FCC Part 68 Testing

Intertek can help you attain FCC Part 68 Certification in less than half the time it takes the FCC.

FCC Part 68 is a Federal regulation in the United States that requires you to test and register your equipment with the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA) prior to its connection to the network. The tests designated by ACTA are designed to detect if your equipment presents any potential harm to the network.

As an Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), Intertek is authorized by the FCC to grant certifications for all products within its scope of accreditation.

Apply for FCC Certification.

We will help you to gain a better understanding of FCC Part 68’s essential components:

  • Equipment approval by supplier’s Declaration of Conformity or TCB Certification
  • ACTA designated harms-to-the-network standards – TIA 968
  • ACTA labeling requirements - TSB 168
  • Hearing aid compatibility and volume control requirements

For devices such as conventional modems and telephones, basic harms-to-the network requirements include:

  • Hazardous voltage and current tests
  • Signal power limitations such as intentional differential (metallic) signals and unintentional signals
  • Transverse balance
  • Billing protection for network operators to fairly bill their customers
  • Lightning surge and drop test
  • AC & DC on-hook impedance requirements

Intertek can conduct further analysis for key systems and Private Brand Exchanges (PBXs), measure through-transmission from one central  office connection to another as well as return loss, and evaluate both public switched telephone connections and  private lines.

When you partner with Intertek you can expect the following service:

  • Consultation during the design stage. We’ll identify appropriate standards, point out potential pitfalls, and  recommend PCB design changes and other alternatives to minimize problems during testing.
  • Equipment testing to applicable regulations. Should your device fail testing, our technical staff can offer low  cost retrofits, many of which can be implemented on the spot.
  • Compiling of all test data and filing all necessary paperwork with the ACTA for SDOC or TCB certification.
  • Guidance on applying your Registration Number on your equipment label and insertion within the instruction  manual.

Additional FCC Regulations
In addition to Part 68, FCC Part 15 applies to most Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) and regulates the electromagnetic interference of  the equipment. We are fully equipped to handle all your FCC requirements, including both Part 15 and Part  68. We can issue combined quotations for both Part 15 and Part 68 testing, thereby speeding up compliance. In Canada, comparable rules apply for which we offer comprehensive services.

Global Compliance
In addition to testing to the requirements of Part 15 and Part 68 for U.S. market access, we offer  compliance testing for Australia, Canada and Europe.  Intertek is approved by the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) for the submittal of Australian  telecom approvals including EMC testing and electrical safety testing and certification.

As an Industry Canada approved laboratory, Intertek can test a variety of equipment from voice frequency to ISDN and T1 designs for Canadian compliance. We offer the same benefits as our Part 68 program in the U.S. including design reviews, compliance testing, and the filing of all necessary paperwork with  Industry Canada. We are also recognized by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Testing Organization (TO) and a Certification Body (CB).

In addition to being a Competent Body for the European Union’s EMC Directive, Intertek is accredited for testing to these Common Technical Regulations:

  • AS/ACIF S016; Hierarchical Digital
  • AS/ACIF S038; ISDN Primary Rate
  • AS/ACIF S041; DSL
  • AS/ACIF S043; Metallic Loop
  • CS-03 Issue 9; Analog, Digital
  • ETSI TS 203 021; Analog
  • HKTA 2011; Direct Exchange Lines
  • HKTA 2013; Direct Dial In
  • HKTA2017; Digital
  • HKTA 2018; Digital with call line identification
  • HKTA 2028; Digital Leased Circuit
  • IDA TS PSTN 1; Analog
  • JATE (using Blue Book and Green Book); Analog and Digital
  • Israel MoC 023/96; Analog
  • NOM-151; Analog
  • NOM-152; Digital
  • PSTN01; Analog
  • PTC-211; Analog