alex100
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RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Thu May 16, 2019 11:54 am

Hi all
I am thinking to buy a board to plug into RPI. The board is FCC and CE compliant.
Will the whole system (RPI+board) continue to be FCC and CE compliant and ready to market or the whole system must be again certified?
Thanks a lot
Alex

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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 pm

As far as I am aware, the whole assembled unit would require testing and certifying but costs would be lower if built from pre-certified components.

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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Thu May 16, 2019 3:12 pm

BespokeTech wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 pm
As far as I am aware, the whole assembled unit would require testing and certifying but costs would be lower if built from pre-certified components.

Yes the entire device, see:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspbe ... programme/
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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 5:50 pm

Not very clear... It would be nice if web page presented some "state of the art" examples...

For instance, imagine you want to create and sell a special gateway using RPI.
Imagine that you just use an enclosure for RPI (RPI is CE and FCC already right?), a USB ZIGBEE dongle (also marked as CE and FCC).
Does this set needs any further compliance tests?

Thanks a lot

Alex

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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 5:57 pm

To be honest I do not see how the Foundation can advise you as they do not know anything about your set-up or processes / software are.

The legal liability that would put the Foundation under would not be taken on by any company and to be honest I think it should sit with the manufacturer of the final device (as does copyright, IP checks, trademarks etc).

The company has a contact for more info and a partnership with their certification partner UL - that’s more than a lot of manufactures I’ve worked with do.

Edit: As for your use case: I believe yes it would need testing as it is now longer the same configuration as the original items that have been given the certification - but I’m not qualified to tell you one way or another and this can be ignored or followed at your own risk. If in doubt contact the regulatory body on the country you wish to manufacture and those you wish to sell into.
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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 6:24 pm

#1 What about our laptops and desktops?
when we plug a usb pen... hummm....
why RPI is different from any laptop or desktop?

#2 Even more clear example: imagine you use a RPI to make a BLE to Wifi gateway relying solely in the internal RPI BLE interface.
In this case the RPI will just execute a process that reads from ble interface and writes to ... socket

just some thoughts!

Ok, thank you very much

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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 6:47 pm

alex100 wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 6:24 pm
#1 What about our laptops and desktops?
when we plug a usb pen... hummm....
why RPI is different from any laptop or desktop?

#2 Even more clear example: imagine you use a RPI to make a BLE to Wifi gateway relying solely in the internal RPI BLE interface.
In this case the RPI will just execute a process that reads from ble interface and writes to ... socket

just some thoughts!

Ok, thank you very much

To be brutally honest a voluntary run forum is not the ideal vehicle to discuss legality and conformity, if you want Legality Advice then pay for it !!
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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 9:40 pm

Ops...
End of subject! :-)

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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 9:44 pm

You can sell the items bundled as a kit.

But if you put them together and sell them as a single product, you'll need to get the product as a whole certified.

This is well known among the kickstarter crowd. Maybe ask some of the successful people what legal steps they had to take.
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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 11:01 pm

Thank you imperf3kt for your opinion and advice!

(I thought that licensing among other questions would be an interesting discussion topic but I don’t know why some people got stressed' :-( )

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Re: RPI and CE and FCC compliance: external board

Fri May 17, 2019 11:15 pm

alex100 wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 11:01 pm
(... I don’t know why some people got stressed' :-( )
It's not stress.
It's just that no-one wants to see you get into legal problems by following advice from people here, who are either not lawyers or who won't admit to being lawyers. To cover yourself, you need paid legal advice from someone qualified, competent and professionally insured to give and guarantee their advice.
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