REGULATORY NEWS

Panama Approves Requirements for Electric Motors

Starting from February 28, 2019, Panama bans import and commercialization of motors that don’t comply with requirements of DGNTI-COPANIT 91:2017. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama published the Resolution № 32 in the Official Gazette of February 20, 2018. The document approves the Technical Regulation DGNTI-COPANIT 91:2017 on energy efficiency and labeling requirements of AC three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors. This Regulation establishes the minimum energy efficiency levels together with the labeling requirements for products which are going to be manufactured, imported, distributed, and marketed within the national territory of Panama. The requirements are applicable t

New Regulations for Batteries in Mexico

New requirements regarding maximum permissible mercury limits and cadmium for primary power units and batteries were established in Mexico. These requirements are represented in the Mexican official standard NOM-212-SCFI-2017. The standard is applicable to primary power units and batteries that are imported to the Mexico and can be classified according to the NOM-212-SCFI-2017 as the following: Please note that if a battery is supplied as an integrated part of a device, it is out of the scope of the standard. The NOM-212-SCFI-2017 will come in force at the end of September 2019, 360 calendar days after its publication in the Official Gazette. The full text of the standard (in Spanish) is ava

Costa Rica Sets Amendments to Homologation of Mobile Telecommunications Devices

On December 30, 2018, the Costa Rican Government published Resolution № RCS-358-2018, which significantly modifies the Resolution RCS-332-2013 making a set of amendments to the existing approval (Homologation) process for mobile telecommunications devices. Key changes are: - To apply for homologation, the applicant must meet the requirements for the registration by the General Quality Directorate (DGC) of the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL). The applicant must deliver the required documents to the SUTEL office in person. - If the applicant complies with the existing requirements, he is registered on the SUTEL homologation website. - The Resolution outlines the information and d

New Requirements for Air Conditioners Came Into Force in Panama

Starting from December 28, 2018, Panama bans import and commercialization of Inverter, Split, Window, and Central air conditioners, if they don’t comply with the existing requirements. Importers, manufacturers or sellers must follow two rules: 1. The new Technical Regulations require compliance with the minimum energy efficiency indexes contained in the Technical Standards for the above-mentioned equipment. The certificate is required to guarantee that this equipment complies with the indexes. 2. The new Technical Regulations establish energy efficiency labels that must be visible to the consumer. A product must contain a label in Spanish which indicates the equipment consumption and has inf

EU Sets Timelines for Mandatory Registration of Energy-Related Equipment in the Product Database

According to the Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated by July 4, 2017, which sets a framework for energy labeling and amends Directive 2010/30/EU, suppliers shall register energy-related products in the product database. Starting from January 2019, registration is mandatory for all models of the relevant products that are placed on the EU market from July 4, 2017. Registration of the models that were placed before this date is voluntary. Thus, new models that will be placed on the market from January 2019 must be registered in the product database. Models that are placed on the market from August 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019 must be registered in the da

New Technical Regulations for Radars in Argentina

A new technical standard ENACOM-Q2-64.01 V18.1 for “Radars Incorporated into Intelligent Transportation Systems” was published by the ENACOM (National Entity of Communications of Argentina). According to this standard regulates the following permitted emission level is set for radars that are used in the intelligent transportation systems and operate in 24.05 - 24.25 GHz bands for radars that are used in the intelligent transportation systems and operate in 76 - 77 GHz band Note that, if transmitters in the models are the same but antennas have different radioelectric characteristics, such devices will be considered as different equipment and must be tested separately. The information has be

Philippines Approves PNS Standards for Telecontrol Equipment and Systems and Household Appliances

Recently, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) has announced that some international standards for Household Appliances and Telecontrol Equipment and Systemswere approved as Philippine National Standards (PNS). The following new standards have come in force in the Household Appliances sector: New standards in the Telecontrol Equipment and Systems sector are the following: 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

Brazil Updates Regulations on EMC Testing Procedure

The National Telecommunication Agency of Brazil (ANATEL) has published the Act №6.506/2018 that sets radiated emission and radiated immunity test procedures for Restricted Radiation Equipment. ANATEL provided an explanation of this Act with regards to transmitter-receiver devices of restricted radiation in the official letter dated by November 7, 2018. According to the clarification, it is not required to test each transmission technology standard in the device with multiple operating modes. Only the most complex modulations with the largest bandwidth and speed are subject to testing. Let's see the following example to clarify the point: For an RF device with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IEEE 802

Panama Issues Energy Efficiency Requirements for Refrigerators and Freezers

Starting from February 28, 2019, all the refrigerators and freezers imported and sold in Panama can be banned from circulation if the equipment does not comply with new requirements. On 20 February 2018, the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industry adopted Resolution № 31 which approves the Technical Regulation DGNTI-COPANIT 105:2017 on Energy Efficiency and Labelling of Refrigerators and Freezers. It applies to domestic refrigerators, freezer refrigerators up to 1104 dm3 (39ft3) and domestic freezers up to 850 dm3 (30ft3) operated by hermetic motor compressors. It also applies to refrigerators and freezers within the scope of the Technical Standard DGNTI-COPANIT 511:2017. Commercial ver

Energy Efficiency of Refrigerators, Vacuum Cleaners and Air Conditioners in Egypt

The Ministry of Trade and Industry of Egypt issued Ministerial Decision No 477/2018. The Decision sets out some requirements for refrigerating appliances, vacuum cleaners, and air conditioners regarding energy efficiency and labeling through the relevant standards. The energy efficiency and labeling requirements for the above-mentioned products have come into force since the end of December 2018. This means that from this date it has become mandatory to confirm that refrigerating appliances, vacuum cleaners, and air conditioners meet the national energy efficiency requirements. Any related product entering the market of Egypt should contain the energy efficiency label. The information has be

Vietnam Sets up Amendments to Conformity Assessment of Communication Products

The Ministry of information and communication (MIC) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has adopted an official Circular No 15/2018/TT-BTTTT. This Circular is prepared with regards to Decree 132/2008/ND-CP and Decree 74/2018/ND-CP and amends Circular No. 30/2011/TT-BTTTT on “Regulation of conformity certification and announcement for information technology and communication products and goods”. This Circular No 15/2018/TT-BTTTT came into force on January 1, 2019. The main points of this circular are the following: MIC confirms that Acceptance on Declaration of Conformity (ADoC) is effetive for domestic products only. Imported telecommunication products must follow the rules according to th

Registration and Energy Efficiency Certification of Lamps in Paraguay

On August 13, 2018, the Paraguayan Government published Resolution № 804 that regulates Decree № 7103 of 27.04.2017 and creates the Register of Manufacturers and Importers of Incandescent and Fluorescent Lamps under the authority of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Paraguay. The Resolution establishes the requirements and procedures, as well as the conditions that will be required to grant the Prior Import Licenses, which must include the mandatory Energy Efficiency Certificate for such products. The Resolution entered into force on August 13, 2018. However, manufacturers and importers have a transition period which will end on February 2, 2019. The Resolution applies to manufacturers a

Amendments in CCC Conformity Assessment Procedure in China

The State Administration for market regulations together with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) has recently updated the CCC regulation procedure. The changes concern the lists of products for mandatory CCC conformity assessment and self-declaration procedures. The table below contains the number of products excluded from the mandatory CCC conformity assessment procedure. Totally, the list includes more than 15 positions. The self-declaration procedure is governed by CNCA-00C-008: 2018 and includes two types of the declaration scheme: Type “A” and Type “B”. The difference between these two types is that the Type “A” scheme allows choo

Ecuador Updates Technical Regulations for Household Refrigerating Appliances

On March 5, 2018, the Ecuadorian Standardisation Service (INEN), through the Ecuadorian Ministry of Industry and Productivity, replaced RTE INEN 009 of 2005 on Household Refrigerating Appliances. The new mandatory technical regulation was approved by Resolution №18084 and came into force since March 5, 2018. Conformity assessment procedures will be effectinve from March 5, 2019. This Technical Regulation establishes requirements for the following domestic refrigerating appliances ensuring its safe use: refrigerators with or without freezers refrigerators with or without low-temperature compartments freezers The Regulation includes the prohibition of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or Hydrochlorof

Philippines Issues Amendments to Mandatory Product Certification Schemes

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a Department Administrative Order (DAO) 18-03 that adds 27 products to the list of products and systems under mandatory certification. The list of products and systems under mandatory certification itself can be found at Memorandum Circular 18-11. According to the Circular 18-11, the list products can be classified into three groups as follows: Electrical and electronic products Mechanical/Building and construction materials Chemicals and other consumer products and systems The certification of the products that were included to the list on the base of DAO 18-03 will become mandatory from August 25, 2019 and includes the following electrical

WEBINAR: Belarus—New Technical Regulations for Radio and Telecom Products

Overview: All the manufacturers who put Radio and Telecom equipment to the market of the Republic of Belarus must ensure the conformity of the products with new requirements coming into force from January 1, 2019. This webinar will guide you through the new Technical Regulations on the Safety of Telecommunication Facilities TR 2018/024/BY effective from January 1, 2019. We will help you understand the main steps along the way and explain how to start the process, address the main challenges and prevent major mistakes. You will learn: What Radio and Telecom products are subject to mandatory conformity assessment How to ensure conformity with the Technical Requirements Who are eligible to appl

Changes in Frequency Bands and Maximum Radiated Power Limits for RFID and WLAN Technologies in Chil

Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile has adopted Resolution №1.517, 2018 that replaces Resolution №1.985 of 2017. The new Resolution introduces the following changes: - RFID devices can operate in the frequency bands from 915 to 928 MHz (with a maximum radiated power of 500 mW), from 913 to 919 MHz, and from 925 to 928 MHz. - Wideband equipment (WLAN) may use the following frequency bands (with a maximum radiated power of 1 W): 2,400–2,483.5 MHz 5,250–5,350 MHz 5,470 and 5,725 MHz 5,725–5,850 MHz - The equipment restricted for indoor use may also operate in the frequency bands from 5,150 to 5,250 MHz, with a maximum radiated power of 200 mW and a maximum radiated power densi

Changes in the Name of the Nigerien Telecommunication Regulatory Authority

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Niger—Autorité Nationale de Régulation et des Télécommunications et de la Poste (ARTP)—has been renamed to Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste (ARCEP). The Government of the Republic of Niger adopted the legislative proposal on the establishment of the Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority—Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et de la Poste (ARCEP). As considered, such reformation will allow being very sensitive to the growth of the telecommunication area. As it stands, there is no confirmation of any official changes in terms of devices subject to Type Appr

Results of inspections of the accredited certification bodies, laboratories, and organizations in Ru

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 November 2018, RusAccreditation conducted 104 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: 8 accreditation authorities received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations 16 accreditation authorities were suspended (including 7 certification bodies

3G Termination in Taiwan

According to the Telecommunications Act and Regulations for Administration of the Third Generation Mobile Communications Business (3G) issued by the The National Communications Commission of Taiwan (NCC), operators, who want to use radio frequency spectrum in Taiwan have to apply for the concession license. This license is issued for the specific period of time. In terms of 3G license, the expiration date is December 31, 2018. It means that from January 2019, 3G service will be replaced by 4G service. The use of 3G will be forbidden. However, 3G operators who got a 4G concession license may use their licensing spectrum and provide WCDMA service when 3G service is expired. The termination of

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