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Regulatory News dated Q2/2019

  • Main changes Safety Standard IEC EN 62368-1 in edition 3

    Already on November 11th, 2018 we have published the news with respect to the edition 3 of the new European Safety Standard IEC EN 62368-1. The following summary abstracts the main changes compared to the second edition:

    Within IEC 62368-1 ed.2, the requirements for outdoor enclosures relied on IEC 62950-22. Since the IEC 60950-1 is superseded by IEC 62368-1, the next step was to eliminate the dependency to IEC 60950-22 and integrated the requirements into edition 3 of IEC 62368-1.

    Thus, all equipment under test having an outdoor enclosure, will be subjected to the appropriate tests. There are tests concerning resistance to UV radiation and corrosion; suitability of gaskets; protection from moisture, excessive dust, plants and vermin; mechanical strength of enclosures at low temperatures.

    With respect to the requirements for optical energy sources, IEC 62368-1 ed.2 included laser, lamps and LEDs. Edition 3 refines these requirements to suite the new needs. For lasers, their corresponding product standards are stated, such as IEC 60825-1, -2, and -12. Lamps and lamp systems (including LEDs) are evaluated pursuant to IEC 62471:2006. As a new addition, image projectors (beamers) are as well.

    Besides the old requirements which classified the maximum sound pressure only, now analogue and digital output requirements were added. As a possible second approach, a dose based measurement is introduced. The value for the calculated sound dose (CSD) is based on the EU Commission Decision 2009/490/EC, which describes a safe zone of sound below 80 dB(A) per 40h. Though both approaches can be used side by side, the dose base measurement may replace the sound pressure measurement in the future.

    Special requirements for wireless power transmitters (Qi, Powermat, etc.) are introduced for the first time. During the test sequence, it is examined, if a metallic foreign object can keep its cold, where placed in the field. Throughout the test, it shall not exceed 70°C in order to pass the test.

    Source: IEC EN 62368-1


  • Technical requirements of restricted radio communication devices

    On March 1st 2019, Brazil’s Regulatory Authority (ANATEL) published Act No. 1379.

    An update to the Technical Requirements for Conformity Assessment of Restricted Radiocommunication Equipment, which follows the same limits of FCC.

    There were some changes on items 6.2.5, 13.1 and 13.1.1 of Annex I to Act No. 14.448 of December 4,2017 regarding specific conditions of use of the periodic operation device with periodic transmission characteristics and the limit of the electric field strength of the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) in the 13 MHz band:

    1. 6.2.5. Periodic transmissions at predetermined regular intervals are only permissible in supervisory or scan transmissions to determine the systemic integrity of transmitters used in safety applications. In this case, the periodic transmission rate shall not exceed 2 (two) seconds of duration per hour for each transmitter.

    2. 13.1. Radio Frequency Identification Systems (RFID) operating in the bands 119 – 135 kHz, 13.11 – 13.36 MHz, 13.41 – 14.01 MHz, 433.5 – 434.5 MHz, 860 – 869 MHz, 894-898.5 MHz, 902-907.5 MHz, 915-928 MHz, 2,400 – 2,483.5 MHz and 5,725 – 5,850 MHz shall meet the limits defined in table V under following link:

    http://www.anatel.gov.br/legislacao/atos-de-requisitos-tecnicos-de-certificacao/2019/1244-ato-1379

    3. 13.1.1. The field strength limits shall be measured using the mean detector and at the band transition radio frequencies, the most restrictive field strength value shall be applied.

    This Act shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Anatel Electronic Service Bulletin


  • New standard specifications

    The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has published new radio standards specification (RSS-130 Issue 2 replacing Issue 1) for equipment operating in the frequency bands 617-652 MHz, 663-698 MHZ, 689-756 MHz and 777-787 MHz.

    The main changes are listed below:

    • Add the frequency bands 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz and the related requirements to the standard.

    • Add a provision for a transition period regarding RSS-130 issue 1.

    • Change equipment’s equivalent isotopically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) to effective radiated power (e.r.p.).

    • Clarify that the equipment’s unwanted emission limit shall be met at the highest and lowest frequency of the frequency block range that contains the equipment operating frequencies.

    • Clarify that equipment’s measurement shall be performed only with the carrier frequency set at the lowest frequency and highest frequency in each frequency bands.

    • Add guidance on determining the occupied bandwidth when measuring frequency stability limits for equipment able to transmit numerous channels simultaneously.

    • Remove measurement section on multiple antennas since the measurement method is defined in ANSI C63.26, American National Standard for Compliance Testing of Transmitters Used in Licensed Radio Service (referenced in RSS-Gen, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus).

    Full text in English can be download here:

    https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/RSS-130-i2-2019-02EN.pdf/$FILE/RSS-130-i2-2019-02EN.pdf

    Full text in French can be download here:

    https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/RSS-130-i2-2019-02FR.pdf/$FILE/RSS-130-i2-2019-02FR.pdf


  • IFT Closed Days

    Please note that the Federal Institute of Telecommunication (IFT) will be closed from 15th of April to 19th of April 2019 due to the Easter season, resuming its activities on Monday 22nd of April 2019.


  • Changing Process to Electronic Certification of Conformity

    Since 11th of February the Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM QAS) has introduced the electronic Certificate of Conformity (eCOC).

    Until 11th August a transitional period will be granted to the applicants to have the option to receive the hard copy version or the new eCOC, which will be created with a QR code for identification and traceability.

    Source:

    https://ecomm.sirim.my/Announcement_Details.aspx?a=170


  • Self-Declaration for some wireless equipment

    The WPC (Wireless Planning Coordination), of India, has lately released on the gazette from 23th of February a new policy for ETA (Equipment Type Approval) through Self-Declaration Scheme, WPC Approval is a mandatory requirement for all wireless radio modules (Transceivers, Transmitters and Receivers).

    The categories for wireless equipment in license exempted bands:

    Smart Phones, mobile handsets, notepads, laptops, smart watches, short range devices (including accessories, microphones, speakers, headphones, earphones, printers, scanners, cameras) etc. which operate in license exempted bands as per Indian National Frequency Allocation Plan(NFAP):

    http://wpc.dot.gov.in/WriteReadData/Orders/ETA%20through%20Self%20declaration%20for%20Certain%20Categories%20of%20Wires%20Equipment%20dt%2026-02-2019.PDF



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