FCC Declaration of Conformity. ... FCC Declaration of Conformity certification mark employed on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United Stateswhich certifies that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission.
All electronic devices sold or manufactured are required to FCC approval to be sold in Canada and the USA
ERP has gone through the certification process for its transmitter/trigger devices
If you have any questions on these processes or any questions on Code or certifications do not hesitate to email . All inquiries will be kept confidential. Its best to be safe and/or prepared knowing what responsibilities are required by an owner operator of an escape room
ERP has manufactured over twenty modular escape rooms throughout the USA and Canada
There are many codes which we have become familiar with concerning safety and building codes
We are very willing to share our expertise in dealing with permits/codes and electronic certification of puzzle electronics
Here is a great explanation of the requirements of pretty much all electronic devices from Sparkfun
What does the FCC have to do with electronics?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was established by the Communications Act of 1934. Their role as regards to electronics is to safeguard the radio spectrum within the United States and its associated holdings. This is achieved by dividing up the radio spectrum into ranges and assigning each range to a different application, and it is achieved by requiring persons or entities wishing to operate within those ranges to seek various forms of licensure or authorization to do so.
More simply, the FCC seeks to manage a valuable and common resource (the radio spectrum) by functioning as a central clearinghouse for who’s doing what, where. Any electronic device has the potential to interact with that resource, and the FCC has rules regarding which devices must meet which limitations to be legally sold and used within the United States.
What does this mean for a hobbyist?
Very little, actually, depending on what you’re doing. The FCC allows a hobbyist to build up to five devices of a single design for personal use with no testing whatsoever. If you are contacted by the FCC (or anyone else) about a matter of spectrum interference, immediately stop using the device, don't use it again, and you should be okay. Stick to the ISM bands (13.56MHz, 27.12MHz, 40.68MHz, 915MHz, 2.45GHz, and 5.8GHz, +/- a bit for each) for added comfort
What does this mean for a small manufacturer of open source hardware OSH
Potentially, a lot, depending on what you’re doing. There are exemptions, but not many. Ultimately, if you are an importer or seller of electronic goods in the US, there are laws regarding FCC compliance that you need to be aware of and adhere to. In almost all cases, devices being manufactured by small OSHW companies are subject to the guidelines set forth in Part 15 of Title 47 CFR.
Even devices which do not use radio transmitters?
Yes, because in the right (or wrong) circumstances, any device which contains a relatively high speed clock (above the low kHz range) stands to possibly produce unwanted interference to other local devices. Devices which do not use radio transmitters are referred to as “unintentional radiators”, and the testing bar is lower for them than it is for intentional radiators. Thus, all devices which cannot be exempted must obtain FCC authorization prior to being marketed in the US.
Most escape room puzzle manufacturers using electronics such as arduinos and raspberry pi's should be getting their products certified if altering or adding on to the circuit. Even your one of a kind owner operator fall under regulation review. It appears that the industry is young and the products are flying under the radar of the authorities. One serious accident or electronic interference will bring the industry to the forefront. EscapeRoomProps suggests to be prepared for that event and use only certified electronics
Go to these links for a more formal explanation
ERP-MAX boards have undergone extensive testing and transmitter chips are FCC compliant. Boards are EMI tested with dual sensors and have Certificates of Compliance.
Reports are available for download
ERP-99 boards have undergone extensive testing and transmitter chips are FCC compliant. Boards are EMI tested with dual sensors and have Certificates of Compliance.
Reports are available for download