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MultiPoint Newsletter - May 2017

FCC and European Standards

Question:斗地主达人 Our wireless product meets European standards. Can we use our European standard test reports to fulfill any of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements?

Answer: No, the FCC will not accept test reports based on European standards to fulfill any of its requirements. Per and , products must comply with both the FCC technical and administrative rules before it can legally be imported or sold in the USA. The technical requirements for each type of device are contained in - , along with other important topics. The administrative requirements for obtaining approval are contained in .


Electromagnetic Wave Equipment under the RED

Question: We developed a product that uses electromagnetic waves to treat chemicals. Is it covered by the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)?

Answer: Any product that uses electromagnetic waves, or that propagates electromagnetic waves in space, for purposes other than radio communication, is not covered by the RED. Examples include:

  • wireless charging devices (without any communication or radio determination);
  • high frequency surgical equipment/systems;
  • inductive heat cooking appliances;
  • inductive warming/heating appliances

Radio Construction Kits under the RED

Question:斗地主达人 Is the radio construction kit we manufacture subject to the RED?

Answer: Upon assembly of the construction kit, the radio falls within the scope of the RED. As the manufacturer, you are responsible for producing a kit that when assembled in accordance with the instructions you provide, will result in a RED-compliant radio. We strongly encourage manufacturers to clearly state that failing to adhere to assembly instructions, using components other than those provided in the kit, or changing the device characteristics in any way, can result in non-compliance with the RED.


Antennas under the RED

Question: We manufacture antennas and would like to place them in the EU market. Are they covered by the RED?

Answer: Passive antennas placed in the European market as a single commercial unit are not covered by the RED. However, active antennas, antennas supplied with one or more active electronic components such as diodes, transistors, etc. that interact with the radio frequency signal, are subject to the RED. FYI – passive antennas become subject to the RED when they are attached to radio equipment being placed in the EU market, as your customers might do for example.


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:

  • - 4/28/2017 - Electromagnetic compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus - Part 1: Emission
  • - 4/28/2017 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 2-3: Methods of measurement of disturbances and immunity - Radiated disturbance measurements
  • - 5/12/2017 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements
  • - 5/5/2017 - Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes - Vented nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
  • - 4/28/2017 - Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use - Part 2-020: Particular requirements for laboratory centrifuges
  • - 4/28/2017 - Adjustable speed electrical power drive systems - Part 5-1: Safety requirements - Electrical, thermal and energy
  • - 5/19/2017 - Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes - Secondary sealed cells and batteries for portable applications - Part 1: Nickel-cadmium
  • - 5/12/2017 - Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes - Secondary lithium cells and batteries for portable applications - Part 3: Prismatic and cylindrical lithium secondary cells, and batteries made from them
  • - 5/12/2017 - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Class B shipborne equipment of the automatic identification system (AIS) - Part 2: Self-organising time division multiple access (SOTDMA) techniques
  • - 5/12/2017 - EMC IC modelling - Part 2: Models of integrated circuits for EMI behavioural simulation - Conducted emissions modelling (ICEM-CE)
  •  - 5/19/2017 - Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes - Safety requirements for secondary lithium cells and batteries, for use in industrial applications

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 2017 - Transmitting equipment for the Frequency Modulated (FM) sound broadcasting service; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - April 2017 - 5 GHz RLAN; Receiver Blocking Performance
  • - May 2017 - Short Range Devices; Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT); Short Range Radar equipment operating in the 77 GHz to 81 GHz band; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - May 2017 - Short Range Devices; Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT); Ultra-wideband radar equipment operating in the 24,25 GHz to 26,65 GHz range; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - May 2017 - Maritime mobile transmitters and receivers for use in the MF and HF bands; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of articles 3.2 and 3.3(g) of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - May 2017 - 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 Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - May 2017 - 5 GHz RLAN; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - May 2017 - Fixed Radio Systems; Characteristics and requirements for point-to-point equipment and antennas; Part 1: Overview, common characteristics and system-independent requirements
  • - May 2017 - Fixed Radio Systems; Characteristics and requirements for point-to-point equipment and antennas; Part 2: Digital systems operating in frequency bands from 1 GHz to 86 GHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - May 2017 - Fixed Radio Systems; Characteristics and requirements for point-to-point equipment and antennas; Part 4: Antennas
  • - May 2017 - Land Mobile Service; Analogue and Digital PMR446 Equipment; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU

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:

  • - (5/24/2017) - Interpretation sheet 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus - Part 1: Emission
  • - (5/18/2017) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-3: Limits - Limitation of voltage changes, voltage fluctuations and flicker in public low-voltage supply systems, for equipment with rated current ≤ 16 A per phase and not subject to conditional connection
  • - (5/18/2017) - Amendment 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-3: Limits - Limitation of voltage changes, voltage fluctuations and flicker in public low-voltage supply systems, for equipment with rated current ≤ 16 A per phase and not subject to conditional connection
  • - (5/18/2017) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-11: Testing and measurement techniques - Voltage dips, short interruptions and voltage variations immunity tests
  • - (5/18/2017) - Amendment 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-11: Testing and measurement techniques - Voltage dips, short interruptions and voltage variations immunity tests
  • - (5/18/2017) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 5-10: Installation and mitigation guidelines - Guidance on the protection of facilities against HEMP and IEMI
  • - (5/16/2017) - Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - EMC requirements – Part 3-1: Immunity requirements for safety-related systems and for equipment intended to perform safety-related functions (functional safety) – General industrial applications
  • - (5/19/2017) - 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
  • - (5/19/2017) - Transformers, power supplies, reactors and similar products - EMC requirements
  • - (5/12/2017) - Photovoltaic power generating systems - EMC requirements and test methods for power conversion equipment
  • - (5/18/2017) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-74: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of respiratory humidifying equipment

See for additional information。

Canada – Radio Standard Specification RSS-131 Updated

During May 2017, Industry Canada issued Radio Standard Specification RSS-131, Issue 3, Zone Enhancers, replacing Issue 2 Zone Enhancers for the Land Mobile Service, dated July 2003. This new standard is in force as of its publication on Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED’s) website. However, a transition period of six (6) months following its publication will be provided, within which compliance with RSS-131 Issue 2, or Issue 3, will be accepted. After January 1, 2018, all zone enhancers sold, offered for sale, manufactured, imported, distributed or leased on the Canadian market must comply with RSS-131 Issue 3. Equipment certified under a previous issue must be evaluated to ensure it is compliant to Issue 3. If compliant to Issue 3, equipment will not require a permissive change filing. Please see below a list of changes to the standard:

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  • material common to most RSS has been moved to RSS-Gen, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus, and RSS-131 has been updated to reflect the current RSS format
  • the requirement that RSS-Gen be used in conjunction with this RSS is stated
  • the technical, labelling and user manual requirements for equipment certification have been updated

Link to the standard can be found .

Canada – SRSP-371.0, Issue 1, Technical Requirements for Fixed Line of-Sight Radio Systems Operating in the Bands 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz

During May 2017, Industry Canada released SRSP-371.0, Issue 1, Technical Requirements for Fixed Line of-Sight Radio Systems Operating in the Bands 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz. This SRSP outlines the minimum technical requirements for the efficient use of the frequency bands 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz by point-to-point digital line-of-sight radio systems in the fixed service. The SRSP is intended to be employed in the design and specification of radio systems and equipment. It specifies equipment characteristics relating to efficient spectrum usage only, and is not to be regarded as a comprehensive specification for equipment design and/or selection. For details, see this .

Columbia – Truncation of 900 MHz Band

Colombia’s National Spectrum Agency, Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), recently confirmed the issuance of Resolución 711 which confirms the truncation of the use of the 900 MHz band in Colombia from 902-928 MHz to 915-928 MHz, for the operation of WAS/RLAN devices (e.g. UHF RFID), short-range devices, and wireless telephones, amongst others.

A summary of the maximum permitted output powers for each type of device is shown below.

 

Band (MHz) Type of Equipment Output Power Limit or Field Strength
915-928 WAS/RLAN Maximum output power from the transmitter:
- Systems using at least 50 frequency hopping channels: 1W
- Systems using less than 50 frequency hopping channels, but at least 25 channels: 0.25W
- Systems using digital modulation: 1W
Field Disturbance Sensors 500 mV/m @ 3m
Other non-specific short-range devices 50 mV/m @ 3m
Wireless telephones 50 mV/m @ 3m
Devices for the measurement of characteristics of materials 500 μV/m @ 30m
Intermittent control signals
(See special conditions of 3.3 Operation devices)
12500 μV/m @3m
Periodic transmissions
(See special conditions of 3.3 Operation devices)
5000 μV/m @ 3m

Please see the link below for a full copy of Resolución 711 of 2016. The text is in Spanish can be accessed .

New devices which fall under any of these categories must adhere to the new band limit in Colombia – 915-928 MHz。

We are working with our local agent for confirmation from the Colombian Authorities whether there will be any retrospective impact to existing products on the market。

Mexico – 57-64 GHz Band for Free Use

On May 9, 2017, Mexico’s Regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) classified the 57-64 GHz band as free use whereby devices operating in the 57-64 GHz band will be regulated in accordance with the technical operating conditions set out in Annex 1 of this decision. Some of the restrictions mentioned in the agreement are as follows:

  • Equipment or devices used in aircraft or satellites, field disturbance sensors, which include vehicle radar systems, except such sensors that are used for fixed operations; among others, are not permitted to operate in the 57-64 GHz band.
  • Outside the frequency band 57-64 GHz, the power density of any emission must consist only of non-essential emissions.
  • The level of non-essential emissions between 40 GHz and 200 GHz band should not exceed 90 pW/cm2, measured at a distance of 3 meters from the radiation point.

Please see the link below to the complete decision and Annex 1. The text is in Spanish language can be accessed .

Israel – Removal of RF Type Approval Requirements for Simple Radio Products

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC), has advised via a Free Import Regulation letter dated January 21, 2017 that they will be no longer issue Type Approval certificates for simple wireless communication technologies。 The following equipment no longer requires Type Approval by the MoC:

  1. Equipment ONLY operating with Bluetooth (BT) technology;
  2. Equipment ONLY including a receptor for satellite broadcasting to determine geographical location in systems such as GPS or GLONASS;
  3. Equipment ONLY operating in the technologies listed in both 1 & 2

If a device contains Bluetooth/GPS or GLONASS receiver technology, along with any other technology, such as WLAN, it remains mandatory to apply for Type Approval at MoC. This change of policy is for the radio regulations only. EMC and Safety Approval from the Standards Institute of Israel (SII) should still be obtained as before.

Ukraine – New RoHS Requirements

斗地主达人In accordance with Decree #139 of the Council of Ministers of Ukraine, new RoHs requirements will go into effect on September 22, 2017. These new requirements are designed to align Ukraine’s current Technical Regulations on RoHS with the latest European Directives 2011/65/EU and 2015/863. The scope of electrical and electronic equipment subject to RoHS requirements will include following equipment types:

  • small and large household appliances;
  • IT and telecommunications equipment;
  • consumer equipment;
  • lighting equipment;
  • electrical and electronic tools;
  • toys, leisure and sports equipment;
  • automatic dispensers;
  • medical products (including medical products for diagnostics in vitro) monitoring and control instruments;
  • other electrical and electronic equipment that does not fall under equipment listed above.

Please note the following points:

  1. The Type Approval process is going to be similar to the EMC and Safety approval schemes currently in place, and it will be possible for manufacturers to obtain a single DoC listing compliance to EMC, Safety and RoHS standards.
  2. There will be no additional labelling requirements past the EMC/Safety Conformity Mark.
  3. Manufacturers will have to provide RoHS Conformity Assessment Report to standard EN 50581:2012.
  4. Products that have already been introduced on the Ukrainian market before September 22, 2017 will not be affected.

Thailand – New Standards for GSM/WCDMA/E-UTRA

On April 28, 2017, Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) issued the following updated standards:

  • NTC TS 1004-2560 GSM Cellular Mobile
  • NTC TS 1015-2560 WCDMA Cellular Mobile
  • NTC TS 1027-2560 E-UTRA Cellular Mobile

To replace the following standards respectively:

  • NTC TS 1004-2553 GSM Cellular Mobile
  • NTC TS 1015-2552 WCDMA Cellular Mobile
  • NTC TS 1027-2557 E-UTRA Cellular Mobile

斗地主达人These new standards officially came into effect on April 29, 2017 and changes to the new standards are as follows:

  1. Class B Type Approval applications for GSM/3G/LTE products will require TIS 1561‑2556 or IEC 60950 test report for the host product, including its charger, and power supply adapter.
  2. Class B Type Approval applications for GSM/3G/LTE products will require TIS 2217‑2548 or IEC 62133 test report for its battery.

斗地主达人Additional important notes:

  • The above changes have come into immediate effect.
  • The above changes apply only to handheld and portable products, however NBTC may also apply this requirement to other equipment on a case by case basis.
  • There are no other changes regarding frequency or power.
  • All Type Approval certificates issued under the old standards will continue to be valid.

South Africa – SABS Certificate of Compliance Scheme Re-instatement

South Africa’s Bureau of Standards (SABS) recently issued a statement confirming that the EMC/EMI Certificate of Compliance Scheme will be re-instated beginning June 1, 2017。 Please see below a summary of the information released by SABS to date:

  • Manufacturers will be required to apply for registration with SABS, and a one-off registration fee of 16,000 South African Rand (circa $1,200 USD) will be applicable.
  • Once registration is complete, manufacturers will be able to apply for SABS Certificates of Compliance via a paperwork-only approach, including the submission of test reports issued by a SABS-accredited third party laboratory. Crucially at this stage, SABS has not confirmed which laboratories are accredited for their scheme, or how they go about obtaining accreditation. It is also not clear whether they will accept EN reports outright (per the previous scheme) or will require laboratories to conduct supplementary tests to the South Africa national SANS standards, once accredited by SABS.
  • Upon review of the local test report issued by a SABS-accredited third party laboratory, SABS will review the documentation provided and issue the Certificate of Compliance.
  • Certificates will be valid for a period of 3 years. Manufacturers will be required to pay an annual fee of 11,000 South African Rand (circa $820 USD) to maintain the validity of the Certificate of Compliance.

It has not been confirmed at this stage whether the requirements will only be enforced for new products imported after this date, or whether it will be applied retrospectively to products currently being imported with NRCS (Safety) and ICASA (RF) Approvals only.

Botswana – New Type Approval Guideline

During April 2017, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) implemented the new Type Approval guideline that was published on March 28th, 2016. Some highlights are as follows:

  • All telecommunication terminal equipment and radio equipment (including broadcast transmission equipment and DTT & Satellite receiver equipment) must be registered for Type Approval.
  • The validity period of certificates has been extended from 1 year to permanent.
  • All registered equipment must follow the labeling requirements established by BOCRA. The text should be no less than 2mm in height and E-labelling is permitted on the equipment with an integral screen.

BOCRA has started implementing their new regulation and issuing new certificates. However, the BOCRA Type Approval certificate is issued for the “assumed life” of the product. The assumed life is indicated in the guidelines, and varies according to type of equipment.

Djibouti – Type Approval Scheme Reinstated

On May 17, 2017, we were advised that Djibouti's Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, chargé des Postes et des Télécommunications (MCPT), had reinstated its Type Approval Scheme。 In 2013, the MCPT placed all Type Approval applications on hold due to planned changes to its spectrum management system。 The Authority advised that no Type Approval certificates would be issued in the interim。 We have been able to confirm the following with regard to the reinstated Type Approval Scheme:

  • The process is paperwork only;
  • No samples are required;
  • Certificates are valid for 5 years;
  • Foreign manufacturers can continue to hold the Approval;
  • Estimated lead-time is 3-4 weeks;
  • There are no labelling requirements in place

We are still clarifying the full product scope to be included under this new scheme and any impact to products already on the market.

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