Obama signs legislation allowing regulatory e-labels for smartphones, wearables

The physical labels on devices can now be replaced by information displayed on the screen

U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday the E-Label Act that will make it easier for vendors to display regulatory approvals electronically rather than etch them physically on the exterior of the device.

Devices that use radio frequency have to be authorized by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission before they can be marketed or sold in the U.S.

The E-Label Act, passed by both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, aimed to allow manufacturers to display the statutory FCC label digitally on the screen of the device, which would be easier for makers of smartphones and wearables that are having much less free space on the outside of the devices.

Known formally as the "Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronics Licenses Act of 2014," the new legislation has recognized that compliance with the FCC physical label requirement has proven to be difficult and costly. The legislation was recently passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House.

The FCC already allows digital labels in some cases, starting with devices approved as software-defined radios and modular transmitters. In July, it released guidance on how devices with an integrated display screen can present the required label information electronically instead of through a physical label or nameplate.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags legislationU.S. Federal Communications Commission

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?