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Verification, Declaration of Conformity, or Certification?

Navigating the FCC Landscape: Does Your Lamp Require a Verification, Declaration of Conformity, or Certification?

Written by Sam Wismer on . Posted in Lighting

Lighting manufacturers face a challenge: providing fluorescent and state-of-the-art LED lighting solutions that meet the rules and regulations set out by the FCC and Industry Canada. So what compliance procedure do you need to follow to ensure that your lighting products are compliant?

Depending on the type of product, The FCC and Industry Canada require different procedures be followed. Devices are tested and deemed compliant using one of three authorization procedures:

  1. Verification – The simplest form of compliance; a technical test report, kept on file by the manufacturer, describing the testing that was performed on a device and how it meets the technical requirements that apply to it.
  2. Declaration of Conformity – Compliance is determined by testing to the technical requirements by an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited test lab. The test report is kept on file by the manufacturer, but includes much more information than that required for a Verification*.
  3. Certification – In addition to the test data, test report, and other product information, a Certification requires a formal submittal of technical materials, including the test report, to an authorized representative of the regulating authority.


A “Verification” is used for Part 15 digital devices that either do not contain a radio, or that contain a radio that has been preapproved and is being integrated within the guidelines set forth in its grant of authorization. Verification requires a test report that includes, among other things:

  • Description of the measurement facilities
  • Report of measurements (including a list of the measuring equipment used)
  • Test procedures used
  • Statement of the date when the measuring equipment was last calibrated and when the measurements were made
  • The frequency range that was investigated in obtaining the report of measurements

This report is kept on file at the manufacturer and will be referenced in the case of FCC or customer request.

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Declaration of Conformity (DoC)

A “Declaration of Conformity (DoC)” is typically required for Part 18 devices, or devices that are considered a personal computer or personal computer peripherals. Compared to a Verification, a DoC contains a great deal more information. In addition to the information included in the verification, a DoC must also contain:

  • User’s manual
  • Block and schematic diagram of the circuitry
  • Nominal operating frequency
  • Maximum RF energy generated
  • Electrical power requirements of equipment
  • Any other pertinent operating characteristics


A “Certification” is required for all products that employ wireless technology. The documentation requirements for a certification are similar to those of the DoC, however the test data requirement is much greater. The technical report must be filed with the FCC either directly, or through a Telecommunications Certifying Body (TCB), who will issue a Grant of Authorization. This grant allows the manufacturer to place the product on the market. In addition to the test report, information that must be included with the Certification filing includes:

  • FCC and Industry Canada Agency Agreement Letters (for those wishing to market in Canada as well)
  • Confidentiality Request
  • Industry Canada Radio Equipment List (REL) Letter (for those wishing to market in Canada as well)
  • Canadian Representative Attestation Letter (for those wishing to market in Canada as well)
  • Schematics
  • System Block Diagram
  • Theory of Operation
  • User’s Guide
  • Sample label & location
  • Emission designator and modulation type

Whether your lighting product requires a Verification, DoC, or Certification, your test lab partner will guide you through the necessary steps to ensure a successful application.

*Does not apply in Canada.

Sam Wismer

Sam Wismer

Sam understands the intense pressure manufacturers face and the obstacles they must surmount to bring their products to market; he’s felt it himself. With 7 years of industry experience before joining ACS in 2001 as its first employee, Sam plays an integral role in ACS’s mission to remove barriers to compliance and ensure customers meet their objectives.READ MORE