Recognised Test Organisations (RTOs) are GCF Members that have demonstrated they possess the experience, qualifications and systems to assess mobile phones and wireless products against GCF's Certification Criteria.
All product testing associated with GCF Certification must be undertaken by an RTO.
RTO status is open to any GCF Member that undertakes product testing with the exception of Associate Members.
To become an RTO, a member organisation submits a declaration confirming that it:
- Understands GCF procedures
- Has the ability to conduct testing in accordance with GCF rules and the relevant RTO requirements.
Four categories of RTO are recognised:
Labs wishing to perform GCF Conformance Testing must be accreditated to the ISO 17025 international standard for testing laboratories. An RTO may only perform GCF testing within the scope of its ISO 17025 accreditation.
For Field Trial and Interoperability Testing:
- Commercial test laboratories are required to hold a current accreditation to ISO 17025 and GSMA TS.11.
- In-house field trial facilities of Manufacturer Members must be accredited to either the ISO 9001 Quality System Management requirements or ISO 17025.
Testing required for the certification of client applications such as RCS must also be undertaken by RTOs.