If you're a buyer and you want to compare like with like, you need a common reference point. If you're a regulator or adjudicator, trying to take a dispassionate view on a piece of work, you need a common reference point. And if you are an engineering professional, seeking to ensure your installation is both fit for purpose today and safe for a fellow professional to work on tomorrow, you need a common reference point.
In an industry which depends upon passing tiny electrical impulses or flashes of light over vast distances without distortion, it is vital the equipment all meets common technical standards. Without agreed standards to provide the foundation, we would not have an industry.
FCS is an organisation of resellers and solutions providers, not technical experts, academics and engineers. So we support and publicise the work of technical specialist organisations like NICC, who have authored most of the industry's technical inter-operability standards. FCS also hosts and maintains many of the old Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications radio industry codes of practice, which were passed to the industry when the Radiocommunications Agency merged with Oftel to create Ofcom. A list of standards and best practice documents can be found on our Best Practice page.
FCS's important Communications Environmental and Recycling Consortium takes a keen interest in all legislation which bears upon placing electronic equipment on the market, transporting, stocking and selling it, and dealing with it safelty and legally at the end of its useful life. CERC is a unique forum in which regulatory specialists from the recycling industry and the mobile networks meet tio discuss industry issues and best practice. CERC is currently involved in detailed discussions to come up with a workable and legally compliant recyclers code of practice which meets the latest legislative requirements.
FCS's main interest in standards is where they affect the buyer/seller relationship. If suppliers are tempted to cut corners on installation in order to win a bid on price, standards protect the buyer from the results of a poorly-informed purchasing decision. So FCS maintains two industry standards to protect customers in crucial areas of radio equipment installation:
Both FCS1362 and FCS1331 carry separate accreditation schemes, to give customers the confidence not only that work is specified to the strandards, but that the individuals carrying out the installation are actually competent to do so.