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On February 18, 2014, Argentina's Communications Authority, Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC), released Norma CNC-Q2-60.14 requiring that host level approval is now required for devices containing RF modules. Approval of RF modules is still permitted but the host device must also be approved as well. Approval of RF modules is now only advantageous in cases where the module is imported on its own and intended for integration into products once in Argentina.

On January 2, 2014, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT) published the official notification [2014] No. 1 regarding type approval of non-independently operating wireless transmitting modules. Recently, SRRC has begun to accept applications for modular approval and issued Type Approval certificates (5 year validity).

On April 9, 2014, the FCC published 388624 D02 Permit But Ask List v15 which replaces 388624 D02 Permit But Ask List v14r01. This new version adds items from the TCB Exclusion List as well as changes made to implant transmitters, Doppler radar, CMRS industrial boosters, and LTE Rel. 8.   Additionally, the FCC published 388624 D01 Permit But Ask Procedures v10 which replaces 388624 D01 Permit But Ask Procedure v09r03. PBA categories have been added to address the addition of items formerly on the TCB Exclusion List.

 

On March 29, 2014, the European Commission (EU) published eight revised CE marking directives which are aligned with the rules and responsibilities for CE marking that were published earlier in Decision 768/2008/EU earlier this year.

On March 31, 2014, the FCC adopted Report and Order FCC 14-30 which modified the rules for operations of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices in the 5 GHz band. FCC 14-30 opens up 25 MHz of new spectrum for 5 GHz unlicensed devices, allow outdoor operation of U-NII devices on spectrum where indoor-only operation was previously allowed, and harmonize rules across the U-NII bands, allowing increased power in some bands.

Beginning July 22, 2014, medical devices will be included within the scope of the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EC). Since 2003 the EU has restricted the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and this will now be expanded to include medical devices.

The recently published a proposal to enable operation of a terrestrial broadband network in certain mobile satellite service spectrum.  The FCC proposed to modify its rules for operation of the Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) of the single Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) system operating in the 2483.5-2495 MHz band. The proposed rule changes would allow the MSS operator to deploy a low-power terrestrial broadband network that would operate in both Globalstar's licensed spectrum at 2483.5-2495 GHz, and, with the same equipment, spectrum in the adjacent 2473-2483.5 MHz band used by unlicensed devices.

During February 2014, the European Union Association of Notified Bodies (EUANB) issued Technical Guidance Note 17, version 3 (TGN 17), on EMF requirements for products under the R&TTE Directive and Annex A to TGN 17 Version 3, Notification Belgium - mobile phones for young children.

On March 13, 2014, the text of the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) was adopted by the Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) and now awaits approval by the EU Council. After council approval, RED will then be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member states will have two years to transpose the rules into their national laws and manufacturers will have an additional year to comply.

In mid-March 2014, Industry Canada released RSS-216 Issue 1 Draft March 2014: Radio Standards Specification 216, Issue 1, Wireless Power Transfer Devices (Wireless Chargers) which sets out the minimum requirements for wireless power transfer devices with power management and/or control capabilities. These devices are either defined as Category I equipment or Category II equipment as per RSS-Gen. Industry Canada is seeking industry input on the draft by Thursday, April 17, 2014.

On March 8, 2014 Industry Canada published and adopted Radio Standards Specification RSS-287, Issue 2, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT), Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), and Maritime Survivor Locator Devices (MSLD) sets out the certification requirements for radio frequency beacons using the frequencies 121.5 MHz, 161.975 MHz, 162.025 MHz and 406 MHz. These are EPIRBs for carriage on board ships, ELTs for carriage on board aircraft, PLBs for carriage on the person and MSLDs, which are designed to be worn on the person while aboard a marine vessel, and which can send an alert to a receiver installed on the vessel in a man overboard event.

 

On March 3, 2014, we were updated that the Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will require one test sample for most RF Type Approvals. Furthermore, two test samples are required for GSM Type Approvals. Test samples are non-returnable and will be kept by the Authority for market surveillance issues. UAE Type Approvals have a validity of three years and renewal application also now require also the submission of test samples. Previously, the Type Approval process for the UAE was a paperwork effort only (with appropriate test reports) and no samples were required.

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On February 1, 2014, Industry Canada published two documents: Policy and Technical Framework for Amateur Service Use of the 5 MHz Band and Regulation by Reference RBR-4, Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service, Issue 2. These documents set out the technical and operating parameters to allow the use of five frequencies in the 5 MHz band on a no‑interference, no‑protection basis by the amateur service. 

The decision is the result of the consultation process undertaken through Canada Gazette notice SMSE‑010‑12 — Consultation on Changes to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and to RBR‑4 to Allow for Amateur Radio Service Use in the 5 MHz Band, published in the Canada Gazette.

Please contact Rhein Tech if you have additional questions or testing requirements. 703.689.0368

Our local agent in Argentina recently informed us that in accordance with "Protocolo de equipos de espectro ensanchado por salto en frecuencia", all WLAN (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 products will require re-testing at the time of renewal of Type Approval in Argentina. 

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