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Mexican test laboratories and Certification Bodies have now received full accreditation to test samples and file Type Approvals under the Mexican emergency standard NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015, which applies to all devices which operate on the frequency bands 2400-2483.5 MHz, 5725-5850 MHz and 902-928 MHz. We understand there is no impact to the lead-time of the certification process or changes to the process itself. However, there will be a small increase in the overall certification costs for new Type Approval applications filed in accordance with NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015. There is no impact to any products approved under NOM-121-SCT1-2009, before October 19th 2015. Additionally, renewal applications can still be filed for Approvals issued under NOM-121-SCT1-2009.

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On January 20, 2016, Industry Canada released RSP-100, Issue 11, and DC-01, Issue 6. Radio Standards Procedure RSP-100, Issue 11, Certification of Radio Apparatus, sets out the requirements for certification of radio apparatus and broadcasting equipment. Declaration of Conformity DC-01, Issue 6, Procedure for Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment, describes the procedure that must be followed by suppliers of telecommunications terminal equipment to declare conformity to applicable technical specifications, and to register their equipment with ISED. Both documents have significantly changed from the previous issues due to the implementation of the Department's new online Spectrum Applications Modernization - Commercial Software Implementation (SAM‑CSI) tool.
Both RSP-100, Issue 11, and DC-01, Issue 6, came into effect on January 21, 2016, when they were published on the Department's Web site (www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum).

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Recently, due to governmental changes, the Argentine Regulator Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (AFTIC) has been merged with Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual (AFSCA) to form Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM). ENACOM is the new Argentine Regulator going forward. There are no immediate changes to the Type Approval process and it is understood that products which have already obtained Type Approval in Argentina under the AFTIC approval scheme are not affected and remain valid. Current applications under review at AFTIC will continue to be reviewed as normal but may experience a delay during the transition process. No further information has been released regarding changes to the Type Approval process or labelling requirements.

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On January 19, 2016, Industry Canada released ICES-003, Issue 6 and RSS‑117, Issue 3. Information on both document releases is as follows:
Interference-Causing Equipment Standard ICES‑003, Issue 6, sets out standard requirements for information technology equipment (ITE), including digital apparatus. Though this document comes into force on January 19, 2016, a transition period of three (3) months following its publication will be provided, within which compliance with ICES 003, Issue 6, or Issue 5, will be accepted. After this period, only compliance with ICES 003, Issue 6, will be accepted. The following are the list of changes from Issue 5:

  1. Updated Section 2.1 to clarify the definition of an ITE device.
  2. Updated Section 2.3 to include storage media.
  3. Updated Section 2.4 to clarify applicability of broadcasting equipment.
  4. Updated Section 3(b) to reference the latest version of ANSI C63.4-2014.

Radio Standards Specification RSS-117, Issue 3, Licensed Transmitters Operating in the Band 200-535 kHz, sets out the technical requirements for the compliance of radio apparatus operating in the frequency band 200 kHz to 535 kHz. This document came into effect on January 19, 2016, the date it was published on the Department’s website (www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum). The following are the list of changes from Issue 2:

  • Modernized to reflect the current RSS structure since its last publication in 1974.
  • Emission designators have been updated.
  • Editorial modifications and corrections have been made throughout.

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US – FCC Form 740

Posted on January 9th 2016 by

The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology recently issued a public notice to address misconceptions about electronic filing requirements for FCC Form 740 - Statement Regarding the Importation of Radio Frequency Devices Capable of Causing Harmful Interference. Per the Notice, the trade community is to continue to file FCC-required information electronically with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)-Entry Summary, or any other process that may be designated by CBP, until the waiver provision takes effect on July 1, 2016.

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On January 6, 2016, the FCC published “BASIC GUIDANCE FOR INTERMODULATION PRODUCT SPURIOUS EMISSION TESTING OF FREQUENCY TRANSLATING REPEATER SYSTEM EQUIPMENT AND SIMILAR DEVICES.” This document provides basic guidance for intermodulation product spurious emission testing of frequency translating repeater system equipment and similar devices.

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The Chilean Regulator, Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL), has introduced stricter requirements in its review of Type Approval applications. As of January 1, 2016, SUBTEL is no longer accepting Frequency Declarations or User Manual statements to show that devices will be restricted to conform to Chilean Regulation Resolución 755. New Type Approval applications with greater output powers than permitted in Chile as stated in Resolución 755 (e.g. the indoor output power limits for the following bands is 150 mW: 2400-2483.5 MHz; 5150-5250 MHz; 5250-5350 MHz and 5725-5850 MHz) will automatically be rejected. Devices already approved are not affected by this change, providing the output power continues to be restricted to conform to the Chilean standards.

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In October 2015, we reported Armenia’s adoption and harmonization of Customs Union Technical Regulations on EMC and Safety. As of January 2, 2016, it has been further clarified that the Armenian National Approval is still required for radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment falling under HS codes 8517 61 000, 8517 62 000 and 8525 50 000 until further notice. Please note that national level Approval for this tariff group listed below removes the need for CU compliance. Equipment falling under the aforementioned HS Codes include the following:

  • base stations
  • sound, image or other data reception, transition devices including switching devices and routers and network equipment;
  • transmitting equipment and receiving devices.

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Our local agent recently confirmed that the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), now requires Type Approval for radio communication equipment operating in ISM frequency bands and below 100mW. Previously, such devices were exempt from Type Approval. Low Power Devices already being sold and imported into Tanzania (and already have notification letters from the TCRA), require no further action.

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On December 1st, 2015, India's Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) issued gazette notification S.O. 3240(E) whereby a new label option, the Standard Mark for registered devices) was introduced with the purpose of simplifying the label requirements.
As of December 1st, 2015, manufacturers have the option of applying either of the below label option to their BIS registered devices:

  • The current self declaration statement - "Self Declaration - Conforming to IS XXXXX, R-XXXXXXXX"
  • The newly-introduced Standard Mark

For both the Standard Mark and the Self Declaration statement, the IS and Registration numbers/text should be no smaller than Arial font size 6. In addition, the 'Standard Mark' can be displayed in single color or multiple color. 
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On December 18th, 2015, Industry Canada issued the following warning for its Spectraweb* website:

"We are currently experiencing stability issue with this website. As a results, you may encounter unexpected errors. We are actively working to resolve the problem and apologize for the inconvenience.

We recommend that you do not try to create application until this warning has been removed or work on application that you have already started. If you have tried to create an application and got an error message, the system may have created a duplicate application under the same application number. If the system has created a duplicate application, you can delete one of them without affect the other one. Please wait until the system is stable before deleting applications.

We are not sure how long it will take to resolve the issue. Please refer to the messages on the top of the following page for updates: http://sms-sgs.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sms-sgs-prod.nsf/eng/home"

* Spectraweb is Industry Canada's e-filing website which facilitates the certification of radio equipment and the registration of terminal equipment in Canada.

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In December 2015, we were advised by our local agent that SyTRA, the Syrian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, can still issue Type Approval certificates, despite the ongoing civil war.  The Syrian Type approvals can be issued based on TYPE APPROVAL GUIDELINES REGULATION For Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Approved No./14/ dated July 23, 2013.  These approvals are limited  to three years and and the approved equipment is subject to the new national labeling requirements as well.

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We were recently advised by our local agent that Papua New Guinea's National Information & Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) published Regulation TA100 G, which provides the new equipment registration and Type Approval framework schemes in effect as of December 1, 2015. The Type Approval Registration Schemes are divided into two categories:


A. Basic Approval Scheme (BAPS)

    • Customer Equipment (CE)
    • Controlled Customer Equipment (CCE)

B. Equipment Registration Scheme (ERS)

    • Compulsory Equipment Registration Scheme (CERS)
    • Simplified Equipment Registration Scheme (SERS)

 

Labelling under the new regulation must show:

    • The equipment's trade name, model name and serial number;
    • The Manufacturer's/Supply's name;
    • The regulatory compliance label from the recognized Type Approval regimes for ICT equipment classified under CERS and CCE category.

 

NICTA may accept the compliance labelling mark(s) from the international recognized Type Approval regimes subject to the verification of device documents. Examples of labelling marks are: "ACMA C-Tick", "ACMA RCM", "EU CE", etc. Use of ACMA C-Tick", "ACMA RCM" or "EU CE" is depending on the approach followed for compliance.

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We were recently advised by our local Indonesian agent that Direktorat Jenderal Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika (SDPPI HQ) announced that from December 1st to December 31st, 2015, all Type Approval applications may be processed as a paperwork effort only and can leverage EU and FCC RF test results.   This is due to a large volume of Type Approval approvals in the queue.  Indonesia's standard Type Approval procedure which requires local testing in Indonesia will resume January 1, 2016. Please contact Rhein Tech Laboratories, Inc. for any questions and/or testing requirements. 703. 689. 0368 or email sales @ rheintech.com.

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 March 1, 2016 or June 1, 2016 (see below for details):

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