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E-Labeling RFID Devices Can Save Suppliers Cash
Doing it wrong can cost millions and trigger market exclusion.
Sep 27, 2017—
In furthering its efforts to modernize radio frequency (RF) equipment regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently codified rules that permit the electronic labeling (e-labeling) of RF devices, including RFID devices, as long as they have the capacity to digitally display the required regulatory information. While e-labeling can save RFID and other RF equipment suppliers money by, among other things, eliminating the cost of purchasing and affixing permanent labels to all their devices, the FCC will impose substantial fines and strict sanctions on suppliers that incorrectly implement e-labeling or otherwise violate its rules.
The FCC's Labeling Rules
New E-Labeling Rules
• Information as to how to retrieve the compliance information and company identification via the e-labeling must be provided to the user, either in the instruction manual, or on the packaging material or the company's website. If the website is used, the packaging material must provide instructions indicating how to access the website.
• No codes or special permission to access the e-labeling information may be used, and accessing that information may not require more than three steps from the device-setting menu.
• The e-labeling information must be programmed by the responsible party and secured so that third parties cannot modify it.
• The company's unique identifier and information about the website that contains the relevant information must be printed on the device or its packaging.
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