FCC Proposes Penalty for Marketing of Improperly Labeled Radio Devices

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a penalty of $25,000 against a company for allegedly marketing radio frequency devices that was improperly labeled.

According to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture issued by the Commission in late-November, the company, Acuity Brands, Inc., marketed three models of consumer-grade electronic fluorescent lighting ballast that did not display the FCC logo affixed to them. Further, even after learning of the oversight, the company continued to market two of the ballast models for approximately six additional months without the required labeling.

The Commission’s findings in this case were based on testing conducted in 2016 by the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) in response to complaints of interference associated with the lighting ballasts.

Under FCC rules, consumer-grade ballasts are subject to either the Declaration of Conformity or certification procedure. However, in both cases, manufacturers must ensure that their products meet the applicable technical performance and labeling requirements prior to being placed on the market.

Read the text of the Commission’s Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture.

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