Global Product Certification since 1992

SAR TESTING

DASY5 SAR measurement System
SAR model imaging for a mobile phone
DASY5 SAR robot

Specialising in Australian RCM, A-tick and C-tick testing, European CE Marking, USA FCC certification, Canadian IC certification

RF transmitters used in close proximity to the human body must be evaluated against human Exposure standards which set basic restrictions for the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of RF energy by any part of the human body.  This may include two-way radios, cellular phones, smart phones, spread spectrum, Bluetooth devices, wireless EFTPOS terminals and WLAN devices used in /PDA/notebook/laptop/tablet computers. Virtually all devices exceeding the power threshold of 20mW (13dBm) and used in close proximity to the human body must comply with SAR requirements.

EMC Technologies has the only SAR testing facility in Australia/New Zealand and our comprehensive experience since 1999 makes us a world leader in this field. Our laboratory is NATA accredited to the latest Australian and international SAR standards and regulations. Our NATA accreditation scope includes EN 62209-1, EN 62209-2, EN 50360, IEEE 1528, ACMA EMR standard and FCC SAR Procedures.

EMC Technologies can provide SAR testing and certifying services for Europe (CE), Australia/New Zealand (RCM, C-tick, A-tick), USA (FCC) Canada (IC), Japan, Singapore and most other countries.

  • In Australia SAR testing is mandatory for certain devices as part of RCM  (C-tick and A-tick) testing and compliance, as per Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling—Electromagnetic Radiation) Notice 2014. Devices with RF power output >20mW and <20cm from the body/head require SAR testing.
  • In North America the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) testing and compliance under FCC rules for intentional radiators. Depending on the RF power output and proximity to the human body SAR testing may be applicable. Requirements are determined on a case by case basis in accordance with FCC KDB procedures. There is no blanket exemption for low power devices.
  • Industry Canada specify similar requirements to the FCC as per RSS-102.
  • In Europe EMR compliance is required under the R&TTE (Radio equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment) directive, soon to be replaced by the RED (Radio Equipment Directive). Devices with RF power output >20mW and <20cm from the body/head require SAR testing.

We can provide measurement and validation for the most common frequencies between 150 MHz and 5.8 GHz. Continual investment in reference dipoles, flat phantoms and SAR measurement probes allows compliant head and body SAR measurements over most of the applicable frequency range including the less common bands at 150 MHz, 300 MHz 1600 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3500 MHz, 5.2 GHz and 5.8GHz.

We have invested in fully optioned base station simulators such as R&S CMU200, Anritsu MT8820A and Agilent model E6621A PXT which enables us to test virtually all mobile/cellular phones on the world market. Capability includes 2G/2.5G, 3G and 4G(LTE) – DECT, GSM, EGSM, E-GPRS, CDMA, WCDMA, EvDo, UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA. Services extend to WLAN transmitters employed in Laptop PCs, Notebooks, Tablets and PDAs which utilise WLAN standards IEEE 802.11abgn or WiFi/WiMAX devices.

We have close links with world leaders in SAR research and measurement through a technical support agreement. Our clients have access to authoritative technical support in all aspects of SAR compliance.