The FCC has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to update the rules that govern the evaluation and approval of radio frequency devices.  The Commission proposes to:

  • Combine two separate product approval programs into one product self-approval program;
  • Codify and clarify the provisions for certification of modular transmitters; responsibilities for compliance when a final product may be comprised of one or more certified modular transmitters; existing practices that protect the confidentiality of market-sensitive information; and the existing guidance for electronic labeling;
  • Eliminate unnecessary or duplicative rules and consolidate rules from various specific rule parts into the equipment authorization rules in Part 2; and
  • Discontinue the requirement that importers file FCC Form 740 with Customs and Border Protection for RF devices imported into the United States.

Comments will be due 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Reply Comments will be due 45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.

*UPDATE: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been published in the Federal Register, establishing the pleading cycle.  Comments are due on September 8, 2015.  Reply Comments are due on September 21, 2015.

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