The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has determined that several models of smart phones previously found to produce radio frequency (RF) radiation levels in excess of its specific absorption rate (SAR) limits are, in fact, in compliance with the Commission’s requirements.
A report published by the FCC in mid-December summarizes the results of its own testing of eight different smart phone models, including three iPhone models by Apple, two Galaxy phone models by Samsung, and two Moto phone models by Motorola. Samples tested at the FCC’s Laboratory in Columbia, MD included phones supplied by the manufacturers themselves as well as comparable phones purchased on the open market.
According to the FCC’s report, all of the phone models tested were found to be in compliance with applicable FCC RF exposure limits.
The FCC’s testing was prompted by an August 2019 report by the Chicago Tribune on the testing of several popular smart phone models by an independent testing laboratory, RF Exposure Lab in San Marco, CA. That testing found significant discrepancies between the actual testing results and manufacturers’ claims regarding the RF emissions limits generated by their devices.
According to the Tribune, the testing also identified instances of potential noncompliance with established FCC emissions limits. (See our posting on the Tribune’s report.)