1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 9, 2013 7:44 PM by morgaine

    Ticket PRE-3010 assigned; RPi FCC compliance level

      As noted here: Is Raspberry Pi legal to sell in US?

      there is an apparent contradiction between the claim in the RPi FAQ that

      The Raspberry Pi computer has now passed all of the necessary compliance checks

      and the warning in the RPi Safety Data Sheet:

      Warning: Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference

      given that the primary market for the device is residential, and one of the primary purposes of the FCC regulations is to prevent the importing and marketing to residential users of devices likely to cause harmful interference in residential areas.

       

      There have been multiple threads where this has been discussed, with multiple claims by e14 employees that this issue was being taken seriously, such as here:

      RPi  FCC/CE compliance level

      FCC Certification ...

      Class B Certification for Pi strongly advised

       

      but as yet no resolution.

       

      This has been user-assigned to ticket PRE-3010.

        • Re: Ticket PRE-3010 assigned; RPi FCC compliance level
          morgaine

          Guest wrote:

           

          RPi  FCC/CE compliance level

          FCC Certification ...

          Class B Certification for Pi strongly advised

           

          I'm trying to stay on top of progress on the 3rd item, since I filed it officially in Feedback & Support.

           

          Admittedly, some focus was lost from the matter owing to the distraction of suffering our own little disaster area with the Jive "upgrade", but that's not an excuse that would hold any sway at FCC.  Nor should it have slowed down those dealing with this matter.

           

          According to the rules expressed rather clearly in FCC's regulatory documents, Premier Farnell appears to be in violation of certification requirements for residential equipment, both on import to the US and on subsequent sales there.  Since a significant proportion of the 2+ million Pi boards have been sold in the US, this should worry somebody --- at least those who feel a professional duty to do the right thing in respect of EMC safety and legal compliance.  Engineers would be expected to feel such a duty.

           

          It worries me that I'm not seeing the professional response to this matter that I expected.  Element14 has alleged experts on industrial certification.  They have been silent.

           

          Morgaine.