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On August 12, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computers version 6.1. Version 6.1 requirements take effect on Sepember 10, 2014 and expands the scope of the computers program to include Slates/Tablets and Portable All-In-One Computers, as well as a new subtype of Notebook Computers; Two-In-One Notebooks. Power management and energy efficiency criteria have been added for the two new product types, while Two-In-One Notebooks are addressed directly through the existing Version 6.0 Notebook Computer requirements.  The EPA received limited comments in response to the Final Draft specification, which resulted in some modest edits to the final specification, including clarifications in the definitions for Two-In-One Notebooks and Portable All-In-One Computers.

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On August 19, 2014, Industry Canada posted Notice No. DGSO-003-14 (Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas) on its website.  

The purpose of DGSO-003-14 is to undertake a public consultation through Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas which sets out a number of proposals to enable both fixed and mobile services to operate in the 3500 MHz band: (a) a new classification of Tier 4 areas to differentiate between urban and rural areas; (b) a new licensing process to be used for fixed wireless access (FWA) licences; (c) a fundamental reallocation of the 3500 MHz band to introduce mobile services; and (d) a transition policy that could take effect pending decisions made following this consultation.

On August 7, 2014, Industry Canada DC-01(E), Issue 5, Procedure for Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment, which sets out the procedure that suppliers of telecommunications terminal equipment must follow to declare conformity to applicable technical specifications and to register their equipment with Industry Canada. A list of changes from the previous issue are as follows: 

The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its October 2014 Workshop from October 21-23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. 

On February 14, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted its 2014 Appliance Efficiency Regulations with an effective date of 7/1/2014. The regulations are mandatory for appliances that are sold or offered for sale in California, the exception being appliances sold wholesale in California for final retail sale outside the state and those designed and sold exclusively for use in recreational vehicles or other mobile equipment.

Twenty-three categories of appliances are included in the scope of these regulations including battery charger systems, external power supplies, AV equipment, TVs, and major household appliances such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers and more.

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Korea – New Safety Rules

Posted on August 5th 2014 by

On July 31, 2014, the Korean government announced new safety regulations for electronic products.   The most important changes are as follows:

  1. The new regulations are stricter than before and include products powered by DC input voltage.(there is a one year grace period, effective date for most products is August 1, 2015)
  2. The new regulations now allow multiple factories to be listed on KC Safety certificate.  This is effective immediately.

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The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Friday, August 8, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to commence 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, W., Washington, D.C. The event will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.

  • Part 17 Antenna Structure Report and Order: The FCC will consider a Report and Order to streamline and update the rules governing the construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures. These updates will improve efficiency, reduce regulatory burdens, and enhance compliance with tower painting and lighting requirements, while continuing to ensure the safety of pilots and aircraft passengers nationwide.
  • Enabling Nationwide Text-to-911 Service for the 21st Century: The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that establishes deadlines for covered text providers to be capable of delivering texts to appropriate 911 public safety answering points, and seeks comment on potential improvements to current text-to-911 technology, such as through better location information.

 

 



On July 17, 2014, Industry Canada published Notice No. SMSE-010-14 — Release of Standard Radio System Plan SRSP-517, Issue 1: Technical Requirements for Broadband Radio Services (BRS) in the Band 2500–2690 MHz, which sets out the minimum technical requirements for the efficient utilization of this band.   This new publication reflects changes in Industry Canada's policy on BRS.

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On 7/24/2014, the FCC published Wideband Consumer Signal Booster Compliance Measurement Guidance.  This newly published guidance establishes and documents standardized measurement procedures that will produce the data required to demonstrate that a wideband consumer signal booster is compliant with the technical requirements specified by the NPS.

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On July 18, 2014, the FCC released Public Notice DA 14-1023 entitled "Coordination Procedures in the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz Bands."  This document includes 
information for potential bidders in the AWS-3 auction guidance to the ultimate AWS-3 licensees and the affected Federal incumbents regarding coordination between Federal and non-Federal for shared use of the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz bands. The joint nature of this Public Notice reflects intersecting jurisdictions of the FCC (commercial users) and NTIA (Federal users) in these bands.
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On July 11, 2014, the FCC published 784748 D02 e labelling v01, providing guidance on FCC e-labeling.   The document explains how devices with an integrated display screen can present the required label information electronically (e-label) in lieu of a physical label or nameplate. E-labeling is applicable to all devices which have an integral (non-removable) display screen and are currently subject to certification or DoC requirements. These include devices that have an integrated display or devices that are subject to rules for software-defined radios or modular transmitters and are used in a host device that has an integrated display.  

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On July 10, 2014, the FCC published Software Security Requirements for U-NII Devices which provides guidance on permissible options and restrictions on configuration controls for devices not approved as Software Defined Radios 

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Kenya's Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has recently been renamed Communications Authority of Kenya. Our local agent does not anticipate any impact on the existing regulatory Type Approval process. Telecommunications equipment must be type approved in Kenya, but existing test reports may be leveraged and there are no labeling requirements in place.
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Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS), used to support digital health technologies, are no longer subject to FDA regulation per a new FDA guidance. Specific MDDS devices include:

  • MDDS falling under 21 CFR 880.6310
  • Medical image storage devices under 21 CFT 892.2010
  • Medical image communications devices under 21 CFR 892.2020

The FDA does not intend to enforce compliance for devices subject to the three regulations listed above in terms of registration and listing, premarket review, post-market reporting and FDA Good Manufacturing Practice quality system requirements.
The new FDA draft guidance also changes the agency's approach to regulating mobile medical apps and technologies where MDDS is concerned. Sections V-A-1 and V-B as well as Appendices B, C and D of the FDA's Mobile Medical Applications guidance have been amended to exclude MDDS, medical image storage and medical image communication devices from the scope of the agency's regulatory remit.

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On June 12, 2014, Argentina's Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC), released NOTCNCANEH N° 8/2014 confirming that all devices using FHSS modulation and submitted for Type Approval before July 8, 2013 must now be retested at the time of renewal. This requirement falls under the latest technical standard - Protocolo para Equipos de Espectro Ensanchado por Salto en Frecuencia V13.1 (Protocol for Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum devices V13.1) and also includes UHF RFID technology and all versions of Bluetooth. Devices submitted for approval after July 8, 2013 are not affected.

 

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