The following provides some basic information about the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rules and regulations that might be relevant to sales of electronic devices by Sellers on Walmart Marketplace.
FCC Rules for Electronic Devices
Electronic devices can cause interference to radio communications, including emergency cellular calls and critical public safety communications systems. For this reason, devices that emit or use radio frequency (RF) energy must comply with the FCC’s equipment authorization rules before being marketed or imported into the United States.
Marketplace sellers must comply with all FCC rules; as well as federal, state, and local laws, and Walmart polices. It is important to be aware of these rules to ensure you're making informed purchasing decisions and help reduce the likelihood that noncompliant devices will cause radio interference.
Find more details on equipment authorization rules at the FCC website.
FCC Equipment Authorization Basics
The FCC has testing, equipment authorization, and device marking and labelling requirements for RF devices.
Regulated devices must be tested to demonstrate compliance with the FCC’s RF emissions standards.
RF devices have the potential to interfere with licensed radio communications and must be authorized under FCC procedures before they may be advertised, imported, sold, or used in the United States.
RF devices also must operate on authorized or permissible channels or frequencies. If a device is manufactured or modified to operate on frequencies that are not available for consumer use in the United States, it cannot be imported, advertised, sold, or operated within the United States.
Devices that require FCC authorization fall into two categories, devices that intentionally emit RF and those that use RF energy internally in their operation. Some examples of these devices are listed below:
Devices that intentionally emit RF energy must be labelled with an FCC ID number. In addition, specific FCC information must either be printed on RF devices and/or in the materials made available to users.
Product Suspected not within FCC Rules
Report products that violate Walmart's Marketplace Prohibited Products Policy including products that are not in compliance with the FCC's rules by filling out the Prohibited Products Policy online report form.