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MultiPoint Newsletter - May 2015

New FCC Rules For Part 15 U-NII Devices

Question: What test guidance should be followed to demonstrate compliance of U-NII devices subject to DFS requirements?

Answer: New rules for Part 15 U-NII devices () became effective on June 2, 2014. KDB publications have been prepared to provide guidance for demonstrating compliance with these new rules; the relevant publications are listed below.

The FCC established a transition period, during which devices may be approved under either the old rules or the new rules, subject to the following conditions:

  • All applications for certification (new or permissive change) must clearly state whether the filing is for approval under the old rules or the new rules.  This must be done for each of the applicable UNII bands (U-NII-1 band, U-NII-2 band, and/or the U-NII-3 band) as appropriate. 
  • Applications for devices for approval under the new rules must apply all of the appropriate test procedures and guidance for such devices as described in Section B below.
  • Grants for certification for devices under the new rules must clearly include Note Code 38 or 39, on all U-NII band line items, as appropriate:
    • 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 the June 2, 2016 transition deadline.
    • Note Code 39:  This sub-band complies with the new rules for U-NII devices adopted under Docket No.13-49. This device may not be sold or marketed after June 2, 2016, unless all grant-listed U-NII sub-bands demonstrate compliance with Docket No. 13-49.
  • Until June 1, 2015, new devices will be permitted to be approved under the old rules (rules prior to June 2, 2014, see ) using the test procedures and guidance as described in Section A below.
  • Starting June 2, 2016, permissive changes are not permitted for devices approved under the old rules, unless the devices meet the requirements of the new rules, and the test procedures and guidance described in Section B below are used.
  • Starting June 2, 2016, all devices approved partially or completely under the old rules cannot be marketed unless they meet the requirements of the new rules in all the bands of operation.
  • The KDB guidance must be applied as a group as described in either Section A or Section B.  It is not permissible to mix and match the guidance documents from Sections A and B.
  • Further information on transition rules and permissive change requirements can be found in .

Section A – Guidance for Using the Old Rules (before June 2, 2014)

Based on the conditions presented above, applications for new devices and permissive change applications based on the old U-NII rules must comply with the following specific KDB guidance, as well as all the applicable general guidance documents:

  • is to be used for all master devices including devices operating in bridge modes, mesh configurations, hotspot modes, etc. under the old rules.  This document is a re-designation of currently published in KDB 905462 as attachment:  5 GHz UNII DFS Compliance Procedures.  This procedure is taken from the Memorandum Opinion and Order (FCC 06-96)
  • is to be used to demonstrate compliance with overall EMC standards
  • is the channel plan under the old rules.  It is based on KDB 905462 802 11 Channel Plan in relation to FCC rules

Section B - Guidance for Using the New Rules (Effective June 2, 2014)

斗地主达人Based on the conditions presented above, applications for new devices and permissive change applications based on the new U-NII rules must comply with the following specific KDB procedures and guidance, as well as all the applicable general guidance documents:

  • is used for all master devices including devices operating in bridge modes, mesh configurations, hotspot modes, etc. under the new rules. NOTE:   was published May 15, 2015 to clarify the frequency selection procedures for Bin 5 test radar waveforms.  All test reports for devices subject to the new rules and submitted after July 1, 2015 must show compliance with the clarified procedures.  Prior to that date, any test frequencies within the occupied bandwidth may be chosen for tests.  The test reports prepared prior to July 1, 2015 should record the frequencies used for testing.
  • is used to demonstrate compliance with overall EMC standards
  • is used to demonstrate compliance with overall EMC standards (re-designation of KDB 848637)
  • is used for test modes for DFS master devices (re-designation of KDB 594340)
  • is used for submitting software security information subject to the new rules
  • is the channel plan under the new rules

Industry Canada Safety Code 6

Question: What is Safety Code 6 from Industry Canada (IC)?

Answer: Safety Code 6斗地主达人 is a guideline issued by IC with recommended limits for safe human exposure to RF electromagnetic energy. Wireless devices and their associated infrastructure (e.g. cell towers) are required to comply with Safety Code 6, per IC regulations. The limits established in Safety Code 6 incorporate large safety margins to provide a significant level of protection for all Canadian citizens, including those working near RF sources. Many Canadian provinces and territories apply the exposure limits in Safety Code 6 for general public exposure. These IC limits are consistent with the science-based standards used in the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and provide protection against all known adverse health effects from RF energy.


Acceptable ANSI Standards

Question:斗地主达人 We are preparing a single application report for FCC and IC. Can we reference just one ANSI standard and satisfy both the FCC and IC requirements?

Answer: Presently, it is not possible to submit a single application report that references one ANSI standard and satisfy the current requirements of both the FCC and Industry Canada. The following standards are currently applicable for each as described below:

FCC

  • ANSI C63.4-2003 and ANSI C63.4-2009 are presently permitted and acceptable to TCBs/FCC
  • ANSI C63.4-2014 is not permitted until the new FCC Report and Order becomes effective
  • ANSI C63.10-2009 is presently permitted and acceptable to TCBs/FCC
  • ANSI C63.10-2013 is not permitted until the new FCC Report and Order becomes effective)

Industry Canada

  • ANSI C63.4-2014 is presently permitted and acceptable to CBs/IC. NOTE:  Until December 31, 2015, it is permissible to use a test measurement test site that was validated/registered in accordance with ANSI C63.4-2009, though this does not mean that the device testing and test methods use ANSI C63.4-2009.  Instead, the test methods of ANSI C63.4-2014 must be used, the test report must be issued under ANSI C63.4-2014, and reference a test site that was validated and registered to either ANSI C63.4-2009 or ANSI C63.4-2014.
  • ANSI C63.10-2013. NOTE:  Until December 31, 2015, it is permissible to use a test measurement test site that was validated/registered in accordance with ANSI C63.4-2009 or ANSI C63.4-2014.  It is not permissible to use ANSI C63.10-2009 as a test method.

As you can see, once the new FCC Report and Order becomes effective, ANSI C63.4-2014 will be acceptable to both the FCC and IC, and then one report can be submitted.


Mexican Approval Process for 2.4 GHz Device

Question: We have a FCC certified 2.4 GHz device which we would now like to sell in Mexico. Can we leverage our existing FCC test report and grant to obtain approval from IFETEL in Mexico?

Answer: Unfortunately, at this time you cannot leverage your existing FCC test report and grant to obtain an IFETEL Type Approval certificate for your device. When IFETEL enforced NOM-121 for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz products at the end of 2012, what was once in large part a paperwork effort based on existing test reports (e.g. FCC reports), became a requirement for in-country testing. The lead time to obtain a hard copy of the IFETEL certificate is approximately 10 weeks after the test samples are received.

斗地主达人The in-country testing requires two test samples, one each for conducted and radiated RF parameter testing, testing instructions, and testing software。 The software should support modulation on/off, channel setting, power modification, etc。, as with the FCC testing process。

Additionally, you will need to provide the technical specifications of the product and antenna(s) (these may be in English), and a user manual in Spanish. NOM-121 (section 4.6.2) also requires that the user manual contain the following IFETEL Notice, stated exactly as shown below.

“La operación de este equipo está sujeta a las siguientes dos condiciones: (1) es posible que este equipo o dispositivo no cause interferencia perjudicial y (2) este equipo o dispositivo debe aceptar cualquier interferencia, incluyendo la que pueda causar su operación no deseada。”

Note: This statement is not a translation of FCC 15。19(a)(3)。 If this IFETEL Notice is incorrectly stated, or missing altogether from the user manual, IFETEL will penalize both the importer and the distributor。

It will also be necessary to obtain the NYCE (Normalización y Certificación Electrónica) certificate, which is typically issued approximately 2 weeks after the test samples are received。 The NYCE certificate is required for importation under Mexican Customs rules and regulations。


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:

  • - 5/22/2015 - Implants for surgery - Active implantable medical devices - Part 1: General requirements for safety, marking and for information to be provided by the manufacturer
  • - 5/22/2015 - Collection, logistics & Treatment requirements for WEEE - Part 2-2: Treatment requirements for WEEE containing CRTs and flat panel displays
  • - 5/22/2015 - Safety in installations for electroheating and electromagnetic processing - Part 1: General requirements
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-6: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral standard: Usability
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-10: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Requirements for the development of physiologic closed-loop controllers
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-11: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Requirements for medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems used in the home healthcare environment
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-12: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Requirements for medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems intended for use in the emergency medical services environment
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-10: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of nerve and muscle stimulators
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-24: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of infusion pumps and controllers
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-33: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of magnetic resonance equipment for medical diagnosis
  • - 5/22/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-60: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of dental equipment
  • - 5/15/2015 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-52: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of medical beds
  • - 5/8/2015 - Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment
  • - 5/8/2015 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 19: Equipment repair, overhaul and reclamation
  • - 5/8/2015 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 29-2: Gas detectors - Selection, installation, use and maintenance of detectors for flammable gases and oxygen
  • - 5/8/2015 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-7: Generic standards - Immunity requirements for equipment intended to perform functions in a safety-related system (functional safety) in industrial locations
  • - 5/8/2015 - Resistance welding equipment - Part 2: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements
  • - 5/8/2015 - Assessment of lighting equipment related to human exposure to electromagnetic Field

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) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 4: Specific conditions for fixed radio links and ancillary equipment
  • - (May 2015) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 6: Specific conditions for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) equipment

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:

  • - (5/27/2015) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 28: Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation
  • - (5/27/2015) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 28: Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation
  • - (5/22/2015) - Electrical and electronic installations in ships – Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – Ships with a metallic hull
  • - (5/12/2015) - Amendment 2 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-89: Particular requirements for commercial refrigerating appliances with an incorporated or remote refrigerant unit or compressor
  • - (5/7/2015) - Programmable components in electronic lamp controlgear - General and safety requirements
  • - (5/1/2015) - Information technology -- Telecommunications and information exchange between systems -- Magnetic field area network (MFAN) -- Part 2: In-band Control Protocol for Wireless Power Transfer
  • - (4/29/2015) - Amendment 2 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-27: Particular requirements for appliances for skin exposure to optical radiation
  • - (4/29/2015) - Equipment for general lighting purposes - EMC immunity requirements - Part 1: An objective voltage fluctuation immunity test method

斗地主达人See for additional information。

US – FDA Product Database is now Live

The FDA recently launched a new website, , to provide public access to their Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) which contains key device identification information for medical devices that have Unique Device Identifiers (UDI)。 Currently, only data for Class III and high-risk devices can be found on the site but additional device types and classifications will be added to GUDID through 2020。 The FDA is establishing this unique device identification system to adequately identify devices sold in the U。S。, from manufacturing through distribution to patient use。 The website is currently in beta version, and the FDA is requesting feedback from users (e。g。 healthcare providers, patients and researchers) on functionality and content。

India – BIS Delays Safety Approval Scheme Implementation

India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) recently announced they are postponing the April 15, 2015 implementation date of the BIS requirement for the following products until August 13, 2015:

  • External power adapters
  • Mobile phones (expected to be a wide category and include many enterprise products that support cell phone technology/functionality).

South Africa – SABS Service Suspended

As of May 11, 2015, South Africa's Bureau of Standards () has suspended its services pending an internal preliminary investigation of non‐compliance in its processes and procedures. SABS had recently received a complaint purporting that the necessary due diligence was not followed in terms of SABS processes and procedures, and in line with SABS policy, an internal investigation is currently in progress to review the allegations. In order to enable an objective investigation, employees involved in the process of delivering the service have been placed on precautionary suspension pending the completion of the investigation. At this stage, no charges have been filed and no details are available.

EU - Updated List of LVD Harmonized Standards

During April 2015, the European Commission published the updated in the Official Journal of the European Union.

EU - Updated List of Harmonized Standards to the R&TTE Directive

On April 17, 2015, the European Commission published an updated list of standards to be used for assessing compliance to the .

Malaysia - 5470-5650 MHz Band Open for SRD

We were recently advised by our local agent that Malaysia has opened the 5470-5650 MHz band for use by Short Ranges Devices.

Nambia - New Type Approval Requirement Deadline Extended

Nambia's Type Approval Authority (CRAN) implemented new mandatory Type Approval requirements which were scheduled to go into effect on August 3, 2015. That date has now been extended to November 30, 2015. These new requirements apply to all radio telecommunication equipment for importation and sale, without exemption. The Authority will accept R&TTE test reports, and samples are not required but may be requested during the application review. There is no requirement for a local signatory; foreign manufacturers are able to obtain Type Approval certificates issued in their name, and the certificate is valid for three years. Equipment currently on the market in Nambia must go through the Type Approval process prior to the November 30, 2015 deadline or it may be confiscated by the Nambian Authority.

New Zealand - Publication of New Radio Standard Notice

New Zealand's Radio Authority recently published which describes the performance standards required to be met by different classes of radio product, and the unwanted emission power limit for any transmitter not covered by those standards. Additionally, limits of unwanted emissions are specified for Low Power FM transmitters. The notice also assigns the level of conformity applicable to the products covered by each standard.

 

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