[sdiy] FCC And Other Testing

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Wed Jan 13 11:11:07 CET 2021

I'm not sure about FCC but CE is required even if it's just one unit 
ever made for own use within company. Obviously it makes some sense if 
that one unit is 100 ton press able to make pancake out of your head in 
0.1s, but for something as innocent as module, noone will probably even 
bother to disturb you.

That's just about one unit for own use. When you want to sell it on EU 
market it must have declaration of conformity (CE), does not matter if 
it's 10 pieces or 1 milion. However my personal rough estimate is that 
probably 10 out of all 738 eurorack makers have actually gone through 
that process.

What usually happens in niche markets and stuff you can't easily find in 
supermarkets, is an agency of market regulation gets call from anonymous 
concerned customer (who usually is a competitor of reported company) 
complaining that this product is not safe and CE is fake. Then the 
agency tests the product and if not lucky, it may kill the business for 
that guy.
That's what I heard from certified company making various EU-required 
tests and approvals.


W dniu 2021-01-13 o 10:48, Doug Jackson pisze:
> I have a clock business that has been merrily running as a hobby for 
> Over 10 years now.
> My understanding is that you need a particular volume into a market 
> before you attract anybodies attention.
> Doug
> On Wed, 13 Jan. 2021, 8:39 pm Steven Cook via Synth-diy, 
> <synth-diy at synth-diy.org <mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org>> wrote:
>     Hi, I'm developing a Eurorack synth module which uses a
>     microcontroller.
>     I recently asked a question on here about ground planes and someone
>     mention it might be tricky to get FCC approval, something I'd never
>     even
>     thought about. Having looked into this, it seems like it could cost
>     tens
>     of thousands of pounds just to get FCC approval, and that there are
>     lots
>     of other sets of rules in other countries, such as CE, Industry Canada,
>     VCCI, CNCA, and EASC (to name a few).
>     Realistically, do micro businesses selling Eurorack modules actually go
>     through all these convoluted and expensive test procedures?
>     Regards,
>     Steven Cook
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