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MultiPoint Newsletter - April 2018

Pre-Approval Guidance

Question: We developed a product that uses new technology that we believe is subject to FCC approval, however after an exhaustive search of the published FCC rules and regulations, we are unable to determine which standards would apply, or what testing would be required. How do we proceed?

Answer: Based on your description, our recommendation is to first review the newest Pre-Approval Guidance List to see if you can determine which of the three equipment authorization application classes apply to your product:

  1. Devices subject to special conditions that require that the FCC approve the authorization procedures prior to approval by a TCB;
  2. Devices that require a sample to be submitted to the FCC for pre-approval testing prior to approval by a TCB; or
  3. Devices with new or unique operation or installation issues subject to FCC review prior to approval by a TCB.

Each class of authorization application has its own policies and procedures that must be followed in order to request and receive the necessary guidance in order to move forward. The specific requirements and process for each class are provided in the in-depth Pre-Approval Guidance Procedure斗地主达人, previously known as the Permit But Ask Procedure.

76-81 GHz Radar Devices

Question: Our vehicular radar products were FCC certified under Section 15.253. Do we need to recertify them under Part 95?

Answer: According to the Equipment Authorization Guidance for 76‑81 GHz Radar Devices published on April 6, 2018, it is not necessary to recertify under Part 95 radars that were previously approved under Part 15. However, permissive changes and equipment operation are now subject to Part 95.

Additionally, unlicensed 24 GHz wideband and ultra‑wideband vehicular radar applications will not be accepted starting September 20, 2018, and Class II permissive changes will not be allowed after January 1, 2022.

The guidance document provides additional transition information as well as technical requirements and limitations.

FCC Authorization for Computers

Question: We are a systems integrator. Where can we find the latest information on FCC requirements for computers?

Answer: The FCC has consolidated their authorization guidance for personal computers and personal computer peripherals, classified as Class B digital devices, into one publication which reflects rule changes in accordance with the First Report and Order FCC 17‑93. Within this document you will find definitions, criteria for testing and authorization with regard to complete systems, peripherals, components and sub-assemblies, requirements for assembling and marketing, and much more.

Class B personal computers and components are marketed for use anywhere, including residential environments, and include desktop, notebook, laptop and tablet computers。 Class B computers and computer peripherals are subject to FCC authorization via certification or a Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)。

Please note that computers, computer systems and peripherals marketed for use in commercial, industrial or business environments only are considered to be Class A digital devices, and as such, are outside the scope of the publication referenced above。 If a computer is assembled with Class A and Class B components, it must be compliant with the limits for a Class A device。

Reusing Test Data

Question:斗地主达人 We understand the FCC allows an applicant for equipment authorization to reference test data that was provided in a previous certification application for a similar product. How can we ensure that the test data we provided is not utilized by our competitors to certify their products?

Answer: The FCC recently published Guidance for Referencing EMC and Radio Parameter Test Data in Equipment Authorization Applications斗地主达人, which provides general guidance and specific requirements for reusing EMC and radio parameter test data from the certification applications of similar equipment, in order to reduce testing. This document clearly states that test data can only be reused for applications under the same Grantee Code, which prevents competitors from reusing your test data.

In the event that Grantee 1 wishes to reuse data previously submitted by Grantee 2, Grantee 2 must give permission to Grantee 1, in the form of a signed letter, to pursue a Change in FCC ID, per Section 2.933. Only after approval of Grantee 1’s Change in FCC ID application would Grantee 1 then be able to reuse the test data in Grantee 2’s test report. But this cannot happen without Grantee 2’s express permission in the form of the letter submitted with Grantee 1’s Change in FCC ID application.

The FCC guidance document includes very important considerations for reusing and/or referencing previously submitted test data, including requirements for device similarities, spot‑checking test data, and identifying, referencing and justifying data reuse.

Please note that RF exposure and SAR test reduction is generally not available, but allowable conditions are provided in KDB Publication 447498 D01 and others cited therein.

Standards Updates

EU: New CENELEC Standards Recently Released

斗地主达人This is a shortened list of the CENELEC standards published or made available during the past month:

  • - (4/18/18) - Space product assurance - Safety
  • - (3/14/18) - Effects of electromagnetic interference on pipelines caused by high voltage a.c. electric traction systems and/or high voltage a.c. power supply systems
  • - (3/16/18) - Determination of workers' exposure to electromagnetic fields and assessment of risk at a broadcast site
  • - (3/23/18) - Semiconductor devices - Mechanical and climatic test methods - Part 26: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing - Human body model (HBM)
  • - (4/13/18) - Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use - Part 2-120: Particular safety requirements for machinery aspects of equipment
  • - (3/16/18) - Low-voltage switch mode power supplies - Part 7: Safety requirements
  • - (4/27/18) - Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification - Part 1: Requirements for construction
  • - (4/27/18) - Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification - Part 2: Requirements for testing

See for additional information。

EU: New ETSI Standards Recently Released

斗地主达人This is a shortened list of the new ETSI standards published during the past month:

  • - April 2018 - Broadband Direct Air-to-Ground Communications; Equipment operating in the 1 900 MHz to 1 920 MHz and 5 855 MHz to 5 875 MHz frequency bands; Beamforming antennas; Harmonised Standard for access to radio spectrum
  • - April 2018 - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Systems; Part 4: DMR trunking protocol

See for additional information。

EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

This is a shortened list of the new IEC standards published during the past month:

  • - (2/15/18) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 3-1: Rolling stock - Train and complete vehicle    
  • - (4/10/18) - Interpretation sheet 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-1: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Measuring apparatus    
  • - (4/13/18) - Amendment 2 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-2: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Measurement instrumentation uncertainty
  • - (4/13/18) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-76: Particular requirements for electric fence energizers
  • - (4/25/18) - Environmental testing - Part 2: Tests - ALL PARTS    
  • - (4/6/18) - Metallic cables and other passive components - Test methods - Part 4-8: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Capacitive coupling admittance

See for additional information。

EU – National Language Requirements

On March 14, 2018, the European Commission published National language requirements for the Radio Equipment Directive (RED; 2014/53/EU). The complete update can be found .

Canada – Release of RSS-GEN, Issue 5

On April 26, 2018, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) published , replacing prior version RSS‑Gen, issue 4, dated November 2014. The changes are as follows:

  1. New section 1.1 adds a provision for a transition period regarding RSS‑Gen.
  2. New section 2.5 adds a provision for a transition period regarding applicable RSSs.
  3. Section 2.7.1 adds the requirement for certified devices to be listed in the radio equipment list (REL) before they can be leased, offered for sale, or sold.
  4. New section 2.8 adds a provision for radio apparatus used for demonstration purposes.
  5. Section 2.9 updates the provision for requesting a special authorization.
  6. Section 4 incorporates labelling specifications from RSP‑100, Certification of Radio Apparatus.
  7. Section 5.3 clarifies that in the case of stand‑alone receivers not operating in the band 30‑960 MHz that contain components which are covered by Interference-Causing Equipment Standards (ICES), the applicable ICES, including its labelling requirement, shall apply.
  8. Section 6.2 adds a reference to the documents REC‑LAB, Procedure for the Recognition of Foreign Testing Laboratories, and DES‑LAB, Procedure for Designation and Recognition of Canadian Testing Laboratories, for requirements regarding test site facilities.
  9. Section 6.6 adds applicable restrictions when measuring field strength above 30 MHz at a distance greater than 30 m from the equipment under test.
  10. Section 6.8 modifies the transmit antenna section to apply to both licensed and licence‑exempt equipment.
  11. Section 6.9 clarifies the requirements for test frequencies versus operating frequency bands.
  12. Section 6.10 adds a requirement for average detectors to comply with the characteristics given in Publication #16 of the International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CAN/CSA‑CISPR) 16‑1‑1:15.
  13. Section 6.11 clarifies the requirements for the power supply voltage to be used when measuring transmitter frequency stability.
  14. Section 6.13.2 extends the frequency range for measuring unwanted emissions to 200 GHz and adds a provision on measurement for equipment containing digital devices at a higher frequency.
  15. Section 8.7 clarifies the conditions for passive RFID tags to be exempt from any ISED certification, testing and labelling requirements.
  16. Section 8.9 adds the frequency bands 0.495‑0.505 MHz, 8.41425‑8.41475 MHz, 149.9‑150.05 MHz, 162.0125‑167.17 MHz, 167.72‑173.2 MHz and 2483.5‑2500 MHz to the Table of Restricted Frequency Bands.
  17. Section 8.11 clarifies a requirement for the frequency stability of unlicensed devices where the frequency stability limit is not specified.
  18. Section 9 no longer includes definitions which are related to specific RSSs.
  19. Editorial updates and improvements have been made.

Canada – Release of RSS‑140, Issue 1

On April 5, 2018, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) published , setting out the certification requirements for equipment operating in the public safety broadband frequency bands 758‑768 MHz and 788‑798 MHz. The equipment covered by this new standard is classified as Category I equipment. A technical acceptance certificate (TAC) issued by ISED’s Certification and Engineering Bureau, or a certificate issued by a certification body (CB), is required.

Canada – Release of REC-LAB, Issue 6

In March, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released 斗地主达人 describing the criteria and procedure for recognition by ISED of foreign testing laboratories to test to Canadian requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment, radio apparatus (NEW) and broadcasting equipment (NEW) standards. Effective March 15, 2019, ISED’s current Test Site Registration program for wireless device testing labs will be discontinued. After that date, ISED will only accept test reports from non‑Canadian labs formally designated by NIST (or the appropriate recognized accreditation body) and recognized by ISED for specific standards. It is suggested that labs that have an ISED site registration expiring before March 15, 2019 extend their registration until March 15, 2019 or until recognition is achieved.

Please note the following two important sections of REC‑LAB:

  1. Section 7 Scope of Accreditation identifies the standards for which labs can be recognized. Labs that wish to have recognition for a partial standard not already shown as subdivided in this section will need to obtain prior approval from ISED via the General Inquiry Form as noted.
  2. Section 8 Testing Laboratory Technical Assessment Checklist is a new technical assessment checklist that must be completed by the accreditation body and provided by the lab to ISED as part of the designation process.

China – Update Published for CCC Mark

China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) published an update for its CCC mark。 As of March 20, 2018, CCC mark printing no longer needs to be approved by the CNCA, and the CCC mark application fee has been eliminated。 Manufacturers may now print and use the CCC mark per the CNCA regulation。

Thailand – New Standard Issued for 78‑79 MHz and 245‑247 MHz Bands

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) issued NBTC TS 1002‑256, replacing standard NTC TS 1002‑2553. This new standard was effective as of February 24, 2018 and the main changes affect bandwidth, rated carrier power, and frequency deviation. Please note, there is no change to the Type Approval schemes for products operating in these bands requiring National Class B certification, and no impact to products that have already been approved based on the previous standard.

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