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MultiPoint Newsletter - August 2014

ETSI Standard Comparisons

Question:斗地主达人 Do you know whether the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has a service that compares different versions of a harmonized standard?

Answer: ETSI provides a comparison between the latest and the previously published versions of its harmonized standards. This is accomplished using an Adobe .pdf file that clearly indicates content changes and deletions, and page changes and moves. It is a very useful tool; click for further information.


Class II Permissive Changes for Modules

Question: We have a FCC certified GSM/WCDMA transmitter module. We now wish to add a mini PCI Express X1 card. To implement this change to the currently certified module, we added a new printed circuit board (PCB), a switching regulator, and passive components to the interface. The new configuration is intended to be a module and will be sold only for professional installation. If required, RF exposure for portable configuration evaluation will be the final integrator’s responsibility. We have the following questions:

  1. We want to apply a Class II permissive change (PCII) to our module to include the PCI Express X1 PCB. Would the FCC consider the changes described to be “electrically identical” so that the new combination can be approved under the existing FCC ID?
  2. With regard to the mini PCI Express X1 card, can we apply for modular approval under a new FCC ID?

Answer:斗地主达人 Following are the answers to your questions:

  1. If the radio section of the module is exactly the same, and only the passive PCB is added, the FCC may allow this to be certified as a PCII and the FCC ID will remain the same. If testing indicates that this is not a passive PCB, the FCC may require a new FCC ID.
  2. For the PCI Express X1 addition, if it were connected to a computer, it would be considered a computer peripheral in accordance with , and authorized under a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) or a certification grant. If the peripheral portion of your device is approved under a DoC, it is possible to apply for a PCII. If the peripheral portion is certified instead, your composite filing will require a new FCC ID.

FTRS Certification

Question: We are an overseas manufacturer of a frequency translating repeater system (FTRS) designed for FCC 47CFR§24 rules and regulations. What is the procedure to obtain certification?

Answer: The procedures for filing a certification application under 47CFR§24 are in .

The technical requirements for testing a 47CFR§24 FTRS are in , and .

Additionally, when testing devices like amplifiers, repeaters and boosters, you should provide a comparison of the input modulated spectrum and the output modulated spectrum。 This comparative test corresponds to the occupied bandwidth test required under 47CFR§2。1049。

If you have devices that handle multiple signals, these devices will provide Inter-modulation (IM) products. IM products are spurious emissions covered by the general emissions limitations (mask) in each radio service.

The IM test normally refers to the IM products produced by the transmitter / repeater carrying two or more signals at the same time, in accordance with 47CFR§2.1051.

IM products (spurious emissions measurements) are typically taken at the antenna terminals with the transmitter modulation enabled.

The three-signal test is still the preferred primary procedure. The FCC typically requires that these IM test(s) be performed with the three signals of equal magnitude, at their highest rated output power for each modulation type, and in all modes that would generate different responses.

For a three-signal test, the signals should be spaced as follows: two close together at one edge of the pass-band, and the third signal alone at the other edge of the pass-band. This placement potentially produces both in-band and out-of-band IM products.

If you cannot perform a three-signal test because of equipment shortages or other limitations, a two-signal test is acceptable as a default, however the two-signal test is a last alternative to the preferred three-signal test, and should not randomly replace the three-signal test。

If you must perform a two-signal test, the two signals must be of equal magnitude, at their highest rated output power for each modulation type, and tested in all modes that would generate different responses.

You must test both the upper and lower edges of the pass-band。 In each case, the two signals should be close together at the side of the band edge being tested。 As a result, you will perform two independent two-signal tests, instead of one three-signal test。


HAC Equipment Authorization Requirements

Question: Where can I find the equipment authorization requirements for hearing aid compatibility (HAC) of mobile handsets?

Answer:斗地主达人 The documents linked below provide detailed guidance on both FCC testing and certification requirements under 47CFR§20.19, including those for ANSI standards, test reports, manual language, grant notes, etc.

  1. 285076 D01 HAC Guidance v04-provides equipment authorization guidance for mobile handsets subject to the requirements of Section 20.19 for hearing aid compatibility
  2. 285076 D02 T-Coil testing for CMRS IP v01r01 provides guidance for T-Coil tests for voice-over-IP (e.g. LTE and Wi-Fi) CMRS based Telephone Services

Standards Updates

EU: New CENELEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (7/4/2014) - Video surveillance systems for use in security applications - Part 1-1: System requirements - General
  • - (7/9/2014) - Space engineering - Electromagnetic compatibility
  • - (7/11/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-2: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Coupling devices for conducted disturbance measurements
  • - (7/11/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 2-1: Methods of measurement of disturbances and immunity - Conducted disturbance measurements
  • - (7/11/2014) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 31: Equipment dust ignition protection by enclosure "t"
  • - (7/25/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-2: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Measurement instrumentation uncertainty
  • - (7/25/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-2: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Measurement instrumentation uncertainty
  • - (7/25/2014) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-43: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of X-ray equipment for interventional procedures
  • - Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment - Part 1: Safety requirements
  • - (8/8/2014) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (8/8/2014) - Safety of laser products - Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements

See for additional information.

EU: New ETSI Standards Recently Released

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

  •  - (June 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR) using FDMA with a channel spacing of 6,25 kHz
  • - (June 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band (UWB); Transmission characteristics Part 2: UWB mitigation techniques
  •  - (July 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Safety Extra Low Voltage (SELV) DC power supply network for ICT devices with energy storage and grid or renewable energy sources options
  •  - (July 2014) - Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS); System requirements for Operation in UHF TV Band White Spaces
  •  - (July 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); System Reference document (SRdoc); Cognitive radio techniques for Satellite Communications operating in Ka band
  •  - (July 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Measurement method for Energy efficiency of Mobile Core network and Radio Access Control equipment
  •  - (July 2014) - Global System for Mobile communications (GSM); Harmonized EN for Base Station Equipment covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  •  - (July 2014) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 18: E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS)
  • - (July 2014) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 18: E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS)
  • - (July 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Power distribution to telecommunications and datacom (ICT) equipment
  • - (August 2014) - Railway Telecommunications (RT); GSM-R improved receiver parameters; Part 2: Radio conformance testing

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:

  • - (6/30/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-1: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Measuring apparatus
  • - (6/30/2014) - Amendment 2 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-1: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Measuring apparatus
  • - (7/10/2014) - Interpretation sheet 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-89: Particular requirements for commercial refrigerating appliances with an incorporated or remote refrigerant unit or compressor
  • - (7/10/2014) - Safety requirements for secondary batteries and battery installations - Part 3: Traction batteries
  • - (7/15/2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility - Guide to the drafting of electromagnetic compatibility publications
  • - (7/2/2014) - Information technology - Telecommunications and information exchange between systems - Magnetic field area network (MFAN) - Part 1: Air interface
  • - (7/21/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - ALL PARTS
  • - (7/21/2014) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-5: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Conditions for the use of alternative test methods
  • - (7/21/2014) - Amendment 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-5: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Conditions for the use of alternative test methods
  • - (7/21/2014) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 2: Equipment protection by pressurized enclosure "p"
  • - (7/21/2014) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-1: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of electron accelerators in the range 1 MeV to 50 MeV
  • - (7/21/2014) - Amendment 1 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-1: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of electron accelerators in the range 1 MeV to 50 MeV
  • - (7/21/2014) - Corrigendum 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 2-4: Environment - Compatibility levels in industrial plants for low-frequency conducted disturbances
  • - (7/22/2014) - Corrigendum 1 - Amendment 1 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance
  • - (7/28/2014) - Alarm and electronic security systems - Part 5-1: Alarm transmission systems - General requirements
  • - (8/12/2014) - Electromagnetic performance of high voltage direct current (HVDC) overhead transmission lines
  • - (8/12/2014) - Guidance on quantifying greenhouse gas emission reductions from the baseline for electrical and electronic products and systems

See for additional information。

FCC – Provider-Specific Signal Booster Compliance Measurement Guidance

On July 24, 2014, the FCC published . This newly published guidance establishes and documents standardized measurement procedures that will produce the data required to demonstrate that a wideband consumer signal booster is compliant with the technical requirements specified by the NPS.

FCC - U-NII Transition Plan – Software Security Requirements

On July 10, 2014, the FCC published which provides guidance on permissible options and restrictions on configuration controls for devices not approved as Software Defined Radios。

FCC – e-Labeling Guidance Published

On July 11, 2014, the FCC published , providing guidance on FCC e-labeling. The document explains how devices with an integrated display screen can present the required label information electronically (e-label) in lieu of a physical label or nameplate. E‑labeling is applicable to all devices which have an integral (non-removable) display screen and are currently subject to certification or DoC requirements. These include devices that have an integrated display or devices that are subject to rules for software-defined radios or modular transmitters and are used in a host device that has an integrated display.

U.S. - FDA Relaxes Regulatory Requirements for MDDS

斗地主达人Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS) used to support digital health technologies are no longer subject to FDA regulation per a new FDA guidance. Specific MDDS devices include:

  • MDDS falling under 21 CFR 880.6310
  • Medical image storage devices under 21 CFT 892.2010
  • Medical image communications devices under 21 CFR 892.2020

The FDA does not intend to enforce compliance for devices subject to the three regulations listed above in terms of registration and listing, premarket review, post-market reporting and FDA Good Manufacturing Practice quality system requirements.

The new FDA draft guidance also changes the agency's approach to regulating mobile medical apps and technologies where MDDS is concerned. Sections V-A-1 and V-B, as well as Appendices B, C and D of the FDA's Mobile Medical Applications guidance, have been amended to exclude MDDS, medical image storage and medical image communication devices from the scope of the agency's regulatory remit.

Canada - Release of SRSP-517, Technical Requirements for BRS

On July 17, 2014, Industry Canada published Notice No. SMSE-010-14 — Release of Standard Radio System Plan . This new publication reflects changes in Industry Canada's policy on BRS.

Canada - New Procedure for DoC and Registration of Terminal Equipment Released

On August 7, 2014, Industry Canada DC-01(E), Issue 5, , was released. It sets out the procedures that telecommunications terminal equipment suppliers must follow to declare conformity to the applicable technical specifications and to register their equipment with Industry Canada. A list of changes from the previous issue follows:

  1. General editorial modifications
  2. (Related Documents), reference to Terminal Equipment – Technical Specifications List (CS-03 Parts I and VIII) was added
  3. (Technical Brief), CB Notice 2013-05 requirements were added to submit compliance folder upon registration
  4. (Test Report Cover Sheet) was relocated from Annex A, and now includes CS-03 specification details and attestation
  5.  (Test Report Requirements) was added, listing test report requirements

Argentina – FHSS Devices Require Retesting at Renewal

On June 12, 2014, Argentina's Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC) released NOTCNCANEH N° 8/2014 confirming that all devices using FHSS modulation and submitted for Type Approval before July 8, 2013 must now be retested at the time of renewal. This requirement falls under the latest technical standard - Protocolo para Equipos de Espectro Ensanchado por Salto en Frecuencia V13.1 (Protocol for Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum devices V13.1) and also includes UHF RFID technology and all versions of Bluetooth. Devices submitted for approval after July 8, 2013 are not affected.

Kenya – Authority Name Change

Kenya's Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has recently been renamed Communications Authority of Kenya. Our local agent does not anticipate any impact on the existing regulatory Type Approval process. Telecommunications equipment must be type approved in Kenya, but existing test reports may be leveraged and there are no labeling requirements in place.

Korea – New Safety Rules

On July 31, 2014, the Korean government announced new safety regulations for electronic products. The most important changes are as follows:

  1. The new regulations are stricter than before and include products powered by DC input voltage (there is a one year grace period so the effective date for most products is August 1, 2015)
  2. The new regulations now allow multiple factories to be listed on the KC Safety certificate. This is effective immediately.

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