REGULATORY NEWS

Japan Terminates Registration According to Rules V-2

The Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment (VCCI) of Japan informed that starting from April 1, 2019, they only obtain documents for registration according to the Rules VCCI 32-1 (analog of CISPR 32). Documents based on the Rules V-2 (analog of CISPR22) are no longer accepted. However, if a product has been registered according to “Rules” V-2 by March 29, 2019, it can be shipped without retest after April 2019. You also do not need to retest the registered product if there are changes that do not affect the submitted conformity verification test data. It will be reregistered according to “Rules” VCCI 32-1 without additional tests. In all other cases, i

China Implements Additional Requirements for SRRC Type Approval for Wireless Products

On January 10, 2019, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published Announcement № 285 with new regulations for wireless products. As of March 1, 2019, products that are certified by the State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC) must follow a sales reporting process. All SRRC-approved products including SRRC-approved modules are within the scope of this requirement, except short-range micro-power devices (if approved before, they don't need to be registered again). Resellers (if a product has several resellers, each reseller needs to register separately), importers, local representative, manufacturers (if they sell to clients directly) or online sales companies will

UK Conformity Accessed Marking Replaces CE Marking in the United Kingdom

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new product marking that will be used in the domestic market instead of the CE marking. The categories of products that are subject to EU Directives will be required to carry the UKCA mark after the UK leaves the EU. However, if the UK leaves the EU without engagement, products are allowed to use the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the legal requirements and to sell products on the UK market for a limited period of time. The exception is medical devices. So, it will be possible to use CE Marking in case when: mandatory third-party assessment was carried out by an EU-recognised notified body certificate of conformity previously held by

India Publishes Guidelines for Secondary Cells and Batteries with Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electro

On March 11, 2019 the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) posted new Guidelines for IS 16046 for secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Revised Standards IS 16046 contains: IS 16046 (Part 1): 2018/ IEC 62133-1: 2017 – Nickel System IS 16046 (Part 2): 2018/ IEC 62133-2:2017 – Lithium Systems The last date for implementation of the revised Standards is March 14, 2020. After this, the old Standard IS 16046:2015/ IEC 62133:2012 will be withdrawn. Applicants shall ensure that the product conforms to all the requirements, as applicable, and shall take timely actions for switchover as per the revised Standards and guidelines to the mentioned date of implement

Colombia Withdraws Homologation for Fixed Terminal and Satellite Equipment

The Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) of Colombia issued the Resolution 5586 that helps to simplify regulatory rules for wireless and telecom equipment. Currently, the homologation procedure for fixed terminal equipment (such as cable and wireless telephones) and satellite equipment (telephones that allow communication through a link with a satellite for industrial or security usage) is no longer required. CRC considered not to require the approval as the operating conditions and safety of the equipment are proved by the international conformity bodies. It worth mentioning that the homologation procedure is not required only for fixed and satellite terminal equipment. For mobile (ce

Australia Adopts the Customer Equipment Safety Standard

The ACMA issued Telecommunications (Customer Equipment Safety) Technical Standard 2018 (the Customer Equipment Safety Standard) that adopts the following Australian/New Zealand Standards: AS/NZS 60950.1:2015 – Information technology equipment – Safety, Part 1: General requirements (the 2015 industry standard) AS/NZS 62368.1:2018 – Audio/video, information, and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements (the 2018 industry standard) This Industry Standard will totally replace the 2015 Industry Standard on February 15, 2022. However, up to this date, a manufacturer can confirm a product both under the 2015 Standard or the 2018 Standard. It is necessary to point out that th

Mandatory Requirements for Plugs and Sockets in Ghana

Requirements to plugs and socket-outlets became effective in Ghana from January 1, 2019. To be used in Ghana, plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes must meet the following requirements: Plugs should comply with GS IEC 60884-2-1 (The Ghana Standard “Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes; Part 2-1: Particular Requirements for Fused Plugs”) should be type G should be 13-amp with three rectangular prongs that form an isosceles triangle the central earth pin is 4x8 mm and 22.7 mm long line and neutral pins should be 4x6.35 mm and 17.7 mm long, on centres spaced 22.2 mm apart the centre-to-centre distance between the earth pin and the middle of the imag

Registration in the SABER System Is Mandatory for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) announced the beginning of mandatory application for registering products on the SABER platform. The procdure is mandatory starting from April 1, 2019 for the following regulations: Gulf Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances Gulf Technical Regulation on Children Toys Technical Regulation for Lubricating Oils The conformity assessment bodies should stop issuing the COC as of March 15, 2019. Any shipment orders that are not issued by SABER are discontinued as of April 1, 2019 except for those that have a COC issued before March 15, 2019. SABER is a new online conformity assessment system for impor

Canada Establishes New Requirements for Wireless Device Testing Laboratories

Within a conformity assessment procedure, Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada (ISED) warns about new requirements for laboratories testing wireless devices. The rules became effective from March 15, 2019. Starting from this date, all wireless devices testing laboratories have to be recognized by ISED to meet Canadian requirements for wireless products. It means that ISED no longer accepts non-accredited test sites for registration. If you want to register or renew a test site, you have to request for accreditation. The procedures for becoming a recognized laboratory can be found in DES-Lab and REC-Lab for domestic or foreign test laboratories respectively. Thus, manufactur

Japan Changed Marking Requirements for Wireless Product Certification

On February 8, 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) issued amendments to two existing Ordinances on wireless product certification: Ordinance № 15 of 2004: Technical Standards Conformity Certification of Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Ordinance № 37 of 1981: Technical Standards Conformity Certification of Specified Radio Equipment The amendments came into force on February 8, 2019. The MIC revised the indication or display method of the technical conformity mark (giteki mark) and softened the size requirement for the conformity mark. It has been 3 mm or greater and now it is changed to “the size which allows anyone to distinguish the mark easily.” T

FCC Publishes Guidance for Compliance Measurements on Digital Transmission Systems, FHSS Systems and

In February, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States has published the guidance for compliance measurements on digital transmission systems, frequency hopping spread spectrum systems, and hybrid system devices operating under section 15.247 of the FCC Rules. This guidance helps understand requirements for the measurement and certification procedure of the equipment operating under Section 15.247 of the FCC rules. It also clarifies some moments regarding classification of the devices, as many devices can operate under multiple rules or bands, and provides answers to frequently asked questions. However, the document only provides additional filing and measurement guide

Allocation of 5G Spectrum in 3.5 GHz Band in New Zealand

The New Zealand government has informed about the allocation of 5G spectrum. To begin with, the spectrum will be available for the 3.5 GHz band. However, auctions for this band are planned for early 2020. This means that the national spectrum rights in the 3.5 GHz band will be possible for the use from November 2022 after the expiration of the existing rights for this band. Those who are interested in the auction process can leave their comments and recommendations in the second part of 2019. It worth mentioning that regional wireless broadband service providers can also use the spectrum in this band. All this will allow to speed up the connection and increase the network capacity and qualit

India Postpones Effective Date for Mandatory Certification of Telecom Equipment

On March 13, 2019, the Indian Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) issued Notification informing that certification under the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) will be effective as of August 1, 2019. The MTCTE reminds that all the telecom equipment must undergo mandatory testing and certification prior to be sold and imported to India. The start date for acceptance of formal applications on the MTCTE portal is to be announced. At the moment, the MTCTE portal can be used only for trial. The draft certificate issued in the trial mode has no value and is only for demo purposes. The official document is available here. The information has been prepared by the

The Nigerian Communications Commission Enables Family Approval Within Type Approval Procedure

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) updated the Type Approval procedure concerning, among others, the sample requirements, family approval, and billing method of the NCC. Homologation of telecoms devices is now possible under the following conditions: The NCC now allows a Family Approval for models that come in series and or families. In that case, the product should share the same test report. One sample should be provided for notebooks, tablets, and mobile phones. For any other equipment type, a sample can be requested at any time. Samples won't be returned by the NCC. The billing method for a Family Approval is different from other countries. In Nigeria, it is subsidized. The inf

Malaysia Implements Electronic Certificate of Conformity

Started from February 11, 2019, the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) QAS International implemented Electronic Certificate of Conformity (eCOC). This new procedure replaces the current method where a hard copy certificate is issued and a certificate holder needs to get the certificate from the SIRIM counter. Now the applicant can choose the preferred method during submission of an application where a selection button will be available. When selecting a hard copy CoC, the document will be ready after 14 working days from the date of approval and it can be collected from SIRIM counter. The new eCOC will be created with a QR code for identification and traceability

Brazil Updates Technical Requirements and Testing Procedures for Certain Telecom Products

The National Telecommunication Agency of Brazil (ANATEL) issued ACT 209 that updates the list of technical requirements and testing procedures applicable to the certification of telecommunication products Category 1. It also changes the requirements for Cellular Mobile Telephone and Terminal Access Station - ETA. The technical requirements cover the minimum mandatory characteristics that should be observed in the process of assessing the conformity of Terminal Access Stations and relevant normative references. The full text of the Act can be found here. The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team. GMA Consult Group provides a full cycle of international type approval and

Ghana Reminds about Mandatory Certification Mark for Local Products

Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) reminds about the effective Ghana Standards (Certification Mark) (Amendment) Rules, 1970 LI 662 and 664 and encourages all local manufacturing companies in Ghana to follow these mandatory requirements to obtain a license for the Ghana Standards Certification Mark before selling or exporting any product. Below is the layout of information for company registration number (Reg No) and Ghana Standard number (STD No) on the Conformity Mark. The Certification Mark must be displayed visibly on product's labels with regards to the position and size. The Conformity mark indicates that the product has been produced in accordance with the accepted Standard(s), inspected

Mexico Published Radio Spectrum Utilization Program for 2019

On March 5, 2019, The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) of Mexico published the Annual Program of use and exploitation of the frequency bands for 2019 called “The Program 2019”. The purpose of the Annual Program is to determine the frequency bands of a specific spectrum that will be subject to bidding or may be directly assigned and integrated with the services provided through these frequencies. Frequency bands are classified according to their modality of use and geographic coverage where it will be available. The following Modality of Use is available for frequency bands: Commercial — frequency bands of the radio spectrum used by entities for their profit Public use — frequency b

Argentina Updates ENACOM Standard for Radio Base Transceivers of Mobile Communications Services

On February 18, 2019, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) of Argentina issued Resolution 793/2019. The document is aimed to update certain items within cellular standard ENACOM-Q2-61.04 V17.1. According to the Resolution, while at least two labs are authorized to perform cellular testing in Argentina, ENACOM can accept foreign test reports (FCC, ANATEL, IFT, etc.). However, frequency bands that are used in Argentina, are not acceptable in most other countries. That is why ENACOM issued a template of a Declaration of Conformity that should be provided to a certification body in case when frequency bands of the device deviate from the specified in Argentina. Thus, ENACOM will continue acc

India Publishes Office Memorandum on Self-Declaration of Some Wireless Equipment

The Wireless Planning & Coordination (WPC) Wing of the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology of India issued an Office Memorandum number ETA-WPC/Policy/2018-19 “Equipment Type Approval (ETA) through self-declaration for certain categories of Wireless Equipment in license-exempted bands.” This Memorandum was published on February 26, 2019 and came into effect immediately. According to the Memorandum, the requirements for equipment type approval (ETA) do not apply to the wireless equipment that is imported to India for testing as prototypes, samples, and pre-launch units and operating in the license-exempted bands. The following types of wireless equipment can be referred to as e

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