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MultiPoint Newsletter - June 2013

IC Certification for Medical Micropower Network Transceiver Device

Question: We manufacture a medical transceiver device that operates in the band 426–432 MHz as part of Medical Micropower Networks (MMNs). What are the certification requirements for Industry Canada (IC)?

Answer:  Medical transceiver devices that operate in the band 426–432 MHz as part of MMNs are classified as Category I equipment under . They are also license-exempt in accordance with the standard RSS-244 - Medical Devices Operating in the Band 413-457 MHz.

Category I equipment radio devices require a technical acceptance certificate (TAC) in accordance with subsections 4(2) of Industry Canada’s Radiocommunication Act and 21(1) of the Radiocommunication Regulations.

The Certification and Engineering Bureau of Industry Canada (the Bureau) can issue the TAC, or a recognized Certification Body (CB) can issue the TAC.

Following is a list of requirements and test methods that are necessary for certification:

  • Occupied bandwidth, modulation type, frequency stability, EIRP
  • Transmitter spurious emissions, receiver spurious emissions
  • Monitoring system measurements, system threshold power level
  • Monitoring system bandwidth, scan cycle time & minimum monitoring period
  • Frequency band access, discontinuation of a MMN session, duty cycle

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FCC Certification for Consumer Signal Booster

Question: We would like to certify our consumer signal booster and we understand that the FCC has a draft measurement procedure out for public comments. Can we use this draft measurement procedure for our testing?

Answer:  If your consumer signal booster is a consumer cellular phone signal booster for wideband and provider-specific application you can use the FCC’s current pre-draft measurement procedure developed by the C63™ Wireless Working Group, RF Booster Task Group, 斗地主达人935210 D03 Wideband Consumer Booster Measurement Guidance DR03-41439. The guidance document is a draft and will most likely change following further comments by the public. The FCC encourages the use of this pre-draft guidance on actual devices in order to determine where the guidance may need further improvements.

The FCC’s new pre-draft procedure contains 11 (eleven) test methods that include specific new procedures that were not previously required for signal boosters. They are:

  • Out–of-band rejection
  • Maximum power measurement
  • Maximum gain computation
  • Intermodulation product
  • Out-of-band emissions
  • Conducted spurious emissions
  • Noise limits
  • Uplink inactivity
  • Variable gain
  • Occupied bandwidth
  • Radiated spurious emissions
The FCC also recently published 935210 D01 Booster Definition v01 which provides guidance for classifying signal boosters operating under , , , and .

Furthermore, the FCC removed signal boosters from its Exclusion List and placed them on the PBA List, which will enable applicants to submit certification applications to the TCBs.

Guidance for Certification of Licensed Digital Transmitters

Question:斗地主达人 We manufacture Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) equipment and would like to know the applicable FCC procedure and/or guidance for digital transmitter certification.

Answer:  The FCC recently updated its guidance and procedure for licensed digital transmitters in KDB971168 to 971168 D01 Licensed DTS Guidance v02. This updated measurement guidance relates to the minimum certification requirement specified in through . It addresses the complexities of measuring licensed devices that use complex digital modulation and coding scheme waveforms that are Gaussian noise-like, but with amplitude statistics that are different within the transmit channel. In the updated measurement procedures, many of the test methods include the use of a spectrum analyzer, a signal analyzer, or an EMI receiver. The measurement procedure covers many aspects of occupied bandwidth and power measurements, among other measurement techniques. For further information, click here

Latest Guidance on Wireless Short Distance Inductive Coupled Pads

Question: What is the FCC’s latest guidance on wireless inductive coupled short distance charging pads?

Answer:  Wireless power transfer devices operating at frequencies above 9 kHz are intentional radiators and are subject to either and/or . The applicable rule part is determined by how the device operates, and if there is communication between the charger and the device being charged.

Devices specifically intended for use for wireless power transfer, or inductive charging, require FCC guidance for radio frequency exposure assessment; this includes Part 18 devices. The responsible party or manufacturer must seek guidance from the FCC by submitting a wireless charging application inquiry at .

The initial inquiry shall include the following:

  • "Subject" line stating “Seeking guidance for wireless chargers”
  • complete product description, including coil diameters, number of turns, and current
  • the rule part(s) under which the device will operate, and the reasoning for the rule part(s) determination
  • planned equipment authorization procedure
  • drawings, illustrations
  • frequencies
  • radiated power
  • operating configurations
  • conditions for human exposure 
Intentional radiators that transmit information must be certified under the appropriate Part 15 rules; special types of devices that meet the requirements of are subject only to verification.

A charger may operate in two different modes: charging and communications. If this is the case, it is possible for the device to be approved under Part 18 for the charging mode and Part 15 for the communications mode, if it can be shown that (1) the device complies with the relevant rule parts, and (2) the functions are independent. Part 18 consumer devices can either be certified or self-declared under DoC, only after the required SAR guidance has been received from the FCC through the inquiry process described above and the necessary test requirements have been completed. If the device meets all of the requirements of the appropriate Part 15 rule, it is possible that the power charging function could be approved under Part 15 rather than Part 18.

680106 D01 RF Exposure Wireless Charging Apps v02  provides general guidance on the information necessary to determine RF exposure evaluation and compliance requirements when submitting a wireless charging application inquiry.

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:

  • - (5/17/2013) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 2-1: Methods of measurement of disturbances and immunity - Conducted disturbance measurements
  • - (5/17/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Test code for the determination of airborne acoustical noise - Part 2-14: Particular requirements for refrigerators, frozen-food storage cabinets and food freezers
  • - (5/31/2013) - Instruments and software used for measurement in high-voltage and high-current tests - Part 2: Requirements for software for tests with impulse voltages and currents
  • - (5/31/2013) - Electric toys - Safety
  • - (6/7/2013) - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Class B shipborne equipment of the automatic identification system (AIS) - Part 2: Self-organizing time division multiple access (SOTDMA) techniques
  •  - (6/14/2013) - Environmental testing - Part 2-78: Tests - Test Cab: Damp heat, steady state
  •  - (6/14/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-34: Particular requirements for motor-compressors
  • - (6/14/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-3: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Radiation protection in diagnostic X-ray equipment
  • - (6/21/2013) - Sound system equipment - Part 3: Amplifiers
  • - (6/21/2013) - Basic standard for the calculation and measurement of electromagnetic field strength and SAR related to human exposure from radio base stations and fixed terminal stations for wireless telecommunication systems (110 MHz - 40 GHz)
  • - (6/21/2013) - Three phase dry-type distribution transformers 50 Hz, from 100 kVA to 3 150 kVA, with highest voltage for equipment not exceeding 36 kV - Part 2: Determination of loadability of a transformer loaded with non-sinusoidal current
  • - (6/21/2013) - Sound and television broadcast receivers and associated equipment - Radio disturbance characteristics - Limits and methods of measurement

斗地主达人 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:

  • - (May 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); VHF radiotelephone equipment for general communications and associated equipment for Class "D" Digital Selective Calling (DSC); Part 1: Technical characteristics and methods of measurement
  • - (May 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 34: Specific conditions for External Power Supply (EPS) for mobile phones
  • - (May 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Radiotelephone transmitters and receivers for the maritime mobile service operating in VHF bands; Technical characteristics and methods of measurement
  • - (May 2013) - Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS); Feasibility study on Radio Frequency (RF) performance for Cognitive Radio Systems operating in UHF TV band White Spaces
  • - (May 2013) - LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 3: Radio Resource Management (RRM) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-3 version 11.0.0 Release 11)
  • - (May 2013) - Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) VHF ground-air Data Broadcast (VDB); Technical characteristics and methods of measurement for ground-based equipment; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  • - (June 2013) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonized EN for Land Mobile Earth Stations (LMES) operating in the 1,5 GHz and 1,6 GHz bands providing voice and/or data communications covering essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE directive
  • - (June 2013) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 19: OFDMA TDD WMAN (Mobile WiMAX) TDD User Equipment (UE)
  • - (June 2013) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 20: OFDMA TDD WMAN (Mobile WiMAX) TDD Base Stations (BS)
  • - (June 2013)IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 4: CDMA Multi-Carrier (cdma2000) User Equipment (UE)

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:

  • - (5/22/2013) - Interpretation sheet 3 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance
  • - (5/24/2013) - Measuring relays and protection equipment - Part 26: Electromagnetic compatibility requirements
  • - (5/28/2013) - Information technology equipment - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (5/31/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-76: Particular requirements for electric fence energizers
  • - (6/5/2013) - Fixed capacitors for use in electronic equipment - Part 14: Sectional specification - Fixed capacitors for electromagnetic interference suppression and connection to the supply mains
  • - (6/11/2013) - Interpretation sheet 2 - Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment
  • - (6/20/2013) - Interpretation sheet 1 - Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - EMC requirements - Part 3-2: Immunity requirements for safety-related systems and for equipment intended to perform safety-related functions (functional safety) - Industrial applications with specified electromagnetic environment

See for additional information。

FCC - Final Rule 2013-12716 on SAR Published

On June 4, 2013, the final rule was published in the Federal Register。

FCC - Rule Amendment for PLMR Licensing

On May 16, 2013, the FCC published its final rule for 。   This final rule amends previous rules regarding private land mobile radio (PLMR) licensing, including increasing the power limit for end-of-train devices, modifying trunking rules for PLMR stations below 800 MHz, and permitting digital transmission of station identification by PLMR station with exclusive use of their spectrum, as addressed in the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order in the proceeding。  The rule becomes effective on June 17, 2013 and is part of the FCC's continuing effort to provide clear and concise rules that facilitate new wireless technologies, devices and services, and are easy for the public to understand。  

Canada - Release of RSS-244, Medical Devices Operating in the Band 413-457 MHz

On June 15, 2013, Industry Canada published and adopted Issue 1 of RSS-244.  RSS-244 Issue 1 is entitled , and sets out the minimum requirements for the certification of transmitters and receivers used in radiocommunication systems that are part of Medical Micropower Networks (MMNs).  MMNs operate in the bands 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz and 451-457 MHz.

Japan – Seeking Public Comment for SAR Requirements

斗地主达人 On June 5, 2013, Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) announced that they are seeking public comments and input on the Body Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) requirements to be implemented in Japan. MIC has requested to receive all comments by July 5, 2013 and comments should be submitted through the MIC website:

Argentina - New RFID Frequency Bands

In early 2013, Argentina's Comisión Nacional de Comunicacione (CNC) announced 3 additional bands available for use by RFID devices.  Approved by Resolution 2519/2012, the authorizes the use of the frequency bands 13.56 MHz, 433-434 MHz, and 902-928 MHz.

Peru - De-Licensing of 915-928 MHz

In early April 2013, Peru's Ministry of Transportation and Communications reinstated the frequency band 915-928 MHz as unlicensed.  This allows the use of RFID technologies within this frequency range.  The Supreme Decree, , published in Peru's official Gazette, ensures the free use of RF devices for scientific, medical and industrial electronic products in these bands, which includes RFID.  There is a requirement that all computers utilizing this RFID band must have a compliance label and an affidavit, attesting to the sole use of these unlicensed frequencies.

Brazil - ANATEL Clarifies Requirements for Third-Party Modular Approvals

On April 15, 2013, Brazil's ANATEL issued "Oficio 42"; a clarification of ANATEL's requirements for the treatment of third-party Modular Approvals。  The clarification impacts module manufacturers and host product manufacturers for current and future devices marketed in Brazil。

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