The PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) is an international certification organization founded in 1997. Technical experts from manufacturers, operators and test laboratories work together on specifications for proper and safe functionalities of mobile devices in the cellular network.
Similar to the Global Certification Forum’s (GCF) responsibilities for Europe, PTCRB focuses on ensuring that a device functions in accordance with the U.S. wireless standard as defined in the U.S. regulatory and network operator requirements (North American Program Reference Document).
PTCRB certification is therefore required for products that rely on cellular technologies and are intended to operate in the United States. Technologies include the classic cellular standards 2G, 3G , 4G and 5G, but also MTC such as CAT M1 and NB IoT.
The PTCRB approval process for mobile devices and modules provides an 8-step plan that begins with the application for approval
and ends with the issuance of the certificate for PTCRB certification:
PTCRB has authorized several laboratories worldwide to conduct certification tests for approval as so-called “Primary Lab” on behalf of PTCRB.
These tests can also be carried out in a “Primary Lab” only, whereby the laboratories are distinguished by the following characteristics:
The cetecom advanced lab in Anyang (Korea) is a full PTCRB Primary Lab and offer the scope of services for a PTCRB certification of mobile devices, modules and so-called “Integrated Devices”.
The cetecom advanced labs in Milpitas (USA) and Essen (Germany) are PTCRB Associate Labs and offer the scope of services for a PTCRB certification of mobile devices based on integrated pre-certified modules.
Further information about GCF certification can be found here.