In many christian countries the authorities will remain closed during the Easter Holidays: In Latin America as well as in Africa or even in the Philippines. Same goes for IB-lenhardt, our team will be back in office on Tuesday 2018-04-03 and wishes a Happy Easter!
Regulatory News dated Q1/2018
BrazilANATEL requires EMC testing
During the re-organisation of its approval process for radiocommunication devices, the ANATEL requires EMC testing. This follows the new ANATEL regulation ATO 14448, which makes EMC testing mandatory, according to ANATEL ATO 952 for restricted radiocommunication equipment. The ANATEL Resolution 442 (EMC) has been repealed, the equipments which have already been tested and approved under Resolution 442 will be updated during the next maintenance process.
The new procedure becomes effective for all approvals and renewals on 2018-04-02.
The approvals issued before that date remain valid until their expiring date.
On 2018-03-14, the INCM (National Institute of Communication of Mozambique) published a letter informing the manufacturers, importers and users of electrocommunication and telecommunication equipment that the import, use and commercialization of the following devices are prohibited in the country;
- Devices operating in the frequency band 1900MHz- 2100MHz (reserved for cell phones)
- Telecommunication equipment used for fraudulent purpose (such as SIM boxes)
- Equipment representing a risk for the health or for terrestrial, maritime or aeronautical mobile services
- Equipment without a Declaration for Import from the INCM
- Equipment not homologated or certified by the INCM
- Equipment which didn't undergo a technical evaluation from the INCM. Any not homologated equipment will be confiscated by the INCM.
PakistanNew regulation and application form available online
The Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations released on 2017-12-31 by the PTA (Pakistan Communication Authority) is now available online, as well as the new form for a "Certificate of Compliance to technical standards".
IranIran could be on track to EAC
There are still rumours about Iran joining Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) but nothing substantial can be reported. It remains to be seen when such a treaty will manifest and what it would mean for type approval.
New CaledoniaNo Type Approval required any more
The authority in New Caledonia, the ANFR (Agence Nationale des Fréquences - National Agency of Frequencies) has informed that it does not accept any Type Approval applications nor deliver any letter of information any more, since the latter is not compulsory. Nonetheless, the importers still have to request a formal administrative authorisation of importation on the base of the European (RE-D) regulation for radio-electric equipment.
ArgentinaINTI laboratory on strike
The Argentinian National Institute for Technology Industrial is on strike since the beginning of February due to the declared collective redundancies. This affects the homologation process of radio devices as no radiated test can currently be carried out. A truce is being negotiated but the employees are still not willing to resume work. For further information: press article from iProfesional
MauritiusICTA releases 2 telecommunication directives
In Mauritius ICTA has introduced two new directives. Both directives easen the import mainly of smartphones but the second effectively nullifies the need for type approval of BT and WiFi devices:
6.9 No Type Approval from the Authority is required for the importation and sale of devices equipped only with Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth® as exemplified below –
Application Devices equipped with Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth® Automotive Car infotainment systems Consumer Electronics
Television set, CD/DVD players, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Cameras, Home entertainment systems, Household appliances
PC Peripherals Wireless Mouse, Keyboard, Touchpad, Microphone, Speaker, Printer/Scanner Sports & Fitness Sport equipment
However, devices still need to be compliant with ICTA's requirements.