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On July 10, 2015, the European Commission published an updated list of standards in the Official Journal to be used for assessing compliance to the R TTE Directive.  (link)

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On June 3, 2015, the FCC published the AC POWER-LINE CONDUCTED EMISSIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.  This is a newer version of an existing publication and changes include Question 8 (on devices powered by a USB port) and footnote 1 to address use of new editions ANSI C63.4 and ANSI C63.10 standards.  

Question 8 asked:

"If a Part 15 device is powered from a computer or any other external power source via a USB connection, what type of USB power source is required when measuring the AC power-line conducted emissions?"

The FCC's reply was as follows:

"It is required to perform the AC power-line conducted emissions testing and demonstrate compliance with the AC power-line emission requirements in Sections 15.107 or 15.207. Section 15.31(i) requires that the device be fully exercised and configured in a manner that maximizes the emissions. As such, the device is to be tested with each type of power source that is typically used to provide power via a USB connection such as computers and power adapters."

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We were recently advised that Guinea Bissau's Type Approval agency, Autoridade Reguladora Nacional das TIC (ARN-TIC), has re-started its activities after a four month suspension.  ARN-TIC is now receiving Type Approval requests and issuing Type Approvals with no change from the previous Type Approval procedures.

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Recently, the Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and The Ministry of Justice released Radio Access Regulations for 802.11ac and 802.11ad standards.  These standards are now included in Order No. 124, and the regulations went into effect on June 14, 2015.

Russia Ministry Declarations and Certificates issued before June 14, 2015 for devices containing these technologies will not be affected.  Manufacturers mayn apply to update existing Declarations and Certificates to include 802.11ac and 802.11ad standards on a voluntary basis.  The process to update the Declaration and Certificate will be considered a new application.  

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We were recently advised that the Ghanaian Regulatory Agency, National Communication Authority (NCA), revised its regulation guidelines at the end of May 2015.  Highlights from the updated guidelines are as follows:

  • Regarding Local Representation requirements: "A local company is now required for all type approval applications if the manufacturer does not have a branch in Ghana" 
  • Regarding the publication of the type approved devices on NCA website: "The Authority will maintain on its website a list of approved ECE(hereinafter referred to as "Type Approval Register") to be accessed by the general public"
  • Regarding recognized Test Laboratory: The Authority will accept Test Reports from any accredited Test Laboratory included in the list of accredited Testing Laboratories recognized by the Authority. An initial list of testing Laboratories recognized by the Authority is provided and a regularly updated list will be made publicly available on the Authority's website. The Authority reserves the right to request for re-testing at a laboratory assigned by the Authority. The applicant will be responsible for all laboratory or other costs incurred"
  • Regarding labelling: "All Type Approved Terminal Equipment shall bear a legible label permanently affixed to such equipment, bearing the mark 'NCA Approved: XXX-XXXXX-XXX' as shown in Appendix 3 of these Guidelines. E-Marking (Electronic Marking) shall be accepted in place of physical marking however it is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that such mark is not altered"
  • Regarding market surveillance "The Authority shall perform market surveillance activities from time to time to ensure that only type approved ECE is sold in Ghana"

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The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its Fall 2015 Workshop from October 27-29, 2015 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.  The agenda is being organized by the Education Committee and is currently to include expanded RF Exposure sessions along with the typical FCC, Industry Canada, NIST, International and Technology sessions. The details of the agenda will be distributed as they become confirmed. 

Should you have any questions, contact Chris Harvey at admin @ tcbcouncil.org or call at 443 - 622 - 3300.

During June 1-2, 2015, the 30th R&TTECA meeting took place in Göteborg, Sweden and was hosted by SP -  Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut. The meeting was attended by more than 60 members including many from non-EU countries.  The main issues discussed are as follows:
  1. Situation on transition of equipment in 2016 to and from the Radio Equipment Directive, EMC Directive and Low Voltage Directive;
  2. Consequences of the application of the RED and new EMCD and new LVD
  3. Results of and input from R&TTECA in the EU Commissions working group developing the Guide for the new Radio Equipment Directive – RED;
  4. Report of the ongoing Market surveillance activities in the EU;
  5. Feedback from the recent TCBC Workshop in the USA;
  6. Update of the requirements for radio equipment entering the market in Japan;
  7. Discussion of a large number of technical issues and issues related to the operation of the R&TTE Directive or new RED such as, amongst others:
  • ”Making available” and products intended for own use
  • Question on the Declaration of Conformity in the user manual  
  • Health requirements not being assessed
  • Fixed or Portable use definition
  • Validity of NB opinion
  • AC in standards
  • 9.5 GHz Slope Stability Radar Standards
  • Indoor versus Outdoor use
  • Treatment of Non-linear Junction Detectors  
  • CE marking in "transport" (not sales packaging) packaging
  • Translate instructions and safety instruction in country languages
  • Using old versions of standards
  • Definition of TX Gap for FHSS in ETSI EN 300328 V1.8.1
  • Bluetooth Worst Case Test
  • E compliance
  • Choice of standards for the safety of R&TTED products
The next meeting will be held in November 2015 in Nice, in combination with an ETSI Workshop related to all new standards being developed currently for the RED and new EMCD.
To find out more, please contact Rhein Tech Laboratories, Inc. at sales @ rheintech.com or call us at 703.689. 0368.
 

On May 28, 2015, Industry Canada released Radio Standards Specification RSS-247, Issue 1, Digital Transmission Systems (DTSs), Frequency Hopping Systems (FHSs) and Licence-Exempt Local Area Network (LE-LAN) Devices.    RSS-247 is a new standard to replace annexes 8 and 9 of RSS-210, Issue 8, Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category I Equipment.  All devices covered under the scope of RSS-247 will no longer be certified under RSS-210, Issue 8.

Listed below are the changes:

  1. references to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Knowledge Database (KDB) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for the measurement method of dynamic frequency selection (DFS) have been added;
  2. a measurement procedure to be used for verifying the compliance of equipment to the e.i.r.p. at different antenna elevations has been added;
  3. the digital technology of systems operating in the band 5725-5850 MHz that employ digital modulation or both digital modulation and frequency hopping technology is covered under the LE-LAN provision;
  4. requirements for LE-LAN equipment operating in the band 5725-5825 MHz have been modified and the frequency band for LE-LAN equipment has been extended from 5725-5825 MHz to 5725-5850 MHz;
  5. the unwanted emission limit for LE-LAN equipment operating in the band 5150-5250 MHz is determined outside the band 5150-5350 MHz instead of 5150-5250 MHz;
  6. the unwanted emission limit for LE-LAN equipment operating in the band 5250-5350 MHz is determined outside the band 5150-5350 MHz instead of 5250-5350 MHz;
  7. conditions to allow equipment in the band 5150-5350 MHz have been added;
  8. the DFS procedure for LE-LAN equipment operating in the bands 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5600 MHz and 5650-5725 MHz has been modified;
  9. the requirement for in-service monitoring for equipment operating in the frequency bands 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5600 MHz and 5650-5725 MHz does not apply to slave devices which do not have a radar detection mechanism;
  10. requirements have been added for LE-LAN devices operating in the 5 GHz band with bandwidths that overlap various frequency ranges within the 5 GHz band; and
  11. a requirement that all LE-LAN devices contain security features to protect against modification of software by unauthorized parties has been added.

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On  May 28, 2015, Radio Standards Specification RSS-119, Issue 12, Land Mobile and Fixed Equipment Operating in the Frequency Range 27.41-960 MHz was published and went into effect.  Below are the changes in this new issue:

Listed below are the changes:

  • Requirements for equipment with a 6.25 kHz channel bandwidth operating in the frequency bands 806-821/851-866 MHz and 821-824/866-869 MHz have been added.
  • The provision for equipment with channel aggregation has been clarified to include mobile equipment where applicable.
  • An alternative provision for frequency stability with which fixed and base equipment must comply has been added.
  • The frequency stability for mobile equipment operating in the frequency bands 406.1-430 MHz, 450-470 MHz, 806-821/851-866 MHz and 821-824/866-869 MHz with an occupied bandwidth greater than 20 MHz has been modified.
  • The frequency bands 764-768 MHz and 794-798 MHz assigned for public safety services have been removed.
  • Limits for the transmitter output power of equipment have been added and clarified.
  • The date by which equipment operating in the frequency bands 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz must comply with a minimum data rate of 4.8 kbps or one voice channel per 6.25 kHz has been removed.
  • The requirement for equipment operating in the frequency bands 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz to have a minimum data rate of 128 kbps per 50 kHz has been removed.
  • The adjacent channel power (ACP) limits for equipment operating in the frequency bands 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz have been modified.
  • The requirement for including data port specifications in the user manual has been removed.
  • The requirement for receiver spurious emissions has been removed because it is specified in RSS-Gen, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus.

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The FDA recently launched a new website, AccessGUDID, to provide public access to their Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) which contains key device identification information submitted to the FDA about medical devices that have Unique Device Identifiers (UDI).  The FDA is establishing this unique device identification system to adequately identify devices sold in the U.S.- from manufacturing through distribution to patient use.

The website is currently in beta version and the FDA is requesting feedback on functionality and contents from users (healthcare providers, patients and researchers). Currently, only data for Class III and high-risk devices can be found on the site but additional device types and classifications will be added to GUDID through 2020.

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India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) recently announced they are postponing the implementation date of the BIS requirement for the following products until August 13, 2015  (previously the implementation date was April 15, 2015):

  • External power adapters
  • Mobile phones is expected to be wide and include many enterprise products that support cell phone technology/functionality.

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As of May 11, 2015, South Africa's Bureau of Standards (SABS) has suspended its services pending an internal preliminary investigation of non‐compliance in its processes and procedures.  SABS had recently received a complaint purporting that the necessary due diligence was not followed in terms of SABS processes and procedures. In line with SABS policy, an internal investigation is currently in progress to review the allegations.  In order to enable an objective investigation, employees involved in the process of delivering the service have been placed on precautionary suspension pending investigation. No charges have been made at this stage and no details are available.  

During April 2015, the European Commission published the following updated list of standards in the Official Journal of the European Union to be used for assessing compliance. 

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We were recently advised by our local agent that Malaysia's 5470-5650MHz band has been opened for use by Short Ranges Devices. 

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Nambia's Type Approval Authority (CRAN) implemented new mandatory Type Approval requirements which were scheduled to go into effect on August 3, 2015. That date has now been extended to November 30, 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 November 30, 2015 deadline or may be confiscated by the Nambian Authority.  

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