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Japan Amends Criteria for Energy Consumption Performance of Computers

On March 29, 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) issued an amendment to the Notice on Evaluation Criteria for Energy Consumption Performance of Computers. The document introduces a new energy standard (Public Notice of METI No. 69). This public notice stipulates new energy conservation standards for server-type and client-type electronic computers and sets the target fiscal years when manufacturers should achieve the defined energy-saving performance of these two types. The deadlines are set as FY2021 and FY2022, respectively. METI proposed a new energy efficiency standard for computers in order to promote rationalization of energy use pertaining to computers in

Chile Revises Resolution on Short-Range Devices

Chilean SUBTEL (Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones de Chile) issued Resolution 855 dated by May 7, 2019 that revised the Resolution No.1985/2017 on Short-Range Devices. The document includes the following main amendments: 1. Some of frequency bands for the portable transceivers were excluded. Now the requirements of the Resolution apply to the portable transceivers that operate in the following range: - 26,960 to 27,410 kHz - 40.66 to 40.70 MHz - 433.05 to 434.79 MHz - 462,540 to 462,740 MHz - 467,550 to 467,725 MHz - or at frequencies 49,830, 49,845, 49,860, 49,875, and 49,890 MHz 2. Homologation requirements for wireless handsets are not necessary anymore 3. The following operational freq

United States Issues Finalized List of Accessories Applicable to Class I Medical Devices

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined the list of accessories suitable for Class I Medical Devices. This classification came into force on May 13, 2019. The Classification was carried out according to the risks of the accessory's intended application and the level of regulatory controls that require to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the accessory. The final list of accessories includes the following: Gastroenterology-urology accessories to biopsy instruments Penile implant surgical accessories Urethral stent accessories Biliary stent, drain, and dilator accessories Suprapubic catheter accessories Implanted mechanical/hydraulic urinary continence

Safety Requirements for Softlines in the EAEU

The Eurasian Economic Union adopted series of technical regulations regarding safety requirements for softlines imported to the EAEU market. The light industry, such as clothing and shoes, is under TR CU 017/2011 "On safety of light industry products". This Regulation was adopted to protect people's lives and health, establish uniform and mandatory requirements for light industry products, and enable free movement of products within the EAEU. The Technical Regulation TR CU 017/2011 is applicable to the following products: textiles clothing machine-made carpets and floor coverings leather goods felt and non-woven goods shoes fur and garments made of fur imitation leather Each category must m

Papua New Guinea Publishes Requirements to ICT Equipment Type Approval

The National Information & Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) of Papua New Guinea published a notice about type approval of ICT equipment. The document is addressed to importers, distributors, and vendors of telecommunication, radio communication, and broadcasting equipment. NICTA calls special attention to the fact that this equipment must pass the type approval procedure before being marketed to Papua New Guinea. The process is required to confirm that the equipment meets minimum regulatory and technical requirements. The type approval procedure verifies: absence of interference in public communication networks interfacing between customer equipment and ICT networks and interconne

China Issues New Mandatory GB Standards for Some Categories of Products

On 4 April 2019, China's State Administration of Market Regulation and Standardization Administration jointly published Announcement № 4 issuing several new National GB standards: GB 5920-2019: Photometric characteristics of front and rear position lamps, end-outline marker lamps and stop lamps for motor vehicles and their trailers GB 19576-2019: Minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and energy efficiency grades for unitary air conditioners GB 30255-2019: Minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and energy efficiency grades of LED products for indoor lighting GB 37478-2019: Minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and energy efficiency grades of LED luminaires for road and

Macao Updates Type Approval Exemption List

On April 1, 2019, Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau (CTT) published the Official Gazette Despacho do Chefe do Executivo № 44/2019, adding a new category to their Type Approval exemption list. This change came into effect immediately and affected Ultra-Wideband (UWB) equipment operating in 4.2-4.8GHz and 6-8.5GHz bands. Please, see the detailed information regarding the newly added category below: Category: 1.18 Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Equipment Frequency Bands Authorized: 4.2-4.8 GHz and 6-8.5 GHz Maximum equivalent isotropic radiated power: -41.3 dBm/MHz The official document is available here. The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team. GMA Consult Group provides

EU Approves a New Approach for Strengthening the European Single Market

The European Parliament approved the reform regarding market control surveillance in the European Single Market. However, this reform will cover only types of products that are under the EU sector-specific rules such as household appliances, medical devices, etc. The Parliament decided to implement the reform because the current regulatory system cannot prevent access of the unsaved product via online shops to the EU market from the countries where the safety laws are not at a high level. That is why to improve this state, members of European Parliament voted for: - Better trace products. It means that every company that sells products under the EU sector-specific rules via online shops dire

Indonesia Issues New Regulation on the Use of Radio Spectrum Frequency Based on the Class License

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia (KOMINFO) issued a new Regulation №1 of 2019 on the use of Radio Spectrum based on the class license. The Regulation concerns telecommunication devices with the following technologies: 1. WLAN 2. SRD Bluetooth Telecommunication devices with transmittance below 10 mW RFID NFC WPAN IEEE 802.15.4 3. DSRC 4. LAA 5. Non-cellular LPWA and/or similar Let’s review them: WLAN devices can operate in a single or in a multi mode on the following Radio Frequency Bands: 2 400 - 2 483.5 MHz 5 150 – 5 250 MHz 5 250 – 5 350 MHz 5 725 – 5 825 MHz When we talk about Radio Frequency Bands for WLAN base stations or access points, it is necessa

United Arab Emirates Updates Type Approval Regulation

At the end of April, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of UAE has published an updated Type Approval Policy, version 2.0. This document is effective from May 15, 2019. The main changes that were made are the following: Three conformity compliance forms were established: Declaration of Conformity General Equipment Registration Advance Equipment Registration It is possible to apply for Declaration of Conformity in case when telecommunications equipment can be considered as the equipment of low risk and priority on the base of supplier’s declaration of conformity in case when ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004 requirements are met. The registered manufacturer or importer of telecommunications equip

Results of Inspections of the Accredited Certification Bodies, Laboratories, and Organizations in Ru

The Russian Accreditation Authority (Federal Service for Accreditation—RusAccreditation) inspected the activities of Russian certification bodies, organizations, and testing laboratories for possible violations. During March and April 2019, RusAccreditation conducted 228 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: 6 accreditation authorities received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations 11 accreditation authorities were suspended (including 2 certification bod

ICASA Publishes Final Radio Frequency Migration Plan 2019 for South Africa

On March 29, 2019, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published the Final Radio Frequency Migration Plan 2019. With the National Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans, the regulator strives to ensure effective and efficient spectrum usage and compliance with the international standards as well as informing market parties on the current and future use of the frequency bands. The purpose of the Radio Frequency Migration Plan is to move of users from their existing radio frequency spectrum location to another, for example: The full text of the Final Radio Frequency Migration Plan 2019 is available here. The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group

United States Updates Pre-Approval Guidance Procedure for R&TT Devices

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) of the United States updates the pre-approval guidance (PAG) procedure for R&TT devices. According to this procedure, the FCC allows a telecommunication certification body (TCB) to certify equipment. However, when the compliance review procedures are not fully developed or there is no existing Commission guidance, oversight by the Commission is required. Thus, the PAG procedure permits the equipment authorization approval process and at the final stage, TCB issues grant of equipment authorization. The FCC issued the list of devices subject to the PAG procedure. It is divided into three groups: Devices subject to special conditions when the authoriza

New Working Requirements for China Compulsory Certificate Exemptions

On May 8, 2019, Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) issued Notice № 153 with the following specific working requirements for CCC exemption. Products that are granted the exemptions: products and samples required for scientific research, testing, and certification testing parts and components required directly for end-user maintenance purposes parts and components (excluding office supplies) required for the complete production line of the factory production line products used for commercial display but not for sale parts imported for the purpose of exporting the whole machine other circumstances when compulsory product certification is exem

India Clarifies Applicability of IS 16333 for Specific Categories of Mobile Devices

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) issued an announcement that clarifies the applicability of IS 16333 (Part 3) “Mobile Phone Handsets. Part 3. Indian Language Support for Mobile Phone Handsets - Specific Requirements”. According to this announcement, requirements of the standard are not applicable to devices such as smart watches or mobile computers (ADPM) that can be: provided with SIM aided with text input facility Such devices are related to the specific categories of products according to the classification of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). Their registration is to be granted under the category for which they have been notified. These products don’t requir

Pakistan Issues Amendments to Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations

At the end of April, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) issued amendments to the Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations. The amendments concern the following: Within the type approval evolution, PTA will verify Type Allocation Code (TAC) via GSMA database. During the type approval procedure, all GSMA TAC issued for the specific model should be included there. The Authority shall allow import of PTA type approved models by all persons by issuing certificate of compliance to technical standards for use within PTA/FAB allowed frequency bands as per conditions indicated for SIM/IMEI based terminal equipment/mobile devices and for non- SIM/IMEI based wireless terminal devices. At

Saudi Arabia Launches the Third Phase of IECEE Certificate Approvals

The Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organisation (SASO) issued two new energy efficiency standards for lighting products in the second half of 2018: SASO 2902/2018 and SASO 2870/2018. The standards cover indirect and direct general light sources with luminous fluxes above 60 lumens and below 12,000 lumens, including: Incandescent lamps Halogen lamps Compact fluorescent lamps with integrated ballast LED lamps (Incandescent retrofit types and Halogen retrofit types) The enforcement plan includes the following dates: January 1, 2019 — Certificates of Conformity (COC) are no longer issued. February 1, 2019 — products without Saudi Energy Efficiency Certificate and Energy Efficiency Label

Ukraine Approves Technical Regulations on Ecodesign

The Cabinet Ministers of Ukraine approved several technical regulations on Ecodesign. These regulations relate to th requirements for ecodesign for the following types of product: electric power consumption in no-load condition and average active efficiency of external power supplies fans power transformers glandless circulating pumps water pumps vacuum cleaners simple set-top boxes electric motors household refrigerating appliances lighting equipment All these technical regulations are based on the relevant EU regulations. Please, see the comparison table below: The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team. GMA Consult Group provides a full cycle of international type app

Hong Kong Publishes the Table of Frequency Allocations in the 3kHz - 3000GHz Range

In April 2019, the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) of Hong Kong published the handbook containing the table of frequency allocations in accordance with the Region 3 allocations under the Radio Regulations. The document contains the allocations which have been adopted by Hong Kong earlier as well as the plans for the band use in Hong Kong. This publication is intended to provide a handy reference for spectrum management, radiocommunications systems design, and other related areas of applications. The table covers all Hong Kong allocations of frequencies as well as band plans and existing usage in the 3kHz - 3000GHz range. The official document can be found here. The information

Energy Minimum Standards for Electric Motors Come into Force in Australia

On November 14, 2018, the replacement of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Three Phase Cage Induction Motors) Determination 2018 was published. As mentioned in the document, starting from May 14, 2019, suppliers must register motors in accordance with the new Determination. The Determination 2018 establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements and associated requirements for conducting tests for three-phase cage induction motors with: rated output power greater than or equal to 0.73 kW but less than 185 kW rated voltage of up to 1100 V of alternating current 2, 4, 6 or 8 poles This class of products forms a single product class for the purposes of the Act. The principal change

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