Consumer protection has driven an increase in Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing and regulation.

SAR is a measure of the rate at which radio frequency (RF) energy is absorbed by the human body. Wireless terminals, such as GSM and GPRS, CDMA, WLAN, Bluetooth and WCDMA terminals, including cell phones emit radio frequency energy.

Our SAR laboratories provide SAR testing for all kinds of wireless terminals.

Strong electrical and magnetic radiation has been proven as harmful to human health. As a result many countries have introduced SAR levels which must be met in order to sell your product in their territory.

Country/Area SAR limit SAR Regulation
USA & Canada 1.6 W/Kg_1 gram (Recommended) Mandatory
Australia 2.0 W/Kg_10 gram (Recommended) Mandatory
EU 2...


Mobile device manufacturers need to meet the quality standards of network operators using both CDMA and GSM technology and your first step to compliance is RF testing and signaling conformance.

At SGS these are included in our market leading wireless testing laboratory capabilities. Our radio frequency (RF) testing services verify the RF and signaling of your wireless device in a cabled environment.

Operating 24/7 to suit your project deadlines you can purchase our testing services either standalone or as part of a tailor-made package designed to meet your product’s specific needs...


To manufacture or sell radio and telecommunication equipment for use in Europe it must comply with R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC. With a few exceptions it applies to all equipment that uses the radio frequency spectrum.

The R&TTE Directive harmonizes the telecommunications market and improves the process of bringing products to market. Removing national standards the directive now requires manufacturers to demonstrate that a product meets the directive’s Essential Requirements. At SGS we have the expertise and testing facilities to help you demonstrate your product’s compliance and carry the appropriate CE mark.

Common R&TTE standards:

  • Product safety: EN 60950-1, EN 60215, EN 60825-1, EN 60529
  • EMC: EN 301 489, EN 301 502, EN 301 908, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3
  • Radio: EN 300 220/330/440 (S...


Electrical and electronic products are regulated for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in almost every market around the world. At SGS we operate the biggest, fully equipped and most effective network of EMC testing facilities in the world.

All electrical and electronic devices, or installations, influence each other when either interconnected or placed in close proximity. This can be seen as interference between your television or radio, for example, and a nearby washing machine or overhead power line. EMC requirements are designed to keep these side effects under reasonable control. Similarly, in cars many elements are managed electronically and any interference could cause them to malfunction...


With more than 130 years’ experience, SGS offers the broadest range of product testing to clients around the world. Our global network of testing facilities, staffed by knowledgeable and experienced personnel, can smooth your products’ route to market.

Our cost effective testing services enable you to reduce risk, shorten time to market and demonstrate the quality and safety of your product(s). Our testing services include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical and mechanical tests
  • Chemical (e.g. Volatile Organic Compounds – VOC) tests
  • Materials tests
  • Food contact tests
  • Flammability tests
  • Performance tests
  • Microbiology or Microbiological tests
  • Electrical safety tests
  • Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) tests
  • Environmental safety tests