FCC 15.101 Revised as of October 1, 2014
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§ 15.101 Equipment authorization of unintentional radiators.
(a) Except as otherwise exempted in § § 15.23, 15.103, and 15.113,
unintentional radiators shall be authorized prior to the initiation of
marketing, as follows:
Type of device Equipment authorization required
TV broadcast receiver Verification.
FM broadcast receiver Verification.
CB receiver Declaration of Conformity or Certification.
Superregenerative receiver Declaration of Conformity or Certification.
Scanning receiver Certification.
Radar detector Certification.
All other receivers subject to part 15 Declaration of Conformity or
TV interface device Declaration of Conformity or Certification.
Cable system terminal device Declaration of Conformity.
Stand-alone cable input selector switch Verification.
Class B personal computers and peripherals Declaration of Conformity or
CPU boards and internal power supplies used with Class B personal
computers Declaration of Conformity or Certification.^1
Class B personal computers assembled using authorized CPU boards or
power supplies Declaration of Conformity.
Class B external switching power supplies Verification.
Other Class B digital devices & peripherals Verification.
Class A digital devices, peripherals & external switching power
Access Broadband over Power Line (Access BPL) Certification.
All other devices Verification.
(b) Only those receivers that operate (tune) within the frequency range
of 30-960 MHz, CB receivers and radar detectors are subject to the
authorizations shown in paragraph (a) of this section. However,
receivers indicated as being subject to Declaration of Conformity that
are contained within a transceiver, the transmitter portion of which is
subject to certification, shall be authorized under the verification
procedure. Receivers operating above 960 MHz or below 30 MHz, except
for radar detectors and CB receivers, are exempt from complying with
the technical provisions of this part but are subject to § 15.5.
(c) Personal computers shall be authorized in accordance with one of
the following methods:
(1) The specific combination of CPU board, power supply and enclosure
is tested together and authorized under a Declaration of Conformity or
a grant of certification;
(2) The personal computer is authorized under a Declaration of
Conformity or a grant of certification, and the CPU board or power
supply in that computer is replaced with a CPU board or power supply
that has been separately authorized under a Declaration of Conformity
or a grant of certification; or
(3) The CPU board and power supply used in the assembly of a personal
computer have been separately authorized under a Declaration of
Conformity or a grant of certification; and
(4) Personal computers assembled using either of the methods specified
in paragraphs (c)(2) or (c)(3) of this section must, by themselves,
also be authorized under a Declaration of Conformity if they are
marketed. However, additional testing is not required for this
Declaration of Conformity, provided the procedures in § 15.102(b) are
(d) Peripheral devices, as defined in § 15.3(r), shall be authorized
under a Declaration of Conformity, or a grant of certification, or
verified, as appropriate, prior to marketing. Regardless of the
provisions of paragraphs (a) or (c) of this section, if a CPU board,
power supply, or peripheral device will always be marketed with a
specific personal computer, it is not necessary to obtain a separate
authorization for that product provided the specific combination of
personal computer, peripheral device, CPU board and power supply has
been authorized under a Declaration of Conformity or a grant of
certification as a personal computer.
(1) No authorization is required for a peripheral device or a
subassembly that is sold to an equipment manufacturer for further
fabrication; that manufacturer is responsible for obtaining the
necessary authorization prior to further marketing to a vendor or to a
(2) Power supplies and CPU boards that have not been separately
authorized and are designed for use with personal computers may be
imported and marketed only to a personal computer equipment
manufacturer that has indicated, in writing, to the seller or importer
that they will obtain a Declaration of Conformity or a grant of
certification for the personal computer employing these components.
(e) Subassemblies to digital devices are not subject to the technical
standards in this part unless they are marketed as part of a system in
which case the resulting system must comply with the applicable
regulations. Subassemblies include:
(1) Devices that are enclosed solely within the enclosure housing the
digital device, except for: power supplies used in personal computers;
devices included under the definition of a peripheral device in
§ 15.3(r); and personal computer CPU boards, as defined in § 15.3(bb);
(2) CPU boards, as defined in § 15.3(bb), other than those used in
personal computers, that are marketed without an enclosure or power
(3) Switching power supplies that are separately marketed and are
solely for use internal to a device other than a personal computer.
(f) The procedures for obtaining a grant of certification or
notification and for verification and a Declaration of Conformity are
contained in subpart J of part 2 of this chapter.
[ 54 FR 17714 , Apr. 25, 1989, as amended at 61 FR 31050 , June 19, 1996;
63 FR 36602 , July 7, 1998; 64 FR 4997 , Feb. 2, 1999; 67 FR 48993 , July
29, 2002; 70 FR 1373 , Jan. 7, 2005]
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