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FCC 2.962
Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 | 2015
§ 2.962   Requirements for Telecommunication Certification Bodies.

   (a) Telecommunication certification bodies (TCBs) designated by the
   Commission, or designated by another authority pursuant to an effective
   bilateral or multilateral mutual recognition agreement or arrangement
   to which the United States is a party, shall comply with the following

   (b) Certification methodology. (1) The certification system shall be
   based on type testing as identified in sub-clause 1.2(a) of ISO/IEC
   Guide 65.

   (2) Certification shall normally be based on testing no more than one
   unmodified representative sample of each product type for which
   certification is sought. Additional samples may be requested if clearly
   warranted, such as when certain tests are likely to render a sample

   (c) Criteria for Designation. (1) To be designated as a TCB under this
   section, an entity shall, by means of accreditation, meet all the
   appropriate specifications in ISO/IEC Guide 65 for the scope of
   equipment it will certify. The accreditation shall specify the group of
   equipment to be certified and the applicable regulations for product

   (2) The TCB shall demonstrate expert knowledge of the regulations for
   each product with respect to which the body seeks designation. Such
   expertise shall include familiarity with all applicable technical
   regulations, administrative provisions or requirements, as well as the
   policies and procedures used in the application thereof.

   (3) The TCB shall have the technical expertise and capability to test
   the equipment it will certify and shall also be accredited in
   accordance with ISO/IEC Standard 17025 to demonstrate it is competent
   to perform such tests.

   (4) The TCB shall demonstrate an ability to recognize situations where
   interpretations of the regulations or test procedures may be necessary.
   The appropriate key certification and laboratory personnel shall
   demonstrate a knowledge of how to obtain current and correct technical
   regulation interpretations. The competence of the Telecommunication
   Certification Body shall be demonstrated by assessment. The general
   competence, efficiency, experience, familiarity with technical
   regulations and products included in those technical regulations, as
   well as compliance with applicable parts of the ISO/IEC Standard 17025
   and Guide 65, shall be taken into consideration.

   (5) A TCB shall participate in any consultative activities, identified
   by the Commission or NIST, to facilitate a common understanding and
   interpretation of applicable regulations.

   (6) The Commission will provide public notice of the specific methods
   that will be used to accredit TCBs, consistent with these qualification

   (7) A TCB shall be reassessed for continued accreditation on intervals
   not exceeding two years.

   (d) Sub-contractors. (1) In accordance with the provisions of
   sub-clause 4.4 of ISO/IEC Guide 65, the testing of a product, or a
   portion thereof, may be performed by a sub-contractor of a designated
   TCB, provided the laboratory has been assessed by the TCB as competent
   and in compliance with the applicable provisions of ISO/IEC Guide 65
   and other relevant standards and guides.

   (2) When a subcontractor is used, the TCB shall be responsible for the
   test results and shall maintain appropriate oversight of the
   subcontractor to ensure reliability of the test results. Such oversight
   shall include periodic audits of products that have been tested.

   (e) Designation of a TCB. (1) The Commission will designate as a TCB
   any organization that meets the qualification criteria and is
   accredited by NIST or its recognized accreditor.

   (2) The Commission will withdraw the designation of a TCB if the TCB's
   accreditation by NIST or its recognized accreditor is withdrawn, if the
   Commission determines there is just cause for withdrawing the
   designation, or if the TCB requests that it no longer hold the
   designation. The Commission will provide a TCB with 30 days notice of
   its intention to withdraw the designation and provide the TCB with an
   opportunity to respond.

   (3) A list of designated TCBs will be published by the Commission.

   (f) Scope of responsibility. (1) A TCB shall certify equipment in
   accordance with the Commission's rules and policies.

   (2) A TCB shall accept test data from any source, subject to the
   requirements in ISO/IEC Guide 65, and shall not unnecessarily repeat

   (3) A TCB may establish and assess fees for processing certification
   applications and other tasks as required by the Commission.

   (4) A TCB may rescind a grant of certification within 30 days of grant
   for administrative errors. After that time, a grant can only be revoked
   by the Commission through the procedures in § 2.939 of this part. A TCB
   shall notify both the applicant and the Commission when a grant is

   (5) A TCB may not:

   (i) Grant a waiver of the rules, or certify equipment for which the
   Commission rules or requirements do not exist or for which the
   application of the rules or requirements is unclear.

   (ii) Take enforcement actions; or

   (iii) Authorize a transfer of control of a grantee.

   (6) All TCB actions are subject to Commission review.

   (g) Post-certification requirements. (1) A TCB shall supply an
   electronic copy of each approved application form and grant of
   certification to the Commission.

   (2) In accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 65, a TCB is required to conduct
   appropriate post-market surveillance activities. These activities shall
   be based on type testing a few samples of the total number of product
   types which the certification body has certified. Other types of
   surveillance activities of a product that has been certified are
   permitted, provided they are no more onerous than testing type. The
   Commission may at any time request a list of products certified by the
   certification body and may request and receive copies of product
   evaluation reports. The Commission may also request that a TCB perform
   post-market surveillance, under Commission guidelines, of a specific
   product it has certified.

   (3) If during post market surveillance of a certified product, a TCB
   determines that a product fails to comply with the applicable technical
   regulations, the Telecommunication Certification Body shall immediately
   notify the grantee and the Commission. A follow-up report shall also be
   provided within thirty days of the action taken by the grantee to
   correct the situation.

   (4) Where concerns arise, the TCB shall provide a copy of the
   application file to the Commission within 30 calendar days of a request
   for the file made by the Commission to the TCB and the manufacturer.
   Where appropriate, the file should be accompanied by a request for
   confidentiality for any material that may qualify for confidential
   treatment under the Commission's Rules. If the application file is not
   provided within 30 calendar days, a statement shall be provided to the
   Commission as to why it cannot be provided.

   (h) In case of a dispute with respect to designation or recognition of
   a TCB and the testing or certification of products by a TCB, the
   Commission will be the final arbiter. Manufacturers and designated TCBs
   will be afforded at least 30 days to comment before a decision is
   reached. In the case of a TCB designated or recognized, or a product
   certified pursuant to an effective bilateral or multilateral mutual
   recognition agreement or arrangement (MRA) to which the United States
   is a party, the Commission may limit or withdraw its recognition of a
   TCB designated by an MRA party and revoke the certification of products
   using testing or certification provided by such a TCB. The Commission
   shall consult with the Office of the United States Trade Representative
   (USTR), as necessary, concerning any disputes arising under an MRA for
   compliance with the Telecommunications Trade Act of 1988 (Section
   1371-1382 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988).

   [ 64 FR 4995 , Feb. 2, 1999, as amended at  66 FR 27601 , May 18, 2001;  69 FR 54034 , Sept. 7, 2004]

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