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Regulatory News dated Q1/2020

  • New Regulation NOM-221/2—SCFI-2018

    In CW 7 of 2020 the official mexican standard„NOM-221/2—SCFI-2018“ came into force.

    This concerns all mobile terminal equipment operating in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz and/or 2500 MHz frequency bands or that can be connected to telecommunications network.

    NOM-221/2—SCFI-2018 also regulates the test requirements of IFT-011-2017 part 2.

    Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación

  • RURA updates SRD guidelines

    On 15. November 2019, Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority issued an update for "Guidelines 008/G/R/SM-ICT/RURA/2019" on the use of Short range devices.

    This guideline defines technical parameters and operational requirements. Annex 2 consists of the updated National Frequency table including the regulatory requirements, available frequency bands and output power limits.

    After a transitional period (Article 16) of 3 months, these regulations came into force on 2020-02-15.

    Download link:


  • New Regulation: Decree 48-2020

    Tunisia's Authority 'The Research and Studies Telecommunications Centre' „Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT)“ has published new approval rules on 5th of February, defined in decree 48-2020 of 23st January 2020.

    The main changes are:

    • Type approval certificates: validity is now unlimited
    • the Encryptions certification will now be treated by CERT, previously by the National Digital Certification Agency (ANCE)
    • Applications for unlimited certificates can be submitted at the end of their validity.
    • The lead-time 7-16 working days

    Source: Website CERT:


  • SDPPI updates 76-77 Ghz radar regulation

    After issuing the draft in December 2019, the Indonesian Authority "Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika" SDPPI issued the new regulation for 76 - 77 Ghz radar devices on 2020-02-11.

    According to this new regulation called 'PERDIRJEN SDPPI No. 3 Tahun 2020' “Directorate General of Resource and Post and Informatics Number 03 of 2020” applications for 76 - 77 GHz Automotive Short Range Radar Systems can be submitted from now on.

    The technical specifications remain quite similar to the old regulation:

    • Output power < 55 dBm
    • Bandwidth < 1 GHz
    • EMC conductions emissions on DC power ports must meet class A requirement

    Please note that the authority didn't publish a list with accredited test labs for 76 - 77 GHz. Thus, only paperwork applications are possible at the moment.


    Download link (Indonesian)

  • All Type approval requests suspended

    Due to internal reorganization of the regulatory authority „Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications (ART)", all type approval requests are currently on hold.

    There was no official statement from the authority and we don't know long the process will take.

    But our local partners will inform us when the authority resumes work

    Source: internal research

  • Reminder for obligatory marking in Thailand

    Dear Customers,

    IB-Lenhardt AG would like to remind all radio communication equipment providers to comply with Marking regarding Regulation for selling radio communication equipment as per radio communication act B.E.2498.


    Label shall be printed on user manual, shown on packaging, or provided as additional sheet put inside packaging. Label size should be 5x5cm.

    For unlicensed products:

    (Translation of label content: This radiocommunication equipment is exempted to possess license, user license, or radiocommunication station license as per NBTC notification regarding radiocommunication equipment and radiocommunication station according to radio communication act B.E.2498)

    For licensed products:

    (Translation of content: whoever possesses or uses this radiocommunication equipment or set up radiocommunication station shall receive license from a license officer. In case of violation of section 6 or 11, penalties as per section 23 of Radiocommunication Act B.E. 2498 which include fine penalty not over 100,000 Baht or imprisonment not over 5 years, or both, may be imposed.

    This marking requirment covers any product shipped to Thailand, even with Certificates/SCoC issued earlier than March 2019.

    For more information please do not hesitate to contact our team, we will happily support our customers on this matter


    Notification of NBTC Subject: Regulation for selling radio communication equipment as per radio communication act B.E.2498

  • ACMA is looking for comments on proposal for EME amendment

    With regard to the upcoming rollout of 5G, handsets will be required to operate on frequencies above 6 GHz. At present, there are no harmonized standards for devices operating above 6 GHz used in close proximity to head or body.

    Therefore, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is proposing to amend the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2014 to ensure devices operating above 6 GHz have appropriate supply requirements and a specified test method to determine the specific absorption rate (SAR).

    The consultation is open until 2020-03-12

    Share your opinion here:


  • Draft Memorandum for non-specific short range devices

    Philippines - The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has recently published on their official website a draft Memorandum in addition of section 2 of Memorandum Circular No. 03-05-2007.

    This relates in particular non-specific short range devices operating in 314.9-315 MHz.

    Following limit of technical parameters has been added:

    Maximum field strength/RF output power should be 10mW erp

    The official document can be downloades here:


  • New regulation survey - cell broadcast (CB)

    ARCOTEL will issue a new regulation within this year regarding the certification of devices connected to cellular networks.

    Once the regulation is in force the manufacturer must guarantee that the device can support Cell Broadcast in order to receive emergency alert messages.

    ARCOTEL invites the manufacturer to participate in the survey until 31-01-2020. Please contact IBL if you need any support.

    The questionnaire in Spanish can be downloaded here

  • Consultation of ICES-001

    The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following CONSULTATION: ICES-001, issue 5, “Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment” sets the minimum requirements applicable to industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) equipment. These requirements include limits for and methods of measurement of radiated and conducted radio frequency emissions produced by ISM equipment, as well as administrative requirements applicable to such equipment.

    Consultation of ICES-001, Issue 5, Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment ( available in English and French)

    Comments are due no later than March 20, 2020.

    English Version: https://www.rabc-cccr.ca/consultations/open/

    French Version: https://www.rabc-cccr.ca/fr/consultations-fr/consultations-en-cours/

  • ICTA released new directives

    ICTA in Mauritius released a directive that short range devices for Transport and Traffic Telematics, such as Automobile sensors and Keyless entry systems are exempted from Type Approval. This directive became effective in 2019-10-01.

    The authority has created 6 categories (List A-F) of ICT equipment. According to the new directive, Short range devices belong to Category C and therefore are subject to a Declaration of compliance by local licensed dealers to obtain an import clearance.

    Furthermore, there will be no type approval certificates anymore. Type approved equipment will be added to the list of type approved equipment on the authority ‘s website.

    Sources: Email from the Authority and Website:


  • Public Holidays in China

    The Chinese authorities will close from January 25th to February 8th for a few days due to the Chinese New Year holidays.

    Chinese New Year is also celebrated in several Asian countries, but it is not an official holiday everywhere.

  • Update for Point-to-Multipoint Antennas

    On 14th November 2019 Brazils National Telecommunication Agency Regulatory Authority (ANATEL) published on the Federal register Act No. 7129:

    The act applies, that Point-to-Multipoint antennas used for restrict radiation devices, does not need to be approved in Brazil anymore, even if its gain is higher tha 8dBi.

    Source: official link

  • RoHS requirements mandatory - EAEU Customs Union

    Electrotechnical devices launched in the EAEU must undergo conformity assurance procedures staring from 01.03.2020 in order to confirm their compliance with the EAEU Technical Regulation 037/2016 - Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrotechnical and Radio-electronic Products.

    The above stated TR restricts the content of six substances (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in electrotechnical and electronic devices. In generally, the concentration of cadmium may not exceed 0.01 % by weight in homogeneous materials used in electrotechnical and radio-electronic products. The other five substances may not exceed 0.1 wt %.

    EAEU TR 037/2016 considers devices with respect to the protection of human life and health and the environment and in order to prevent actions misleading consumers/users of electrotechnical and radio-electronic devices.

    EAEU TR 037/2016 is harmonized with technical requirements of the European Union, in particular with Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Nevertheless, some regulations, first of all those related to the scope of application, are left at the level of repealed Directive 2002/95/EС (RoHS 1). This decision was taken since the member states ofthe Customs Union hadn't have any national requirements restricting the content of hazardous substances in electrotechnical and radio-electronic products.

    EAEU TR 037/2016 applies to household appliances and devices, IT equipment, telecommunication facilities, lighting and office equipment, electrical tools and electrical music instruments, sports and leisure equipment, gambling and vending machines, cash registers, cable products, protective cutout devices, fire/security detectors and other products.

    Thus, these products may be manufactured and launched in the EAEU countries without a conformity assessment and documents confirming their compliance with EAEU TR 037/2016 until 1 March 2020.


    1. EAEU TR 037/2016 regulation

    2. List ofdevices incl. HS codes - customs list

    Source: local partner

  • Public consultation Mexico IFT Labelling and Type Approval

    The Mexican RF Regulator – Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) – has launched on their website a public consultation on the draft for Type Approval Guidelines, this public consultation will close on 27th January 2020.

    One of the proposed modifications is is introduction of the “MX IFT” prefix to the Approval certificate number, the new label requirements can be found under Chapter IX, page 47/48.

    BL encourages you to comment the draft by submitting the attached comment form to info.upr@ift.org.mx or, by means of a letter submitted to the Commonwealth of the Parties of the Institute located in Insurgentes Sur 1143, Colonia Nochebuena, Territorial Demarcation Benito Juárez, CP 03720, Mexico City,

    Link to IFT website

    download form in spanish language - download agreement in spanish language

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