I have a Bluetooth remote control device that uses 2 AA batteries. Due to positive feedback and responses, I'm thinking to sell it to the mass market. Thus I need FCC certification.
After reading many articles including all the FCC related questions in this site, I'm still confused.
There are many wireless products in the US market that don't have FCC / CE certification. Many imported products sold by Amazon don't have the certification.
With such a high cost ($10,000 - $20,000), I don't think many small companies can afford to get this certification. What are the consequences if you sell the product without FCC certification?
Before I apply for FCC certification, what are the things that I need to watch out for, especially on my PCB. Do I have to care about the box (enclosure)?
I mean, my product uses 2 batteries, I don't think it will cause a fire hazard or short circuit. Or if I have to watch out for fire hazards, what component should I add?
The Bluetooth module is already certified by FCC and CE, so I will be exempted for the Bluetooth test. But I guess they still need test the product as a whole.
What if you failed for the first test, do you have to redo all over again and pay another $10,000?
Q: I’m a retailer, why should I care about FCC regulations?
A: It is illegal to import, sell, or operate covered equipment that has not undergone the required equipment authorization procedure. Illegal merchandise can be subject to forfeiture, and you may be subject to fine. Imported merchandise that does not have FCC may be held at customs. Also lack of FCC compliance means the merchandise has never been evaluated for electronic compatibility. This is a sign of bad quality. What other safety or chemical regulatory requirements might not have been evaluated? FCC enforcement action is often levied against retailers and end users, especially where the manufacturer is located outside US jurisdiction.