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This is a shortened list of the new IEC standards published during the past month:

  • - 8/29/2016 - High voltage test techniques - Measurement of partial discharges by electromagnetic and acoustic methods
  • - 8/18/2016 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-40: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of electromyographs and evoked response equipment
  • - 8/18/2016 - Amendment 1 - Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) - Part 4: Inmarsat-C ship earth station and Inmarsat enhanced group call (EGC) equipment - Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results
  • - 8/16/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment - Immunity requirements
  • - 8/15/2016 - Metallic communication cable test methods - Part 4-16: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Extension of the frequency range to higher frequencies for transfer impedance and to lower frequencies for screening attenuation measurements using the triaxial set-up
  • - 8/15/2016 - Low-voltage switch mode power supplies - Part 7: Safety requirements
  • - 8/10/2016 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-46: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of operating tables
  • - 8/10/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-1: Generic standards - Immunity standard for residential, commercial and light-industrial environments
  • - 8/10/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-2: Generic standards - Immunity standard for industrial environments
  • - 8/10/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus - Part 1: Emission
  • - 8/9/2016 - Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - ALL PARTS
  • - 8/5/2016 - Amendment 1 - Exposure to electric or magnetic fields in the low and intermediate frequency range - Methods for calculating the current density and internal electric field induced in the human body - Part 3-1: Exposure to electric fields - Analytical and 2D numerical models
  • - 8/5/2016 - Low-voltage switch mode power supplies - Part 3: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • - 7/28/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-31: Testing and measurement techniques - AC mains ports broadband conducted disturbance immunity test
  • - 7/28/2016 - Safety requirements for power electronic converter systems and equipment - Part 1: General

See for additional information。

Per Resolución 755, Chile’s Regulator, Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL), has introduced additional requirements for supplementary test reports issued in cases where the test reports indicate greater output powers than allowed。 In addition to showing compliance to the Chilean limits, manufacturers are encouraged to consider the following requirements in the supplementary test report:

  • For any devices operating in WLAN 5 GHz bands, the supplementary test report must clearly display that the 5500-5700 MHz band will be disabled.
  • The laboratory that tested to the Chilean limits must be clearly identified (name, address, country, contact telephone number) and the report must be issued on the appropriate laboratory letterhead and with their official logo.
  • The supplementary test report issued must clearly display the names and signatures of the persons responsible for carrying out the testing to Chilean limits.
  • If the supplementary test report is issued by a different laboratory than that which issued the main FCC/EU test reports, information must be provided in the supplementary report on the test conditions and support equipment used to carry out the testing to Chilean limits.

Please note that there is a risk that SUBTEL will reject all applications where the supplementary test report does not include all information outlined above, in addition to showing compliance to Chilean limits。

Our test lab had a customer inquiry this week and the question was as follows:
Under what conditions does the FCC allow standard antenna connectors under Part 15.203?
 
We replied as follows:

Under , the FCC allows the use of standard antenna connectors only when the device requires professional installation。

In all other cases, intentional radiators must be designed with a permanently attached antenna(s) or a unique antenna connector that ensures that only the antenna(s) certified and furnished by the grantee can be used。 An example would be a wireless local area network, typically user-installed, and therefore requires a unique connector。

If professional installation is optional, the FCC does not allow the use of a standard antenna connector. When professional installation is required, the certification grant includes this condition.

斗地主达人An applicant must clearly demonstrate the requirement for professional installation by providing to the satisfaction of the FCC the following information about the device:

  1. intended use
  2. installation requirements
  3. marketing methods

The FCC has permitted standard connectors on intentional radiators in the following situations:

  • Point-to-point applications require a tower-mounted, directional antenna.  The device is advertised in special trade publications and/or demonstrated at targeted trade shows.  The applicant satisfied the 3 information requirements listed above to demonstrate the need for professional installation.  
  • Data and control signal transmitters located in oil fields; 
  • Transmitters mounted on trains and in train stations; 
  • Pole–mounted transmitters used by utility companies; 
  • Transmitters mounted on traffic signals for use by police and/or emergency vehicles.

 

Please feel free to contact Rhein Tech with any questions you may have at 703 689 0368 or sales@ hfytxx.com

On August 2, 2016, the European Eurasian Commission approved the draft of Technical Regulation, “On Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic products。” This regulation establishes requirements for manufacturers of radio, electrical, and electronic products, prohibiting the content of certain hazardous substances。 It has been developed in line with international practices including European Directive 2011/65/EU from June 8th, 2011。 It also outlines conditions for confirmation of compliance, labeling, and operation in the Customs Union (CU) market。 This new regulation will come into effect in November 2016 and will include the following products:

  • Domestic appliances;
  • Information technology equipment;
  • Telecommunications equipment;
  • Lighting equipment;
  • Electrical tools;
  • Leisure and sports equipment;
  • Vending machines.

This new regulation process is very similar to that of existing CU EMC and Safety Approval schemes:

  • Declaration scheme only will apply depending on equipment type. However, Certificates can still be issued if the equipment falls under the Certification scheme for other CU Technical Regulations.
  • A single Approval will be issued covering all applicable CU Regulations for a given device.
  • All products will still be required to be labeled with the correct CU conformity mark.

Power regulation on Navy platforms can be severely affected if the quality of power is not regulated. Harmonic currents levels are controlled through MIL-STD-461E and MIL-STD-461F, CE101 conducted emissions limits and test thereof.

The quality of power, technically referred to as power quality, can be quantified as a set of parameter values to include variation in voltage amplitude, transient voltages and currents, service continuity, and harmonic current levels in power distribution system waveforms。 Power quality is affected when electronic power supplies, and other non-linear loads in particular, cause distortion in the power distribution system of Navy platforms。

In a typical electrical power AC system source, loads are either linear or non-linear. When the load is linear, the current drawn by the load is sinusoidal, which does not distort the waveform. Conversely, non-linear loads produce non-sinusoidal current waveforms, which create a distortion of the voltage waveform. Non-linear loads produce harmonics, which can cause interference to radios, telephones and other communication devices and navigation instrumentation on the Navy platform. The harmonics can also cause a breakdown in the insulation materials of the platform’s electrical wiring.

On July 14, 2016, Argentina’s regulator, ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones), published Q2-60。14V16。1 for low power devices (superseding prior technical standard Q2-60。14V12。1)。

ENACOM has offered a 180 day grace period from the date of publication whereby Q2-60。14V12。1 test reports will continue to be accepted。 Once the grace period has ended, reports to the new standard Q2-60。14V16。1 must be submitted for both new and renewal Type Approval applications。

Significant changes in this new technical standard are:

  1. Number of samples required for local testing has been reduced.
    1. Devices transmitting on a single channel on the new standard Q2-60.14V16.1 require one sample.
    2. Devices transmitting on multiple channels on the new standard Q2-60.14V16.1 require one sample as long as the channel can be adjusted in the test SW of a single sample. If not, it is required to provide one sample each for low, middle, and top channels.
  2. Modular Approval is now acceptable and is sufficient for host devices. That is to say, a host device containing an Approved Low Power module does not need its own Type Approval certificate. In the case where Type Approval is being sought for the module, local testing must be carried out on the module itself*.
  3. Under Q2-60.14V16.1, local testing on the low power module can be performed if testing on the host is not possible due to product dimensions.

* Please note that where Modular Approval is being leveraged for host devices, manufacturers must ensure compliance with the technical requirements and field emission limits for the published standard.

 

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Mexico’s Secretaria de Economía (SE Mexico) recently issued the Draft Mexican Official Standard PROY-NOM-106-SCFI-2016. In Mexico, products must be compliant with the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardization to be able to be imported/commercialized products in Mexico. There are two types of standards, Official Mexican Standards (NOM) and voluntary Mexican standards (NMX). The new logo standard will be enforced in the near future.

Proposed new regulation:

  • A change in the dimensions of the letter, “M”, in the NOM logo
  • If a product complies with a voluntary standard, it may now have the NMX logo.
  • If the product complies with both official and voluntary standards, then it suggests the use of two logos, NOM and NMX, instead of just the NOM logo.

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  1. The RE102 test method in MIL-STD-461E required using a 41” rod antenna below 30 MHz with the counterpoise grounded to the ground plane, which called into question the accuracy of the measurement results above the 10 MHz frequency range. To address this, MIL-STD-461F requires that the counterpoise be isolated from the groundplane.

Canada - ICES-003 Revised

Posted on August 3rd 2016 by

During June 2016, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) updated ICES-003 — Information Technology Equipment (Including Digital Apparatus) — Limits and Methods of Measurement, to Issue 6. This will come into force upon its publication on the Industry Canada website at www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum. Following its publication, a transition period of three months will be provided, during which compliance with ICES-003 Issue 5 or Issue 6 will be accepted. Only compliance with ICES-003 Issue 6 will be accepted after the transition period.

Changes Include:

  • Clarification of the definition of an ITE device;
  • Inclusion of storage media;
  • Clarification of applicability of broadcasting equipment;
  • Update to reference the latest version of ANSI C63.4-2014;
  • Update to clarify that external thermostats are subject to the requirements of ICES-003.

Note: Industry will have until March 1, 2017 to ensure that these thermostats sold, offered for sale, manufactured, imported, distributed or leased are compliant。

 

Please contact Rhein Tech Laboratories, Inc. for any questions and/or testing requirements. 703. 689. 0368 or email sales @ hfytxx.com.

On July 18, 2016, Nepal’s Telecommunications Authority (NTA) and the Ministry of Information & Communications (MOIC) released Spectrum Policy Amendment 2073, allowing the following frequency bands:
NEPAL

Recently, Algeria’s regulator, Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (ARPT), indicated that Type Approval services are on hold pending the election of a new Director.  During this time, Type Approval certificates will not be issued.  Normal service is expected to resume once the new Director is elected.  

In preparation for the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) next World Radiocommunication Conference scheduled for 2019 (WRC-19), FCC Chairman Wheeler announced the appointment of Thomas C. Power as Chair and Christopher J. Murphy as Vice Chair of the FCC’s advisory committee for WRC-19.  The Committee is tasked with providing advice, technical support and recommended proposals on matters relating to the WRC-19. 

Mr。 Power is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CTIA。  Before joining CTIA, Power served as the U。S。 Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications in the White House Office of Science and Technology Office。  Previously, Power served as Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U。S。 Department of Commerce, and as Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman William Kennard, where he advised the chairman on broadband, common carrier and mass media matters。

Mr. Murphy is Associate General Counsel of Regulatory Affairs at ViaSat, Inc., a U.S.-based broadband services and technology provider.  Before joining ViaSat, Murphy was Vice President of Government Affairs at Inmarsat.  Prior to working in the private sector, Murphy worked for a decade at the FCC International Bureau, on broadcast and mobile satellite licensing issues, as well as on domestic and international spectrum and broadband policies. 

UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) updated Ultra-Wide Band and Short Range Devices requirements in recently published Regulation (Version 2。0) as a written summary of already established requirements。  These requirements are in line with existing European Standards and requirements in ITU-Region 1 countries for these technologies and do not elicit any changes。  See below for the main requirements of UWB devices:

  •         Generic UWB devices shall comply with EN 302 065-1.
  •         UWB devices for location tracking shall comply with EN 302 500-1。
  •         UWB devices for Building Material Analysis shall comply with EN 302 435-1. 

The FDA has issued final guidance for medical device electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)。  This final guidance document details a number of primary components that are needed from U。S。 manufacturers in order to obtain pre-market clearance or approval for supporting claims of medical device EMC。

Proof of EMC ensures that a device is able to function in its intended environment without introducing excessive electromagnetic disturbance capable of causing electromagnetic interference with other electronically powered devices。  In addition to following existing requirements and testing standards, registrants should include the following information in their applications:

  •         Environment intended for use
  •     Summary of all testing conducted to support EMC claims
  •          List of standards specifications met (including immunity test levels)
  •          Summary of device-specific tests including performance data and pass/fail criteria
  •          Device labeling and supporting documentation of compliance
  •      Details on any changes made to the device for it to pass one or more EMC tests 

It should be noted that additional information may be requested from the FDA Reviewer.  The final guidance document can be found at ““. 

South Africa - ICASA Strike

Posted on July 18th 2016 by

Over 50 staff members of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) have been on strike since July 4, 2106.  The length of the strike is unknown; striking workers are demanding payment of prior salary bonuses.  ICASA has been operating with a shortage of staff so on-going approval projects may soon be impacted.  

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