What is FCC Part 18? What are its different sub-parts? Who needs to comply with this standard?
Editorial Team - EMC Directory
The FCC Part 18 focuses on the EMC requirements for certain industrial, scientific, and medical digital equipment that is not included in Part 15. This standard regulates industrial, scientific, and medical equipment (ISM) that emits electromagnetic energy within the radio frequency spectrum to prevent harmful interference to authorized radio communication services. FCC 18 is a part of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
The devices which fall under FCC Part 18 are the ones that are used for providing RF energy for other than telecommunications applications, such as heating, ionization of gases, mechanical vibrations, and acceleration of charged particles. A few such devices are fluorescent lighting, arc welders, microwave ovens, and medical machines.
The standard is divided into three subparts: