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Regulatory Approvals: The Radio Equipment Goal


Many manufacturers think of product testing as the significant step to market access, but most of that testing is performed to get the equipment authorized for use in the intended country, for regulatory approval. To place a piece of equipment onto the market, regulatory approval for the country or region is required. There are many reasons why we have regulatory approval. Country authorities typically need to consider the safety of users, the protection of their property and data, the reduction of interference between electronic devices in their radio spectrum, and confidence that their citizens and businesses have access to good quality products. There is also protection of national interest in the face of international trade.

Regulatory approvals take many names and procedures. There are certifications, declarations of conformity, supplier declarations, and type approvals. All of these are forms of equipment authorization for regulatory approval. This white paper explains the regulatory paths to market in the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom for radio equipment. With this information, electronics manufacturers that use radio modules in their products will understand what steps are necessary to sell their products in these large markets.

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