboratory setting. Our expert engineers assist automotive suppliers with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) recognized EMC validation testing of varied component types, such as switches, motors, electronic control units (ECUs), lighting assemblies, electric vehicle (EV) battery control modules and even complex infotainment modules to meet OEM testing requirements.

To help you gain access to the European market, we are authorized to test automotive electronic/electric subassemblies (ESAs)for compliance with the Vehicle Type Directive and the E Mark certification of components.

We can advise you on whether a product is an immunity-related device (integral to the working of the vehicle), which may need additional testing in order to gain market approval.

Medical industry-specific benefits

For medical products, IEC 60601-1-2 fourth edition has significant changes that impact both testing and risk management related to basic safety and essential performance. On December31, 2018, this standard became mandatory for new product submittals to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and medical products entering the European Union. This standard requires that risks resulting from reasonably foreseeable electromagnetic disturbance be taken into account in the risk management process and references ISO 14971, Medical Devices – Application of Risk Management to Medical Devices.

Why UL

We understand that EMC testing can seem daunting. We’ll guide you through every step of the compliance process to help ensure your products meet EMC requirements in all of your target markets.

Leveraging our expertise into your product development process can help you avoid costly errors in design and accelerate time to market. Our customized testing solutions can enhance process efficiency and reduce testing cycles, to help you make the most of your time and budget.

Additionally, our worldwide presence allows us to provide local services to you and your team, and our Global Market Access program extends this all-inclusive approach. By combining EMC testing services with global safety certification, UL offers all the benefits of a true one-stop shop.

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