Product certification

Almost any product transmitting radio signals needs some kind of compliance with regulations or certifying. There are different rules in different regions, so make sure your product will comply with regulations in the region it will be sold.

ISM band regulations

ISM = Industrial, Scientific and Medical

Table 1. ISM band regulations
Region Regualtion Frequency
USA/Canada FCC Part 15.247; 15.249 2.400 – 2.4835 GHz
Europe ETSI EN 300 400 2.400 – 2.4835 GHz
ETSI EN 300 328
Japan ARIB STD-T66 2.400 – 2.4835 GHz

See the white paper nWP010 - Regulatory and Compliance Standards for RF Devices for more information.

Bluetooth® qualification

It is mandatory to certify a Bluetooth product. The Bluetooth qualification is needed to:

Useful Bluetooth links:

Nordic has a number of qualified designs that can be reused (QD IDs). To see the QD IDs, go to Listings search, type in Nordic Semiconductor in the search field, check the box for Qualifications & Declarations, and click Search.

ANT qualification

The following rules apply when designing a product using ANT:

Products that have been tested by ANT+ engineers are listed as ANT+ Certified. Products that have completed testing with ANT+ self-verification test tools are listed as Self Verified. As products complete the ANT+ Certification program they will receive certified status.

Go to ANT Licensing for more information on licensing.

Thread® certification

Thread certification grants you intellectual property rights for using Thread technology. It also allows you to have your product labeled as Built on Thread and listed on the official Thread Group product list.

To obtain the Thread certification status for your product, you can use one of the following options:
  • Apply for the full certification procedure at an Authorized Test Lab.
  • Apply for certification by inheritance, which offers a simplified, potentially shorter certification process at a lower cost and is available to Thread Group members at Implementer tier or higher.
The choice depends on whether you modify the certified functionalities of the Thread stack. Check Thread Group documentation for details.

Nordic Semiconductor recommends to base your product development on those versions of nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee that include certified precompiled binaries, so that you can certify by inheritance.

Zigbee® certification

Zigbee certification is centered around the Zigbee Certified program that allows to certify products in accordance with the Zigbee Alliance standards and consequently use the Zigbee Certified logo. The program offers the following levels of standard compliance:
  • Zigbee Compliant Platform – which certifies that the platform is tested against the Zigbee specification and is compliant. Product developers can then use the Zigbee Compliant Platform for development of their end-products.
  • Zigbee Certified Products – which certifies the end-products for full compliance with the standards and usage of a Zigbee Compliant Platform.

Zigbee Alliance membership is required for certification purposes. The certification lasts for the lifetime of the product or until the product is modified.

Nordic Semiconductor recommends to base your product development on the certified precompiled binaries provided in the nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee for complete and successful platform certification on a Nordic Semiconductor device.