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Frequently Asked Questions On Type Approval

By Solape Peters

Type Approval means subjecting products to a test, with the intent of determining, if such products meet minimum safety, regulatory and technical standards. Type approval is regulated in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission's Equipment Authorization Program and administered by the Office of Engineering and Technology. This ensures that Radio Frequency devices used in the United States operate effectively, without causing harmful interference and otherwise comply with the Commission's technical requirement prior to importation or marketing.1

In the European Union, type approved devices which possess electromagnetic compatibility, are required to guarantee the protection of the health and safety of the user or any other person, and to avoid harmful interference.2 The United States and EU positions, are in tandem with the Nigerian Communication Commission's approach to Type Approval based on safety and limits to electromagnetic radiation.

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