Preparation for RFID Certification Exam

Mod 4 – RFID Standards and Regulations – What is Tested


Global standards provide a way to ensure interoperability of RFID equipment form different manufacturers and for global use. They also provide a means to define, use and interpret data in the same way regardless of who is using the data or where that data is being used. The main Standards Developing Organizations (SDO’s) for RFID are:

    • ISO/IEC
    • IEEE
    • GS1/EPCglobal


Regulations for the use of radio devices, which includes RFID, exist in all countries and each country is responsible for defining its own regulations. Some countries are part of a regional group and others decide to model their own regulations on those of another country or group. The regulations most commonly used as a model for other countries are those of:

  • The United States of America Federal Communication Commission (FCC)
  • The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) through its European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)


  • Who are the global RFID standards setting and regulatory bodies
  • What are the common global Standards Development Organizations (SDO’s) for each type of RFID
  • What regulations could dictate for RFID operation
    • Transmission power levels
    • Transmission channels
    • Frequency use
    • Type approval
  • Who is responsible for ensuring that RFID equipment is manufactured according to regulations
  • Who is responsible for ensuring that RFID equipment is used in accordance with the regulations of the country where it is being used


  • Which government department regulates RFID for a specific country
  • How power levels are set or calculated (e.g. power budget)
  • Which specific channels must be used in which country (e.g. 4 channel mode)
  • Specifically, how allocated frequencies must be used (e.g. FHSS)
  • Which government department in a specific country grants type approval