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.
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.
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.
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.
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),
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.
Ivory CoastPublic 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.
most importantly, the band has been expanded to include 77-81 GHz (thus globally harmonized)
it is licence-exempt
The average e.i.r.p. shall be done by a power averaging detector (1 MHz resolution) and the power shall be integrated over the occupied bandwidth; the total average e.i.r.p. shall not exceed 50 dBm over the occupied bandwidth.
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).
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.
IndonesiaMajor 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.
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:
Other applicants can apply for R-certificates of an approved product, if authorized by the original licensee.
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
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).
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).
BrazilBrazil 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.
IsraelNew 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.
AustraliaAustralia 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
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:
The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates plans to revise its regulation on SRD and UWB. For this purpose, it organizes a public consultation which will end 2018-07-24. Its major aim is to incorporate ITU's recommendation on automotive radars operating at 76-81 GHz (ITU-R M.2057).