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Regulatory News dated Q2/2020

  • Malaysia MCMC revised Technical Code for Short Range Devices

    On 6 May 2020, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) registered the 2nd revision of the Technical Code for Short Range Devices “MCMC MTSFB TC T007:2020”, which cancels and replaces the previous version MCMC MTSFB TC T007:2014.

    The main modification are as following:

    a) Update the frequency bands and maximum transmit power limits for generic and specific SRD applications to be aligned with the latest Class Assignment No. 2 of 2019;

    b) Inclusion of technical requirements for new SRD applications such as Ultra-Wideband (UWB), inductive device and automotive radar based on the latest Class Assignment No. 2 of 2019; and

    c) Inclusion of new technical requirements for electrical safety and EMC for devices that can be directly connected to the service provider’s network.

    Source: https://www.mcmc.gov.my/skmmgovmy/media/General/pdf/Short-Range-Devices-Specification.pdf


  • VietnamMIC has just issued the Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTT

    Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has just issued the Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTTT which amends and supplements Circular 30/2011/TT-BTTTT and Circular 15/2018/TT-BTTTT.

    Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTTT will enter into force on July 01, 2020.

    All certificates which have been and will be issued before July 01, 2020 will remain valid until the indicated expiry date.

    The main changes which are part of the regulation are the following:

    - Besides Vietnam Telecommunication Authority (VNTA), there will be new certification centers which are designated by MIC

    - Certification method 7 (per-lot approval) has been added. This method mentions that the certification center will issue the type approval certificate for each imported shipment, so the certificate will be valid for one shipment only.

    The method will only be applied if the usual certification methods are not possible.

    - MIC allows to issue the certificate under the manufacturer‘s name, but if importers wish to use the certificates under the manufacturer name, they need to be authorized by the manufacturer

    - MIC accepts the SDoC under the name of manufacturer, but if importers wish to use the SDoC under the name of the manufacturer, the importer’s permission is required

    - Form of the type approval certificate has changed

    Source: Local partner and Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC)


  • MexicoIFT postpones the publication of NOM-001-SCFI-2018

    As published in April 2020, NYCE announced the issuance of the new regulation NOM-001-SCFI-2018 which should have been published on May 15. This regulation will cancel NOM-001-SCFI-1993.

    IFT has now announced a postponement of the regelation in their Diario Oficial de la Federación, so it will come into force on August 14.

    NOM-001-SCFI-1993 usually requires more than 30 accredited Certification Bodies. The current situation leads to a reduced capability which results in only 18% of the usual amount of CB.

    By postponing the announcement, Certification Bodies have a longer period to accredit themselves in order to adequately meet the requirements for local testing and certification services.

    Source:

    Link to the official Gazette


  • ChileSUBTEL withdraw Type Approval Requirements for SRD

    The Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones who initially announced the 2020 update of type approval requirements for SRD, have now revoked them until further notice due to Corona pandemic.

    Important to know, that module test reports can still be accepted and

    that SAR Reports are not required for the time being.

    Source: link to official document from authority


  • GeneralFinal Acts WRC-2019

    Final Acts now available to download

    IBL had the honor to participate at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 28 October to 22 November 2019.

    The final acts as a result of the lively debates can be downloaded here: https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/CM01-2020-WRC19-Final-Acts.aspx


  • CanadaTime-Averaged Specific Absorption Rate (TAS) Protocol

    The ISED in Canada as of April 20th, 2020 specified the certification requirements for the use of time-averaged specific absorption rate protocols to show compliance of radio devices with the RF Exposure requirements as defined in the applicable Canadian standard RSS-102. The Notice 2020 – DRS0007 allows the use of dynamic power level management to control the specific absorption rate of devices (SAR) over a specific time period and defines the specific requirements to be met before such an approach may be used. Those restrictions include but are not limited to a consultation with the ISED prior to seeking certification, a pre-approval of the time averaging protocol used and the time-averaging period and methodology.

    The issuance of the notice was necessary because of the lack of standardized test methods and protocols to cover this new evolvement in the development of transmitting devices.

    Please note that the necessary testing must be performed at a ISED recognized testing laboratory.

    Source: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/eng/tt00132.html


  • SyriaCouncil of Commissioners Resolution 2020/3/14

    Regulation of Short-Range Devices approved by Council of Commissioniers Resolution 2020/3/14

    The use and operation of short-range devices within the permissible frequencies or bands and the levels of emission power are permitted as listed in the Article 4 (see source).

    For these devices type approval is required (application for a spectrum license).

    The kind of devices covers Non-Specific Short Range Devices, Inductive Applications, Active Medical implants and their associated peripherals, Wideband Data Transmission Systems (like Bluetooth, WLAN etc.). Transport and Traffic Telematics, Rediodetermination Applications and Radio Microphone applications.

    Source:


  • United StatesExpanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an update of their rules expanding the flexible use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band in the federal register as of April 23rd, 2020. The reform of the given frequency band also known as C-band repacks the existing satellite operations into the upper 200 MHz of the band while providing a 20 MHz guard band and providing a 280 MHz of spectrum for flexible use throughout the contiguous United States. The commission will hold an auction later this year to enable a quick deployment of the spectrum for upcoming 5G devices.

    Effected by the rule changes are the sections 25, 27 and 101 of the CFR 47.

    Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-23/pdf/2020-05164.pdf


  • VietnamOpen consultation for 2,4 GHz frequency band

    Ministry of Information and Communications MIC - published the draft Circular "National technical regulation on radio transceiver using spectrum modulation technique on frequency band of 2.4 GHz" on 2020-04-13. The draft Circular introduces the new standard QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT (equivalent to ETSI EN 300 328 v2.2.2) for products using the 2.4 GHz band. From July, 1st 2021 on, this new standard will replace QCVN 54:2011/BTTTT, which is currently in force.

    Official text (Vietnamese only)

    Comments may be submitted here


  • BrazilANATEL Report Nº 55 - New Acts 2220 / 2221 / 2222

    ANATEL Resolution 715 will come in force on April 22nd 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation, ANATEL postponed the Public Consultation of the Operational Procedures

    ANATEL published three new Acts in order to keep the Res. 715 in force. This new act brought not much changes in comparison to Res. 242.

    The main changes are:

    Act 2220 (April 20th, 2020)

    Operational Procedure for Telecommunication Products' Conformity Assessment by Certification

    ·There is no more Product division by categories (I, II, III);

    ·Certification is now based on 3 models:

    - TYPE 1 scheme - Certification based on Type Testing. This model does not include the maintenance stage (like the rules used for Category III before);

    - TYPE 4 scheme - Certification based on Type Testing with Periodic Product Evaluation (periodic maintenance) according to the Telecommunications Products Reference List (like the rules used for Category II before);

    - TYPE 5 scheme - Certification based on Type Testing with Periodic Product Evaluation (periodic maintenance) and the Factory Management System (like the rules used for Category I before).

    ·The equipment's firmware or software identification and version should be included in the OCD RACT (Technical Compliance Assessment Report), if any of these items of the product’s design and operation interferes with the mandatory requirements for certification;

    ·In case of OCD transferring, the OCD responsible for the initial certification must make the documents available to the new OCD within 7 (seven) working days.

    Act 2221 (April 20th, 2020)

    Operational Procedure for Anatel Homologation Identification Marking in Telecommunications Products

    ·E-Label is acceptable (see the Act 2221 item 6 for more details);

    ·ANATEL symbol (logo) is now optional in the marking, so it is up to the manufacturer to use it or not. It is possible to use the simplified marking (ANATEL: HHHHH-AA-FFFFF) for all devices, not only for the small size like before;

    ·Devices where there is no enough space, if duly proved, and also where there is no other certification marking (such as FCC) can waive the marking in its label, being possible to include in the manual.

    ·The ANATEL marking on the product must be provided prior to use or making it available on the market. In the case of imported telecommunications products, the marking of the approval must be placed before the product enters in Brazil (in force after 6 months of the Act 2221 publication), except for the following cases:

    - Unfinished products subject to approval whose import is carried out by the Applicant to finalize the product in national territory;

    - Products that require the use of Security Seal (Mint Label), such as Mobile phones’ charger and batteries; and

    - Products for the importer's own use

    Act 2222 (April 20th, 2020)

    Telecommunication Products Reference List

    The Telecommunications Products Reference List classifies products into families, taking into consideration the similarity of the technical characteristics and the field of application of the products, and describes the modality and model of conformity assessment applicable to each type or family of products subjected to approval by Anatel, and there is no more product division by categories.

    This List remains with the same current products, that is, there have been no updates of Product Types. As Categories I, II and III that defined the Maintenance period were excluded, the Conformity Assessment Model was added to the last column of this list, informing the Periodic Evaluation of the Product.

    Source: local partner


  • VietnamNew standard for short range devices as from July 2021

    The Ministry of Information and Communications of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (MIC) has published the draft Circular which introduces QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT replacing QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT. This new standard is applied for SRD operating in the range of 1-40GHz, including radar 24GHz devices. The draft Circular is expected to take effect as from 1st July 2021

    MIC updates the local standard from QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT to QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT in order to keep up with the change of the world as the referred standards of QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT, ETSI EN 300 440-1 V1.5.1(2009) and ETSI EN 300 440-2 V1.3.1(2008) are outdated.

    If there are not any regulation changes, for all approved products which apply to QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT the certificates will need to be reissued when QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT takes effect.

    Downloadlink DRAFT Circular Indtroducing QCVN 74

    Downloadlink Draft QCVN 74


  • AustraliaAmendment to EME arrangements

    ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority) made the Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1).

    The Amendment was made on the 9th of April 2020 and it updates the Radiocommunications Standard 2014 (Electromagnetic Radiation - Human Exposure)

    The target of this Amendment is to ensure that devices operating above 6 GHz are tested in accordance with latest measurement standards and are compliant with labelling requirements for Australia's electromagnetic standards.

    Official Source


  • United StatesFCC seeks comment regarding the regulation of RF Exposure rules

    On April 06, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a document in that they seek comment on several points regarding the regulation of RF Exposure rules. The points are:

    1. Expanding the range of frequencies for which its radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits apply.
    2. Applying localized exposure limits above 6 GHz in parallel to the localized exposure limits already established below 6 GHz.
    3. Specifying the conditions and methods for averaging the RF exposure, in both time and area, during evaluation for compliance with the RF exposure limits in the rules.
    4. Addressing new RF exposure issues raised by wireless power transfer (WPT) devices.
    5. The definition of a WPT device

    Link: official document


  • UkraineMinistry of Health issued Recommendations for Medical Devices

    On 2020-01-22, the Ministry of Health published the Order “On Approving Methodological Recommendations on the Application of the Technical Regulation on Medical Devices"

    Methodological recommendations about technical regulations on Medical Devices became effective in Ukraine. These recommendations were harmonized with the current MEDDEV guidance documents, clarifying technical regulations for various medical devices. These recommendations are not mandatory but should support companies in the medical sector to apply the technical regulations effectively.

    Source: https://moz.gov.ua/article/ministry-mandates/nakaz-moz-ukraini-vid-22012020--142-pro-zatverdzhennja-metodichnih-rekomendacij-iz-zastosuvannja-tehnichnogo-reglamentu-schodo-medichnih-virobiv-zatverdzhenogo-postanovoju-kabinetu-ministriv-ukraini


  • ArgentinaENACOM extends validity for certificates

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Argentinian authority ENACOM automatically extends the validity for expiring certificates between 16 March and 16 May for 60 days from their original expiry date.

    [...]
    ARTÍCULO 2°.-. Prorrógase, con carácter excepcional, la vigencia de los permisos, autorizaciones, registros, inscripciones y licencias cuyos vencimientos o plazo opere desde el 16 de marzo y hasta el 16 de mayo, correspondientes al año 2020, por el término de SESENTA (60) días corridos a contar del respectivo vencimiento.
    [...]

    This information has been recently published in the official gazette of Argentina.

    This extension of validity allows interested parties to still aquire their renewals in due time even with slower processing times.

    Note, that applications for renewals need to be made in due time, expired certificates cannot be renewed.

    Source: Boletin Oficial


  • VietnamMIC published a draft Circular to replace Circular 05/2019/TT-BT

    On 12th February 2020, the Ministry of Information and Communications MIC issued a draft Circular to replace the Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT – Regulations on products subject to Type Approval and SDoC from July 2019 which is currently in force. The circular is expeted to take effect on the 1st of July 2020.

    Comments may be submitted here until 11th of April (Vietnamese only)

    Source:

    Download link (Vietnamese)

    http://www.mic.gov.vn/Pages/DuThaoVanBan/XemYKienDongGop.aspx?iDDTVB_DuThaoVanBan=1981&replyUrl=/pages/duthaovanban/danhsachduthaovanban.aspx


  • MexicoReminder: NOM-001-SCFI-2018 will come into force in May

    As we already, announced in October 2019, NYCE issued NOM-001-SCFI-2018, which will cancel NOM-001-SCFI-1993. The new regulation will come into force 240 days after its publication on 2020-05-15.

    This standard regulates the safety requirements which electronic equipment manufactured, imported, commercialized, distributed or leased in Mexico needs to meet. Also, devices that are within its scope and that were previously exempt for being less than 24 V DC will be affected.

    The certificates of NOM-001-SCFI-1993 will remain valid until the end of their validity period and/or theinventory of the products they endorse is exhausted. Please note: it is not possible to issue certificates for NOM-001-SCFI-2018 before May, 15. However, certification requests can be made before May 15, 2020, so that the certificates can be issued from then.

    Group approval will be possible, as indicated in Appendix B- Grouping of electronic equipment and / or systems as a family of electronic equipment and / or systems.

    Source:

    Link to the official Gazette


  • BoliviaRenewal applications earliest 10 days before expiry date

    For product compliance safety reasons various of our clients aspire to gain certificate renewals before the existing certificate expires. Bolivian certificates are valid for 5 years; however, every renewal is considered as a new application. Formerly, the submission for the renewal application was feasible 30 days before the expiry date. This timeframe changed, thus renewal can only be initiated 10 days before the expiry date of a certificate.

    Internal resource


  • ChileSUBTEL - New Rules for Type Approval

    The Subsecretería de Telecomunicaciones, Chilenean regulator and authority for type approvals changed their policy for type approval process and this will take effect starting from 1st July 2020.

    Main changes are:

    1. SAR test reports are required
    2. products that have module implemented (“host devices”) will need to be approved using host device test reports. Module test reports can no longer be considered for the approval of host devices. Deadline for submitting applications the old way is 2020-06-30. Applications that reach SUBTEL after 30 June will be treated according to the new procedure.

    Information received from Certificaciones SUBTEL



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