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On April 13, 2015, the FCC published draft 935210 Signal Boosters DR07-42107 for comment.  The draft updates two attachments to the publication:  (1) 935210 D02 Signal Booster Certification v02r01, (2) 935210 D03 Signal Booster Measurements v02r01, and adds a new attachment 935210 D05 Indus Booster Basic Meas v01 to replace annex D in the current 935210 D02 Signal Booster Certification v02r01.

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Costa Rica's Type Approval Authority, SUTEL, now requires that each model has its own certificate while previously, family approvals were allowed. Any difference between models, such as color, hardware, or software, will require separate Type Approval certificates.

Mexico's medical device market regulator, COFEPRIS, recently added 573 items to its list of products not considered medical devices, effectively removing registration as a requirement for importation, distribution or sale of these products in Mexico. Most of the products added to the no-registration list share low-risk profiles, or are components or accessories to other medical devices. Most notably, standalone software remains on the list of products not required to be registered with COFEPRIS.

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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and its appointed Certifying Agency, SIRIM, launched a Self-Labelling Program (SLP) on February 24, 2015. This program will be fully implemented beginning June 1, 2015 and will replace the conventional labeling program (physical label).

The SLP is for certified communication products whereby the certificate holder or manufacturer self-labels their certified products according to related guidelines and procedures. The SLP is the certification mark with the following information for the certified product:

i. The logo design
ii. The word "MCMC"
iii. Unique ID, i.e. Common ID (CID) or Certificate Holder ID (HID)

The certification mark is presented on the product through the methods of

e-Labelling or Surface-Labelling, depending on the suitability of the product's design.

During March 2015, the R&TTE Compliance Association issued TGN 21 Guidance for Report Checking – Information Validity and Integrity. The guidance is intended to help Notified Bodies confirm the integrity and validity of test reports submitted by agents, manufacturers or test laboratories with which the Notified Body does not have consistent experience. 
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On March 5, 2015, the FCC published 726920 D01Confidentiality Request Procedures, v01r01 replacing the previous version (726920 D01 Confidentiality Request Procedures v01).  The changes made to the new version are in Section II, Long-Term Confidentiality, and include special consideration for internal photos and user manuals. 

On March 26, 2015, Industry Canada published and adopted Radio Standards Specification RSS-213, Issue 3, 2 GHz License-Exempt Personal Communications Services (LE-PCS) Devices.   Issue 3 replaces Issue 2 of RSS-213, 2 GHz Licence-exempt Personal Communications Service Devices (PCS), dated December 2005.

Listed below are the changes:

  • The title of the document has been changed from 2 GHz Licence-exempt Personal Communications Services Devices (LE-PCS) to 2 GHz Licence-Exempt Personal Communications Services (LE-PCS) Devices
  • The number of duplex system access channels has been reduced from 40 to 20.
  • The latest version of the ANSI C63.17-2013 standard is referenced as normative.

 

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On March 25th, 2015 India's BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) issued their latest FAQ (Revision 9) to the Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.  Noteworthy changes include:

  1. Mobile computing devices like Batch or GSM and WiFi based mobile computers are covered under the registration.
  2. HF RFID and UHF RFID based devices like fixed mount or mobile computers are covered under the registration.
  3. Wireless access points, controllers, switches are not covered under the registration.
  4. Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Machines cover:
    • Data Preparation Equipment
    • Data Processing Equipment
    • Data Storage Equipment
    • Personal Computer* 
    • Plotter
    • Printer
    • Scanner
    • VDU

*Personal Computers (desktops) are specially exempted from the coverage under the registration

Wireless devices like Wi-Fi modems, BT headset, BT speaker, BT mouse, USB data card and USB LAN card are not covered under the registration.  All-in-one computers, workstations, thin-clients, mini PCs are covered under the registration.

5. Rechargeable batteries, single cells (other than button) like Lithium ion batteries, Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel-Metal Hydride cells are covered under the registration scheme together with AC power adapters.  Products which use such batteries and power adapters can already be
registered by BIS whereby the battery and/or power adapter was previously accepted via its IEC conformity certificate. However, grandfathering of the battery and/or power adapter will not be allowed under the BIS scheme.  These components will need to have their own BIS registrations to be imported into India (even when imported with already BIS registered host devices).

 

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INEN, Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización, recently released an update to INEN 202 Norm (Resolution No.14 460), advising that mains‐powered (rated voltage not exceeding 600 V) scanners, printers, photocopiers and fax machines which are imported into Ecuador under the following HS codes are subject to safety compliance certification:

  • 84.43
  • 8443.32.19
  • 8443.32.20
  • 8443.32.90
  • 8443.39.10
  • 8443.39.90
  • 8443.12.00
  • 8443.12.90
  • 8443.31.00
  • 84.71
  • 8471.60.90
  • 84.72
  • 8472.10.00

INEN has not provided additional detail regarding exactly what products they consider to be "mains powered".  Our local agent has confirmed the process for demonstrating conformity is a pre‐import check to be carried out by the importer themselves and not a Type Approval requirement.

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On March 19, 2015, Industry Canada published Radio Standards Specification RSS-102, Issue 5, Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Compliance of Radiocommunication Apparatus (All Frequency Bands), which sets out the requirements and measurement techniques used to evaluate radio frequency (RF) exposure compliance of radiocommunication apparatus designed to be used within the vicinity of the human body.  RSS 102, Issue 5 is immediately in force for the purposes of certifying new equipment.  All devices currently certified that are manufactured, imported or sold in Canada must be in compliance with the revised standard 180 days after its publication on the Industry Canada website — no matter when they were originally certified. Some requirements will not be in force immediately as outlined in Notice 2015-DRS001.

Noteworthy changes are as follows:

  1. Section 1: Clarification related to the scope of the standard has been made.
  2. Section 1.1: The definitions of limb-worn devices and separation distance have been added, and the definition of RF exposure evaluation and controlled use has been revised.
  3. Section 2.2: Clarification related to the RF exposure technical brief has been made.
  4. Section 2.5.1: Exemption limits for routine evaluation -SAR evaluation have been revised.
  5. Section 2.5.2: Exemption limits for routine evaluation -RF exposure evaluation have been added.
  6. Section 2.6: Clarification related to the user manual has been made.
  7. Section 3: Clarification on test reduction and fast SAR methods and on the priority list of documents has been made.
  8. Section 3.1: Clarification on the following items has been made: devices with push-to-talk capability; on the test distance for certain types of devices; for devices with a very low transmission duty factor; and on the test channel to first be tested in a SAR evaluation.
  9. Section 3.1.1: The SAR measurement method for body-worn devices has been revised.
  10. Section 3.1.2: The SAR Measurement of Devices Containing Multiple Transmitters has been revised.
  11. Section 3.1.3: Clarification has been made on the SAR measurement for specific technology and other types of devices.
  12. Section 4: The Safety Code 6 limits have been revised and clarification on the averaging time for SAR evaluation has been made.
  13. Annex A: Clarification has been made related to the standard(s) and/or procedure(s) used for the evaluation and an addition of the Industry Canada (IC) Certification Number and the name of the SAR/RF exposure testing laboratory has been entered.
  14. Annex B: A revision has been made to add the model number and the IC Certification Number.
  15. Annex C: A revision has been made to add the model number and the IC Certification Number; clarification has been made related to the submission.
  16. Annex E: Clarification has been made related to operating tolerance and the local SAR measurement; additional reporting requirements for test reduction and fast SAR methods were added.

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On February 4, 2015, Argentine Communications Authority, Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC), released Resolution Nº 82/2015 containing labeling requirements for certified products.  The document specified label format, size, colors of CNC logo, and information on how the CNC Homologation number should be displayed. The requirement is mandatory for all equipment certified after May 4th, 2015 and for equipment with Type Approval renewals.  

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The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its April 2015 Workshop from April 13-16, 2015 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. 

On March 6, 2015, Industry Canada posted on its website the release of Radio Standards Specification RSS-211, Issue 1, Level Probing Radar Equipment, which sets out the minimum requirements for the certification of open-air and enclosed container Level Probing Radar (LPR) equipment operating within the bands 5.65-8.50 GHz, 8.50-10.55 GHz, 24.05-29.00 GHz and 75-85 GHz.  RSS-211 will apply to the certification of new LPR equipment.This is a new standard derived from Annex 11 of RSS-210, Issue 8, Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category I Equipment.

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The Ecuadorian Regulatory Authority, SUPERTEL (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones), has now been replaced by ARCOTEL (Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecomunicaciones).   We anticipate no impact on the Type Approval Process.  Products which have already obtained Type Approval in Ecuador under the SUPERTEL approval scheme are not affected and remain valid.  There is still no specific labelling requirements for Ecuador and applications currently under review at the Authority are expected to be delayed by approximately 1-2 weeks during this transition period.

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Nambia's Type Approval Authority has implemented new mandatory Type Approval requirements which go into effect on August 3, 2015.  These new requirements apply to all radio telecommunication equipment for importation and sale, without exemption. The Authority will accept R&TTE test reports and samples are not required (but may be requested during appliation review).  There is no requirement for a local signatory; foreign manufacturers are able to obtain Type Approval certificates issued in their name and the certificate is valid for three years.   Equipment currently on the market in Nambia must go through this process prior to the August 3, 2015 deadline or may be confiscated by the Nambian Authority.  

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