The US Federal Government has begun a partial shutdown as a result of the two houses of Congress failing to agree on a new budget. One government agency affected by this shutdown is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); the body which grants approval to manufacturers and suppliers of radio and telecoms equipment wishing to gain access to the US market.
TÜV SÜD BABT as a Telecommunication Certification Body is unable to upload grants onto the FCC website while the FCC's activities are suspended. However, applications for new and modified FCC grants will continue to be accepted and processed in this time of uncertainty, and clients (or local offices where they are involved) will be advised when TÜV SÜD BABT have successfully completed their evaluation and review and are ready to upload the grants.
"As long as the FCC website allows the issuing of grants, we will progress the grants and upload the required information in the order that we have received the applications", explains Hilton Carr, Certification Body Manager of TÜV SÜD BABT. "To ensure impartiality we are required to process applications in that order and will not upload any application ahead of that from another client who made their application earlier. On request, however, we can exchange positions of products from the same company provided the earlier application is processed in the timeframe of the later received one."
Until the US Government shutdown is resolved, it is expected that TÜV SÜD BABT will be prohibited from giving clients any formal certification until the FCC is again able to issue the required grants.
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