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Regulatory News dated Q1/2017

  • Removal of RF Type Approval Requirements for Simple Radio Products

    A Free Import Regulation letter from the Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC), dated 2017-01-21, informs that they will no longer issue Type Approval certificates for simple wireless devices.

    Following equipments will be exempt from Type Approval:

    1. Equipment ONLY operating with Bluetooth (BT) technology;
    2. Equipment ONLY including a receptor for satellite broadcasting to determine geographical location (i. e. GPS or GLONASS);
    3. Equipment ONLY operating both technologies listed in (1) and (2)

    However, Type Approval by MoC will still be required if a device contains Bluetooth/GPS or GLONASS receiver technology along with any other wireless technology, such as WLAN.

    EMC and Safety Approval from the Standards Institute of Israel (SII) remain unaffected from this change of policy which only applies to radio regulations, and should be obtained like in the past.


  • Possibility of Paperwork-Only Type Approval Process

    The Indonesian authority, Direktorat Jenderal Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika (SDPPI), communicated that they were considering a new policy allowing paperwork-only for Indonesia’s Type Approval procedures. The new policy could run in parallel to the current Type Approval procedures, which requires local testing.

    The new policy will allow manufacturers to choose between the new paperwork-only process or the existing local testing process. This new policy still awaits release, but is expected to come into force in 2017.


  • List of Devices Exempt from Type Approval

    The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recently released a list including following devices exempt from Type Approval:

    • Laptops/Desktops/Personal Computer (PC)
    • Tablet PC with Wi-Fi-only functionality (non-SIM based devices)
    • Networking Equipment (switches, firewalls, servers, storage devices)
    • Smart watches with Bluetooth/Wi-Fi functionality only (without SIM or tracking features)
    • 13.56 MHz RFID/Bluetooth/NFC devices
    • GPS-only devices

    These devices require neither type approval nor a non-objection letter (NOC) from PTA, and may be directly imported as per customs procedures.


  • In-Country Branch Office Requirement

    India tightens its regulations on foreign applicants, requiring:

    - a liaison office or branch office located within the country and meeting all liabilities and obligations according to the BIS Act of 1986 and the Rules and Regulation for the purpose of registration,

    - a member from this office to be nominated to act as the Authorized Indian Representative (AIR).


  • Type Approval Guidelines Issued

    The Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) of Tonga released an Official Guideline. Accordingly, all communication equipment with radio or satellite technology require Type Approval by MIC prior to being imported and marketed for use in Tonga.

    Equipment is exempted from the requirement as follows:

    • Receiver-only radio equipment intended to be used solely for the reception of sound (radio) and terrestrial TV broadcasting services, including satellite dishes and aerials
    • Laptops, personal computers, tablets, and car radios with short range radio technology such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    • Digital displays or LCD screens for digital cameras, printers, car audios
    • Short range (up to 50 meters) infrared remote control equipment, including TV remote controls, toys, car or garage door openers, etc.
    • Terminal equipment used by licensed radio amateurs for personal use


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