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MultiPoint Newsletter - June 2016

R&TTE and RED

Question: We manufacture industrial radios and would like to know whether we can still apply the Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive in light of the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED)?

Answer: The R&TTE Directive expires June 13, 2017, at which point the RED must be applied. From June 12, 2016 to June 12, 2017, either the R&TTE Directive or the RED can be applied. However, please note that there are currently no harmonized standards, nor Commission Decision notes on use restriction on equipment packaging, nor a final published RED Guide.

If you are interested in applying the RED, check with your Notified Body to determine if standards that have not been published in the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union (EU) as harmonized standards under the RED could be used to implement requirements for the user manual, packaging, etc.

In light of the unknowns, it might be prudent to wait for EU certification under the RED until all the details and processes are defined.


FCC Extends Recognition Deadline of Laboratories Outside US

Question: What is the status of the FCC transition period during which time all laboratories that test for equipment authorization must have FCC-recognized accreditation, and not just be 2.948 listed, in order to continue to perform compliance testing associated with equipment certification, as required by the Report and Order?

Answer: Initially the transition period for laboratories recognized under the 2.948 criteria as of July 13, 2015 allowed these laboratories to continue to be recognized until their existing expiration date or until July 13, 2016, whichever is sooner. But, due to concerns that the 2.948-listed laboratories will not be able to achieve accreditation prior to the July 13, 2016 deadline, in part because the FCC’s accreditation process for foreign laboratories in non-MRA countries is unclear, the FCC has determined that there is sound reason for continuing to recognize existing Section 2.948-listed laboratories through July 13, 2017. More information can be found here.


SAR Testing in the EU

Question: We manufacture a tablet that was Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) tested at 10 mm spacing. What is the current SAR test distance for tablets in the EU?

Answer: With respect to the R&TTE Declaration of Conformity (DoC), it is the tablet manufacturer's responsibility to determine the use of its device and to identify and apply the appropriate SAR standard (IEC/EN 62209-2) that is necessary to assure full SAR compliance. As such, some tablet manufacturers performed SAR testing at 10 mm, or 15 mm and even 25 mm for head and body SAR at 2.0 W/Kg. The result of these varying test distances was a guidance note within EN 62209-2 that specifies that the separation distance when evaluating body SAR without a specific accessory must be 25 mm or less. Thus, the manufacturer typically has to perform a pass/fail distance research analysis to determine appropriate compliant passing configurations, and to justify that their devices are safe from exposure to radio frequency waves. More background information on this issue can be found here.

If your tablet was tested for SAR at a 10 mm distance, and your DoC and Technical Construction File (TCF) are dated before April 26, 2016, your tablet does not have to meet the new 5 mm requirement in accordance with the REDCA TGN 23 on Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/537 of 5 April 2016 Version 2.0 June 2016 on EN 50566:2013. In this Guidance Note, the EU Commission stipulates that if the phone/tablet DoC and TCF are dated before April 26, 2016 then the phone/tablet does not need to meet the 5 mm SAR requirement until July 12, 2017, which is effectively the day the R&TTE Directive expires. It is expected that a revised version of EN 50566 that addresses “reasonably foreseeable usage conditions” for listing under the RED will be in effect by then.


EU Surveillance 2015

Question: Does the EU have surveillance and audit programs in place similar to the FCC/TCB’s?

Answer: The EU has a surveillance program, but it operates differently than the FCC/TCB programs. EU countries are responsible for market surveillance at the national level, but cooperation between market surveillance authorities is key, and takes place through informal groups of market surveillance authorities under the Group of Administrative Co-operation Under the Radio Equipment Directive (ADC RED). The members of these groups are appointed by Member States and represent national authorities competent for market surveillance in a given sector. They meet several times per year to discuss market surveillance issues in their area of competence, and to ensure efficient, comprehensive and consistent market surveillance.

On May 23, 2016, the following summary of 2015 surveillance statistics was reported:

  • 12704 devices inspected by 23 market surveillance authorities: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. 
  • About 8822 devices were found non-compliant to the provisions of the R&TTE Directive.  However, not all provisions were checked by all involved market surveillance authorities, so the effective amount of non-compliant devices may be higher. 
  • Declaration of Conformity:  7835 non-compliant of12294 devices inspected 
  • CE marking:  6695 non-compliant of 12662 devices inspected 
  • Geographical area for use:  4779 non-compliances of 11106 devices inspected
  • Essential requirements:  675 technical non-compliances of 2274 devices measured 
    • Safety (art.3.1.a):  113 technical non-compliances of 476 devices measured 
    • EMC (art3.1.b.):  99 technical non-compliances of 841 devices measured
    • Radio (art.3.2.):  527 technical non-compliances of 1870 devices measured 
  • Technical documentation:  386 non-compliances of 805 devices inspected
    • Test reports:  310 non-compliances of 682 devices inspected 
    • Drawings and explanations:  55 non-compliances of 179 devices inspected
    • Other elements:  106 non-compliances of 354 devices inspected 

Notes:

  1. Market surveillance authorities do not always assess the device’s compliance with all requirements:
    1. assessment may be limited to administrative check only;
    2. measurements made only against article 3.2 (effective use of spectrum) of the R&TTE Directive; 
    3. no assessment of the technical documentation in most cases; 
    4. assessment stops as soon as a non-compliance is detected, so not all non-compliance issues are identified. 
  2. These results only relate to non-compliance of the products which were checked.
  3. The results don’t reflect the overall compliance rate of R&TTE products on the market since most of the market surveillance authorities are focusing their activities in “sectors with high non-compliance rates”. 
  4. Some market surveillance authorities screen the market randomly, while some select devices based on technology and the potential for interference. 
  5. Some market surveillance authorities do not differentiate between radio and terminal equipment and radio equipment.
  6. It appears that some of the results related to radio equipment are actually for radio and terminal equipment.

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:

  • - 5/27/2016 - Fixed capacitors for use in electronic equipment - Part 14-2: Blank detail specification - Fixed capacitors for electromagnetic interference suppression and connection to the supply mains - Safety tests only
  • - 5/27/2016 - Protection against electric shock - Common aspects for installation and equipment
  • - 6/3/2016 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-44: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of X-ray equipment for computed tomography
  • - 6/3/2016 - Electric vehicle conductive charging system - Part 23: DC electric vehicle charging station
  • - 6/10/2016 - Alarm systems - Intrusion and hold-up systems - Part 2-7-1: Intrusion detectors - Glass break detectors (acoustic)
  • - 6/10/2016 - Alarm systems - Intrusion and hold-up systems - Part 2-7-2: Intrusion detectors - Glass break detectors (passive)
  • - 6/10/2016 - Alarm systems - Intrusion and hold-up systems - Part 2-7-3: Intrusion detectors - Glass break detectors (active)
  • - 6/10/2016 - Gyromagnetic materials intended for application at microwave frequencies - Measuring methods for properties
  • - 6/17/2016 - Electricity metering equipment (AC) - General requirements, tests and test conditions - Part 31: Product safety requirements and tests

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 2015) - Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS); Part 6: Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU for deployed surface movement radar sensors; Sub-part 1: X-band sensors using pulsed signals and transmitting power up to 100 kW
  • - (May 2015) - Maritime low power personal locating devices employing AIS; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcast Receivers; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Time Domain based Low Duty Cycle Measurement for UWB
  • - (June 2016) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Coastal Surveillance, Vessel Traffic Services and Harbour Radars (CS/VTS/HR); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for NGSO Mobile Earth Stations (MES) including handheld earth stations, for Satellite Personal Communications Networks (S-PCN) operating in the 1 980 MHz to 2 010 MHz (earth-to-space) and 2 170 MHz to 2 200 MHz (space-to-earth) frequency bands under the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations (VMES) operating in the 14/12 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Mobile Earth Stations (MES) operating in the 1 980 MHz to 2 010 MHz (earth-to-space) and 2 170 MHz to 2 200 MHz (space-to-earth) frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 1: Complementary Ground Component (CGC) for wideband systems
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Mobile Earth Stations (MES) operating in the 1 980 MHz to 2 010 MHz (earth-to-space) and 2 170 MHz to 2 200 MHz (space-to-earth) frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 2: User Equipment (UE) for wideband systems
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Satellite Interactive Terminals (SIT) and Satellite User Terminals (SUT) transmitting towards satellites in geostationary orbit, operating in the 27,5 GHz to 29,5 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Mobile Earth Stations (MES), including handheld earth stations, for Satellite Personal Communications Networks (S-PCN) operating in the 1,6 GHz/2,4 GHz frequency band under the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Mobile Earth Stations (MES) operating in the 1 980 MHz to 2 010 MHz (earth-to-space) and 2 170 MHz to 2 200 MHz (space-to-earth) frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 3: User Equipment (UE) for narrowband systems
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT); Transmit-only, transmit/receive or receive-only satellite earth stations operating in the 11/12/14 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Satellite News Gathering Transportable Earth Stations (SNG TES) operating in the 11 GHz to 12 GHz/13 GHz to 14 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT); Transmit-only, transmit-and-receive, receive-only satellite earth stations operating in the 4 GHz and 6 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for satellite Earth Stations on board Vessels (ESVs) operating in the 4/6 GHz frequency bands allocated to the Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Satellite Interactive Terminals (SIT) and Satellite User Terminals (SUT) transmitting towards satellites in geostationary orbit, operating in the 29,5 GHz to 30,0 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Mobile Earth Stations (MES) providing Low Bit Rate Data Communications (LBRDC) using Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites operating below 1 GHz frequency band covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for satellite mobile Aircraft Earth Stations (AESs) operating in the 11/12/14 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for satellite Earth Stations on board Vessels (ESVs) operating in the 11/12/14 GHz frequency bands allocated to the Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for tracking Earth Stations on Trains (ESTs) operating in the 14/12 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMP) transmitting towards satellites in geostationary orbit, operating in the 27,5 GHz to 30,0 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2015) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMP) transmitting towards satellites in non-geostationary orbit, operating in the 27,5 GHz to 29,1 GHz and 29,5 GHz to 30,0 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU

斗地主达人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:

  • - 5/20/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus - Part 1: Emission
  • - 5/25/2016 - EMC IC modelling - Part 4: Models of integrated circuits for RF immunity behavioural simulation - Conducted immunity modelling (ICIM-CI)
  • - 5/27/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment - Immunity requirements
  • - 5/27/2016 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 29-1: Gas detectors - Performance requirements of detectors for flammable gases
  • - 5/27/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-31:Testing and measurement techniques - AC mains ports broadband conducted disturbance immunity test
  • - 5/27/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-1: Generic Standards - Immunity standard for residential, commercial and light-industrial environments
  • - 6/3/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-2: Generic standards - Immunity standard for industrial environments
  • - 6/9/2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-23: Particular requirements for appliances for skin or hair care
  • - 6/9/2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-29: Particular requirements for battery chargers
  • - 6/14/2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-69: Particular requirements for wet and dry vacuum cleaners, including power brush, for commercial use

See for additional information.

FCC – Upcoming TCBC Training and Workshop

The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its Fall 2016 Workshop October 11-13, 2016 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Education Committee is actively working on building the agenda. Details will be posted on when available.

FCC - Advisory on Illegal Use of Authorized Equipment Released

斗地主达人On May 26, 2016, the FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) issued FCC Enforcement Advisory No. 2016-05, “WARNING: FCC Authorized Equipment Must be Used in Compliance with All Laws and Rules, Persons or Businesses Using Authorized Equipment In a Manner that Violates Federal Law or the Commission’s Rules Are Subject to Enforcement Action”. This advisory can be found .

Qatar - ITU WRC-15 Recommendations to be Integrated with Qatar’s National Regulations by 2017

斗地主达人On May 17, 2016, Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) World Radio-Communication Conference (WRC 2015) into the national regulatory framework of Qatar。

The proposed recommendations are:

  1. An allocation of 91 MHz in the frequency range of 1427-1518 MHz in order to obtain globally harmonized International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT).
  2. Additional IMT identification within the band of 694-790 MHz.
  3. To ensure public safety communications, a single, harmonized frequency range of 694-894 MHz will be implemented for Public Protection and Disaster Relief. 
  4. In response to the disappearance of Malaysian Airline Flight MH370, an agreement will be established to support global flight tracking by satellite receivers of civilian aircraft through the use of existing transmissions. 
  5. A global allocation for a short-range, high-resolution automotive radar in the 79 GHz frequency band.
  6. An implementation by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the formation of worldwide standards and international regulatory conditions regarding the satellite communications in certain frequency bands of unmanned aircraft. 
  7. Facilitation of the shift to wireless use of aircraft for wireless avionics intra-communications (WAIC). 
  8. An allocation of 250 MHz in the frequency range 13.5-13.75 GHz (DL) and 14.5-14.75 GHz (UL) for the downlink and uplink of the fixed satellite service.

Chile – 700 MHz Band Open for 4G LTE

On May 18, 2016, Chile’s Authority, Subsecretaría de Telcomunicaciones (SUBTEL), announced that operators could begin using the 700 MHz band for LTE services. There are no changes to the Type Approval requirements, and cellular-only devices still do not require Type Approval at SUBTEL.

South Africa – Delays for ICASA Type Approvals

On May 30, 2016, South Africa’s Authority, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Block A office building caught fire. While no serious injuries were reported, Block A does house the licensing/type approval, policy, research and analysis divisions, and it is anticipated that delays will occur in the ICASA Type Approval process.

South Africa - SABS EMC / EMI Approval Service Scheduled to Re-open

We recently received official confirmation that South Africa’s Bureau of Standards (SABS) will resume its EMC/EMI Type Approval service on June 20, 2016. Additionally, the procedure for EMC approval of devices in South Africa has been made more stringent following the previous suspension of the service. Manufacturers will now have to provide details and evidence under the following categories:

  1. Product to be approved
  2. Manufacturing process of product
  3. Evidence of original testing of product

Customs Union - Amendments to Customs Union EMC and Safety Technical Regulations for Review

斗地主达人Recently, the department for technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) released for review and comment (by July 29, 2016) two proposed amendments to technical regulations in Russia。 The first draft contains amendments to the technical regulation of the Customs Union “Electromagnetic compatibility of technical means” (TR CU 020/2011) which clarifies products covered by the regulation。 The second draft proposes amendments to the technical regulation of the Customs Union “On safety low-voltage equipment” (TR CU 004/2011), through the elimination of duplicate provisions and the clarification of products covered。 A summary of the amendments follows: 

Affected Regulation Proposed Amendment Impact if Amendment Accepted
EMC
(TR TC 020/2011)
Article 1, Par. 2 listing products out of scope of Technical Regulations was expanded to include second-hand equipment
(equipment that has been in use).
None, the amendment adds clarification only, second-hand equipment currently does not require Customs Union Approval.
EMC
(TR TC 020/2011);
Safety
(TR CU 004/2011)
Languages other than Russian may be used for measurement units, trademarks consisting of letters, country of origin, and other names and data listed in accompanying documents The amendment would allow mentioned details to be listed in foreign language going forward。
EMC
(TR TC 020/2011);
Safety
(TR CU 004/2011)
Mandatory information required to be listed in accompanying documents can now be listed on the equipment itself or its packaging if space allows it. Manufacturers will have a choice to either list mandatory information about the product in the accompanying documents or on the equipment itself, or its packaging (if there is sufficient space).
EMC
(TR TC 020/2011);
Safety
(TR CU 004/2011)
Scope of technical equipment* connecting to personal computers was narrowed to “Home and Office use” only. Previously, no purpose of use was identified in the regulation.
*Such technical equipment includes: scanners, printers, copiers, multi-function devices, monitors, uninterruptible power supplies, active loudspeaker enclosures, multimedia projectors.
The amendment will allow manufacturers to follow the Declaration scheme (simplified procedure) instead of Certification scheme for technical equipment connecting to personal computers that are neither for home or office use.
However, the technical Regulation does not currently provide a definition of “Office Use”, therefore PCS is seeking confirmation on this point from regulator.
EMC
(TR TC 020/2011);
Safety
(TR CU 004/2011)
Scope of products subject to mandatory certification was expanded to include Cash Registering Equipment. None, the amendment adds clarification to Technical regulation only to match the Mandatory Assessment List published by the Commission in 2014.
Safety
(TR CU 004/2011)
Fuses, distribution boards and cable-distributive devices, automatic control devices for household electrical equipment; switches, contactors, starters, remote control units and control panels are included to the list subject to certification scheme None, the amendment adds clarification to the Technical regulation only to match the Mandatory Assessment List published by the Commission in 2014.

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