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Regulatory News dated Q3/2020

  • TaiwanDeregulation of wireless remote controls ≤ 1 mW

    On the occasion of their 924th meeting on 2020-08-26, the National Communications Commission (NCC) reviewed and approved the draft announcement “應經核准之電信管制射頻器材”.

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Act specifies that RF equipment may be freely circulated and used unless otherwise specified by law. In order to comply with the free circulation and use of Article 65 of the Telecommunications Regulation Act which took effect on July 1st, 2020, NCC considered to deregulate wireless remote controls with a maximum RF output power of less than 1 mW.

    However, NCC emphasizes that the deregulated equipment should still comply with the technical specifications of low-power radio frequency equipment.

    Source: Link to the official website (Traditional Chinese)


  • ArgentinaENACOM published resolución 854/2020

    On August 12th, the Argentinian authority ENACOM published resolución 854/2020 with regard to the new label format RAMATEL. The mentioned label will be in use from August 12th in 2022.

    In accordance with this document, it turned out that the RAMATEL label draft is required for the submission of application documents starting 12th August 2022. Previously, either CNC or RAMATEL label draft may be submitted, although the use of the RAMATEL logo is recommended.

    With respect to renewals they announced that the devices do not have to be labelled again, the currently implemented CNC label is sufficient.

    Please note that the renewal is possible 30 days before expiry at earliest and not later than one day before expiry. Those conditions only apply as long as the certificate holder remains the same.

    If this is not applicable, a new approval has to be requested.

    If needed, manufacturers may use the new label format of RAMATEL, but then the new label draft has to be submitted to ENACOM.

    Link to the official RAMATEL logo: https://www.enacom.gob.ar/identificacion-reglamentaria_p3420


  • TaiwanLow-power Radio-frequency Devices Technical Regulations updated

    In July, 1st 2020, The National Communications Commission NCC issued the document 低功率射頻器材技術規範 Low-power Radio-frequency Devices Technical Regulations updating the technical regulations from January, 2018. There were no noteable changes on the testing part.

    According to LP0002 §3.8.2 a new warning statement became mandatory for new applications from July, 1st onwards.

    Lately, the English version has also been published on NCC's official website.

    Source:

    English version

    Traditional Chinese version


  • IsraelPrior Notice - Closing Day

    The coming holiday season will affect the efficiency of the local MoC, SII & MoE activities from 18th of September 2020 until 12th of October 2020.

    There will be a full shut down on September, 28th and from October, 1st until October, 12th.

    Type approval certification dalays might occur during this period.


  • JordanIBLAG strategically aligns BM with UN sustainable goals

    IB-Lenhardt AG is strategically aligning its Business model with the UN sustainable goals for 2030

    TRC Jordan signed a cooperation agreement with the IB-LENHARDT AG, on the Jordanian side, the agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Dr. Eng. Ghazi Jabour, and on the German side, the IB-Lenhardt AG CEO Mr. Daniel Lenhardt, from the Saarland Staatkanzlei Mr. Arno Kurtenaker attended the virtual signature ceremony on 9/1/2020, in the presence of the concerned parties from both sides.

    The agreement provides TRC access and use of (TAMSys E-Gov) that will automate all TRC type approval procedures and certification.

    IB-Lenhardt AG has proven record of experience in the type approval and homologation industry and has participated in many international ITU events and conferences. Thanks to its professional team IB-Lenhardt AG earned the legitimacy to be selected by the TRC for this strategic sustainable oriented project.

    IB-Lenhardt AG during its many years of experience has developed its own software TAMSys which is currently used worldwide by many TIER1 Suppliers and OEMs. Recently, the new product TAMSys E-Gov is available for authorities to use, which will allow authorities to benefit from IB-Lenhardt AG's experience in the field on a multi-dimensional level that covers and limited to regulatory revision, update and compatibility with other international standards of the G8 and G5 countries, it also help the authorities to be updated with current development initiatives in the technologies that is led by the private sector. Our know how, networking and international presence and involvement allows us to predict the next technological trend goals and requirements, for this many authorities worldwide consult our company regarding new technologies, procedures and changes in the processes.

    IB-Lenhardt AG's strategical shift toward a Business Model that fits with UN sustainable goals for 2030 is demonstrated by this valuable and important agreement with TRC Jordan, this will allow the authority to increase its efficiency, transparency and it will be of high benefit to maintain stakeholders' health and safety, as this online solution will help to improve the social distancing without affecting the process workflow. It is a proven tool to support maintaining economical activities running during pandemic times, our company has proven that the business can grow even with COVID-19 hard times.

    Next step will be to work very closely with TRC Jordan in order to tailor the current system in accordance to their needs.

    Thanks to TRC Jordan for this pilot initiative to work hand in hand with the private sector to offer equally better service to the community.
    Below link is to the official news on the agreement from TRC:


  • BrazilExtension of frequency range for 77 GHz radar in Brazil

    On September 1st, 2020 the regulatory authority in Brazil, ANATEL, issued the Act No. 4776 which beside other changes extends the available frequency range for radar applications in a vehicle to 76 - 81 GHz.
    The average power limits of 50 dBm EIRP and peak 55 dBm EIRP apply.
    The formerly applied limits for not in motion were deleted.

    Source: https://www.anatel.gov.br/legislacao/atos-de-certificacao-de-produtos/2020/1467-ato-4776


  • United KingdomPutting products on the market in UK after Brexit

    The Brexit is finally there and the impact on any manufacturer intending to sell products on the UK markets is starting to cast its shadows ahead.

    Starting with January, 1st 2021 new rules apply for the conformity assessment of radio products placed on the market in England, Wales and Scotland. Any product covered by legislation requiring the UKCA mark, requiring a mandatory third-party assessment or conformity assessment being carried out by a UK Notified Body in the past will need to use the new UKCA mark. Fortunately, products already in stock are exempted from this regulations and may be sold showing the CE mark only.

    The technical examination certificate issued in the past by a UK Notified Body will cease its validity by January 1st 2021. This not only affects the conformity of your products with the regulations in the UK but also with the Radio Equipment Directive. All of those “old” TEC’s must be transferred to a conformity assessment body recognized by the UK government AND to a Notified Body located in the European Union.

    An authorized representative located within the European Union will no longer be recognized by Great Britain after January 1st 2021 as well and you will have to choose an authorized representative or responsible person in the UK. The product marking must show the company details, including name and contact address, for this responsible as well.

    And finally, the declaration of conformity must be changed to declare conformance to the UK technical standards once those are implemented.

    IB-Lenhardt AG is fully supporting you during and after this transition phase with all necessary services to ensure the ongoing conformance of your products with the applicable rules. With our strong network of cooperation partners we will support the transfer of your Technical Examination Certificates to either an assessment body in the UK, a Notified Body in the EU or both.

    Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-market-in-great-britain-from-1-january-2021


  • AustraliaOpen consultation- update of the Frequency Spectrum Plan

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority ACMA typically updates the Spectrum Plan following each World Radiocommunication Conference. In order to reflect changes to international regulations made at the WRC 2019, ACMA issued Consultation 27/2020 with regard to the update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan on August, 26th.

    The new frequency spectrum plan shall come into force on 1 January 2021.

    Interested stakeholders are welcome to comment on the issues raised in this consultation, or any other issues relevant to the update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. In particular, the ACMA seeks comment on whether changes need to be made to particular Australian footnotes. Submissions can either be made online or sent by post before ​​​COB, Tuesday 29 September 2020. Consultation enquiries can be emailed to freqplan@acma.gov.au.

    Source: Official Website ACMA


  • KazakhstanReviewing regulations

    Kazakhstan are reviewing their current type approval regulations, last month the authority decided that there is no need for the national CoC and only EAC is sufficient to proof the product compliance, this week the authority decided to review its last decision.

    All type approval processes in Kazakhstan are now on Hold until a new regulation will be officially announced.


  • VietnamFrequency band for 5G technology

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has just allocated the frequency band for 5G technology.

    According to Circular 19/2020/TT-BTTTT, which will take effect from October 6, 2020, the allowed frequency band for 5G technology in Vietnam will be
    24.25-27.5 GHz.

    Source Official Circular


  • ArgentinaSubstantial changes on the labeling requirements

    On August 12th 2020 ENACOM has officially released Resolution No. 854/2020 to introduce substantial changes on the labeling requirements of former Resolution CNC No. 82/2015.
    These modifications have been essentially brought in to reflect the current agency's approval name RAMATEL and to provide additional clarifications to labeling exceptions.
    This new labeling regulation has already become effective since its official date of publication on August 12th, 2020, and ENACOM has granted a period of 2 (two) years for its implementation on all approved and new registrations.

    Official document in Spanish and document for marking requirements


  • United Arab Emirates Consultation on TRA Regulations for UWB and SRD

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) published a public consultation concerning the regulations for Ultra-Wide Band and Short Range Devices in accordance with the Telecom Law. The consultation will be open from 13 August 2020 until 17 September 2020.

    Due to recent updates from ETSI and ITU-R recommendations, there is an obligation to amend relevant parts of these regulations to enhance the certainty on the frequencies and associated attributes under which they can operate.

    Contributors who wish to respond to this consultation can check the following link:

    https://www.tra.gov.ae/en/eparticipation/consultations/details.aspx?id=1630.

    Given responses should clearly be assignable to the specific question asked in the consultation.

    General comments must clearly be indicated as such.

    Furthermore, respondents are advised that full responses and citations (as a whole or in part) may be published. Please make sure to clearly mark any information which is considered to be of a confidential nature.


  • ArgentinaThe ENACOM released certificate extending resolution 771/2020

    The Argentinian Authority ENACOM issued the resolution 771/2020.

    The resolution extends the validity of all certificates expiring between March 16th – September 17th 2020.

    The certificates affected automatically will expire on November 17th, 2020.

    Downloadlink resolution 771/2020 (pdf file spanish version)


  • MoroccoMorocco – Authority released new SRD Decision

    The Morrocan Authority ANRT recently released a new SRD Decision ANRT/DG/N°07/2020.

    The decision provides additional frequency bands for various use scenarios, e.g. for high power RFID, however other technical requirements stay the same.

    The document also provides a detailed overview and requirements for the use of SRD in Morocco.

    The full decsion can be found here: https://www.anrt.ma/sites/default/files/decision_a2fp-07-2020-vf.pdf


  • IndonesiaNew regulation Kepdir No. 124 Tahun 2020

    The Indonesian authority SDPPI published the new regulation Kepdir No. 124 Tahun 2020 which officially came into force on July 28th 2020. The regulation replaces the previous regulation Kepdirjen No. 36 Tahun 2020 and will be valid for 6 months.
    In the regulation, two different lists are included, one list for overseas labs recognized for HKT products (page 4-5 English version) and the second one for non HKT products (page 6-9 English version).
    The test reports of the listed laboratories can be used for a paperwork approval where no local RF and EMC testing are required.

    The official SDPPI document is available in Indonesian as well as in English


  • SerbiaSerbia published new Radio Frequency Allocation Plan

    The Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL) issued a new frequency allocation plan.It was first published in the “Official Gazette of RS“, No. 89/20 of June 25, 2020 and came into force on July 3, 2020. The Radio Frequency Band Allocation Plan includes the allocation of frequency bands to specified radio communication services according to relevant international agreements and recommendations, in the interest of citizens, economy and national security.

    Source: https://www.ratel.rs/en/blog/new-radio-frequency-band-allocation-plan-goes-into-force

    Official document (Serbian only)


  • BrazilExtension of frequency allocation for mobile communication

    ANATEL recently launched a public consultation regarding the opening of the 3.3 to 3.7 GHz band for Personal Mobile Service in Brazil. Manufacturers and importers as well as any other stakeholder interested in this newly available frequency band are invited to send comments to the authority before 2020-08-31.

    The purpose of the act is the extension of the frequency allocation in this area from 3.6 GHz now to 3.7 GHz.

    The complete list of documents and submitted comments may be found at https://sei.anatel.gov.br/sei/modulos/pesquisa/md_pesq_processo_exibir.php?exIsiWoPbTSMJNP15y_TiUpWIfXjgqaCc-xbh3o0V5ttS0uQqIkRDNDdsrlbDPN0z9DjOh_HT6NYS_BYkN5mlMU-GYs_9lPkSQMneGTcqs7X9BODs77W-nOHRfUzTemf

    Comments should be sent to the Brazilian TBT Enquiry Point (barreirastecnicas@inmetro.gov.br) and copied to leonardoc@anatel.gov.br and davison@anatel.gov.br.

    Source: http://www.in.gov.br/en/web/dou/-/consulta-publica-n-50-de-3-de-junho-de-2020-261923839


  • United StatesAccess to the 70/80 and 90 GHz bands in the USA

    In their attempt to promote the 5G expansion the FCC initiated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 20-76A1, regarding the exploration of new uses in the frequency ranges 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, 92-94 GHz and 94.1-95 GHz. The aim of the rule changes is the facilitation of the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. The commission seeks to promote the expanded use of this millimeter-wave spectrum for several innovative services.

    Comments may be filed electronically through ECFS at http://apps.fcc.gov/ ecfs/

    Source: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-76A1.pdf


  • EgyptNTRA introduces further type approval schemes

    In March 2020 we already informed you about the introduction of 2 type approval schemes for applications in Egypt. Recently, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) introduced 2 additional certification schemes and further clarified the requirements for each scheme:

    The light scheme applies for ISO 17025 accredited manufacturers. Provided the manufacturer does not have an ISO 17025 accreditation, the factory location determines which approval scheme should be applied:

    Factory Location Approval Scheme
    Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, USA, Western Europe Light scheme
    Any other country, which is not listed Intermediate scheme
    China and India Tight scheme
    Egypt Guided scheme

    Please note: While the light and intermediate scheme follow roughly the same procedure, an application following the guided scheme will require a factory inspection of NTRA.

    Sources:

    Light and intermediate scheme procedure

    Tight scheme procedure

    Guided scheme procedure (Arabic only)

    NTRA website


  • ParaguayNew Resolution permits the use of the 918 – 928 MHz

    The Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) issued Resolución 1269/2020 permitting the use of 918-928 MHz frequency range for RFID; SRD and LPWAN equipment. Currently, it is still unclear when the resolution will come into force. We will keep you updated.

    Important: The technical parameters of such devices using this frequency band must be configured according to the limitations established in the Regulation:

    For RFID:

    ERP Power Antenna Beam Width
    ≤ 1 W No restrictions
    1 W ≤ 2 W ≤ 180 °
    2 W ≤ 4 W ≤ 90 °

    For SRD and LPWAN:

    Transmission Type ERP Power Harmonics
    Frequency hopping 2 W 20 dB below the highest-level point, in any 100 kHz bandwidth
    Digital modulation 2 W 20 dB below the highest-level point, in any 100 kHz bandwidth
    Other

    50 mV/m

    (-1.23 dBm)

    500 µV/m (-41.23 dBm)

    The maximum bandwidth should not exeed 500 kHz for RFID and 250 kHz for LPWAN. The number of channels is not limited as long as the channels stay within the allowed frequency range and the maximum bandwith is considered.

    Devices operating in this frequency range will require a label on the product or a statement in the user manual, as follows:

    “En Paraguay, este equipo deberá ser configurado para operar con las limitaciones establecidas en la norma Técnica NTC-RF-918:2020 de la CONATEL”.

    Source: Official resolution (Spanish only)


  • Congo Democratic RepublicNew validity period for type approval certificate

    As previously released as an advanced notice on 26th of September 2019, the new regulation regarding the validity period of type approval certificates has come into force.

    L’Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo (ARPTC) has recently published the decision 065/ARPTC/CLG/2019

    The approval of terminal equipment or radio installation is now granted for varying durations with equipment being classified into 6 categories

    1. Equipment connected to telecommunications networks and radio transmitters (Validity: 5 years)
    2. Landline and mobile phones. Low power equipment (Validity: 2 years)
    3. All other equipment different from the first two categories containing a radio module (Validity: 2 years)
    4. Receivers, reception decoders (Validity: 2 years)
    5. Antennas (Validity: 5 years)
    6. All other equipment not listed in categories 1-5 (Validity: 2 years)

    The renewal will be done under the same conditions.

    The new regulation also indicates marking rerquirements. The equipment must be labelled prior to marketing by the applicant, with an irremovable label including the following information:

    • Approval number and date

    • Identification of the model and batch or serial number

    • Manufacturer or supplier identification

    Source: original Décision 065/ARPTC/CLG/2019 in French


  • MalawiMACRA develops new Type Approval regulations

    The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority MACRA is developing new Type Approval regulations.

    According to the draft regulations all electronic communication products require type approval. Products which already have a recognized approval from ITU Region 1. e.g. have a CE DoC, can apply for a simplified scheme.

    We recommend for interested parties to check the draft regulations and especially the Schedule 2, which lists the recognized ETSI Standards.

    Comments can be provided via email to dg-macra@macra.org.mw till 31. July 2020.

    Source: E-Mail from authority - PDF can be donwload here


  • RwandaNew Type Approval Regulations

    The RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulation Authority) published the Regulation N˚ 011/R/STD-ICT/RURA/020 of 29/05/2020.

    This new regulation regulates type approval procedures as well as importation and supply of electronic communication devices.
    It includes new sample requirements for all devices and re-clarified that local representatives are mandatory.

    The document was already released and implemented by the RURA but is yet to be published in the Rwanda gazette. As of today there is no official publication date available.

    Source offical document as PDF


  • FranceANFR informs about the extension of the specific absorption rate

    From July 1, 2020, all radio equipment devices emitting more than 20 mW which are intended to be used near the human body, are obligated to display SAR.

    Herewith included are phones, tablets, certain connected watches and wireless headsets.

    The measurement of SAR has been required before, but the display obligation previously only applied to mobile phone devices.

    The mentioned SAR values must be indicated in the accompanying documents whose market placement is later than July 1 as well as at points of sale, in the immediate vicinity of the device. The restraint also applies in the case of free disposal and in all advertising.

    As part their measures to control public exposure to electromagnetic waves, verifications will be carried out by the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) from July 2020 to ensure compliance with these new arrangement.

    Official Source: Agence Nationale des Fréquences



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