This TCF must be kept
safe as it could contain secret information and should be
made available on the request of the governmental agency in
your country competent for this matter. This method which
does not require any proof of real compliance with the standards,
is not much used these days, except from very simple applications
such as flash lights. After approval by the national
or European authority, a Declaration
(DOC) shall be made by the manufacturer.
Tests performed by an independent
When the appliance passes the tests, a DOC shall be made according
the performed tests.
In many cases first a Technical File is created by the manufacturer
which is used as a basic input by the test-house. Though this
is not compulsory we do recommend it since it provides essential
information to be acquired before testing can start. After
the tests and with all data and test reports at hand, a TCF
is easily created In case the competent authority starts an
investigation (after a complaint about your apparatus or as
part of a surveillance carried out by the authorities) a TCF
will help you to convince them of your good faith in complying
with the EMC requirements.
If an appropriate harmonized standard for the apparatus can
be found, self certification is a convenient approach to follow.
It is clear that special medical or hazardous equipment must
be tested by a testhouse. When using self certification, you
simply do the tests yourself. EMC tests are not so difficult
to perform as others would like you to believe, provided you
use the necessary professional equipment and followed a basic
Self certification is a perfect solution for small and medium
companies as the tests require little investment and offer
immediate and repeatable results. Given the present availability
of high-quality test tools at moderate prices, the affordability
of self-certification is much less problematic than in the
past. IE Solutions
combined all these tools into one compact package and makes
it available to our customers after they followed a brief
introduction course in the use of the different elements of
Self certification can also come in handy during the development
process of your product for low-cost precompliance testing,
offering valuable feed-back which will improve the quality
of your end-product.
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Last but not least we would like to warn you about possible
risks of being non-compliant with EMC directives. If a company
is selling an electrical appliance within the European Union
which is found non-compliant, it will be subjected to criminal
prosecution, possibly leading to severe penalties.