The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a new labeling and compliance requirement for all radio frequency equipment devices, according to the Toy Association.

The requirement states that all devices, both “intentional radiators” (such as R/C vehicle transmitters) and “unintentional radiators” (such as items the agency classifies as “Class B digital devices,” a term which encompasses most items used in the home containing a microprocessor, including toys), must have compliance declaration labels that also disclose to the consumer that the device may cause unwanted RF interference. Previously, only intentional radiators were required to include compliance and warning labels on products.

As a result of the new requirement, the FCC no longer requires manufacturers to submit FCC Form 740 at import for these products; however, these products now must be labeled as compliant instead of simply having the compliance and warning information in the instructions.

The ruling also allows for self-certification of compliance (rather than use of an accredited laboratory) for many equipment types including toys, in the process termed “Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC).” Manufacturers may continue to use the stylized “FCC” logo as well, but this is now optional.

The exception for on-product labeling is if the product is so small that the warning cannot be displayed on the surface in four-point font or larger. The rule does say that temporary labeling, such as a removable sticker, is acceptable. “E-labeling” on a startup screen is also acceptable.

The new requirements become effective for products manufactured or imported on or after November 2.