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MultiPoint International Newsletter - Nov 2010 Issue

RF/EMC Regulatory Update

International Issue

Dear Colleague,

We have provided typical questions and answers that represent in most cases technical opinions with justification in international regulatory requirements. The particulars of the product for certification must be considered with respect to the applicability of these questions and answers. We hope you find our update valuable and we welcome your feedback if you have any special needs or questions. Call us at 703-689-0368 for your product testing & certification requirements. You can view archived issues of MultiPoint at our .

International Approvals for Radios in the 2.4 GHz Band

QUESTION: In your last MultiPoint update, there was a discussion about 2.4 GHz band products and max EIRP allowable in various countries. Several countries were not mentioned by name. Can you provide the Max EIRP for Israel, South Africa, and UAE?

ANSWER: For Israel, South Africa and UAE, 100mW is the Max EIRP allowed for a 2。4 GHz device。

Cayman Islands - Rules for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Devices

QUESTION: Our company would like to sell its 2。4 GHz and 5 GHz devices to businesses located in the Cayman Islands。 Do you know if such devices require any licensing or approvals from the Cayman Islands' regulatory agency?

ANSWER: In the Caymans, both 2.4 and 5 GHz are ISM bands. There is no specific license required (it is covered by a Class License). However, please note the equipment must have FCC approval and must be operated in accordance with that approval.

China - Modular Approval

QUESTION: I have a customer that would like to use our 2。4 GHz FHSS transceiver module in their equipment in China。 Can you confirm if modular approval is allowed in China?

ANSWER: China does not recognize modular approval as such; any product containing your module (regardless of where it's assembled) would need to be approved at the system level.

To further clarify, China allows manufacturers to approve radio modules, for the purpose of importing the radio module into China for inclusion into the host products in China. From here they can be exported to the rest of the world, or if used in China, the host product would need to be certified. If the radio module is installed into the host outside of China, only the host needs approval for when it is imported into China.

There is nothing to stop a manufacturer obtaining type approval for their module in China, but it brings no value unless the module is imported into China for integration into the host。 Any modular type approval testing cannot be leveraged, when applying for host level approval of a product which incorporates the module。

Oman - Enforcement of New Label Requirement

QUESTION: I would like find out more about Oman's TRA enforcement of the new label for Type Approved products. What specific wireless products are regulated by these new requirements? Are low-powered Bluetooth headsets and speakers regulated? Or are the new labeling requirements focused on telecommunication terminal products?

ANSWER: According to the new labeling guidelines put into effect in June of this year, all wireless (including low-power Bluetooth and other similar RF devices) and telecom equipment imported into Oman must be labeled with the positions and specifications given in the guidelines。

The only equipment exempted from Omani labeling is as follows:

  • Equipment used for automotive applications and already fitted on the imported automobiles。
  • Modules and Interface cards that have already been fitted in their housings before import to the Sultanate.
  • All access and core network equipment imported for installation in the public licensed telecom networks.

Taiwan - New BSMI Requirements

QUESTION: I have heard there are some recent changes to BSMI's regulatory requirements。 Can you provide guidance for these changes?

ANSWER: On 8/16/2010, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) announced the implementation of two additional test requirements effective 10/1/2010. These requirements are found in CNS13438: Information technology equipment - Radio disturbance Characteristics -limits and methods of measurement and relate to testing above 1 GHz and conducted disturbance at telecommunication ports.

Details of the new requirements are as follows:

  • The new test requirements are applicable to products which adopt CNS 13438 as the EMC testing standard, including those products which have internal emission sources utilizing a highest frequency of more than (and including) 108 MHz, or telecommunication ports such as Information Technology Equipment (ITE) and multimedia equipment.
  • If the product belongs to the regulated products that are required to comply with newly-added requirements, and its certificate validity date is before 9/30/2010, the certificate holder can apply for an extension of validity without conducting the two new test requirements. However, if the certificate validity date is after 9/30/2010, the certificate holder should conduct the two new test requirements for applying for an extension of validity.
  • For those products that have been certified before the date of implementation, applicants can apply for an extension of validity before the validity date, once the products comply with the new test requirements.
  • The certificate holders should apply for new certificates (old certificate should be cancelled), or apply for renewal of a certificate (certificate number unchanged) if the main types and series types products comply with the new test requirement。
  • In cases where testing is applicable for products with a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) inspection scheme, and the products have a signed DoC before the implementation date, the obligatory inspection applicant can use that DoC until 3/31/2011. After this date, the obligatory inspection applicant must have their products tested and in compliance with the complete test requirements, and re-declare the conformity (re-issue the declaration of conformity) according to the relevant regulations before putting the product into the marketplace.
  • For those products for which the new test requirements are not applicable, the certificate holders can still apply for certificates for series models or apply for an extension of validity in accordance with the original requirements。

China - Information on Technical Standards

QUESTION: I have a difficult time understanding Chinese import regulations and the product standard requirements. Most documents I find are in Chinese with no English translation available. What is the best place to find this type of information in English?

ANSWER: I have just the website for you. During October 2009, the China-EU/EFTA Standardization Information Platform (CESIP) was launched. CESIP is a practical information tool aimed at strengthening mutual trade and investment flow between Europe and China by making standards and related technical regulations more accessible. The platform is a website with information in English and Chinese about the relevant applicable and upcoming standards to be applied to products when intended for export to China or Europe. Manufacturers exporting to China will find information not only on national Chinese GB standards (voluntary and mandatory), but also on the relevant industry (sector) standards, normally much more difficult to obtain for foreign companies wanting to do business with China. 

INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY UPDATES

UKRAINE - CHANGES IN REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS As of 1/1/2011, there will be some major changes in Ukraine's regulatory approval requirements.

First, Ukraine's national conformity mark will become mandatory. This mark was first introduced in 2001 and was considered voluntary. The mark can be applied to either the product, the packaging, or the user's manual. Conformity marking will now be enforced by market surveillance and by visual inspection during customs clearance.

Second, the EMC part of safety certification will be separated from certification. Instead, compliance to EMC norms and standards will be confirmed by a supplier Declaration of Conformity (DoC). Currently, Ukraine safety/EMC approval is covered by one certificate (one document).

Beginning 1/1/2011, the EMC portion will be excluded from mandatory safety/EMC approval. Ukraine will issue safety approval based on acceptance of CB documents. For EMC compliance, all applicants for Ukraine certification must register their Declaration of Conformity (DoC). These Ukraine DoCs can be based only upon Ukraine EMC test reports, and not factory test reports or test reports from internationally recognized and accredited test laboratories.

INDIA- 13.56 MHz BAND DE-LICENSED India's Department of Telecom (DoT) recently de-licensed the use of 13.56 MHz spectrum for Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID). 13.56 MHz devices (operating between 13.553 - 13.567 MHz) are now allowable for use in India.

TURKEY - 5。470-5。725 GHz BAND NOW OPEN FOR WLAN Recently, in accordance with the Turkish Information Technology and Communications Authority Regulation 27527, the 5.470 - 5.725 GHz band is open for WLAN devices in Turkey. The maximum permitted output power is 1000mW E.I.R.P. and the maximum spectral power density is 50 mW/MHz . Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and Transmit Power Control (TPC) are required.

RUSSIA - NEW 802.11n REGULATIONS RELEASED The Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and the Ministry of Justice just released Radio Access Regulations for 802.11n technology. The Russian Ministry Standard for 802.11n is Order No. 124. Order No. 124, which supersedes Order No. 19 (the Russian standard for radio access equipment of open system technologies in compliance with the 802.11a/b/g, 802.15 and 802.16 standards). Russian laboratories must now be accredited by the Ministry in order to test / process products in accordance with Order No. 124. Russian Laboratories cannot test any 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.15 or 802.16 products until they receive this accreditation (accreditation process is expected to take approximately two months).

Ministry Declarations and Certificates issued previously in accordance with Order No。19 will not be affected and do not need to be updated to state compliance with Order No。 124。

BRAZIL - ANATEL UPDATES TO ISO 9001:2008 As of 11/14/2010, Brazil's ANATEL will no longer accept ISO 9001:2000 certificates to attest the manufacturing locations of Category I products (and Category II products with 2 or more manufacturing locations). Instead, ISO 9001:2008 certificates must be provided and any factory not yet accredited to ISO 9001:2008 could be subject to an inspection.

Additionally, as of 12/1/2010, ANATEL will require that all ISO certificates must be provided in Portuguese. Those issued in another language will need to be accompanied by a "sworn translation" (in Portuguese). The new requirements apply to both new Approvals and products undergoing maintenance.

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