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New Amendments to the Resolution № 849 on Conformity Assessment in Belarus

On October 23, 2018, The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus issued Decision № 759. This document introduces amendments to the resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus № 849 dated by October 21, 2016. The new Decision establishes the requirements for products that are subject to mandatory conformity assessment in compliance with the Energy Efficiency requirements existing within the national system of conformity assessment of the Republic of Belarus. The following amendments have been made: Changes in the names of products subject to mandatory confirmity assessment: electric ovens (including those integrated into kitchen stoves), except the portable ones,

Argentina Sets Rules of Allocation of Shared-Use Bandwidths for Wireless Access Systems

The Resolution №581, 2018 by ENACOM approves a plan to allocate portions of the radio frequency spectrum for Wireless Access Systems in shared-use bandwidths. Information technology services along with fixed and mobile communications should use the following bandwidths without a license on a non-exclusive basis: 915 - 928 MHz 2.4 GHz 5 GHz 57 - 71 GHz bands in conformity with the specifications provided in the resolution. All the equipment used for the emission in the radio frequency bands must meet the following conditions: It must comply with the regulations regarding non-ionizing radiation, and may not exceed established limits It must function and be produced in accordance with technical

Results of Inspections of Accredited Certification Bodies, Laboratories, and Organizations in Russia

The Russian Accreditation Authority (Federal Service for Accreditation—RusAccreditation) has inspected the activities of Russian certification bodies, organizations and testing laboratories for possible violations. During August 2018, RusAccreditation conducted 154 inspections. The inspections were made to: Eliminate non-compliance with accreditation criteria Assess the implementation of previously issued injunctions Reveal possible violations by accredited individuals As a result of the inspection of certification authorities: 20 accreditation authorities received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations 16 accreditation authorities were suspended (including 2 certification bodies,

Amendments to the Technical Regulation on Energy Labelling in Colombia

Colombian Government through The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MINMINAS) establishes, adopts, and publishes plans, regulations, norms, and guidelines for the energy sector of Colombia. In 2015, The Ministry of Mines and Energy issued Resolution № 41012, which created Technical Regulation of Energy Labelling - RETIQ. On September 28 , 2018, the MINMINAS issued the Resolution № 40993 which modified the requirement for the labelling, implemented adjustments in the Energy Efficiency Label, and clarified some requirements related to air conditioning units and gas cooking appliances. It provides updates to the list of testing standards and identifies requirements for testing methods. Key points: -

How the International Standard IEC 62368 Is Adopted by EAEU Countries

In spite of that fact that European Union established a common standard for safety of audio/video, information, and communication technology equipment to replace the relevant standards in member countries, the EAEU (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan) countries are currently have their own interstate standards. These standards are equivalent to IEC 62368-1:2010, IEC 60950-1:2013, and IEC 60065:2011 and are still in force. One of the reason of this is that the above-mentioned standards are partially adopted to comply with the requirements of the EAEU members. Let us have a closer look at this situation: GOST IEC 62368-1-2014 (IEC 62368-1:2010) “Audio/video, information and comm

Vietnam Updates National Technical Regulations on EMC

Circular 07/2018/TT-BKHCN of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) amends Circular №QCVN 9:2012/BKHCN on National Technical Regulations on Electromagnetic Compatibility for Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The Circular changes the dates, starting from which certain appliances have to meet the requirements before entering the Vietnamese market. The changes mainly relate to EMC, certifying conformity, and the Vietnamese Directorate for Standards and Quality's responsibility for implementation of the Circular. The following appliances fall under the scope of these changes: 1. Hair dryers must meet the requirements of this Regulation before being placed on the market starting

Requirements for Power Supplies Market Access in Argentina

Switching power supplies that are imported to Argentina need to complete certification. In accordance with Resolution 169/2018, all the equipment in Argentina utilizing power of 50-1000V for alternating current and 75-1500V for direct current requires a certificate conforming its compliance with the essential safety requirements. In order to receive S-Mark safety approval, a power supply must accept 220Vac/50hz. Argentina requires Class I and Class II electrical plugs (illustrated below). The plug should have the Argentina certification mark and a label containing information about the use of the plug. The IRAM or IEC standarts are applied to evaluate the products. The type of a standard dep

Philippines Updates Frequency Bands for the Use and Operation of Short-Range Devices

On 29 August 2018, the Philippines issued Memorandum Circular 06-08-2018 amending Sections 1 and 2 of Memorandum Circular MC 03-05-2007. It allocates the 6.0-8.5 GHz frequency bands for ultra-wide band (UWB) wireless devices. UWB is defined by Recommendation ITU-R SM1755 as a technology for short-range radio communication involving the intentional generation and transmission of radio-frequency energy that spreads over a very large frequency range, which may overlap several frequency bands allocated to radiocommunication services. Devices, which use the UWB technology, typically have intentional radiation from the antenna with either a -10 dB bandwidth of at least 500 MHz or a -10dB fractiona

Chile Sets Amendments to Resolution on Short Range Telecommunication Devices

Resolution №1.517, 2018 of the Chilean Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications amends Resolution №1.985 of 2017. The amendments add several new frequency bands allowed for previously included equipment as well as increases a variety of their maximum radiated power limits. The new resolution implements the following changes: RFID devices can operate at 915-928 MHz, 913-919 MHz and/or 925-928 MHz Wideband equipment (WLAN) may use the frequency bands​ 2,400 to 2,483.5 MHz 5,250 to 5,350 MHz 5,470 and 5,725 MHz 5,725 to 5,850 MHz with a maximum radiated power of 1 W. Equipment restricted for indoor use may also operate in the frequency band 5,150 to 5,250 MHz, with a maximum radiated power

EAEU Market Access for Packaging

Packaging and closures entering the market of Eurasian Economic Union are subject of EAEU Technical Regulation 005/2011 "On the safety

Qi Certification for Wireless Charging Products in Europe

The wireless charging technology is becoming increasingly popular in the mobile device sector allowing users to get rid of power cords and providing the ability to send power and even data across multiple interfaces. In addition, wireless charging is expected to increase convenience and decrease waste of energy by enabling multiple devices to use a single charger. Removing cords and connectors leads to improved safety, size, and reliability as well as a better user experience. Standards organizations, such as the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and AirFuel Alliance, are two competing technologies aimed at development and promotion of international standards for wireless charging that are gr

Guide to Qatar Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

Electrical and R&TT products are subject to Safety and Telecom Approvals in Qatar. The following types of requirements can be applicable to get access to the Qatar market: Safety Telecom Energy Efficiency Requirements of Gulf Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances Safety Requirements Compliance with safety requirements is confirmed by the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) and regulated by the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) program launched in 2011. The documents are issued by the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QGOSM) of the Qatar Ministry of Environment (MOE). Requirements for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipme

Use of Energy Efficiency Label for Household Tumble Dryers in Ukraine

Household tumble dryers of domestic and foreign production including those intended for professional use (elecric drying machines, gas drying machines or built-in drying machines) are subject to the Ukrainian Technical Regulations on Energy Labeling of Drying Machines. This TR is identical to Commission Regulation (EU) №392/2012 of March 1, 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Energy Labeling of Household Tumble Driers. The technical regulations came into force on March 15, 2018, according to the Ukrainian Decree №380 of May 31, 2017 "On Approval of the Technical Regulations on Energy Labeling of Household Tumble Driers". This Technical

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