A longer version of this application note can be downloaded here: Bluetooth and Regulatory Compliance
See the Bluetooth Qualification section and Regulatory Statements section on the specific module's datasheet for additional details.
Bringing an electronic product to market involves ensuring the product not only provides the intended function, but also complies with the standards bodies throughout the market regions. In order to identify a product as a Bluetooth device, it must comply with the relevant portions of the Bluetooth specification. In addition, the Bluetooth radio transmitter (RF) must conform to regional frequency allocation rules. As a “computing device”, the product must comply with electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) rules.
The information presented here is a guide to obtaining the most common certifications. The requirements may change over time, so be sure to consult the official specifications of the various standards bodies and/or with an accredited test laboratory. Depending on the intended use, certification against other standards not identified here may also be necessary.
Bluetooth SIG Certifications
The Bluetooth SIG maintains the Bluetooth Specification, and ensures that products are properly tested and comply with the Bluetooth license agreements. Companies that list products with the Bluetooth SIG are required to be members of the SIG and submit the listed fees. Refer to this link for details: https://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/test-qualification/qualification-overview
The Rigado Bluetooth Low Energy modules based on Nordic Semiconductor SoCs are listed as a “Tested Component”. This allows an end product based on a Rigado module to inherit the component listings without the need to run through all of the tests again. The end product will often inherit several different listings, known as Qualified Design IDs (QD ID), and are identified on a “Declaration of Compliance”. At the Qualification Overview page linked above, refer to the “Using someone else's Bluetooth module without making any changes or additions” procedure.
The list of Qualified Products is found here: https://www.bluetooth.org/tpg/listings.cfm
Regulatory Agency Approvals
Rigado’s RF modules have received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) CFR47 Telecommunications, Part 15 Subpart C “Intentional Radiators” modular approval in accordance with Part 15.212 Modular Transmitter approval. Modular approval allows the end user to integrate the module into a finished product without obtaining subsequent and separate FCC approvals for intentional radiation, provided no changes or modifications are made to the module circuitry.
Rigado’s RF modules have been certified for use in Canada under Industry Canada (IC) Radio Standards Specification (RSS) RSS-210 and RSSGen. Modular approval permits the installation of a module in a host device without the need to recertify the device.
The Rigado RF modules are Radio Equipment Directive (RED) assessed radio modules that have been manufactured and tested with the intention of being integrated into a final product.
The Australia radio regulations do not provide a modular approval policy similar to the United States (FCC) and Canada (IC). However, Rigado RF modules RF transmitter test reports can be used in part to demonstrate compliance in accordance with ACMA Radio communications “Short Range Devices” Standard 2012 (The Short Range Devices standard calls up the AS/NZS 4268:2012 industry standard). The BMD Series module test reports can be used as part of the product certification and compliance folder.
The New Zealand radio regulations do not provide a modular approval policy similar to the United States (FCC) and Canada (IC). However, Rigado RF module RF transmitter test reports can be used in part to demonstrate compliance against the New Zealand “General User Radio License for Short Range Devices”. New Zealand Radio communications (Radio Standards) Notice 2015 calls up the AS/NZS 4268:2012 industry standard. The module test reports can be used as part of the product certification and compliance folder.
The Rigado RF modules have received type certification and are labeled with their own technical conformity marks and certification numbers as required to conform to the technical standards regulated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan pursuant to the Radio Act of Japan.