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Regulatory News dated Q3/2018

  • Public Holidays in China

    After three public holidays for the Mid-Autumn Festival last weekend followed by a normal work week, the Chinese Authorities will be closing again a whole week for National Day, from 2018-10-01 on. Because of these two series of public holidays occuring close to each other, some delays can be expected in the current Type Approval procedures.

    Source: http://english.gov.cn/policies/latest_releases/2017/12/01/content_281475960779708.htm


  • Updates for LVD and its Guidelines


  • New Technical Regulations

    The Technical Regulations of the Republic of Belarus - "Telecommunication facilities. Security »TR 2018/024/BY will come into effect on 2019-01-01: They establish binding safety requirements for telecommunication facilities and contain schemes for confirming compliance.

    The Ministry of Communications and Informatization, in agreement with the State Standardization Committee, will approve and ensure continuous updating thestandards interconnected with TR 2018/024 / BY, as a result of which voluntary compliance with the requirements of this technical regulation is ensured. In this context, product testing and marking of the equipment with the sign of conformity TRBy will be required for both declaration of conformity and certification. The certification will be subjected to a periodic assessment by the belorussian certification bodies.

    Current declarations and certificates of conformity remain valid until their expiry and the equipments do not need to be marked with a sign of compliance with the technical regulations of the Republic of Belarus.


  • MOC Reduced Validity From 5 To 2 Years

    On 2018-08-20, Israel's Ministry of Commerce MOC announced to severly cut down the validity of Type Approvals from five (5) to two (2) years. This rule was already being enforced as early as 3 days later.

    Certificates with 1 year validity however remain unchanged.


  • New Rules For Spectrum Refarming


  • Delays In Type Application Procedures

    On 2018-07-01, the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) was elected the new Mexican president (see the official announcement from the former president). On the same day, over 3.000 mayors, governors, deputies and senators were also voted for throughout the country - the whole political scene has changed.

    As a consequence, many staff changes are expected in the Mexican public services, among others at the head of IFETEL.

    Type approval lead times are being affected by this transition and will probably be until the end of the year, when the President will be sworn in on 2018-12-01. Certificates may stay under signature much longer as usual.

    Another consequence of this transition to the new government might be the enforcement of new regulations. IB-Lenhardt will keep you updated on relevant changes.


  • Public Consultation On Wireless Charging

    The Radio Spectrum Management of the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has emitted a discussion paper entitled "Adding new usages to General User Radio Licence for Short Range Devices below 30 MHz".

    This technical consultation aims at clarifying the existing technical conditions in the general user radio licence (GURL SRD) for a specific field, wireless charging. This technology includes wireless power transfer (WPT) system and inductive loop system, operating in sub 30 MHz frequency range.

    The different frequency ranges of WPT already fall implicitly within the current provisions of the GURL SRD. But the inductive loop systems operate within a wide range (0.1485-30 MHz) across many provisions within the GURL SRD.

    To clarify the proper use of radio spectrum wireless charging, there is a need to add a new provision to the GURL SRD explicitly covering both entire frequency ranges.

    Comments are expected until 2018-09-14 at 5pm (local time),

    Source: www.rsm.govt.nz


  • ANATEL Specifies EMC Requirements


  • ARCOTEL Released New Regulations

    Ecuador's ARCOTEL (La Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecomunicaciones) has published Resolución ARCOTEL-2018-0661: Among General Dispositions (p.8), there are three noteworthy parts:

    1. Annex 1: Devices that do not require homologation except for specific terminal equipment (p.9);
    2. Annex 2: Devices that do require certification (p.23);
    3. Frequencies that are restricted from use (p.21)

    Source: http://www.arcotel.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2018/08/ARCOTEL-2018-0661-2018-08-01-RADIOCOMUNICACIONES-MDBA-MATRIZ.pdf


  • EMC Testing Now Mandatory

    As we have been informed by our local partners, from today onwards EMC testing will be mandatory in Brazil. Previously, ANATEL had delayed this new requirement for EMC twice to accommodate labs with more time.


  • Public consultation on Ivory Coast's strategy of frequency management

    The Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications/TIC de Côte d'Ivoire (ARTCI) has started a public consultation which will end on 2018-10-12. Through a list of specific questions, they want to redefine the management of the Radio Frequencies in the country.

    Source: ARTCI website


  • Canada Updates Regulation for Vehicular Radars

    Canada has released two updated Radio Standards Specifications (RSS) for vehicular radars:

    Comments can still be submitted via the Gazette Notice SMSE-012-18. French versions are available on-site as well.


  • New Safety Mark

    Singapore has amended its consumer protection regulations (CPSR): Beginning 2019-04-02, all new controlled goods must comply and bear the new safety mark, whereas older devices from registered suppliers have a grace period of 3 years until 2022-04-02.

    Enterprise Singapore has published further informations on its page for CPSR, including a comprehensive booklet (CPS_InfoBooklet.pdf).

    The new safety mark:

    New


  • Jewish New Year 2018

    Due to the Jewish New Year, the MoC in Israel will not work full-time during the period between 2018-09-09 and 2018-10-02. This will lead to some delays for current applications as well as new ones.


  • Major change of Equipment Certification at SDPPI

    SDPPI just released the new regulation on telecommunication equipment certification "PM Kominfo No 7 Tahun 2018":

    Before the issuing of this regulation, the flow of applications were as follows:

    1) Submission of application documents and receiving testing reference letter from SDPPI
    2) Pretest and official test in SDPPI Laboratory
    3) Evaluation of test results and release of certificate by SDPPI
    4) Certificate issuance

    Below is the new workflow and its changes

    1) Testing in SDPPI-accredited test Laboratory (can be either in-country SDPPI-accepted test lab or foreign SDPPI-accepted test Laboratory) with output of a test report
    2) Submission of test report and application documents to SDPPI for evaluation

    3) Certificate issuance

    Here are the big changes regarding the applicant, who must be Indonesian registered company either:

    • Brand owner that is legally incorporated in Indonesia, or
    • Indonesian business entity that’s designated as an authorized representative or distributor by foreign brand owner

    Previously the submission at SDPPI was done in the SDPPI online system, but since this is being changed now to Online Single Submission (OSS) system of Republic Indonesia, only domestic companies can apply for approval by logging in with the business license number (NIB) and password. SDPPI Online accounts from manufacturers outside Indonesia will be probably disabled for submission of Type Approval applications.

    The new regulation also states that

    • every telecommunication device that is manufactured, assembled, imported, sold or used in Indonesia must be certified
    • after three years (per certification date) the Telecommunications equipment must be re-certified - if it is still being produced and/or imported to be sold and used in Indonesia.

    This means that there will no longer be a renewal process, but instead full new approval needs to be done (including testing), which also means that the certificate number and product label will change.


  • RRA Conformity Rules Changed

    South Korea's National Radio Research Agency RRA has released a new version 2018-13 of the Broadcast and Telecommunication Devices Conformity Assessment Rules with two major changes:

    1. Other applicants can apply for R-certificates of an approved product, if authorized by the original licensee.
    2. The nomenclature of the R-number changes: The new format R-CS-ABC-12345678901234 will replace the old format R-CRM-ABC-12345678901234. The 3rd letter will either show "S" if already approved or stay empty for new applications. The fourth letter will be completely abolished (no more CRM, REM, CMM etc.).

    The new regulation came into effect on 2018-07-31. However, previous and pending approvals can still follow the old rule until the end of the transition period, on 2019-06-30. t

    Here is a rough translation from the original document, as follows:

    R-Number 2018
    R - C S - ABC - 1234567891234
    1 2 3 4 5
    Identification of broadcasting communication equipment Identify basic authentication information Identify applicant information Product identification

    Notes:

    1. "R" means the conformity assessment of broadcasting and communication equipment according to the Radio Law.
    2. In this column, 'authentication field identification code' is described as basic authentication information:
      1. C = Certification
      2. R = Registration
      3. I = Interim
    3. "S" shall be stated only in case of conformity certification or conformity registration for the same equipment as a basic authentification information.
    4. In column 4, the applicant identification code given by the Director in accordance with Article 5 shall be entered.
    5. Column contains the applicant's "Product Identification Code (English, number, hyphen (-), underbar (_). And the applicant may decide within 14 digits.


  • SUBTEL introduces higher limits for 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    The chilean Authority SUBTEL published on 2018-07-30 the update N°1.517 of the Resolution N°1.985, in order to update the use of Radio Frequencies and especially the output power limits in Chile.

    The noteworthiest modifications are in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (WiFi + BT) bands, the new limits are:

    • 2400 MHz to 2483,5 MHz = 1 W
    • 5.250 MHz to 5.350 MHz = 1 W
    • 5.470 MHz to 5.725 MHz = 1 W
    • 5.725 MHz to 5.850 MHz = 1 W
    • 5.150 MHz to 5.250 MHz = 200 mW

    Also, RFID equipment will be able to operate in the band 915 to 928 MHz with a maximum radiated power of up to 500 mW.

    Original Source: www.diariooficial.interior.gob.cl


  • Summer Holidays ended in Mexico

    Mexico's IFETEL was closed due to holidays from 16th to 31st, as announced in Diario Oficial de la Federación. It is therefore prudent to expect a backlog and possible resulting delays. The next major holidays are expected in winter (2018-12-17 to 2019-01-03).


  • ARPT turns into ARPCE


  • British Virgin Islands has new Framework

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of British Virgin Islands has recently released a new Spectrum Management Framework, a very interesting one as the BVI is the rare case where American and European allocations compete for spectrum.

    As a consequence, TRC also revised the National Frequency Allocation Table (BVI NFAT 2018).


  • EN 62368-1 postponed until 2020


  • Brazil postpones EMC tests again by two months

    As previously reported, Anatel had already delayed the publication of new EMC test procedures which are required by act N° 14448. This delay was recently prolonged once again, as Act N° 4735 states "until the Agency has completed studies for [...] standardized testing [...] or for two (2) months, whichever occurs first."

    Thus, the deadline may extend up to 2018-09-01.


  • New MOC application procedure for Type Approvals

    We have been recently informed that the Israeli Ministry of Communications switched the application process for Type Approval to an online procedure. According to our information, the Ministry does not accept applications by Email or Fax any more.

    Before applying, each applicant needs a smart card to access this secure system. Some of the importers, IB-Lenhardt AG works together with, are currently applying for this smart card at the Israeli Authority.

    Delays are therefore to be expected. Additionally, the new procedure will have to mature before being efficient in time.

    Consequently, we kindly ask our clients to bear with us if delays occur during running applications.


  • Australia Consults the Public About Telco Standards and Labelling

    Australia's ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) is conducting a public consultation on its standards of telecommunication devices and labelling thereof.

    Background information and draft versions of the proposed

    • Customer Equipment Safety Standard
    • Mobile Equipment Standard
    • Labelling Notice

    can be found at Remaking telco standards and changes to the labelling notice. The consultation is ending on 2018-09-02.


  • Mandatory testing and certification by TEC

    TEC, India's Telecommunication Engineering Centre, will be responsible for the approval of any telecommunication equipment - they have released the final document Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipments (MTCTE). Beginning October 2018, such certification will have to be done prior to importation and will be nominally limited to 5 years. Devices for the phone network will follow the Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS), whereas packet switching devices will be subject to the General Certification Scheme (GCS).

    On their website, TEC also offer further help like FAQ and technical requirements:


  • Language Requirements for RED

    The Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) states that "detailed information shall be provided in the instructions in a language easily understood by end-users as determined by the Member State". The EU consisting of 28 countries and having 24 official languages (and many more minor ones), a clarification is provided in the "National language requirements of the national implementation of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED; 2014/53/EU)".


    Links:

    https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/electrical-engineering/red-directive_en

    https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/28361?locale=en


  • UAE has Public Consultation on SRD and UWB



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