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What types of regulatory and saftey standard certification does Apple equipment meet?
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In most countries, electronic products are required to meet specific regulatory requirements and saftey certifications before they can be sold or leased. Apple products are tested to meet these requirements and certifications. Compliance reports are kept on file, and copies of the Declarations of Conformance or certifications are available on request.

As an indication of their compliance and certification, Apple products typically display compliance logos, markings, and compliance text on the their labels, or in any accompanying documentation. The following information may be used for general information. For the conformity or certification of a specific product, please see the label or documentation.

Regulatory Certification

Apple hardware products comply with the following Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and telecommunications regulatory requirements:

Australia
Products that have satisfied Australian Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) requirements display a small round check mark, called the "c-tick mark," on the product label. Apple products that connect to a phone line also meet AUSTEL requirements.

Canada
Apple products typically comply with Industry Canada's Class B interference-causing equipment regulations-- ICES-003, Class B. ICES information is displayed on the product label and in the manual. The Department of Communications governs DOC CS03 telecommunication regulations. A red maple leaf label and a registration number are attached to products that meet Department of Communications requirements. Further information on DOC CS03 compliance is available in the product manual.

European Union
Apple products carry the "CE" mark as an indication of their conformity with relevant regulatory standards following the provisions of European Council Directives 73/23/EEC (Low Voltage Directive) and 89/336/EEC amended by 92/31/EEC (EMC Directive).

Japan
Apple products typically comply with Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) Class B regulations. Products that have satisfied these tests display a VCCI logo on the product label.

Taiwan
Taiwan established EMC requirements in January 1998. A special report needs to approved by the Taiwanese government prior to importing product into that country. The governing body in Taiwan is the Bureau of Commodity Inspection and Quarantine (BCIQ). A registration number is displayed on the product label.

United States
Apple products comply with CFR 47, Part 15 and Part 68 where applicable. Part 15 compliance has 2 classifications, A and B. Most Apple products are Class B, designed for use in the home or office. Class A products are approved for use only in a business or commercial environment and specifically not in the home. Either a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ID number or an FCC logo is visible on the product label. Part 68 requirements are for products that provide a direct connection to a telephone line such as a modem. A registration number for Part 68 is visible on the product label. Additional information for Part 15 and Part 68 can be found in the product manual.

Saftey Standards Certification

Apple seeks certification for most of its hardware products from national and international safety standards organizations including: Underwriters Laboratory (UL), British Standards Institution (BSI), CSA (Canada and USA) VVerband Deutscher Electrotechniker--VDE (Germany), SEMKO (Sweden), DEMKO (Denmark), NEMKO (Norway), TUV-GS (Germany), and Australian StandardsMark.

Note: Apple Computer does not test Apple equipment for hospital AAMI/ANSI compliance certifications. However, depending on an individual institution's certification requirements, Apple equipment may possibly be used in certain work areas. Before installing equipment, Apple customers must check the hospital's certification requirements for the work area where the equipment is to be installed.

Contact

For additional documentation or information about the certification or compliance of Apple products, please contact your local Apple office.

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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