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Regulatory News dated Q4/2020

  • TurkeyTurkey adopts the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU

    The regulatory authority BTK formally adopted the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) on 05.11.2020 which is replacing the R&TTE directive.

    For products placed on the market in Turkey, the CE DoC should be translated into Turkish as well as user instructions and safety informations.

    Manufacturersand importers should be prepared for market surveillance activities of the competent authorities.

    Source: official link


  • South AfricaICASA South Africa closed due to festive period

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) informed that only a reduced number of business processes will be available during the period from 17 to 31 December 2020.

    From 4 January 2021, all the ICASA offices will be fully working. The applications which are currently under technical evaluation will be continued in January 2021.

    Source: Local Partner


  • United StatesEarlier market access and import of radio devices possible

    On November, 19th 2020 the FCC established ET Docket No. 20-382 in order to modernize the FCC marketing and import rules. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking shall faciltate market access for new products. A limited number of radio devices may be imported and/or offered for sale for certain pre-sale activities prior to obtaining the appropriate certification. It is the intention of the Commission to keep track with nowadays accelerated development cycles and to establish cost-effective and properly tailored equipment authorization rules.

    Source official link


  • SyriaSY-TPRA requiring EN 62368-1 Safety Report

    SY-TPRA requesting EN 62368 Safety Report (instead of EN 60950) starting 20 December 2020

    The Syrian Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority will start to request Safety Test Reports according to EN 62368-1 from 20 December 2020 onwards, when Type Approval is requested.

    They will no longer accept EN 60950 reports. Previously approved devices are not affected by this requirement.

    Source: local partner


  • HondurasOpen consultation: Update of Frequency Allocation Plan

    On 23rd November, 2020 the National Telecommunications Commission of Honduras (CONATEL) issued the Draft Resolution “Update of the National Plan of Frequency Allocations (PNAF)” on it's website.

    Interested stakeholders are invited to contribute. Comments may be sent to the following email address: consulta.publica@conatel.gob.hn until 23rd December, 2020.

    Sources:

    Draft National Plan of Frequency Allocations (Spanish)

    Link to CONATEL's website


  • Sri LankaNew Type Approval Procedure comes into effect on 16/12/2020

    On 09th October the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) in Sri Lanka issued “Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval Rules 2020” in the official Gazette coming into force on 16th December 2020.

    • Accordingly, two type approval procedures were introduced:
      Standard Type Approval: a represantive sample of RTTE should be submitted accompied by a Technical Construction File (TCF)
      Simplified Type Approval is applicable for: RTTE that appears on the Commission’s Type Approval Register which was previously approved by the Commission at the time the original application was made. The applicants should ensure that the RTTE applied for is identical to the RTTE which was already approved.

    The type Approval for any particular RTTE shall be valid for a period of four (4) years, provided that the type Approved RTTE (supplied to the market) maintains the same technical specifications including the operating frequency.

    • Labelling requirements has become mandatory for approved equipments
    • TRC has also published a list of equipment exempt from type approval:
    1. A short range infrared remote control equipment (including TV remote controls or garage door openers)
    2. RTTE which is embedded in desktop computers and Laptops that use short-range radio technologies such as Wifi or Bluetooth
    3. transmitter equipment with an output power below 50 mW
    4. RTTE installed in vehicles such as car navigation units or remote car keys that use short range technologies such as WiFi or Bluetooth

    Download Link: Official Gazette


  • Canadapublic consultancy on the 6GHz license exempt frequency band

    Until January 19th 2021 the ISED opened a consultation on the technical and policy framework for license-exempt use in the 6 GHz frequency band. The opening of the 6 GHz band is considered as priority one and especially the prominent role of WiFi is emphasized. The ISED is proposing the establishment of new spectrum for license-exempt Radio LAN operation in the frequency band 5925 - 7125 MHz with a maximum output power of 36 dBm EIRP.

    Further details are included in the consultancy document which may be found here


  • United StatesFCC updated the 5.9 GHz Band to improve WIFI and Automotive Safe

    FCC designated the lower 45 MHz (5850 -5895 MHz) for unlicensed use whereas the upper 30 MHz (5895-5925 MHz) are intended for automobile safety in the Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology.

    On 18 Nov 2020 the Federal Communications Commission FCC have released an enhancing modernization of the 5.9 GHz band, to pave the way for the increasing demand for WIFI and other unlicensed services. This will support many consumers to have gigabit WIFI connectivity in the public as well as the private areas.
    This update of the 5.9 GHz Band will also improve the safety in automotive sector: the upper 30 MHz are intended for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for vehicular communications.

    For more Information you may visit the official FCC website.


  • New ZealandNew General User Radio License for Short Range Devices

    On 6 November 2020, a new General User Radio License for Short Range Devices (GURL for Short Range devices) came into force by being published in the official Gazette of New Zealand.

    In comparison to the 2019 version, the following amendments were made:
    - the use of the frequencies 0.1485 – 30 MHz for wireless power transfer systems and induction loop systems for the detection of foreign objections has been regulated
    - a new provision for the use of the frequency range 1785 – 1805 MHz for wireless microphone, in-ear monitor, or wireless audio transmitter devices
    - in order to implement WRC-19 Resolution 229: amendments to regulation of wireless LAN outdoor use of 5150 – 5350 MHz devices with a power level up to 0 dBW were made

    - the use of 13.553 – 13.567 MHz RFID transmitters has been regulated

    Source: Link to the official Gazette


  • Korea SouthRRA issues revision of Conformity Assessment Scheme

    The Korean Radio Research Agence (RRA) issued recently the new notice 2020-7, which updates some aspects regarding the conformity assessment.

    Notable changes:

    • explicit list of products requiring EMC approval instead of „similar devices“
    • IT equipment embedded in vehicles do not require a separate EMC approval
    • RF modules in approved host can be exchanged more easily
    • QR-Code Labeling becomes possible: Instead of standard label or e-label, a QR-code can now be used

    The full notification can be found here (Korean only)


  • BrazilPower Limits for Wifi equipment

    Following up on Act No. 4776 issued September 1st, 2020 the regulatory authority in Brazil, ANATEL, updated power limits for WiFi equipment, the updated values are identified under pragraph 11.2

    Here is an excerpt from the published document:

    11. BROADBAND WIRELESS ACCESS SYSTEM FOR LOCAL NETWORKS

    11.1 Wireless Broadband Access System for Local Area Networks operating in the 5.150-5.350 MHz and 5.470-5.725 MHz bands must meet the following conditions:

    11.1.1. Equipment operating in the 5.150-5.350 MHz band must be used indoors .

    11.1.1.1. For the purposes of this document, an indoor environment is considered to be one capable of producing attenuation by penetrating buildings in order to allow the emission levels of a transmitter to be degraded in different directions.

    11.2. Wireless Broadband Access System for Local Area Networks, operating in the 5.150–5.350 MHz band, must meet the following conditions:

    11.2.1. The average value of the conducted power is limited to the maximum value of 1 W in the range 5.150-5.250 MHz and to 250 mW in the range of 5.250-5.350 MHz, if the maximum gain of the antenna does not exceed 6 dBi.

    11.2.2. The average value of the EIRP spectral density is limited to a maximum of 50 mW / MHz.

    [...]

    11.5. Systems operating in accordance with sub-items 11.2 and 11.3, must have a transmission power control mechanism ( Transmit Power Control - TPC) that allows the selection of transmission power and ensures a mitigation factor of at least 3 dB.

    11.5.1. Exceptionally, the use of equipment without the TPC mechanism will be allowed. In this case, the average value of the EIRP power must be limited to the maximum allowed value, conducted or radiated, reduced by at least 3 dB for equipment operating in the 5.150-5.350 MHz and 5.470-5.725 MHz bands.

    [...]

    Source official link from authority (in Portuguese)


  • United KingdomOfcom consults on a new regulation for short range radar devices

    Today, the UK's communications regulator published proposals to amend the regulations concerning the use of short-range radar equipment for vehicular use. (For example: blind spot radars, collision radars and other driving assistance equipment)

    The mentioned amendments refer to the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short-Range radar) Regulations 2013.

    These regulations indicate that certain SRRs in vehicles can be used in the 24 GHz band without the necessity of a spectrum license. They are proposing a minor amendment so the license exemptions continue to apply in the UK after the end of the transition period in the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the European Union on 31th December 2020.

    Responses to this consultation are welcome by 14th of December 2020

    Link to download the „Notice of proposals “


  • AustraliaAmendment to the Short Range Devices Standard

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) amends the Radiocommunications (Short Range Device) Standard 2014 (SRD Standard). This is intended to refer to the latest industry standard and enable the use of international test methods.

    With these amendments the reference to the Australian/New Zealand Industry Standard “AS/NZS 4268:2012 Radio equipment and systems – Short range devices – Limits and methods of measurement” will be brought up to date so that the minimum performance requirements and measurement methods for short-range devices (AS/NZS 4268) correspond to the last edition (2017). Besides, they permit the usage of international test method standards as alternatives to AS/NZS 4268.

    Source: Official Link


  • ArgentinaENACOM issues new testing protocols

    On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones ENACOM issued NO-2020-73167532-APN-SNYE#ENACOM. According to this note, the test protocols for Frequency hopping equipment and broadband systems will be amended, starting in December 1st, 2020.

    However, the sample requirements will not be affected by this note. With regards to Renewals, the original test reports will be accepted as long as they comply with the protocal limits, which were not changed.

    Source: Official note


  • United Arab EmiratesTRA now shows the approved devices on the website

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in UAE revealed the launch of a website to display all the telecommunications devices which were approved. The mentioned website can be publicly accessed. Considering this page, manufacturers as well as consumers can make sure that the device they are looking for has been approved previously. The list contains more than 15k devices, for which reason the search works for the model or product name directly.

    The list ranges from mobile phones, computers, tablets, transmitters as well as other devices which are in use in the communications and information technology.

    Link to the list at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority website:

    https://www.tra.gov.ae/en/approved-equipment.aspx


  • Sri LankaNotice of temporary office closure

    The National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID_19 outbreak has communicated that a quarantine curfew has been imposed since 25th of October 2020 for different regions in Sri Lanka.

    For our business activities, it will have the following impact:

    - TRCSL (Telecommunications Regulatory Commision of Sri Lanka) issues only temporary, digital type approval certificates until further notice

    - TRCSL do not accept samples due to the fact that all employees are working from home

    - Extended lead time for type approval procedures

    A precise period for theses measures has not been announced.

    We will keep you posted if any changes occur in the current situation

    Source: IBLAG local partner and TRCSL


  • ParaguayCOVID-19 cases at CONATEL

    Delays in the Type Approval certifications are expected as there are several employees at CONATEL Paraguay tested positive and many employees are currently in quarantine.
    At this moment no certificates can be signed.

    Source: IBLAG Local Partner


  • GeneralTCRL – extended date for TCRL 2019-1 ended on October 15, 2020

    The Active Date for Test Case Reference List (TCRL 2019-2) has been extended to October 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation. This date is over now and Members are not allowed to continue using TCRL 2019-1 from October 15, 2020. This will mean that new introduced test cases are now mandatory for qualification and cannot be waived by referencing the old TCRL version (TCRL 2019-1).


  • CanadaISED published ICES-003 Issue7

    The newest edition of the Information and Technology Equipment standard ICES-003 was released by the ISED on October 15th 2020.
    Newly added to the Issue 7 of the standard were the requirements for devices with wireless power transfer functionality and the removal of alternative limits. Issue 7 is including only one set of limits now.
    Inquiries regarding this release may be addressed directly to ISED using the general inquiry form (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/frm-eng/EABV-9X4GEH) or via email to ic.consultationradiostandards-consultationnormesradio.ic@canada.ca

  • IndiaPublication of Devices subject to BIS approval

    Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) released a list of products that are subject for BIS

    The MEITY in India decided on 1 OCT 2020 that BIS approval is required for following products:
    Wireless microphone, Digital Camera, Video Camera, Webcam, Smart Speakers, Dimmers for LED products, Bluetooth Speakers.
    Starting 1 APR 2021, such devices will require BIS approval. You may check the official Gazette under the following link.

    Please get in touch with your IB-Lenhardt AG counterpart, should you require support in this matter.

    Link to official gazette


  • BrazilPublic consultation: Proposal for updating SAR

    On October 5th, Anatel (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações) published a public consultation proposal for the inclusion of test procedures for conformance assessment of products which incorporate Time-Period Averaging SAR (TAS) technology.

    The focus lies on the improvement of test procedures of SAR to conformity assessment at products to establish limit distance of measurement, tests with accessories and impacts on the measurement after battery change of the equipment under test.

    Products covered (HS or CCCN where applicable, otherwise national tariff heading. ICS numbers may be provided in addition, where applicable):

    HS 8517
    HS 8525
    HS 8527
    Teleocommunications in general (ICS 30.020)

    Final date for comments: 4th of November 2020

    Comments should be sent to the Brazilian TBT Enquiry Point (barreirastecnicas@inmetro.gov.br) and copied to leonardoc@anatel.gov.br and davison@anatel.gov.br.

    Official Link:


  • MexicoDirector of Homologations at IFETEL Mexico retires

    The director of homologations at the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFETEL) in Mexico, engineer Angel Aguilar López, has gone on pension. Due to the current reorganization at the authority there might be delays in issuing certificates. Please take longer lead times into account.

    It’s recommended to submit renewal applications earlier than usual.

    Source: Official Link


  • BrazilAuthority extends renewal process

    Due to the continuous measurements against COVID-19 effect, ANATEL issued official letter 585/2020 extending renewal waiver requirements of photos and test reports, this will cover certificates expiry period from 6th of March 2020 until 31st of December 2020

    Source: official document


  • GeneralDTG Testing and KL-Certification join forces

    Due to the Brexit, placing CE marked equipment on the market in the UK and EU will change from 1st January 2021.

    DTG Testing (UK) and KL-Certification (GER) have combined their expertise to provide a single service for placing products on both, the UK and EU markets after Brexit.

    To get more detailed information and contact data, follow the link below.

    Source & Link:



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