Posted by Joe Geragi, April 14, 2021
Global Regulatory Compliance - Recent Highlights
Changes have taken place in the Regulatory Compliance space recently. Here are some of the highlights:
Qatar Communications Regulatory Authority has issued an update for Version 3 of Class License for Short Range Devices to cope with recent technology developments. This newly updated document specifies the harmonized standards to be used for SRDs. The new Version No. 4 is intended to cover additional applications of radio communication devices.
Malaysia SIRIM announced a new implementation of the declaration for adaptors that began on March 1, 2021. All applicants of Type Approval are required to provide a declaration letter from the Principal or Manufacturer that must be uploaded together with the submission of each Type Approval application for Type Approval. This must include: regulatory model or marketing name and brand name of the product to be sold on its own without an adaptor, model name of the compatible adaptor(s) for the product, Certificate Holder's obligation to obtain Certificate of Approval (CoA) from the Energy Commission and to affix SIRIM-ST label on adaptors.
Vietnam MIC has implemented new requirements on certifications for wireless modules. MIC now requires that all wireless radio modules need to be certified and obtain type approval due to the possibility of different testing results for each wireless module. Type approval should include all wireless modules that will need to be approved.
Pakistan PTA proposed new Draft Regulation of Type Approval Technical Standards. The main changes in this proposal are the inclusion of the acceptance of IEC 62368 safety test reports to support Type Approval applications. Also, in Annex E, the list of terminal equipment exempted from type approval has been changed. The following has been deleted in this draft which would remove the exemption on these products: Tablet PC with wi-fi only Functionality (Non - Sim based devices), Smart Watches with Bluetooth / Wi-fi Functionality only (Without SIM or Tracking). If these regulations are approved, these products would be subject to type approval in Pakistan.
The Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority TRA in the United Arab Emirates has released a new version for Ultra Wide Band and Short Range Devices regulation, version 4.0, on December 21, 2020. The new document shows the allowed frequencies and information about the product's usage, transmission power, duty cycle, channel spacing, and the standard reference. Some of the updates include:
- Frequency band, 5925-6425 MHz is allowed for Wireless Access System for in-building use only at an EIRP of 250 mW (any emission shall not exceed 250 mW EIRP when measured 10 meters from either the installed building or boundary of the user's premises)
- Frequency band 5855 MHz-5925 MHz is allowed for intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at an EIRP of 2W.
Mexico has a new IFT Conformity Assessment Procedure (PEC-IFT) for telecommunications and broadcasting products. The update has been published and took effect on February 25, 2021. One of the topics is related to certificates issued by a 3rd party as a local representative service. These 3rd party service providers have been able to serve as certificated holders optionally. With the new regulation, 3rd party service providers' certificates based on testing can no longer demonstrate compliance during customs clearance. Each importer must obtain their own IFT certificate and their respective CoC.
AZS (Azerbaijan Standardization Institute) previously issued certificates that covered both Safety and EMC requirements. Now, AZS will only be responsible for issuing Safety approvals, while other accredited certification bodies will be responsible for issuing EMC certificates. The new requirement is effective immediately and applies to products without certification before December 2, 2020.
The Government of the Republic of Moldova released Decision No. 34 that will impact the approval process in Moldova starting February 21, 2021. The significant changes include:
- Manufacturers are no longer permitted to affix the SM conformity mark and the CE marking to the same radio equipment.
- The affixing of the conformity mark is performed during the manufacturing process. Therefore, radio equipment manufacturers can decide to apply either the SM mark or the CE mark only on equipment produced after February 22, 2021.
- The products previously approved by the authority and manufactured and labeled before February 22, 2021, are not required to comply with this provision and shall be allowed to be placed on the Republic of Moldova's market, even if both conformity marks are placed on the same equipment.
- The Certification authority in Moldova recommends that manufacturers who have not begun Type Approval applications or have only partially completed the application process start to remove the SM mark if the radio equipment is already labeled with the CE mark.