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MultiPoint Newsletter - May 2014

Test Procedures Under New FCC U-NII Rules

Question:斗地主达人 We manufacture dynamic frequency selection (DFS) wireless devices and understand that the new FCC U-NII rules become effective June 2, 2014, with a one-year transition period. Can you tell us if the test procedures for demonstrating compliance will change under the new rules?

Answer: Yes, the test procedures for the new FCC U-NII rules are different than those for the old rules. For detailed information on all the device requirements, please click on 斗地主达人5 GHz UNII DFS Compliance Procedures. You should also review the following FCC publications:

Furthermore, appropriate compliance guidance should be followed for devices subject to RF exposure evaluation.


Identifying U-NII Rules Applied to Approved DFS Devices

Question: Is there a way to determine if a DFS device was approved under the old FCC U-NII rules or the new FCC U-NII rules?

Answer: FCC grants issued for DFS devices approved under the new FCC U-NII rules will include one of the following Grant Note Codes:

  • Note Code 38: This device has shown compliance in all grant-listed U-NII sub-bands with the new rules for U-NII devices adopted under Docket No. 13-49 and may be marketed, manufactured, installed or imported after June 2, 2014.
  • Note Code 39: This sub-band complies with the new rules for U-NII devices adopted under Docket No. 13-49.

Please Note: When a device shows compliance for a Class II or Class III permissive change with the “new rules”, for example only the U-NII-1 rules, but is also approved under the “old rules” in U-NII-2 DFS rules, Note Code 39 is used to keep track of which sub-bands comply with the new U-NII rules. On the grant, Note Code 39 will appear on each line item of frequencies in the U-NII sub-band that comply with the new U-NII rules.

FYI: A Class III permissive change includes modifications to the software of a software-defined radio transmitter that change the frequency range, modulation type or maximum output power (either radiated or conducted) outside the parameters previously approved, or that change the circumstances under which the transmitter operates in accordance with FCC rules.


Impact to FCC Certification When Modifying Wireless Modules

Question:斗地主达人 In today’s wireless module market, it can be difficult to determine when a new equipment authorization application (FCC ID) is required following hardware and software changes made to a certified module. Where can I find FCC guidance on this issue?

Answer: A new FCC ID and a new equipment authorization application would be required when changes are made to any of the following:

  • the basic frequency determining and stabilizing circuitry (including clock and data rates)
  • frequency multiplication stages 
  • basic modulator circuit
  • maximum power or field strength ratings

[] describes the modifications that can be made on wireless modules without filing for a new equipment authorization, and describes three different types of permissive changes that may impact wireless modules, and the FCC permissive change policy is described in detail in 178919 D01 Permissive Change Policy v05r04.

斗地主达人The following changes to a wireless module may result in a permissive change that must be submitted for approval by a TCB or the FCC:

  • Antenna 
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and Hardware 
  • Enclosure 
  • Software 
  • Miscellaneous 

Shielding Requirements for Industry Canada Modular Approval

Question: We are a wireless module manufacturer and would like to know Industry Canada’s (IC) position on testing a module without a shield when a modular approval (MA) certification is being sought.

Answer: Without shielding, your module does not qualify for MA certification with IC. The reason that a module must contain its own shielding is to eliminate any effects of the host on emissions. If the module does not contain any shielding, bare-board testing is not appropriate because it cannot account for any emissions that the host may create or radiate since there is no coupling to the bare board. Therefore, a module without a shield must obtain its shielding from the host.

In these instances, you must seek a Limited Modular Approval (LMA) certification, with test results for the module in a representative host device, and documentation on how you will retain control of the use and/or installation of the module now and in the future.


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:

  • - (4/18/2014) - Fire hazard testing - Part 9-2: Surface spread of flame - Summary and relevance of test methods
  • - (4/25/2014) - Power installations exceeding 1 kV a.c. - Part 1: Common rules
  • - (4/25/2014) - Determination of certain substances in electrotechnical products - Part 2: Disassembly, disjointment and mechanical sample preparation
  • - (4/25/2014) - Determination of certain substances in electrotechnical products - Part 3-1: Screening - Lead, mercury, cadmium, total chromium and total bromine by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
  • - (5/2/2014) - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Track control systems - Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results
  • - (5/9/2014) - Safety of household and similar electrical appliances - Interpretations related to European Standards in the EN 60335 series
  • - (5/9/2014) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-8: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: General requirements, tests and guidance for alarm systems in medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems
  • - (5/9/2014) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance
  • - (5/23/2014) - Semiconductor devices - Mechanical and climatic test methods - Part 26: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing - Human body model (HBM)
  • - (5/23/2014) - Safety of transformers, reactors, power supply units and combinations thereof - Part 2-10: Particular requirements and tests for separating transformers with high insulation level and separating transformers with output voltages exceeding 1 000 V
  • - (5/23/2014) - Guidelines for the measurement method of nonlinearity for surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) devices in radio frequency (RF)

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:

  •  - (April 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 1: Requirements for Generic UWB applications
  •  - (April 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 2: Requirements for UWB location tracking
  •  - (April 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 3: Requirements for UWB devices for road and rail vehicles
  •  - (April 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 1-1: Classification of environmental conditions; Storage
  •  - (April 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 1-3: Classification of environmental conditions; Stationary use at weather-protected locations
  •  - (April 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 1-4: Classification of environmental conditions; Stationary use at non-weather-protected locations
  •  - (April 2014) - Fixed Radio Systems; Characteristics and requirements for point-to-point equipment and antennas; Part 2-2: Digital systems operating in frequency bands where frequency co-ordination is applied; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  •  - (April 2014) - Fixed Radio Systems; Characteristics and requirements for point-to-point equipment and antennas; Part 3: Equipment operating in frequency bands where both frequency coordinated or uncoordinated deployment might be applied; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  •  - (April 2014) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 1-2: Classification of environmental conditions; Transportation
  •  - (April 2014) - White Space Devices (WSD); Wireless Access Systems operating in the 470 MHz to 790 M

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:

  • - (4/23/2014) - Corrigendum 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - (4/24/2014) - Energy performance of lamp controlgear - Part 3: Controlgear for halogen lamps and LED modules - Method of measurement to determine the efficiency of the controlgear
  • - (4/24/2014) - Corrigendum 1 - Industrial communication networks - Network and system security - Part 3-3: System security requirements and security levels
  • - (4/29/2014) - Video surveillance systems for use in security applications - Part 4: Application guidelines
  • - (5/7/2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-19: Testing and measurement techniques - Test for immunity to conducted, differential mode disturbances and signalling in the frequency range 2 kHz to 150 kHz at a.c. power ports
  • - (5/13/2014) - Fuel cell technologies - Part 7-2: Test methods - Single cell and stack performance tests for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)
  • - (5/15/2014) - Safety of laser products - Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements
  • - (5/15/2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing and measurement techniques - Surge immunity test

See for additional information.

FCC - Newly Published U-NII Rules Effective 6/2/2014

On June 2, 2014, the new FCC U-NII rules will go into effect, with the exception of Sec。 15。407(j) which contains information collection requirements that have not yet been approved by the OMB。 The rules can be found at the 。 Additionally, the FCC recently published a series of questions and answers relating to these new rules, and a 。

FCC - Newly Published Electronic Labelling Guidance

On May 9, 2014, the FCC published for review the public draft of "”。 The draft provides guidance for devices with an integrated display screen to present the required label information electronically (e-label) in lieu of a physical label or nameplate。 The guidance applies to all devices which have an integral (non-removable) display screen and are currently subject to FCC certification, including devices that are subject to rules for software-defined radios or modular transmitters, and are used in a host device that has a display。

Canada - New Release of RSS-195 and SRSP-516

On April 24, 2014 Industry Canada published and adopted Radio Standards Specification , which sets out the certification requirements for radio transmitters of WCS systems operating in these bands; and Standard Radio System Plan , which sets out the minimum technical requirements for the efficient utilization of these bands. The two documents were published to reflect recent changes in technical and operational requirements for WCS equipment.

Taiwan - New Regulations for Approval Schemes

The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) in Taiwan recently introduced new regulations regarding the Approval scheme for several product categories listed in the table below.

The following products used to require either Registration or Certification, but effective immediately, these products will now only need a Declaration of Conformity (DoC)。 All current certificates must be switched to DoC by December 31, 2014。 Starting January 1, 2015, the old certificates will be terminated, and a DoC will be mandatory in order to import the following products into Taiwan。

Product Category CCC Code
Other keyboards 8471.60.30.90-6
Magnetic or optical readers 8471.90.30.00-9
Turntables (record-decks) ( inspection scope: excluding those only both DC power and HI-END audio) 8519.30.00.00-2A
Turntables (record-decks) (inspection scope: those only DC power) 8519.30.00.00-2B
Magnetic tape-type video tape recorder/player, other than the Articles of Tariff No.85211011, for magnetic tapes of a width of 3/4 inch and over 8521.10.12.00-8
Other magnetic tape-type video tape recorder/player 8521.10.19.00-1
Magnetic tape-type video tape players, other than the Articles of Tariff No.85211021, for magnetic tapes of a width of 3/4 inch and over 8521.10.22.00-6
Other magnetic tape-type video tape players 8521.10.29.00-9
Pocket-size radio cassette players 8527.12.00.00-4
Electrical machines with translation or dictionary functions 8543.70.91.00-3
Other electrical machines and apparatus (inspection scope: those only DC power) 8543.70.99.90-6C

斗地主达人The Registration and DoC processes have the same documentation and testing requirements, with the exception of one difference:

斗地主达人The Registration process includes Application review & Certificate issuance so the Approval is not final until the certificate is released by BSMI, however under the DoC process, Approval is final once the local test reports and other necessary documents are ready and the DoC is signed by the local applicant。

Old Approval certificates will need to be updated to DoCs by the end of 2014, per the following procedures:

  1. If the current certificate was issued against the latest BSMI standards CNS14336-1 (99 年版) / CNS13438 (95 年完整版), the approval holder just needs to sign a DoC internally.
  2. If the current certificate lists the old BSMI standards CNS14336 (94 年版) / CNS13438 (95 年版) etc., then the manufacturer should update the local test reports to the new standards by re-testing samples; once testing is completed and new test reports are ready, the DoC can then be signed.

Vietnam – New EMC Requirement for RF Devices - Update

On March 19, 2014, Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) published regulation No. requiring Wi-Fi equipment operating in the frequency bands of 2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz and all RF transmitters between 9 kHz to 400 GHz with power greater than 60mW to meet the additional compliance requirements of QCVN18:2010 (equivalent to EN 300 339:1998). The new requirement has an effective date of May 5, 2014 but devices with existing Type Approvals do not need to be updated under the new QCVN 18:2010/BTTTT regulation. Type Approval certificates approved before May 5, 2014 will continue to be valid until their expiration date.

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