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As previously reported, Mexico's standard for WiFi and Bluetooth (NOM-121), expired October 19, 2015 and Mexico's Secretary of Economy issued a temporary standard, NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015, to replace NOM-121 until April 21, 2016.  Mexico's Secretary of Economy has now extended the validity of this temporary standard for six more months starting from April 21, 2016 and ending on October 21, 2016.    Testing parameters will not change but all certifications completed under NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015 will need to be updated to the new NOM standard, via a paperwork exercise. 

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On March 6, 2016, Indonesia’s Direktorat Jenderal Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika (SDPPI) released new Resolution, Ref. No. 292/BBPPT.31/SP.04. 06/3/2016, whereby EU/FCC RF and EMC test reports must now be submitted for all Type Approval applications. This new regulation is effective immediately. Providing EU/FCC test reports will not negate the need for local testing. The reports will act as support for local laboratories in performing the tests. EU/ETSI reports should be used for all technologies with the exception of 5 GHz WLAN and 902 – 928 MHz UHF RFID Devices where FCC reports should be used.

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The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its Spring 2016 Workshop April 12-14, 2016 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, the workshop offers a one-day Basic Training April 11, geared toward training personnel new to the industry, which is then followed by the regular 3-day workshop April 12-14, 2016 which includes the following:

  • FCC Updates and Roundtable discussions
  • Updates from Industry Canada, Japan MIC, NIST
  • International discussions on Gulf States, Middle-East Regulatory
  • TCB Panel session
  • CISPR 32 and ANSI C63.4 & C63.10 Review/Updates
  • RED updates
  • LTE Basics, BT/ANT+, Wireless Charging Technology sessions, + more

Additional details can be found here.

Morocco’s Le Ministère de l’Industrie, du Commerce, de l’Investissement et de l’Economie Numérique (MCINET), has provided the following updates on the new EMC and LVD certification requirements which will come into effect on April 12, 2016:

  • Manufacturers shall draw up a Declaration of Conformity in Arabic or French language and affix the mark of conformity before placing the product on the Moroccan market.  It is understood that the Declaration of Conformity will then be required for local importers to obtain clearance authorization for consignments once in customs.
  • The scope of affected products is identical to the EU Directive 2014/35/EU (LVD) and Directive 2014/30/EU (EMC), with the exception that “Plugs and socket outlets for domestic use” will also be included in the Moroccan directive.
  • Radio equipment is excluded from the EMC and LVD requirements.
  • These new requirements are expected to be applicable to new products imported into Morocco, and not those already on the market.
  • Standards that must be listed in the Declaration of Conformity are mainly Moroccan standards, based on international standards.
  • While labelling artwork is still not available, it is understood that the “c” in the conformity mark should be no less than 6mm:

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On April 1, 2016, Singapore’s Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) will be restructured to form two new entities; Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organisation (GTO). These new entities are expected to be fully established in the second half of 2016 with the administrative reorganization occurring on April 1, 2016. IMDA will be responsible for the regulatory functions previously managed by IDA, and will administer the regulatory framework for the telecom and media sectors. Until IMDA is formally established, the existing licensing/regulatory framework will continue to be effective; existing license/regulation will be transferred to IMDA automatically. Near term, the Singapore Government will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition to the new entities and to minimize the impact on government services delivery to the licensees, industry partners and other stakeholders.

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On March 8, 2016, Brazil’s ANATEL issued Resolution No. 662 updating Annex III and Art. 39 of Resolution No. 242 of November 30, 2000 with modified labeling requirements as follows:

  1. The ANATEL ID format has been updated to “HHHHH-AA-FFFFF”. This format has been updated so that more manufacturers can be registered on the ANATEL system. Previously, the ANATEL ID was “HHHH-AA-FFFF” which restricted the number of manufacturer entries on the ANATEL system.
    • HHHHH:  identifies the approval of the product by sequential numbering with 5 characters;
    • AA:  identifies the year of issue of the approval with 2 numeric characters; and,
    • FFFFF:  identifies the manufacturer of the product with 5 numeric characters.
    • Products submitted for certification prior to the entry into force of this Resolution may use the old format of the Approval ID.  ANATEL Approved products which are already being imported/commercialized are unaffected and there is no requirement to update the existing Approval ID or regulatory label.
  2. The label format can follow any of the examples of the construction of the ANATEL logo, plus the Approval ID, according to item I of Annex III of Res. 242.
  3. The EAN number and bar code are no longer required for the ANATEL label composition, but will still need to be generated for Type Approval applications.
  4. For products in which the space for placing the ANATEL logo and the Approval ID is insufficient, this should be placed in the user operating manual and can optionally be placed on the packaging of the product.

 

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On January 27, 2016, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade in Ukraine published a draft resolution "On Approval of the Technical Regulation on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment" (RoHS) prepared by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The draft resolution is mainly designed to bring the current Technical Regulations on RoHS from March 12, 2008 into alignment and compliance with the latest European Directives 2011/65/EU and 2015/863. The scope of electrical and electronic equipment subject to RoHS requirements has been expanded and will include the following:

  • household equipment;
  • computer and telecommunications equipment;
  • household appliances;
  • lighting equipment;
  • toys, leisure and sports equipment;
  • automatic dispensers;
  • medical products (including medical products for diagnostics in vitro); 
  • monitoring systems;
  • control instruments.

There are no additional labelling requirements, but manufacturers will have to either obtain a separate Declaration confirming compliance to Ukrainian RoHS regulation based on existing test reports, or one single Declaration listing compliance to EMC, Safety and RoHS. It is anticipated that this new regulation will affect both existing and new Approvals. Implementation is expected to occur 6 months after the official publication, currently in draft status.

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On February 26, 2016, Argentina’s ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones) issued Resolution Nº 15/2016 replacing previous Resolution Nº 86/2014, concerning low power devices. The most significant changes are as follows:
24.5 GHz to 25.80 GHz frequency range for Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) has now been allocated for the use of Vehicular radars.
Requirements of non-desired emission for equipment containing 13.56 MHz (RFID technology) have been modified from <913 μV/m to <334 μV/m.

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Morocco’s Authority (MCINET: Le Ministère de l’Industrie, du Commerce, de l’Investissement et de l’Economie Numérique) recently announced that new EMC and LVD certification requirements will come into effect on April 12, 2016. Manufacturers must apply for a Declaration of Conformity certificate for all affected products before importing into Morocco. However, the scope of products has not yet been defined and it is uncertain if there will be a grace period for products already on the market. Under this new Declaration of Conformity process, approved products must place the following conformity mark on the product label:

As of February 16, 2016, Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) is the new Kuwaiti Regulator responsible for granting wireless Type Approvals. However, it may take as long as 6 months before CITRA fully implements a new Type Approval system. In the meantime, Kuwait’s former regulator, MoC, will continue to process all applications for Type Approval.

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On February 10, 2016, new Ukrainian regulations when into effect with the purpose of consolidating technical regulations and overlapping conformity assessment procedures. The new law combines the legal and organizational basis for the development, adoption and implementation of regulations and conformity assessment procedures. This not only eliminates conflict between them, but also enables the Ukraine to better adapt national legislation to the EU legislation. The revised technical regulations, including both EMC and LVC requirements, will come into effect on June 30, 2016. Anticipated changes are as follows:

  • New format of declarations will not be strictly defined; there will be only a recommended format and guidelines for the required content of declarations.
  • It will be possible to obtain one Declaration covering EMC and Safety technical regulations.
  • Local holders in Ukraine will have to hold Declarations and technical documentation for a period of 10 years of introducing product to the market.
  • In addition to the manufacturer's name, it will be required to provide the manufacturer’s contact details on products (or accompanying documents) in Ukrainian.

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In an official resolution (SIT_047_2016) released January 27, 2016, Guatemala’s Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT) began issuing voluntary Dispensation Notes for low power RF devices, effective January 20, 2016. The Dispensation Note is an official document from SIT stating that the equipment does not require any approval prior to import or sale on the Guatemalan market. Previously, SIT did not issue any kind of approval document, and low power RF devices were required to have either FCC and/or CE approval before entering the country.

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Beginning February 1, 2016 per Indonesian Government Regulation No. 80-201, the scope for new and renewal Type Approval requirements has been increased to include the products listed below:

  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Media Gateways
  • Set top box DVBT2
  • Digital Television DVBT2
  • Video Conference products
  • IP-PABX

Demonstration of EMC compliance is required but local sample testing is not required, and existing CE test reports may be leveraged.

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On February 5, 2016, Industry Canada released RSS-134, Issue 2, 900 MHz Narrowband Personal Communication Service, which sets out the technical requirements for the compliance of narrowband personal communication service (PCS) in the 900 MHz band. Changes from Issue 1 are as follows:

  • Modernized to reflect the current RSS structure since its last publication in 2000
  • Editorial modifications and corrections made throughout
  • The RSS-102 reference updated

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Since January 1, 2016, Belarusian Regulators have been in the process of updating the list of products which are subject to mandatory National Conformity Assessment via a Declaration Scheme, in accordance with Decree #60. The updated product list may not be in place until June 2016. During this interim, the National Declaration scheme cannot be followed. Furthermore, it has been advised that only products that fall under established EA Customs Union (EAC) technical regulations require mandatory confirmation of compliance in Belarus. Until the list is in place, manufacturers can import products which are approved against the EAC EMC/Safety scheme only (if products fall under these regulations), or manufacturers can apply for a voluntary Certification scheme under the national system of Belarus. If a voluntary certificate is not obtained in the interim period, it is the manufacturer’ responsibility to ensure a Declaration under the National System is obtained after the new list comes into effect. Voluntary certification requires annual physical factory inspection and sample testing. It should be noted that there are no legal obligations to show compliance to RF standards until the new regulation is introduced.

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