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Israeli RF and Safety Regulators, Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the Standards Institution of Israel (SII), announced office closures from September 15 to October 15, 2017。 During this period, no Type Approval applications can be submitted to MoC or SII; delays will also occur for applications currently under review。

After three years of delay, Niger regulator ARTP has resumed Type Approval processing. Changes from prior regulation and process are as follows:

 

  • Samples are required for 2G, 3G, 4G and personal computers
  • Type Approval certificates will be issued (instead of approval letter as in the past)
  • Type approval certificates are now valid for 10 years
  • An original DoC may be required for approval

Recently, Chilean Regulator Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL) advised that type approval applications for modular devices are no longer accepted. There is no retrospective impact on devices already approved, and existing type approval certificates for modular devices remain valid. It should be noted that if a module previously approved in Chile causes interference issues, it will be subject to review by SUBTEL.

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

  • - (June 2016) - Land Mobile Service; Radio Equipment for use in a Paging Service operating within the frequency range 25 MHz - 470 MHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Digital Terrestrial TV Transmitters; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2016) - Methods for Testing and Specification (MTS); The Testing and Test Control Notation version 3; Part 11: Using JSON with TTCN-3
  • - (June 2016) - Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT); DECT evolution technical study; Requirements and technical analysis for the further evolution of DECT and DECT ULE
  • - (July 2016) - Multiple-Gigabit/s radio equipment operating in the 60 GHz band; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (July 2016) - Induction loop systems intended to assist the hearing impaired in the frequency range 10 Hz to 9 kHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (July 2016) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 13: Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) User Equipment (UE)

 

See for additional information.

On July 1, 2017, Serbia’s Ministry of Economy adopted and published new rules on electromagnetic compatibility and safety in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia (No 25/16)。 Notable changes from the prior rules are as follows:

  1. New EMC and LVD Certificates of Conformity (CoC) are now valid for 5 years
  2. Devices listed below no longer require an EMC CoC:
    1. Appliances supplied without battery chargers or adapters for low voltage distribution network, which only use replaceable batteries or computer connectors as the power source;
    2. Computer components, other than power units;
    3. Machines falling under the separate machinery safety regulation (exceptions are portable tools with electric motors of nominal AC up to 250 V for household and similar use);
    4. Appliances which have been examined and verified by a Serbian Notified Body。

 

The new rules do not affect previously certified products. Manufacturers will apply for renewal according to the new rules when existing approvals expire. The new rules can be found . No English versions are available at this time but should be available in the future.

On July 20, 2017,  was published and it specifies how the required information in Article 10(10) dealing with restrictions and authorization of use is to be indicated on the packaging and in the information accompanying the radio equipment。 This implementing regulation provides clear direction and concise details to enable manufacturers to understand and present the necessary information formatted as required to be in conformity with Article 10(10) of the 。

Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade recently confirmed the following new labelling format for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment being imported beginning September 1, 2017:

 

UA – stands for Ukraine;
TR – а provisional symbol of a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) that is assigned to perform conformity assessment to the requirements of technical regulations;
YYY - serial number of the CAB

On July 10, 2017, Brazil’s regulator ANATEL issued Act no。 493 updating the requirements for cell phone chargers。 This new regulation introduces new requirements for vehicle and wireless chargers intended to be used with cell phones, listing them as Category I products (1 year validity)。 The regulation is mandatory for vehicular cell phone chargers as of January 6, 2018; no mandatory date has yet been set for wireless chargers。 Local testing is required, and chargers will be required to be tested with the cell phone they are intended to be used with。

Belarus’s regulatory authority recently confirmed its Energy Efficiency (EE) Approval and Energy Labelling (EL) requirements, and application procedure as follows:

Energy Efficiency

  1. AC-powered household electrical appliances will require EE Certification。
  2. Certification can be obtained either via local testing or via a paperwork-only process based on test reports issued by accredited ISO/IEC 17025 third-party testing laboratories.
  3. Mandatory surveillance will be performed once every two years. A decision on whether the surveillance procedure will be performed based on the acceptance of CIG023 reports (paperwork-only) or via local testing will be made at a later stage.
  4. No local representative will be required for EE Certification.
  5. Certificates will be valid for 5 years。
  6. Although requirements for EE compliance come into force on September 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 depending on product scope, manufacturers can obtain EE Certification in advance which will be dated with the planned implemented dates。
  7. Products that have already been introduced on Belarus market before September 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 will not be affected。
  8. Applicable fees for EE certification and annual surveillance will be confirmed nearer the date of implementation.
  9. Lead time is expected to be 4 weeks.

Energy Labelling

  1. Energy labels (EE labels) are mandatory for all products with the exception of:
    1. External power sources and household and office equipment (cooktops, microwave cookers, toasters, fryers, electrically operated knives, food processors, coffee machines; printers, scanners, monitors, amplified speakers of AC power supply, multimedia projectors, broadcasting receivers, video tape recorders, video recorder cameras, sound-recording devices, audio amplifiers, home theater systems, electric musical instruments; other equipment for sound and image record and playback, including equipment for image and sound transmission in ways other than telecommunication channels via signals and other means, except for TV sets )。
  2. EE label must be in the Russian language. Manufacturers are required to provide technical documentation and Energy Labelling with the following information:
    1. Manufacturer’s name or trade mark;
    2. Manufacturer’s model identification;
    3. The energy efficiency class of an appliance;
    4. The energy consumption of an appliance etc. (data depends on specific product).
    5. Dealers need to ensure EE labels

The EE and EL requirements will come into force on September 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 depending on the product scope.

On June 7, 2017, the Philippines National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) released Memorandum Circular No。 03-06-2017 with the following updates:

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Effective June 1, 2017, China’s government officially announced additional certification requirements for network equipment and cybersecurity products as follows:

  1. Device and product listed in ”Catalogue of Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity products” shall, in accordance with the compulsory requirements of relevant national standards, pass the security certification conducted by qualified institutions or meet the requirements of security detection before being sold or provided. Qualified institutions refer to Certification and Accreditation Administration of PROC (CNCA), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of PROC (MIIT), Ministry of Public Security of PROC (MPS), and institutions recognized by the State Internet Information Office according to related regulations.
  2. Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity product, or applicant shall choose qualified institutions for certification and inspection.
  3. Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity product (including equipment and product in terms of validity inspected by institution before this order issued。), after safe inspection by authorized institution, the institution shall forward the test result to MIIT and MPS。
  4. Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity product (including equipment and product in terms of validity certified by institution before this order issued。), after safe certification by authorized institution, the institution shall forward the test result to CNCA。

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.

Ecuador’s Regulator ARCOTEL has recently confirmed that the Letter of No Action (LoNA) process for products which fall out of scope of ARCOTEL’s defined product categories is now considered voluntary. The impact of this is as follows:

 

  • Equipment with less than 50mW output power remain exempt from Type Approval, providing such equipment does not fall under any of the specified categories.
  • WLAN client devices such as computers, laptops, printers etc. no longer require Type Approval. WLAN master/infrastructure devices do still require Approval.

We were recently advised the following by our local agent with regard to the newly reinstated SABS certificate of compliance scheme:

  1. It is expected that the formal launch of the new scheme will be pushed out to July 18, 2017.
  2. The SABS Approval process will be paperwork-only; test reports must be to South African National Standards (SANS) standards, and be issued by a SABS-accredited laboratory.
  3. Several labs have already been accredited by SABS, and a complete list will be published before the scheme is formally launched。 Further applications for lab accreditation can be made after the scheme is formally launched。
  4. The estimated lead-time for approval is 30 working days.
  5. The scope of devices which require SABS approval remains unchanged. Non-telecommunications devices (e.g. non-RF cradles, battery chargers, Ethernet switches) will require approval by the SABS.
  6. It is expected that products imported into South Africa during the Memorandum of Understanding between ICASA and SABS (implemented in March 2016) will not need to undergo approval by the SABS once the scheme is reinstated。
  7. The new SABS websites remains in development and will become active soon.

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has issued an updated list of standards that can be used to demonstrate compliance with the essential requirements of the EU’s Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU), also known as the RED.

The newly updated list of more than 100 different standards (the sixth such update since the beginning of 2017) was published in the June 8 issue of the Official Journal of the European Union, less than one week before the June 13, 2017 expiration of the one year transition period from the EU’s R&TTE Directive (1999/EC). The RED addresses a broader range of topics, and complements many of the requirements of the EU’s recast EMC and Low Voltage Directives. Link to the newest list of Harmonized Standards for the Radio Equipment Directive:

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