The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is an independent regulatory authority in the area of the Electronic Communications Sector (ECS) and the Electricity Sector (ES) in the Bahamas.
In the middle of November, the URCA published Final Determination on the Guidelines for the Type Approval Certificate of Licence‐Exempt Radio Spectrum Devices. This document relates to the type approval process for low-power devices.
A type approval certificate must be obtained from URCA before a low-power device can be imported or used in the Bahamas. According to this document, the URCA is able to grant a type approval certificate for new categories of low power electronic communications devices if they:
One of the main changes relates to the documents that show the conformity of the device to the safety requirements. The previous type approval process was based only on the test reports against the USA Federal Communications Commission’s CFR Part 15 standards requirements. The new changes allow the manufacturer to prove the compliance of the device to the essential safety requirements of the Bahamas by means of different international standards (not only American ones) if they satisfy standards and technical requirements of the National Spectrum Plan and other regulatory measures published by URCA.
The new changes also let the URCA allow other Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCB) or Regulatory Authorities to verify the low-power devices that have applied for URCA’s Type Approval.
To sum it up:
The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team. GMA Consult Group provides a full cycle of international type approval and global market access services for IT, Telecom and industrial electrical products in all countries throughout the world. With proven expertise in worldwide regulations, compliance, certification, and conformity assessment, GMA Consult Group can help your company speed up the access to any market with almost zero efforts from your side. Need your own guide to the world of certification and approvals? Don't hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.