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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 - 4/15/2016
  2. Batteries - 7/15/2016

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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Recently, Qatar's Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) modifyed its rules for Short Range Devices (SRDs).   In 2010, a class license for Short Range Devices (SRDs) was issued by ictQATAR's Regulatory Authority (currently CRA) stipulating the frequency ranges and the corresponding output powers allowed to be used for Short Range Devices (SRDs). To be in line with international technology advancements, CRA recently modified the existing Class License to provide clear information on the frequency ranges allowed to be used for a certain category of equipment imported into the State of Qatar.  

The modification includes amendment to the existing Annexure (2) of the Class License for SRDs as well as additional applications of radio-communication devices that cover Radio Microphone applications, Radio Frequency Identification applications and Ultra Wide Band Technology applications .  

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On October 17, 2014, the FCC released draft publication report entitled SAR Measurement Guidance for IEEE 802.11 Transmitters which provides SAR measurement procedures for 802.11 a/b/g transmitters.  This draft revision (Rev1.2) supersedes Rev 1.1 and is posted for comments until November 21, 2014; it is not yet a final publication.   Please contact Rhein Tech if you have any questions or testing requirements: 703 . 689. 0368

 

The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Friday, November 21, 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 Contest Rules: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide broadcasters greater flexibility in their disclosure of contest terms.
  • Emerging Wireline Networks and Services: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Declaratory Ruling, and Order to facilitate the transition to next generation networks by promoting and preserving the Commission's public safety, consumer protection, and competition goals.
  • 911 Governance and Accountability: The Commission will consider a Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its approach to 911 governance and proposing mechanisms to ensure continued accountability for reliable 911 services as technologies evolve.

 

The European Union Association of Notified Bodies (EUANB) issued Technical Guidance Note 17 (TGN 17), to provide guidance on the way to demonstrate compliance to EMF requirements under article 3.1a of the R&TTE 1999/5/EC Directive.   To find out more, please contact Rhein Tech Laboratories, Inc. at sales @ rheintech.com or call us at 703.689. 0368.
 

On October 15, 2014, Australia's Minister for Health confirmed new regulations will be implemented to allow Australian manufacturers to obtain market approval for most medical devices using conformity assessment certification from EU Notified Bodies.  High risk medical devices will be excluded from the new regulation and still require TGA conformity assessment.  Link

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On October 02, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed revising the testing procedure for external power supplies. The modifications considered are as follows:

Harmonize DOE's test procedure with the latest version of IEC 62301 by providing specific resolution and measurement tolerances.

  • Define and clarify how to test adaptive EPSs (also referred to as "adaptive-charging", "smart-charging" or "quick-charging" EPSs).
  • Add test configurations that can be used to avoid potential losses caused by testing cables.
  • Clarify that when testing an EPS that is incapable of being tested at one or more of the loading conditions used to calculate the average active-mode efficiency, such conditions will be omitted when calculating this metric. Instead, the average active-mode efficiency will be determined by averaging the efficiency results at each of the loading conditions that can be measured.
  • Optional test to measure the active mode efficiency at a 10% loading condition.
  • Optional recording of power factor during testing.
  • Insert a summary table (see Table) to enable one to more readily identify which standards apply to which type of EPS.
  • Expand the scope of its sampling plan for Class A EPSs to apply to those that will be subject to standards for the first time in 2016.  

 

Link to DOE proposal

 

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On October 9, 2014, Industry Canada posted on its website the release of Radio Standards Specification RSS-199, Issue 2: Broadband Radio Service (BRS) Equipment Operating in the Band 2500-2690 MHz, which sets out the certification requirements for BRS radio transmitters and receivers in the band 2500-2690 MHz. RSS-199, Issue 2 replaces RSS-199, Issue 1 (January 2010) and the following changes are listed below:

  • The equipment's unwanted emission mask is modified.
  • The method used to measure the equipment's frequency stability is added.
  • The compliance requirement for equipment with multiple antennas is added.
  • The requirement for receiver standard spurious emissions has been withdrawn following decisions made under Regulatory Standards Notice 2012-DRS0126.

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On September 30, 2014, the FCC proposed modifications to its Part 15 rules that allow unlicensed spectrum use in white spaces between TV stations. The proposed changes to the rule would help facilitate the use of television bands, 600 MHz guard bands and channel 37. The band plan adopted for the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions, scheduled for 2015, built in opportunities for white space use in the guard bands and channel 37. The FCC hopes the revised rules will promote more efficient use of TV white space while protecting incumbents from interference.

The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Friday, October 17, 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

  • Spectrum Frontiers NOI:

The FCC will consider a Notice of Inquiry to explore innovative developments in the use of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services, and how the FCC can facilitate the development and deployment of those technologies.

  • Wireless Infrastructure Report and Order:

The FCC will consider a Report and Order that takes critical steps to promote the deployment of wireless infrastructure necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband services.

  • Aggregate Interference and Inter-Service Interference Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

The FCC will consider a proceeding to address aggregate broadcaster-to-broadcaster interference and the methodology for predicting interference between broadcast and wireless operations in the same or adjacent channels in nearby markets during and following the Incentive Auction.

  • Digital Low Power Television Third NPRM and Suspension Public Notice:

The FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding measures to facilitate the final conversion of low power TV and TV translator stations to digital service, and mitigating the potential impact of the incentive auction and the repacking process. The FCC will also consider a concurrent Public Notice suspending expiration dates and construction deadlines for all outstanding unexpired construction permits for new digital low power television and TV translator stations.

  • 911 Outage Presentation:

The FCC will hear a presentation regarding an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected seven states in April 2014. The presentation will include findings from a report on the causes and effects of the outage as well as recommendations on actions the industry, the Commission and state governments can take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911 services as the nation transitions to Next Generation 911.

 

EN 61326-1:2013, the revised EMC standard for measurement, control and laboratory use will go into effect on August 14, 2015. Basic updates were made to the standard as well as the following new requirements were added:

  • Technical changes were made for the equipment under the "basic environment" requirements in table.
  • The air discharge ESD test level has been increased from 4KV to 8KV.
  • A requirement for immunity to magnetic fields according to IEC 61000‐4‐8 was added but only for susceptible devices.
  • Additional details were added to the performance criteria for the immunity testing.
  • New requirements for the user manual were added.

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