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As of January 1, 2015, Congo's Agence de Regulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE) requires for one sample be submitted along with each Type Approval application. In some cases, a waiver may be requested if there is a size constraint/restriction in transporting the sample.   Previously, the Type Approval process for Congo was a paperwork effort only (with appropriate test reports to EU standards) and no samples were required.

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FCC - Amendment to Rules

Posted on January 2nd 2015 by

On December 30, 2014, the FCC released Report and Order FCC 14-208, Amendment of Parts 0, 1, 2, and 15 of the Commission's Rules regarding Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment and Amendment of Part 68 regarding Approval of Terminal Equipment by Telecommunications Certification Bodies.   In this Report and Order, the FCC updated it's radiofrequency (RF) equipment authorization program to build on the success realized by Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs).  The FCC adopted additional rules to facilitate the rapid introduction of new and innovative products to the market while ensuring that these products do not cause harmful interference to each other or to other communications devices and services. In this Report and Order, the FCC: 

  • Discontinued FCC acceptance of applications for equipment Certification of RF equipment and instead permit TCBs to process and grant all applications for Certification;
  • Codified a pre-grant approval procedure that TCBs must currently follow when certifyingequipment based on new technology that requires consultation with the FCC;
  • Clarifired a TCB's responsibilities in performing post-market surveillance of products it has approved;
  • Specified steps for addressing instances of deficient TCB performance, including appropriate sanctions for deficiencies that do not warrant rescinding a TCB's authority to issue a grant of Certification;
  • Modified the rules to reference new standards used to accredit TCBs that approve RF equipment under Part 2 of the FCC's rules and terminal equipment under Part 68 of the FCC's rules;
  • Required accreditation of all laboratories that test equipment subject to any of the certification procedures under Part 2 of the FCCn's rules and codify a procedure through which the FCC currently recognizes new laboratory accreditation bodies;
  • Updated references to industry measurement procedures in the FCC's rules; and provided greater flexibility under the Office of Engineering and Technology's (OET) existing delegated authority to enable it to address minor technical issues that may be raised when updating to the latest versions of industry standards that are referenced in Parts 2, 5, 15, and 18 of FCC's rules.  Link to Report and Order

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On November 7, 2014, Ecuador published Resolution No. 14 460 in its Official Journal No. 370; thereby requiring safety compliance certification for printing and digitization equipment imported into Ecuador.  Specifically, mains-powered (not exceeding 600 V) scanners, printers, photocopiers and fax machines are now subject to safety compliance certification.

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On January 1, 2015, EN 300 328 V1.8.1 will replace EN 300 328 V1.7.1 as a harmonized standard. Manufacturers must fully comply with EN 300 328 V1.8.8 and will no longer be able to test using a combination of EN 300 328 V1.7.1 and the Adaptivity and Receiver Blocking clause from v1.8.1.   Because the standard has been extensively overhauled, there are numerous differences between EN300 328 V1.7.1 and EN300 328 V1.8.1 with changes to both the test requirements and methodology.  
To find out more, please contact Rhein Tech Laboratories, Inc. at sales @ rheintech.com or call us at 703.689. 0368.
 

Canada's Certification and Engineering Bureau (CEB) is in the process of updating their online E-filing application. In order to transition to the new application, the CEB will shut down the existing E-Filing service for a period of two weeks. The CEB will be unable to receive certification / registration applications during this period. Additionally, other online services such as "Test Site registration" or "company number request" will not be available during this period. The e-filing application will be shut down on February 13th, 2015 and the new E-filing application (SPECTRAWeb) will be up and running on March 2nd, 2015. Link

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On October 10th, 2014, Armenia signed "Agreement on Eurasian Economic Union" and becomes a member of the Customs Union, effective January 1, 2015.  The transition period from the National Type Approval scheme to Customs Union scheme and the full impact not yet been advised; however the Eurasian Commission is currently working on harmonization efforts of EMC and Safety standards. It is possible CU Approval will be recognized by Amenian customs on January 1st, 2015; but until further notice - National Level Type Approvals will still be required in Armenia. Additionally, please be aware RF compliance is still to be determined by National Regulators. 

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The Egyptian Authority (NTRA) recently advised that WLAN devices operating in Band 4 and Band 4+ of the 5 GHz may now operate indoors only, up to 200 mW EIRP, on a license free basis. 

The 5 GHz bands now permitted in Egypt are as follows:

  • 5150 - 5350 MHz - <200mW (EIRP) for indoor operation, license free.
  • 5725 - 5850 MHz - <200mW (EIRP) for outdoor operation, license required.

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The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Thursday, December 11, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, W., Washington, D.C.).  Additionally, the meeting will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.

  • Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries:  The FCC will consider a Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration and a Report and Order to close the school and library connectivity gap by adjusting program rules and support levels in order to meet long-term program goals for high-speed connectivity to and within all eligible schools and libraries.
  • Connect America Fund Report and Order:  The FCC will consider a Report and Order finalizing decisions necessary to proceed to Phase II of the Connect America Fund. 
  • Broadcast Incentive Auction Public Notice:  The FCC will consider a Public Notice that asks for comment on the detailed procedures necessary to carry out the Broadcast Incentive Auction. The Public Notice includes specific proposals on auction design issues such as determination of the initial clearing target, opening bid prices, and the final television channel assignment process.
 

 

As of January 1, 2015, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will require a product sample for all notebooks, tablets, and mobile phones submitted for NCC Type Approval.  For all other products, samples are not mandatory but NCC has the right to request a sample when reviewing the Type Approval application.   Previously, the Type Approval process for Nigeria was a paperwork effort only (with appropriate test reports to EU standards) and no samples were required.

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Uruguay: WLAN Band is Closed

Posted on November 28th 2014 by

During late November 2014, we were informed by our local agent that the Uruguayan Authority, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), will no longer permit the 5.470 - 5.725 GHz WLAN band for future commercial products.  The band has been assigned for government use only.

We are also advised that any products with existing URSEC Type Approval operating in this band may continue to operate and no further action is required.

For any new products requiring URSEC Type Approval in the 5 GHz band, madster devices must have the restricted band disabled and client devices must be set to passive scanning mode only (no active scanning is allowed.  Ad Hoc mode is allowed.   

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Swaziland's Communication Commission (SCCom) has officially taken over the regulatory functions for Swaziland's former regulator, Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC).  Type Approval is now being enforced by SCCom and both a product sample and copy of an existing ICASA Type Approval certificate is required.  Please contact Rhein Tech directly if you have additional questions or require testing and certification assistance. 703.689.0368
 
 

On November 21, 2014, Industry Canada posted on its website the release of Release of RSS-251, Issue 1 — Field Disturbance Sensors in the Bands 46.7-46.9 GHz (Vehicular Radar) and 76-77 GHz (Vehicular and Airport Fixed Radar).  Changes to the standard are as follows:

  1. A portion of Annex 13 of RSS-210, Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category I Equipment — in particular, the text regarding devices operating in the bands 46.7-46.9 GHz and 76-77 GHz — has been integrated into this document.
  2. Removal of the vehicle-mounted, orientation-specific limits for the field disturbance sensors operating in the frequency band 76-77 GHz.Field disturbance sensors operating in the frequency band 76-77 GHz are allowed to be used as a fixed radar system at an airport.
  3. Field disturbance sensors operating in the frequency band 76-77 GHz are allowed to be used as a fixed radar system at an airport.
  4. Clarification of the power density limits in the band 46.7-46.9 GHz. The limits apply to the average power density and a requirement has been included for the peak power density.
  5. Inclusion of a table in Section 5.2.2 regarding the power density limits of vehicle-mounted radar systems and fixed radar systems (i.e. field disturbance sensors) in the frequency band 76-77 GHz.

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On November 13, 2014, Industry Canada posted on its website an update to RSS-216, Issue 1 - Wireless Power Transfer Devices (Wireless Chargers) now allowing for electronic labeling (e-labeling), where applicable. 

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On November 13, 2014, Industry Canada posted on its website the release of Release of RSS-Gen, Issue 4, and RSP-100, Issue 10.  

Radio Standards Specification RSS-Gen, Issue 4, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus,  sets out the general requirements for radio apparatus used for radiocommunication other than broadcasting.  A list of changes are as follows: 

  1. This new issue of RSS-Gen, Issue 4, has been entirely modified. There are numerous changes to the content including the numbering of each section. Consequently, all changes may not be captured in this list.
  2. The title of the standard has changed from General Requirements and Information for the Certification of Radio Apparatus in Issue 3, to General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus.
  3. Section 3: Normative reference publications have been added.
  4. Section 4: Requirements to obtain an exemption have been added.  
  5. Section 5: The section on receiver requirements has been revised as per Regulatory Standards Notice 2012-DRS0126
  6. Section 7: Requirements for licence-exempt radio apparatus are now all included in one section of RSS-Gen, which is in addition to the specific requirements in an RSS-200 series standard.

Radio Standards Procedure RSP-100, Issue 10, Certification of Radio Apparatus, sets out the requirements for certification of radio apparatus and broadcasting equipment.  A list of changes are as follows:

  1. Issue 10 of RSP-100 has been entirely modified. There are numerous changes to the content including the numbering of sections. Consequently, all changes may not be captured in this list. 
  2. Sections 2.3, 2.4, 3.4, and 7 have been added to RSP-100, Issue 10; they were previously in RSS-Gen, Issue 3.

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The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) in India recently announced an expansion to the scope of (to include new products to) the Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.

Once the newly adopted scope expansion notification is published in the Gazette, it is anticipated that manufacturers will have 6 months to comply and the inclusion of new products are likely to come into force in two timelines:

  1. All new products except batteries - 4/15/2015
  2. Batteries - 7/15/2015

The major significance of inclusion of new products is as follows:

  • Power adapters and batteries the inclusion refers to are the ones that will be imported independently and / or will be used with products not covered by the mandatory registration.
  • Magnetic stripe readers are not considered to be smart card readers.
  • The category of mobile phones is expected to be wide and include many enterprise products that support cell phone technology/functionality. It is expected there will be further clarification on which product types are and are not considered to be included within the new scope.

BIS approval system has increased scope of product types that the scheme applies to but the processes and procedures of BIS approval have not been changed.

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