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Clarification by FCC and IC Regarding Product Surveillance Requirements

PUBLIC NOTICE PRO-NT-111 Issued: 2016-4-20, Revision: 1

Attachments  PRO-NT-111 Attachment 1 -.pdf
 PRO-NT-111 Attachment 2 -.pdf
References Canada's Standards and Specifications - Issue 4, October 2007
FCC KDB 610077 – TCB Market Surveillance
IC CB-02: Recognition Criteria, and Administrative and Operational Requirements Applicable to Certification Bodies for the Certification of Radio Apparatus to Industry
IC Notice 2011-08 – HOW TO CALCULATE THE NUMBER OF SAMPLES TO BE AUDITED BY A CERTIFICATION BODY
ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
Contents
1Objective
1.1The objective of this notice is to notify ANSI Lead Assessors/Technical Assessors of FCC and IC guidance regarding how TCBs and FCBs are to calculate the number of surveillances to perform within a given surveillance year.
2Definitions
None.
3Effective dates
Federal Communications Commission (FCC): April 5, 2011 Industry Canada (IC): May 4, 2011
4Notice
4.1FCC Requirements
4.1.1The FCC has clarified the number of grants to include when calculating the number of surveillances to conduct in a given surveillance year. The FCC indicated during its April 5, 2011 workshop that the:
NUMBER OF AUDITS BASED ON GRANTS, NOT UNIQUE FCCIDs.
This was further clarified in a teleconference with the FCC. The FCC identified Class II permissive changes and the multiple grants of a composite device as adding to the totals of grants that a TCB must use when calculating the number of surveillances that they must complete.
ANSI Lead Assessors/Technical Assessors are advised to refer to:
• Attachment 1 (FCC - TCB Market Surveillance)
4.2IC Requirements
4.2.1IC has also clarified its requirements regarding the number of surveillances to conduct within a given surveillance year. IC has identified the types of grants to exclude when calculating the total number of surveillances to conduct.
Applications that do not count towards audits are:
a)New certifications where a technical assessment is not required (i.e. Multiple Listing type);
b)Reassessments.
IC reassessments are similar to the FCC's Class II permissive changes.
ANSI Lead Assessors/Technical Assessors are advised to refer to:
• Attachment 2 (IC - HOW TO CALCULATE THE NUMBER OF SAMPLES TO BE AUDITED BY A CERTIFICATION BODY)
4.3ANSI Assessments
Therefore, the FCC and IC have identified different type of grants to count when determining the number of surveillances to complete during a surveillance year. Accordingly, ANSI will be using the attached clarifications from the FCC and IC when assessing to FCC and IC requirements.
4.4For further information, please contact Reinaldo Figueiredo (rfigueir@ansi.org).

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