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TCB Code of Practice. Art Wall [email protected] Overview. Introduction Shortened version of the Code Review of the Code Summary. Introduction. A TCB is designated by the FCC and in fact represents the FCC when it approves equipment

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Tcb code of practice

TCB Code of Practice

Art Wall

[email protected]

TCBC Meeting October, 2006


Overview
Overview

  • Introduction

  • Shortened version of the Code

  • Review of the Code

  • Summary

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Introduction
Introduction

  • A TCB is designated by the FCC and in fact represents the FCC when it approves equipment

  • A TCB has a responsibility to the FCC, public and manufacturer to provide quality service

  • To perform this service, each member of the TCBC should agree to adhere to and be assessed to the Code

  • The Code follows Guide 65 and FCC expectations and policies

  • For the Code to be effective, support from the entire TCB community is required to benefit all stakeholders

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Shortened version of code
Shortened version of Code

  • Adherence to Guide 65 with emphasis on specific clauses

  • Publication of all TCB services and expectations

  • Signed agreement between the TCB and client

  • Complete application with appropriate statements from client

  • Reviewers and certifiers appropriately training and assessed for competence

  • Determining competence of a laboratory

  • TCB shall only certify equipment for which it has authority and competence

  • Complete quality reviews of applications for certification

  • Manufacturer statements regarding review of test data

  • TCB system to monitor quality and prevent errors

  • Reporting of undue pressure from clients

  • Internal TCB audits

  • Surveillance audits expectations

  • Application of Code to all scopes of accreditation

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Code 1 guide 65
Code 1 – Guide 65

  • A TCB shall follow and abide with all aspects of ISO/IEC Guide 65….including

    • Fair, impartial and transparent treatment

    • Establishing a mission statement

    • Ensuring quality manual is accurate

    • Notifying the AB of any changes within 30 days

    • Ensuring that the laboratory is competent

    • Ensuring that each evaluator and certifier is competent

    • Avoidance of consulting activities

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Code 2 published list
Code 2 – published list

  • A TCB shall publish a list of all services, prices, timetables, expectations, etc. to be provided by the TCB ... the list shall be available to all perspective clients upon request

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Code 3 signed agreement
Code 3 – signed agreement

  • The TCB shall have client sign an agreement that provides concise description of services, including …

    • Information to be included in the application

    • Information re confidential

    • Reasonable timetable for approval of equipment

    • The need and costs for providing a sample for testing

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Code 4 complete application
Code 4 – complete application

  • The TCB shall ensure that the application is complete, appropriately signed, and is in accordance with FCC Rules and policies and includes a statement … that the application has not been submitted to another TCB

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Code 5 reviewer requirements
Code 5 – reviewer requirements

  • A TCB shall ensure that each evaluator and certifier is appropriately assessed for competence by an auditor before he/she performs an evaluation or approval of equipment

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Code 6 laboratory competence
Code 6 – laboratory competence

  • The quality manual of a TCB shall include a procedure for determining competence of the lab submitting a test report.

  • If the lab is not appropriately accredited, the TCB shall devise a procedure for determining its competence

  • A TCB shall, to the extent possible, develop a method for educating its clients how to submit a quality application and test report

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Code 7 8 handling applications
Code 7 & 8 – handling applications

  • The TCB shall only certify devices for which it clearly has the authority and competence to evaluate a product

  • The TCB shall perform a complete quality review of all aspects of an application … the review shall follow the internal guidelines for reviewing the specific type of equipment

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Code 9 manufacturer statements
Code 9 – manufacturer statements

  • A TCB shall ascertain that the manufacturer has reviewed and concurs with the test report and that the tests performed are reflective of the operation of the device subject to certification

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Code 10 monitoring errors
Code 10 – monitoring errors

  • The TCB shall be accurate and establish a system to monitor and prevent previous errors … all complaints shall be documented and a course of action to avoid future complaints of the same type shall be incorporated into the quality manual, if warranted

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Code 11 reporting of undue pressure from clients
Code 11 – Reporting of undue pressure from clients

  • The TCB shall report undue pressure from a client to the FCC lab … a client that hints at or in fact takes business elsewhere for other than normal business decisions (e.g., price & quicker speed of service) is considered undue pressure … thus violates FCC Rules and shall be reported to the FCC

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Code 12 internal audits
Code 12 – internal audits

  • The TCB shall perform an internal audit in accordance with the procedure outlined in TCBC Guidance document #06-01 for performing internal audits

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Code 13 surveillance audits
Code 13 – surveillance audits

  • The TCB shall document in its quality manual how it selects and performs sample surveillance audits … all tests for which certification was granted shall be performed by the evaluator or certifier of the equipment

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Code 14 code applied to all scopes
Code 14 – Code applied to all scopes

  • The TCB shall apply this Code to all scopes of accreditation … both foreign and domestic

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Summary
Summary

  • The Code is really nothing more than the application of Guide 65 and the FCC rules and policies.

  • It is the hope of the TCBC that all TBC agree to adhere to the Code to improve the consistency and quality of the TCB program.

  • It is also hope that accrediting organization use the code to improve consistency and quality of the program

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Thank you

Thank You

Art Wall

Radio Regulatory Consultants, Inc.

[email protected]

410-643-1649 (office)

410-924-1070 (cell)

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