REGULATORY NEWS

Malta Changes Assignment Process for the 1.5 GHz Band

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) published an amended decision on “The assignment process for the 1.5 GHz band (1427-1517 MHz band) for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in Malta”. The aim of this Decision is to establish the assignment process that will be adopted in respect to the 1.5 GHz band together with the conditions that will be attached to the resulting rights of use. In line with the National Frequency Plan and the Commission Decision, the MCA is making 18 lots across the entire 1.5 GHz band available for assignment. It should be noted that a single lot consists of an individual slot of unpaired 5 MHz bandwidth. Following the adopti

Safety Requirements to Products Intended for Children and Adolescents in the EAEU

Products for children and adolescents entering the market of the Eurasian Economic Union are subject of EAEU Technical Regulation 007/2011 "On the safety of products intended for children and adolescents". The technical regulation establishes mandatory safety requirements for products intended for kids and teenagers, that have not been in use. EAEU TR 007/2011 applies to: products for the child care (milk nipples, pacifiers, utensils, cutlery, hygiene and clothing accessories, toothbrushes, and gum massagers) garments, textiles, leather and fur, knitted and single finished textiles shoes and leather goods baby strollers and bicycles books and magazines school supplies EAEU TR 007/2011 doesn’

South Korea Publishes Changes in Conformity Assessment Procedure for Telecom Equipment

On July 24, 2019, the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) of South Korea released Notice №2019-12 with the amendments to the Conformity Assessment of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Equipment. This Notice came in force from July 24, 2019. The key points include: 1. Reclassification of Conformity Assessment Type for some equipment including three conformity assessment types (Conformity Certification; Conformity Registration; Interim of Conformity (Verification): Reclassification of 22 types of categories of radio equipment for radio stations that can be opened without notification corresponding to the technical standards of wireless facilities from conformity certification to conformity

Brazil Implements Mandatory TAC Codes for Mobile Devices

On July 10, 2019 the Brazilian ANATEL issued an Official Letter 25/2019/ORCN/SOR-ANATEL, which requires all Mobile Device suppliers and manufacturers applying for certification of regulated products to register the TAC (Type Allocation Code - composed by the first 8 digits of IMEI). The document is applicable to all devices with WWAN functions that will use the SMP (Portable Mobile Service), such as Mobile Phones, Tablets, Modules and all other terminal using WWAN. Registration of the TAC codes of the products must be done in the system database developed by ABR Telecom, called SIGA (Integrated Device Management System), prior to their sale. SIGA (Sistema Integrado de Gestão de Aparelhos) is

Japan Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

Telecom Market approval (licence) for Radio/Telecom products in Japan is a mandatory requirement. It is granted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) on the basis of the Japanese Radio Law and the Japanese Telecommunication Business Law. The MIC appointed Registered Certification Bodies (RCB) for Radio/Telecom equipment certification. The RCB has the authority to process a customer’s application for certification on behalf of the MIC and to issue a certificate after successful testing. According to Japanese technical requirements testing may be conducted by properly recognized laboratories around the world. Manufacturers who want to sell their products in Japan are req

New Requirements for Competence of Testing and Calibration Labs Come into Force in Russia and CIS

Eurasian Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification adopted GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” that was harmonized with ISO/IEC 17025:2017. According to the RusAccreditaion Order No. 385 from 15.07.2019 this interstate standard is put into effect as a national standard in Russia on September 1, 2019. In order to allow members of national accreditation system to get adaptation to the new requirements, transition plan has been worked out. According to this plan, training seminars for accreditation experts, RusAccreditation officials, as well as advanced training courses for accreditation experts, te

India Updates Certification Procedures for Certain Telecom Equipment

On July 4, 2019, the Indian Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) published three Notifications in order to make partial modification to the MCTCE (Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunications Equipment) procedure: Notification for launch of MTCTE Notification for acceptance of test reports from labs accredited by ILAC signatories Notification for revision of MTCTE procedure exemptions/relaxations The key points include: Date of opening the MCTCE online portal for registration is July 5, 2019 Date of commencement of acceptance of applications is July 9, 2019 Date of implementation of mandatory certification is November 1, 2019 (mandatory date was extended) The MTCTE require

Hong Kong Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Hong Kong operates a separate certification regime with separate technical standards and with no provisions such as mutual recognition with China. Let's clarify the main market access procedures applicable to electrical and R&TT products in the region. Safety approval According to the Government of Hong Kong, Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), all household electrical products must comply with the Electrical Products Safety Regulation (EPSR) and hold the valid safety compliance certification. The Hong Kong Safety Mark Scheme (HKSM Scheme) is an independent product certification program applicable

UAE Publishes New Requirements for Mobile Phones

The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced the new Calling Name Presentation (CNAP) feature requirement applicable to all mobile phones that are being sold in the UAE as well as devices just entering the market. The CNAP requirement is effective from August 15, 2019. The aim of the requirement is to provide the identification name of the calling party (e.g., personal name, company name) to the called subscriber. The Technical Specifications published by 3GPP and ETSI, such as ETSI TS 122 081, ETSI TS 122 096 and etc., reflect all the technical and behavioural requirements for mobile phones to be able to present the calling name. This TRA has approved this feature. All

Russia Clarifies Equivalence Scheme for some Withdrawn Standards

The Federal Service for accreditation (RusAccreditation) recently has issued an explanatory statement on equivalence of the number of standards. This statement contains list of withdrawn standards and their valid equivalences. With this statement, RusAccreditation explains, that if a testing laboratory or center has accreditation to the indicated withdrawn standards, there is no need to confirm the compliance to their valid equivalents, to equip the laboratory with additional measuring and testing facilities or to provide retraining for skills upgrading. The laboratory/ center or certification bodies do not need to modify conformity assessment procedures or expand their scope of accreditatio

Morocco Postpones Implementation of Its Conformity Mark

On July 29, 2019, the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy announced online that it postpones implementation of rules regarding Moroccan safety conformity mark. The implementation date is delayed till December 31, 2019. The Moroccan conformity mark was established by Law No. 24-09 named “Safety of Products and Services”. The Law sets the framework for the obligation for any importer or manufacturer to label products complying with the requirements of the law. Under this Law the following equipment must comply with safety rules and regulatory technical requirements and bear a new mark: low-voltage electrical equipment (LVD) designed for the use at a voltage

Brazil Publishes Technical and Conformity Assessment Requirements for Street Lighting

On February 15, 2017, the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Standardisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) approved Portaria № 20 establishing the technical and conformity criteria for street lighting using discharge lamps and the LED technology. The mandatory certification for these products is officially required since August 17, 2019. From August 17, 2020, only compliant lamps for public street lighting may be distributed and sold on the national market. Technical safety requirements include marking and instructions, internal and external wiring, the degree of protection against dust and humidity, and electrical characteristics (dielectric strength, insulation resistance and EM

Peru Makes Changes in the National Frequency Allocation Plan

On July 6, 2019, the Ministry of Transports and Communication (MTC) of Perú published a new Resolution R.VM. Nº 464-2019-MTC/03. The document establishes the channelling of the bands 2,500-2,690 MHz at the national level for telecommunications services (1st part) according to the following scheme: At the same date, the MTC published for public consultation the Resolution R.VM.Nº 463-2019-MTC/03 which incorporates the channelling of the bands 1,710–1,780 MHz and 2,110–2,180 MHz at the national level, and the bandS 3,300 – 3,800 MHz at the national level for telecommunications services. On July 9, 2019, the MTC published a public consultation on the use of the 3.5GHz band for 5G technology thr

EAEU Publishes New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Power Consuming Products

Recently, EEC Council ​has adopted the EAEU Technical Regulation “On requirements for energy efficiency of power consuming devices”. The new specifies energy efficiency requirements for the following types of products: refrigerators televisions computers washing machines dishwashers air conditioners room fans water pumps and other electrical appliances The document also outlines marking requirements and energy efficiency classes. The regulation was developed by the he Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) together with the EAEU countries to ensure energy efficiency of the devices and thus save energy resources. Certain types of power consuming devices will be covered with special labels and tec

Canada Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

Telecommunication approval The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is the government department responsible for regulating telecommunications equipment in Canada. The Radiocommunication Act and the Telecommunications Act give the Minister of Industry the authority to develop technical standards and to ensure that telecommunications equipment meets these standards. The Radiocommunication Act and the Telecommunications Act requires manufacturers, importers, distributors, and vendors must ensure that radio and telecommunications equipment, whether locally manufactured or imported to Canada, is tested and certified or declared to comply with applicable domestic technical r

UAE Issues Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling for Television Sets

The Emirates Standards and Metrology Authority (ESMA) expands its current Energy Efficiency Program by updating the energy efficiency requirements for television sets. On January 28, 2019, the United Arab Emirates Cabinet of Ministers enacted Decision No. 12/2019 regarding the mandatory application of Standard UAE.S 5010-8:2019 “Labeling – Energy Efficiency Label for Electrical Appliances – Part 8: Television Sets”. The aim of this Standard is to set minimum energy efficiency standards for televisions in order to reduce overall power consumption of the TV sets by up to 50%. All television sets must be certified according the above-mentioned standard and affixed EESL (Energy Efficiency Standa

EAC Certification of Electrical Equipment in Russia and EAEU

The Eurasian Customs Union (currently, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)) was established in 1995 when three former soviet countries: Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan signed the Treaty on the Customs Union and common economic space. The main aim of the organization was to create a single market for goods, services, capital, and labor thus removing most trade barriers between the members. Later, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan joined the Union as well. In 2011, it became obvious that the development of the Eurasian Customs Union and common economic space should lead to the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) with a different level of the regulatory framework. In 2014, the Treaty on the Eura

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