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 July 2020

UAE  – New Declaration of Conformity Card Requirement
 
The UAE communications regulator ‘TRA’ has published updated guidelines on the equipment labelling requirements.

Now the registered manufacturer or importer of the communications equipment has to provide the TRA with a Declaration of Conformity Card (Type Approval Regime Conformity Mark).

The label on the equipment box should be in a clear, readable and non-removable format before offering, selling or making the equipment available in the UAE market.

The TRA Declaration of Conformity Card shall be placed under the display platform of telecommunications equipment in retail stores in a way that is clear and readable to users.

  • Products shall contain a product statement card as specified above.
  • The tag can be marked using black and white colors.
  • The QR code shall contain the basic information shown in the middle box.

ICM is a recognised dealer with the TRA in the UAE, we have a number of years experience in the equipment registration process for the UAE. We hold a number of type approval certificates for many of our existing clients.  We offer a very quick turnaround time on equipment registration certificates.
For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

Thailand  – Portable Power Banks New Safety Requirement

The body responsible for the safety regulation of electronic and electrical devices TISI announced on the 19th of June safety requirements for portable power chargers under the notice TIS2879-2560 Portable Power Bank.

The standard is aligned to the IEC requirements and covers safety requirements of portable power banks that is used for the portable power storage containing secondary battery and electric charging circuits with DC output voltage not over 6V at least 1 output.

This includes power banks that support a quick charge feature to charge power to electrical and electronic appliances.

Cell and battery that is used for power bank shall be complied with safety requirements under TIS2217.

The power bank shall be complied with safety requirements under TIS1561.

Mandatory marking requirements will also be enforced.

From the date of publication the notice becomes law from 150 days, so on the 16th of November the requirements will become mandatory.

ICM will provide a further update once the regulation becomes mandatory later in the year.


India  – Telecom Products Added To The Scope of TEC requirements


The Indian Ministry of Communications Telecommunication Engineering Centre ‘TEC’ has published a notification that from the 1st of October the following telecommunication products will be subject to mandatory product testing and certification.

  • Transmission of Terminal Equipment (SDH Equipment, Multiplexing Equipment)
  • PON family of Broadband Equipment (PON ONT, PON ONU and PON OLT)
  • Feedback devices

Manufacturers of these devices can start the certification process from the 25th of June 2020 so that they can complete the testing process ready for the 1st of October when certification will become mandatory.

ICM has a long standing relationship with TEC and are able to deliver equipment certificates in the quickest timescales possible.


Russia
 –  EAEU Certificate Acceptance Clarification

We have been notified by our clients that some EAEU certificates issued by accredited bodies outside of Russia but inside the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)  area are being queried at the customs border and in some cases additional documents are being requested.

Some of the reasons for the uncertainty of certificates is down to the rules on the applicant for EAEU (EAC) certification of series manufactured products. The recent rule change allows for the use of either a manufacturer (including a foreign manufacturer) or a Local Representative within the EAEU authorized by the manufacturer to hold the certificate.

If a Customer decides to use the Local EAEU Representative instead of a foreign manufacturer as the Applicant, it can only be a Local Representative who is the actual importer (releases products into circulation at the territory of EAEU).

At ICM we have a couple of partner EEC certification bodies whose certificates are recognised by Russian customs officials without the need for questioning the certificate and as such we are not seeing any delays in the acceptance of these certificates.

Indonesia – Equipment Certification Paperwork Process Halted

The Indonesian regulator ‘SDPPI’ will halt all equipment registration applications using the paperwork process route from 1st of July 2020 for 2 weeks. The SDPPI wishes to use this period of time to assess their locally accredited laboratories and how analyse the effectiveness of their local laboratories.

We expect the paperwork process to re-start from the 14th of July however we are expecting some changes to arise from their study later in the year. ICM will keep you informed on any changes.


South Africa  – Safety LoA Equipment Levy Enforcement


The South African electrical and electronics safety regulator ‘NRCS’ requires all locally registered offices who are the appointed safety equipment certificate holders to provide notice on the number of units distributed in South Africa once equipment certificates are issued.

The local office has to provide the NRCS with quarterly records showing how many units of your certified products have been manufactured and how many of these units have been imported into South Africa.

The NRCS maintains a tax levy system which is connected to the volume of products imported into South Africa. Tariffs vary depending upon the equipment type. A locally registered office has to complete levy forms and submit the correct levy tax payment in order to keep their equipment certificates valid.

ICM has a long standing excellent relationship with the NRCS and is able to complete equipment registrations for LoA within a 6 week timescale. In addition to the NRCS regulator we also have superb relationship with the communications regulator ‘ICASA’ and are delivering equipment RF-Telecom certificates consistently within a 4-6 week timescale.

We also have a local office who can act as the certificate holder if you did not have access to one.

Democratic Republic of Congo –  New Online Registration System


The DR Congo communications regulator ‘ARPTC’ are in the process of changing their equipment registration system and will be rolling out a new online equipment registration system shortly.

The new simplified system is in response to a growing demand for applications to be concluded on-line making them more environmentally friendly plus streamlining the process of equipment registration.

The new system will make the process easier to conclude and help with the quick turnaround on applications

ARPTC has also announced a new CEO in Mr Katende who is taking over duties and will be signing off all equipment certificates.

 

 June 2020

Saudi  – VoIP Equipment Registration Paused

The Saudi communications regulator ‘CITC’ has paused all equipment registrations on VoIP equipment until a new VoIP regulation is published.

At the moment the new VoIP regulation is still under consideration by the internal board within the CITC, the aim is to publish the regulation in the coming weeks.

Following our discussions with the CITC they are concerned with the current use of VoIP, and as such the CITC is seeking to put in place safeguards concerning the use of VoIP equipment in Saudi.

Issues such as accessing Emergency services, Quality of service, numbering scheme and lawful interception of calls are being considered.

Currently the VoIP standard IT002 (please see in the link below) is active however there could be an amendment to this standard or a new standard published, it is not clear yet.

https://www.citc.gov.sa/en/RulesandSystems/RegulatoryDocuments/EquipmentApproval/Documents/TA%20914%20E%20IT002.pdf

ICM are closely monitoring this development and will update you once there is further news.



Vietnam
 –  Draft Technical Regulations

The Vietnam regulator ‘MIC’ have released new draft versions of the technical regulations on RF requirement for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Zigbee and 1GHz ~ 40GHz SRD - QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT and QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT for public comments. The key changes are:

New standard QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT is equivalent to ETSI EN 300 328 v2.2.2 (2019-07)

New standard QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT is equivalent to ETSI EN 300 440 V2.2.1(2018-07)

Test reports in accordance with former versions of the standard QCVN 54:2011/BTTTT or QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT will not be accepted for the certification.

Current Type Approval certificates which list the standards QCVN 54:2011/BTTTT or QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT that are renewed will need to be updated to add-in QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT / QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT to maintain validity for importation.

The standard covers SRD operated in 1GHz – 40GHz bands like 2.4GHz RFID / SRD, 24 GHz radar… (except for Wi-Fi, BT, Zigbee or other kinds of product which a more specific technical regulation has been applied) 

Both draft national technical regulations QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT and QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT are on track to be implemented in July 21. MIC will list the new versions QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT and QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT in their circular to regulate list of products under mandatory TA and SDoC (similar to Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT) this will be issued on or around March / April 2021. ICM are closely monitoring this development and will update you once there is further news.

Qatar  –  New Technical Regulations for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs) 

The Qatari regulator Communications Regulatory Commission (CRA) has published a new technical regulation concerning the use of Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs).

The CRA is now requiring any importer-manufacturer-distributor possessing, using, operating, and installing Wireless Home Area Networks WHAN to obtain an equipment licence.

The license will set out the minimum technical and regulatory requirements and operating specifications of WHAN(s) across different types of applications. An annex has been published which contains a list of 5 various types of applications for WHAN(s), the applicable frequencies, Field Strength/ RF Output Power, standard and other related information which the Licensee must comply with in order to import and/or use WHAN(s).

The Licensee will  be authorized to: import and operate WHAN(s) within the State of Qatar, and use on a non-exclusive basis the frequency(ies) or the frequency band(s) as shown below:



Myanmar – Local Representative Requirement Change

The Myanmar regulator Post and Telecommunications Department has recently changed its equipment certification regulations. In the past businesses outside Myanmar could apply for equipment authorisation and permission to import electronics-electrical equipment. Now under the new guidelines only local businesses can apply for the permission to import their equipment into Myanmar.

Certification is based upon the use of existing accredited FCC-EU reports.

ICM has recently put in place our local representative services are we delivering equipment registrations in under 30 days.



Morocco – Regulatory Changes


The Moroccan regulator ANRT has undergone some changes to the regulatory procedure for the certification of electronics and electrical equipment. Additional SRD equipment has been added to the scope of the requirements specifically IoT. EU reports are accepted as the basis for the certification. The format of the equipment registration certificates has changed. Also, ANRT has changed its logo design.

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

 May 2020

India   – BIS Product Scope Extended

The Indian safety regulator ‘BIS’ published an updated Gazette Notice extending the products in scope of the BIS safety requirements. The following electronics products were added to the list.


Product Category

Indian Standard Number

Standalone LED Modules

IS16103

Lighting Chain – Chain Lights

IS10322

Pc Keyboards

IS13252

USB External Hard Drive

IS13252

Wireless Headphone and Earphone

IS616

Standalone Switch Mode Power Supplies

IS13252

Televisions

IS616


Manufacturers must now meet the respective Indian standard for these equipment types and obtain equipment certification.
For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com


Jordan
–  New Equipment Registration Requirements

The Jordan regulator ‘TRC’ has published an updated regulation covering the equipment registration of communications equipment.
Some of the key changes to the regulation include the validity of type approval certificates. The validity of all TRC certificates will now be increased from 1 to 3 years. This applies to any new type approval applications submitted from February 2020 onwards.

Certificates for already approved devices will remain valid until their existing expiry date.

Including the Type Approval number on the product label is no longer a mandatory requirement.

The new labelling requirements state that the label must not be easily removeable or erasable. The label must also contain the name and address of the manufacturer - Brand, Model, Type and Commercial name and can be placed in the user manual / packaging.

Egypt –  Product Shipment Inspections NTRA PVoC

We have a range of clients who obtain product approvals under both the light equipment and tight equipment rules of the communications regulator NTRA. Under the tight approval requirements applications for equipment certification required you to obtain a shipment certificate which involves the process of an inspection of the goods prior to shipment.

Normally an inspector would visit the shipment location and inspect the goods - label and documentation in line with the requirements. However given the current Covid-19 situation physical inspections in some cases are not possible.

Using ICMs excellent long established relationship with the NTRA we have managed to persuade the NTRA to conclude online video inspections. The NTRA have been very helpful and flexible in this regard. Allowing our clients to conclude swiftly shipments to Egypt without interruption.


Papa New Guinea  –  Draft ICT Equipment Certification Requirements


The Papa New Guinea regulator ‘NICTA’  has recently published a consultation documentation over the proposed equipment certification program covering ICT equipment.

The proposal outlines the requirements covering ICT equipment, it will cover any ICT equipment sold and used within Papa New Guinea.

Manufacturers shall either directly contact NICTA requesting for Type Approval on its products, or via a local dealer and/or representative shall apply on behalf of the manufacturer.

The rules will ensure ICT Equipment imported to PNG will be subject to Type Approval prior to importation.

The regulator is looking to align the standards with international safety and EMC standards, they will publish a list of recognized test laboratories under their Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) agreements. 

Equipment certificates are proposed to last 3 years from the date of issue.

ICM are monitoring this development and will provide a further update later in 2020.


Peru  –  Previously Issued Cellular Equipment Certificates no longer valid


The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) of Peru is requiring existing approved cellular devices to be re-certified, effective as of April 5, 2020.

Previously granted certificates for cellular technologies are no longer valid. In addition, products employing cellular technology and operating above 2.2 GHz will require SAR reports and GSMA TAC letters to be homologated. Applicants are allowed to use existing FCC/CE test reports. The notice covers the following products: Cellphones – Antennas – Modems – Wireless Speakers – WiMax


Singapore – New E-Waste Management System


As mentioned a few months back the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in Singapore is now enforcing their requirement for all producers and retailers of electrical and electronics equipment to meet the waste of electrical-electronic regulations, effective from April 1.

All organizations should now be registered with the National Environment Agency (NEA) as a producer, in order to supply such products in Singapore;

Producers and Retailers now have to meet the following requirements.

a)     Be registered with the National Environment Agency (NEA) as a Producer, in order to supply such products in Singapore;

b)      Keep records of the weight and number of all regulated products supplied to the Singapore market and submit such records to the NEA;

c)     Make available for inspection by an authorised officer, the records mentioned in b) above when so requested by an authorised officer; and where regulated non-consumer products are supplied:

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

Singapore  –  Draft Security Standard for Cellular Equipment  

The Singapore communications regulator ‘IMDA’ has recently published a draft technical specification covering the security requirements for cellular devices.

The new standard ‘ IMDA TS CD-SEC’ defines the minimum technical security requirements for the design and management of devices implemented on the cellular networks to better safeguard communication networks from security threats in the area of connection efficiency. The standard concentrates on the following key areas:

Guard against Network Storms - To guard against Network Storms and ensure that the behaviour of devices do not jeopardise network resilience.

Controlled Access – Deals with the technical measures and best practices for controlled access by means of password and proper authentication

Secure over-the-air (OTA) update – Deals with all software components in a Device ensuring they are securely updateable.

The standard references several GSMA, ENISA and ETSI requirements, compliance will be achieved by cross referencing against these standards.

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

Feb 2020

EAEU  – RoHS Requirements Mandatory from March 1st.

Electronic and electrical products marketed in the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union of the countries of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan) require a confirmation of conformity from March 1, 2020. 


From March 1st manufacturers of electronics-electrical equipment will need to meet the technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrotechnical and Radio-electronic Products (EAEU TR 037/2016). 


EAEU TR 037/2016 is harmonized with the technical requirements of the European Union, in particular with Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Instead of a simple proof of conformity, such as a manufacturer's declaration, a RoHS test report from a test laboratory must be used as the basis for the confirmation of conformity. This is one of the differences between EU and EAEU regulations.

The mandated EAEU TR 037/2016 regulation covers the following equipment types:

  • Telecommunications systems 
  • IT devices
  • Cable products
  • Lighting and office equipment
  • Household appliances
  • Fire and security detectors
  • Electric musical instruments
  • Power tools
  • Gambling and vending machines
  • Products that are manufactured and imported in significant quantities
  • Cash registers
  • Protection cutouts
  • Sport and leisure equipment

The EAEU TR 037/2916 limits the content of the following six substances in electrotechnical and electronic products:

  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Hexavalent chrome
  • Polybrominated biphenyl
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether

 For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

New Zealand – New Radio Standards Notice

The New Zealand regulator ‘RSM’ on Wednesday 29 January 2020, published the Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice 2020.
This notice describes the performance standards required to be met by different classes of radio product, and the unwanted emission power limit for any transmitter not covered by those standards.


Additionally, limits of unwanted emissions are specified for Low Power FM transmitters. The notice also assigns the level of conformity applying to the products covered by each standard. You may need to check the notice to ensure the compliance level for your product has not changed.

 

South Africa – New Online Registration System

As of the 1st of Jan 2020 the South African communications regulator ‘ICASA’ launched their new electronic application system for product certification.

The new simplified system is in response to growing demand for applications all now to be concluded on-line making them more environmentally friendly plus streamlining the process of equipment registration. The new system will make the process easier to conclude and help with the quick turnaround on applications

Morocco – New Verification of Conformity Scheme

As of the 16th of Dec 2019, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy officially published their new  ‘Verification of Conformity’ (VoC) regulations applicable to products imported into Morocco.

The program applies to a wide scope of products, consisting of:

1. Electrical appliances

2. Other electrical products

3. Construction materials (pipes, sheets, sanitary equipment, insulation, wooden panels, cement, windows, glass...)

4. Gas/oil appliances

5. Toys, parks and baskets for children, baby diapers, furniture

6. Textiles, shoes, leather, clothing

7. Chemical products (detergents, paint, bitumen, matches, lighters ...)

8. Plastic products (plastic packaging/bags...)

9. Products in contact with food (kitchenware, crockery...)

10. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), helmets for motorcycles

11. Automotive spare parts (tyres, automotive parts)

All equipment shipments inside the scope of the new requirements from the 1st of February will have to accompanied by the certificate of conformity. To obtain the certificates of conformity products will be assessed against the electrical safety requirements of Morocco, relevant ISO 9000 certificates will be required. In addition to this new labelling requirements are enforced.

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

Saudi Arabia – Updates to LTE Requirements in Standard RI056

As of the 4th of February the Saudi Communications regulator Communications Information Technology Commission ‘CITC’  has updated their Specification (RI056). The updated RI056 standard now mandates all mobile connected devices to support all LTE bands (b1, b3, b8, b20, b28, b40, b41(2540-2640MHz)).

The requirement has been revised for only AVL and IoT devices. The AVL and IoT devices must support the LTE bands (b3, b8, b20, b28) for type approved. This is going to be effective by today.

 

Egypt –  Updates to the Equipment Registration Requirements 

The Egyptian regulator ‘NTRA’ have updated their equipment registration requirements covering electronics and communications equipment. The updated regulations sees a couple of the externally appointed certification centres being dropped off the accredited list under the Tight Approval Scheme requirements.

The updated regulations confirms which external agencies have accreditation under the Tight Approval Scheme requirements to issue verification of conformity of certificates and the inspection-equipment shipment certificates.

You may need to check that previous VoCs issued by the external bodies who no longer are accredited are still valid for use.

For more information on these countries or other countries please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

 Jan 2020


Saudi Arabia – New Product Shipment SABER Requirements

Previously product shipments to Saudi for certain types of electronics-electrical equipment had to be registered under the Saudi Product Agency SASO in order to achieve customs clearance.

SASO registration was determined by a products HS code. SASO has been involved with the technical review of equipment and the physical inspection of product shipments, leading to the issuing of Certificates of Conformity. The CoC is then used to clear the equipment through Saudi customs.

SASO CoC could be performed by either a local importer OR the manufacturer outside of Saudi Arabia.

Over the past 18 months there has been a steady transition over to a new customs certification system ‘SABER’. From Jan 2020 all electronic and electrical equipment shipped into Saudi will be controlled by SABER. Equipment whose HS code is called up in the SABER customs database will be subject to the SABER registration rules

The SABER web portal will allow the importer/manufacturer (or representative) to register the model, assign a Saudi CAB of their choice, and upload all the necessary documents related to the product and shipment. The PCoC and Shipment Certificate can be issued through SABER. The shipment will automatically be checking at the customs border for compliance as customs officials will have access to all SABER certificates.

One of the key changes is that from Jan 2020 shipment inspections will be limited to only a handful of equipment types. Therefore a vast majority of equipment will not be subjected to shipment inspections.

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com


South Africa – New Online Registration System & Modular Approval Update

As of the 1st of Jan 2020 the South African communications regulator ‘ICASA’ has launched their new electronic application system for product certification. The new simplified system is in response to growing demand for applications all now to be concluded on-line making them more environmentally friendly plus streamlining the process of equipment registration. The new system will make the process easier to conclude and help with the quick turnaround on applications

Products which use approved radio modules are now being subjected to more stringent checks by the state communication regulator ‘ICASA’. The technical officers are now asking for more supporting evidence of the use of radio modules in the design of the product to ensure the radio modules under review and actually used and tested correctly with their host.
ICM have an excellent relationship with the ICASA and are able to quickly navigate our way through the technical requirements imposed by ICASA, allowing us to deliver equipment approvals within 4-6 weeks. We hear from other clients of them having to wait 6 months in some cases for ICASA certificates. 

ICASA is also currently closed for the holidays and will re-open around the 13th of Jan. So no applications for approval will be accepted and processed during this time.

 

Cambodia – Equipment Certification Regulations

All electronics and electrical equipment are subjected to the safety and EMC requirements imposed by the regulator Institute of Standards Cambodia ‘ISC’.
Equipment should be certified for safety and EMC compliance by the ISC prior to being sold and used in Cambodia. The Cambodian safety and EMC standards are based on International standards, so as long as you have test reports from ILAC accredited laboratories you can use your reports to avoid in country testing.

Any equipment using Radio networks or connected to the public network are also subject to certification requirements imposed by the organisation Telecommunications Regulator Cambodia ‘TRC’.  The TRC allows the acceptance of international test reports if they are issued by ILAC accredited laboratories. So you are allowed to use existing test reports to avoid further in-country testing. Equipment certificates have no expiry date. Timescales are 4-6 weeks currently.


UAE– Emergency Broadcast Requirements for Cellular Equipment

The UAE regulator Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ‘TRA’ has recently announced a new Emergency Broadcast requirement for all cellular equipment.
The early warning system for cellular equipment is designed to alert mobile users in emergencies and crises with the aim to save lives and properties as soon as possible.

All mobile manufacturers and suppliers must implement the emergency broadcast requirements into the design of the product. The testing of the emergency broadcast feature requires testing a SIM against the following UAE specifications:

  • MCC 001 and MNC 01 

Applicants for equipment certification must now supply 2 samples for assessment by the TRA.

  • A version enabled and prepared for technical testing;
  • A version of the equipment intended to be offered on the market – the commercial version.


Argentina – Local Representative Requirement Change

The Argentina regulator for equipment certification ‘ENACOM’ has recently published a new regulation ‘REOL-2019-5424-APN-ENACOM’ which relaxes the local representative rules.
Previously a local representative was limited to the manufacturers office in Argentina only. It was only the local manufacturers office that was permitted to be the named certificate holder.

This rule use to lead to delays in the application procedure as many of our clients local offices in Argentina were sales based only, they did not have the bandwidth to help complete the necessary application forms and documents required.

Under the new regulation local representatives are no longer restricted to a manufacturers office. Certificates will now be issued to other 3rd party companies based in Argentina, such as a local importer or distributor, speeding up the process.

ICM already has a partner in Argentina who is a registered business. Allowing ICM to offer a full and comprehensive compliance solution for Argentina.

Eurasian – EAC Customs Union local representative requirement

The Eurasian Intergovernmental customs union body has published the Council Decision No 10  25.10.2019 clarifying the EAEU local representative requirement.
The council decision has tightened up the rule of the local representative, the rule confirms that the applicant is either the manufacturer and their office based in the EAEU or the local representative authorised by the manufacture, i.e the importer.

If a manufacturer outside the EAEU does not have an EAEU local representative OR importer at the stage of undergoing EAC certification, the certificate can ben issued to the foreign manufacturer but once an importer is found the importer must seek to have certificate re-issued in the name of their company.

Malaysia – Draft Technical Requirements Wireless Devices

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) recently released draft technical requirements for short range devices, network installations, and digital
terrestrial television. The following draft technical requirements are open for comment:

MTSFB1910R2 

MTSFB1911R2

MTSFB1902R2

MTSFB1907R0

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

 

 

 Nov 2019

Botswana & Mauritius – New on-line Equipment Registration System

Both communication regulators in Botswana and the Mauritius have recently launched new on-line equipment registration systems, switching away from the traditional requirement of having to send hard copies or email applications for equipment certification.

Applications can now be filled on-line streamlining the processes in both countries.

The requirements for equipment certification remain more or less the same in both countries where US and EU reports are accepted.

The good news is that the applications are turned around quicker, ICM are achieving product certification in as little as 10-15 days for both countries.

One key requirement now for Botswana is that a local repair centre has to be provided as a point of contact. ICM has a repair centre partner in Botswana so we can provide a full turn key service for Botswana.


Singapore – New E-Waste Management System

 
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in Singapore has just announced a new requirement for all producers and retailers of electrical and electronics equipment to now meet the waste of electrical-electronic regulations which come into force in Jan 2020.

The aims of the new system is to ensure the proper collection and treatment of electrical and electronic waste in Singapore.

There are 5 product categories which will be regulated, they are:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Panels;
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Equipment;
  • Large Appliances, including Large Household Appliances (LHA) and Electric Mobility Devices (EMDs);
  • Batteries; and
  • Lamps.

Obligations for Producers and Retailers

Producers and Retailers from Jan 2020 will have to meet the following requirements.

a)     Be registered with the National Environment Agency (NEA) as a Producer, in order to supply such products in Singapore;

b)      Keep records of the weight and number of all regulated products supplied to the Singapore market and submit such records to the NEA;

c)     Make available for inspection by an authorised officer, the records mentioned in b) above when so requested by an authorised officer; and where regulated non-consumer products are supplied:

d)    To collect from the person (i.e. business or consumer) upon request, their regulated non-consumer products for disposal without charge within a reasonable time;

e)    To keep and maintain full records of the amount (weight and number) of all regulated non-consumer products that had been collected for disposal (as well as how such products are handled or disposed of), and provide the information to the NEA.

ICM have held talks with the NEA further understanding the requirements for producers and Retailers.

For more information please contact  markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com


Algeria– Changes to Equipment Certification Requirements


The Algerian regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et Des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE) ’ has recently published an update to their equipment certification requirements. The following changes have been implemented:

Equipment certificate renewals are no longer accepted. All ‘renewals’ will now be treated as new applications.

The certificate vailidity has now been extended by 1 year and certificates are now valid for 3 years.

The ARPCE has just resumed equipment registration activities after a brief pause for the new regulations. Applications are now being processed.


D.R Congo– Modifications to Equipment Certification Requirements

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) regulator, Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo (A.R.P.T.C.), has amended the validity period of equipment certificates.

Previously certificates were valid for a 10 year period. Under the new regulations equipment certificates are now valid for 2 years for radio module equipment. For IT equipment the validity period is 3 years and for devices connected the public network or radio network (not modules) are valid for 5 years. 


Indonesia – Product Labelling Requirement


At ICM we handle a good number of Indonesian SDPPI product certifications a month for our clients. One key question we are often asked is ‘What are my product labelling requirements’. So to help answer this key question we have produced below a quick guide to the labelling requirement.

Labelling:


After obtaining the SDPPI certificate, the applicant needs to attach the Indonesia SDPPI Approval Label, QR Code, And Warning Sign. Below are the requirements of these:

  • SDPPI Label


SDPPI Label can be affixed on unit or packaging (optional). And label mentions SDPPI certificate number and PLG ID. Below is the example of SDPPI Label


QR Code and warning sign.

The QR code and Warning sign need to be affixed on the packaging. Below is the format of warning sign. While for the QR Code, it can be found on the certificate or by downloading the picture from the inside of an applicant’s SDPPI user account,
Warning Sign Format

For more information please contact us : markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

 

Sept 2019


Indonesia – More Products Added to the Regulatory Requirements


In addition to the recent report acceptance change there is a new requirement covering equipment which wasn’t considered under the scope of the SDPPI regulations previously. Equipment types such as servers, switches, gateways and routers all now require formal certification through the SDPPI.

The Indonesian regulator ‘SDPPI’ has published an updated list of all equipment subject to the certification requirements. If you would like a copy please contact us.

Also, regarding the new report acceptance procedure ICM strongly advises you to check your reports are from laboratories in the regulators published list.
If your reports are issued by labs not in the published list formal testing becomes mandatory of which has to be performed in the accredited Indonesian laboratories.


UAE – Technical Specification on Requirements for Health and Safety


The UAE regulator has recently updated its test standards for a wide range of product types. The key changes to the standards concern compliance to the requirements for health and safety as described in the new published standard TS HS 001.

Under the new standard it confirms the accepted safety and human exposure to electromagnetic fields standards. In addition to these standards it also lists the allowed human exposure to laser radiation standards which is mandatory for these equipment types.

The standard also now requires the manufacturer to make available the user and safety instructions in both English and Arabic languages.
All applications for equipment certification must now meet this new requirement.
 
Australia – Radio Spectrum Updates

The ACMA has updated their class licensing arrangement to support new technology applications bringing Australia into line with international arrangements.
The updates and intended to support new innovative technologies, wireless data communications systems (including those supporting 5G), radar systems used in road and rail safety applications and internationally harmonised use of short-range devices.

In detail the updates consist of:

  • expansion of frequency range for 60 GHz (57–66 GHz) data communication systems to cover 57– 71 GHz for both indoor and outdoor usage supporting wireless gigabit systems (for example, utilising IEEE 802.11ad) with applications such as backhaul for 5G and Wi-Fi

  • new arrangements for ‘all transmitters’ in the 57–64 GHz band supporting an interactive motion sensing technology

  • revising arrangements for underground transmitters in certain bands supporting fixed and mobile services from 70–520 MHz to provide improved support for underground activities such as mining

  • revision of arrangements for radars in the 76–77 GHz frequency band to provide support for radar use in rail crossing and road safety applications
  • new arrangements for ground and wall penetration radar (30–12,400 MHz) facilitating usage of applications across a variety of industry sectors such as agriculture (crop harvesting), railways (track surveying) and underground cable and pipe detection in the telecommunication industry


New Zealand – New EMC Standards Notice


A new edition of the EMC Standards Notice came into effect on 4 June 2019. The new notice removes standards which have been withdrawn by the issuing authority. These standards and their replacements include:

AS/NZS CISPR 13 and AS/NZS CISPR 22 withdrawn and replaced with AS/NZS CISPR 32

EN55013 EN55022 and EN55103-1 withdrawn and replaced with EN55032

CISPR 13 and CISPR 22 withdrawn and replaced with CISPR 32

A supplier may continue to supply a product that has been tested to an expired industry standard, provided that standard was in effect at the time of signing the Declaration of Conformity. A supplier is not required to re-test the product to the amended or replacement standard. However, these arrangements do not apply if the product is subsequently modified—the product may need to be re-tested in part or in full to the replacement standard, depending on the modification.


Saudi Arabia – Cellular 2G – 3G No Longer Approved


The  Saudi regulator ‘CITC’  has confirmed that devices that do not support 4G and are subject to the CITC Technical Specification RI056 (Specification for UMTS 4G and LTE 4G Handsets and Related Equipment) have had their certificates revoked.

This followed discussions with the RF Regulator for Saudi Arabia, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC). Technical Specification RI056 affected mobile phones, tablets, routers, and modems.

Devices that do not support 4G as a minimum will not be approved, as Saudi Arabia is working to phase out 2G and 3G. Affected devices that are already in the Saudi Arabian market, however, may continue to be used and sold until 2G and 3G are no longer in use.


Vietnam –  New Regulation Guideline No.2902


The Vietnam regulator ‘MIC’ has recently published Guideline No. 2902/BTTTT-KHCN application and implementation of Circular No. 05/2019/TT-BTTTT.

Contained in the new regulation are the following:

  • MIC accepts test reports from ISO 17025 accredited test laboratories for some local QCVN standards.
  • For complex equipment  the MIC will continue to accept the declaration of conformity on the product datasheet or the test result from ISO 17025 accredited test labs’ overseas reports.
  • Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for lithium battery still require the test reports from accredited/designated test labs.
  • Lithium batteries which require testing lithium, if you intend to import small quantities, the importer can send a request letter to VNTA and clarify the importing purpose, then VNTA will accept the IEC 62133 report from ISO 17025 test labs.
  • Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, Zigbee and 2.4GHz wireless with power under 60mW will still be exempt from the regulations providing they meet the exemption requirements.

For more information on the new guideline please contact us:


Qatar –  Public consultation Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHAN)

The Qatari Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) recently launched a public consultation for the proposed Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs). The aim of the consultation is to receive views and comments on the content of the Class License from multi-stakeholders including consumers, telecom service providers, or suppliers and manufacturer of Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE).

The proposed Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHAN) covers Smart Home Area Systems to enable the automation of electrical home appliances, wireless alert and sensors, as well as lighting automation systems.

Consumers, stakeholders and other interested parties are invited to provide their views and comments in response to the content in this consultation. Details of the consultation can be viewed through the following link:

https://cra.gov.qa/en/document/cra-issues-a-public-consultation-on-the-proposed-class-license-for-wireless-home-area-networks-whan

Morocco – CNIM Mark Implementation Delay

The Moroccan regulator Royaume du Maroc Ministere de I'lndustrie, de I'lnvestissement, du Commerce et de I'Economie Numerique, ‘MCINET’, has delayed the decision to enforce the new CNMI marking requirement for the safety and EMC compliance of electronics and electrical equipment until Jan 1st 2020. From the 1st of January 2020 all electronics and electrical equipment imported into Morocco will need to carry the new CNIM mark.

 

 

July 2019

Indonesia – Formal Acceptance of Test Reports

Fresh off the press, The Indonesian regulator ‘SDPPI’ has published an updated regulation titled   ‘KEPDIRJEN SDPPI Number 159 of 2019’.

This new regulation concerns the use of foreign testing laboratories as well as the paperwork acceptance for all telecom and radio devices. The key points to the regulation are as follows:


  • The SDPPI has formally published a list of recognized foreign test laboratories for all radio and telecom equipment.

  • Test reports from recognized laboratories are now accepted in full. No additional testing. 

  • All recognized test laboratories have the capability to perform testing based on the standard applied in Indonesia or other equal standard (FCC-ETSI).

  • The labs accreditation is based on ISO/IEC 17025 by the certification body under Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation agreement.
  • The new legislation becomes effective from July 22 19 and is valid for only 6 months.
So we advise that you prioritize your equipment certifications for Indonesia as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the new ruling. For more information please contact us : markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com



Morocco – New Safety/EMC Requirements for non-RF/Telecom Devices

The Moroccan regulator Royaume du Maroc Ministere de I'lndustrie, de I'lnvestissement, du Commerce et de I'Economie Numerique, ‘MCINET’, has formally announced that from the 1st of August all electronic/electrical equipment (non-RF – Telecom devices) will be subject to a new certification scheme.

The new scheme which comes into force is designed to ensure all goods entering the ports of Morocco are compliant against the new requirements. The scheme centres on compliance against the Moroccan national safety-EMC standards. Once a product is compliant against the Moroccan safety-EMC requirements the manufacturer should issue a DoC specific to the Moroccan regulations.

Alongside the DoC the manufacturer has an obligation to hold a technical file for the product. Once this is completed the manufacturer should label the product with the following mark http://www.mcinet.gov.ma/sites/default/files/cmime.png:

 

ICM has produced a short guide below covering the new Moroccan requirements.
 

What is the mark ?
The Cم  mark applies to industrial products covered by the 24-09 Law, as well as by specific technical regulations.
Three product families are concerned by this marking, and are the subject of specific Ministerial Orders published in the Official Journal:

  • Electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits (so-called low voltage (LV)) ;
  • Equipment affected by electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) ;
  • Toys.

In order to accurately identify the products concerned by the Cم  mark, it is necessary to check the scope of application of these Ministerial Orders. Exclusions are defined generally in the regulations in question :

  • For toys, exclusions are provided in Annex 1 of the Toys Safety ministerial order.

These orders are identical to the European Low Voltage, EMC and Toys Directives.
Who is responsible for affixing the http://www.mcinet.gov.ma/sites/default/files/cmime.png mark?
Any person responsible for placing on the market a product covered by the specific technical regulations in force..

  • The mark includes the initials (C) and (م , and in accordance with article 18 of the 24-09 law, it must respect the conditions of form, appearance and presentation determined in the particular technical regulation.
  • It is displayed in a visible, legible and indelible way on the product
  • It should not be confused with other distinctive signs.
  • The vertical dimension of the letter "C" must not be less than 6 mm.

The logo  must be affixed to the product. Where that is not possible or not warranted because of the nature of the product, it could be affixed to the packaging and to the

UAE – Name Presentation Cellular Requirements

The UAE regulator Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the new Calling Name Presentation feature requirement which will come into force on the 15th August 2019.

This TRA has approved this feature which was recently launched by the international organization 3GPP and it is available on the network and the mobile phones. The aim of the requirement is to provide the name identification of the calling party (e.g., personal name, company name) to the called subscriber.
The Technical Specifications published by 3GPP and ETSI reflect all the technical and behavioural requirements of the mobile phone to be able to present the calling name.  All mobile manufacturers and suppliers in the United Arab Emirates must implement the requirements to have final approval to introduce and sell the phone in the country markets.

Technical specifications for Calling Name Presentation feature for mobile phones are listed below:

  •  ETSI TS 122 081               

Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Line Identification supplementary services; Stage 1

  • ETSI TS 122 096

Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Name identification supplementary services; Stage 1

  • ETSI TS 123 096

Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Name identification supplementary services; Stage 2

  • ETSI TS 124 096

Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Name Identification supplementary services; Stage 3

  • ETSI TS 124 080

Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Mobile radio interface layer 3 supplementary services specification; Formats and coding

  • ETSI TS 124 196

Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; 5G; Enhanced Calling Name (eCNAM)

  • ETSI TS 122 173

Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS) Multimedia Telephony Service and supplementary services; Stage 1


Ghana – Proposal to Change Equipment Certification Regulations

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has published draft Electronic Communications Equipment (Type Approval) Regulations, 2019 inviting stakeholders’ comments.  The Authority intends to re-enforce their approach towards the alignment with international standards; and environmental health and safety standards including electromagnetic radiation and emissions.

ICM has already fed back comments to help shape the new regulations. We will keep you updated on any changes.


India, Kuwait, Bahrain – Electronic Product Registrations

As covered in our 2019 updates several main country regulators have switched to a more streamlined equipment registration system. Countries like India, Kuwait, Bahrain have all now implemented their simplified e-registration systems. Following countries like Singapore, UAE, Saudi and Malaysia.
This has enabled ICM to deliver some of the sharpest timescales in market place for our clients.
With past time scales for equipment registration in the region of 6-10 weeks can now been achieved in under 4 weeks with some countries between 1-2 weeks.


Korea  –  New EMC requirements

 
The Korean regulator National Radio Research Agency (RRA) has updated phase I of procedures of Annex I, including technical requirements for electromagnetic compatibility.

Please see below the list of updates from the previous version posted on 3/19/2019:

  • Updated test methods for electromagnetic compatibility (RRA Announce 2018-128, Dec 24, 2018).

  • Added a link referencing the technical regulations regarding the EMC test items.

  • Updated notice on the designation and management of testing laboratories for broadcasting and communications equipment (RRA Public Notification 2019 - 5, March 11, 2019).

The following EMC standards found in Article 3 of the Notice were removed (see Section 3 of Table 1 Matters Related to Test Items by Examination Field):

  • KN 301 489-7

  • KN 301 489-24

  • KN 301 489-26

For more information please contact us : markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

 

May 2019


India – Published Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization 


As covered in our April update the Indian regulator Wireless Planning and Coordination, ‘WPC’ new conformity assessment procedures now come into force.

The WPC has switched to an online application process which has been streamlined so that the turnaround time on the applications can be reduced down to 1-2 weeks from 5-6 weeks. Previously all applications had to be submitted in hard copy.

The application is now based on the submittal of an Indian declaration of conformity however test reports are still required to be submitted for the evaluation.
Only local Indian companies can apply for the equipment certificates.

Also, only the model names declared in the submitted test reports can be used for the application. If you have a variant which is not covered by your existing test report then a further evaluation is required.


Indonesia –  Re-introduction of Local Product Testing 


ICM has received confirmation from the Indonesian regulator ‘SDPPI’ that all equipment with RF / Telecom function is once again subject to local testing in Indonesia, with the exception of Tablet Pc’s, Cellular phones and Handheld computers. These products can still be approved by document evaluation.

More recently ICM has been able to obtain product certification by using existing ETSI-FCC reports however this route to compliance is now closed.

A further Decision letter of DIRJEN SDPPI No. 138 Tahun 2019 has been published listing the accredited overseas laboratories from which test reports will be accepted for Tablet Pc’s, Cellular phones  and Handheld computers. ICM advises our clients to check this list before proceeding with your compliance to ensure your test reports will be accepted without further testing required.


Papua New Guinea –  All ICT / Electronics Equipment Subject to Equipment Certification


The Papua New Guinea regulator ‘NICTA’ has recently published the revised certification regulations under section 30 of the Radio Spectrum Regulation 2010 and the National ICT Act 2009.

The revised regulations now encompass all ICT equipment, all ICT-electronics equipment must be type approved and certified by NICTA before they can be used in Papua New Guinea.

The type approval process of ICT equipment seeks to achieve the following:

  • revention of interference in public communication networks;
  • interoperability of customer equipment with ICT networks and interconnection between networks
  • conformity to local and international standards recognised by NICTA;
  • addressing public health and safety concerns regarding emissions especially from radio communication devices;
  • strengthening post-market surveillance activities on unapproved devices; and
  • facilitating the availability of quality devices to the public.


NICTA inspectors will be conducting random checks to ensure regulatory compliance. If the ICT equipment is found to be non-compliant with applicable technical standards and CTA regulations, the supplier/s shall be notified to cease using or selling the ICT equipment and dispose it at it own expense or NICTA inspectors may seize the equipment and dispose it.


Bahrain – New Electronic Application System  


The Bahrain wireless communications regulator Directorate of Wireless Licensing Frequency & Monitoring, ‘DWLF&M’ have now launched their new electronic application system for product certification.

Under previous guidelines the applicant, via their local Bahrain partner had to submit physical applications for product certification. Under the new scheme applications are now allowed to be submitted electronically.

Only local Bahrain companies can apply to use the electronic application system. FCC-EU reports are still accepted as part of the application process.

ICM received our first product certificates issued under the new e-system in late April.

ICM has a local partner in Bahrain so we can apply direct, the new timescales are 1-2 weeks.

Singapore –  Online Product Certification Portal Migration

The Singapore regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority, ‘IMDA’ has migrated their online product certification system over to the universal Singapore Govt portal known as LicenceOne. All applications for product registration now need to be performed through the LicenceOne portal.

With the switch to the LicenceOne portal there are some small changes to the application procedure, Only local Singapore companies can apply for the product certification. Local Singapore companies can assign foreign users to use the LicenceOne portal and help apply for the product certification.

The different product certification classifications remain the same and FCC-EU reports are still accepted as part of the application process.


New Zealand –  Updated Radiocommunication Regulations

The New Zealand regulator ‘RSM’ has just published an update to their Regulation 9 of the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001 (“Regulations”) made under section 116(1)(b) of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 (“Act”), covering all short range radio devices.

The changes cover some LTE frequencies, 5GHz WLAN frequencies, an amalgamation of two previous frequencies in 76 – 77 GHz and 77 – 81 GHz into a single contiguous frequency 76 – 81 GHz.

There are also changes to the power levels in a number of SRD bands.

 

 

 

April 2019

India – Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization 

The Indian regulator ‘WPC’ has announced a new conformity assessment framework for the certification of certain types of radio communications equipment.

The new framework will be based on a declaration of conformity system, From the draft regulations it appears that the applicant must draw up a declaration of conformity, the doc has to be submitted to the WPC, pay the certification fees and have the product registered in a new product certification system.

The new regulations have thrown up some further questions on how it will be applied, ICM are establishing how the new regulations will be fully implemented, once we have this clarification we will issue a further update with a comprehensive overview of the new requirements.

Belarus – New Labelling Requirement 

Belarus is now enforced their updated requirements for Radio/Telecom with the Technical Regulation TR 2018/024/BY. Under the new requirements there is a new product labelling requirement, the new label is shown below.

 

certification under the new regulation ‘R 2018/024/BY’ now require to be labelled

 

All products which achieve certification under the new regulation ‘R 2018/024/BY’ now require to be labelled as shown above.

The new regulations also state that products which act as a host using approved radio modules now require their own certification. The new regulations also clarify that Short Range Devices, SRD (like RFID, NFC) now require certification also.

Factory CIG023 reports are mandatory for the application process along with documents in Russian.

 

Ukraine – UHF RFID Bands Changes

The Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (UCRF) has announced a new regulation which has come into force. The new regulation allows RFID devices operating in the 865.7, 866.3, 866.9, 867.5 MHz to be approved for use in the Ukraine. Previously these bands have been unavailable for RFID devices.

The new regulations allow for the use of EU RF reports to help reduce the amount of regulatory testing required for the Ukraine.

For more information please contact us : markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com


Moldova – Regulator Changes 

The Moldovan regulator has recently announced it has changed its name and has successfully moved office location.  The regulator is now known as the National Service for the Radio Frequencies Management, ‘SNMFR’. The SNMFR had recently paused operations prior to the move but the SNMFR is once again processing and issuing product compliance certificates.

One of the recent changes is that the SNMFR will now only accept reports to RED.

EU-FCC reports can be used to reduce the amount of testing required however testing is mandatory in Moldova against their national standards.

For more information please contact us : markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com


Chile – RFID device with loop antennas no longer require certification

The Chilean regulator SUBTEL has recently announced that RFID devices with loop antennas are now exempt from certification. Equipment with these interfaces can be shipped into Chile now without the requirement for certification. All other radio devices are still subject to certification in Chile.

 

 

Feb 19 Update



South Africa – Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization

ICASA has recently published a draft conformity assessment framework for the certification of radio and telecommunications equipment.
The draft framework is currently under public consultation, ICASA are seeking comments and feedback from all regulatory actors.

The new framework is a big shift away from the current position of each communications equipment requiring certification by ICASA. In its new proposed framework ICASA has turned to the equipment certification programs used in the US and Europe to help shape the new regulations. 

ICASA is looking towards the adoption of an SDoC system and Equipment Exemptions within its approval framework. Also the model of 3rd party conformity assessment bodies is being discussed along with a more robust product surveillance program.

Based on the outcomes of the submissions and consultations, the Authority will review the current Regulations in the 2019/2020 Financial Year. With over 20 years experience in handling product certification in South Africa and using our existing channels in ICASA ICM will continue to monitor this important development and will provide updates one the proposed regulations.


Uganda – Draft Equipment Type Approval Consultation 

The Uganda Communications Commission ‘UCC’ is in the process of revising the Equipment Type Approval regulations. The objective of the framework is to: -

a) Define the processes and requirements of equipment Type Approval including conformity assessment arrangements

b) Classify equipment requiring Type Approval Framework on Type Approval for Communications equipment in Uganda

c) Outline eligible applicants for equipment Type Approval

d) Define the applicable equipment standards and specifications

e) Outline the procedures for registration of equipment distributor and vendor in Uganda.

 

The proposed regulations outline 2 compliance routes, Class A and Class B. Class A equipment (non-complex equipment) will be subject to a simplified certification procedure with the use US-EU test reports as the basis of the certification. Class B equipment will be subject to product testing.
The regulations also outline equipment which is exempt from type approval.

There is a new labelling requirement proposed compromising of the issued type approval number.

ICM will continue to monitor this important development and will provide updates once the new regulations are in place.

UK– No Brexit Deal proposed product labelling requirement


The UK government has drawn up plans to replace the CE safety symbol on products in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If Britain leaves the EU without a deal, goods will have to be stamped with a new symbol - UKCA.

If the new logo is to be used, companies would have to change their packaging, advertising and an element of the products themselves.

ukca logo


For further information and guidance please contact us : markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com

 

India – Indian Plug Requirement 

The Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has recently published a public order notice stating that Indian plugs now fall within the scope of the mandatory list of ISI certification for India.

Plugs and Sockets used with the appliances should now comply with the Indian standard IS 1293 and should be labelled with the IS compliance mark.

Please refer to the public notice below.


Thailand – End of 2G service  

The Thai regulator ‘National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the three major telecom operators plan to pull the plug on their 2G cellular service at the same time – 11.59pm on October 31.

The three operators AWN, AIS and DTAC will run a campaign to inform users of their plans to close the 2G network in October. The shutdown is part of the countries plan to develop the 5G service which NBTC plans to have up and running by 2020.


Botswana – Draft National Frequency Allocation Plan

The Botswana communications regulator ‘BOCRA’ has published a draft national frequency allocation plan, the draft plan invites all parties to view the proposed requirements. Amongst the changes is the re-assignment of the 800MHz frequency band.

To view the proposed plan please click on the link below:

http://www.btrc.gov.bd/sites/default/files/news_files/Draft%20National%20Frequency%20Allocation%20Table.pdf


Rep of Congo / Malawi – Increased Product Surveillance

Both the Republic of Congo and Malawi regulators have announced they are to step up their product surveillance activities, they have both cited a number of recent cases of unapproved devices that are being used in the market place.

Whilst all our clients use the best practice when it comes to product compliance we always invite our clients to check with the distribution channels to make sure they understand the importance of product certification and compliance. If there are any doubts ICM are always available to assist in any uncertainty. ICM strongly advises on choosing a compliance partner rather than leaving compliance to a distribution channel to ensure you are compliant against the relevant regulatory requirements for your equipment types.

 



Jan 19 Update


Australia – Changes to safety and mobile equipment standards

As forecast by ICM late last year significant regulatory changes to the Australian safety and mobile equipment standards have now been published. On December 6th the ACMA published the following telecommunications technical standards under section 376 of the Telecommunications Act 1997:

The new mobile Equipment Standard 2018, has been adopted revising previous industry standards.

The customer Equipment Safety Standard 2018 now adopts both the 2015 AS/NZS 60950 industry standard and 2018 AS/NZS 62368 industry standard.
The new Section 376 standard ‘Telecommunications (Customer Equipment Safety) Technical Standard 2018’ now mandates AS/NZS 62368-1:2018 – Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment Safety requirements.

The ACMA has agreed to a four-year transition period. Suppliers can choose to comply with either AS/NZ 60950-1 or AS/NZS 62368-1 during the transition period.

At the same time the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (the legal ‘Instrument’) and its Section 376 Telecommunications Technical Standard (Requirements for Connection to an Air Interface of a Telecommunications Network – AS/CA S042) 2015 that mandated AS/NZS 60950-1 has been amended.

Published in the same labelling notice are new caballing requirements which come into force.

Australia’s primary cabling regulations are AS/CA S008: 2010 (products) and AS/CA S009: 2013 (installation).   

Both of these regulations have now been jointly revised in order to harmonised their content.

Previously, they were updated independent of each other and occasionally one presented information that was out of sync with the other Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 

For more information regarding the Australian changes or if you have any other country compliance query please do not hesitate contact us:


Saudi – 2G-3G Cellular Equipment must also now support 4G


The Saudi Communications regulator Communications Information Technology Commission ‘CITC’ is no longer accepting cellular equipment which only support 2G-3G interfaces. Cellular equipment must support 4G in order to gain product certification, devices with 2G-3G & 4G are accepted. 2G-3G only devices will no longer be approved. The CITC is proactively promoting new technologies in Saudi and is seeking to eventually close out 2G-3G cellular services.


Bahrain – Forthcoming E-Certification System 


The Bahrain wireless communications regulator Directorate of Wireless Licensing Frequency & Monitoring ‘DWLF&M’ are developing a new electronic application system for product certification.

Under current guidelines the applicant, via their local Bahrain partner must submit physical applications for product certification. Under the new proposed scheme applications will be allowed to be submitted electronically. The new system is currently going through checks and is expected to go live at some point in 2019.

ICM are monitoring developments and will advise once the new system is live.

US - FCC Shutdown

Due to the government shutdown in the USA, the FCC's certification and equipment authorization website is down. Currently it is not possible for any TCB to complete FCC certifications. It is also not possible to review existing certifications within the FCC’s website. We are still processing applications here at ICM ready for when the FCC’s web site is back up and running.

Malaysia – National 5G Task Force Established  


The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has established a national 5G Task Force in late 2018 to study and recommend a strategy for 5G deployment in Malaysia. A collaborative effort with relevant stakeholders, the Task Force comprise members from the private sector, Ministries and agencies representing the demand and supply side of the ecosystem.

The Task Force is expected to complete its study and produce a final report for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Minister of Communications and Multimedia by September 2019. ICM are monitoring developments and will advise once the results of the study become available.

Egypt - Amendment to Product Certification Procedures  


The Egypt Communications regulator National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ‘NTRA’ has updated their product certification procedures. As well as confirming the requirements for the acceptance of international test reports and accepted accredited laboratories the NTRA also has clarified the following products require formal NTRA approval:   ​​​​​​​​​

All Telecommunication equipment used in Egypt including:

  1. Terminal equipment:
    All types of Telephone Sets
  2. Fax machines (Voice Connection Unit
  3. Card/Pay Phone set
  4. All types of Public/Private exchange
  5. GSM mobile station & Handsets.

Radio communication apparatus:

  1. Radio Trans/Receive equipment
  2. Satellite Communication equipment
  3. Cordless Telephone Set
  4. Radars

All Indoor/Outdoor, Wired/Wireless IT communication apparatus.

The telecommunications regulatory arrangements apply to any person, business or company that is the initial point of supply of customer telecom equipment to the Egyptian market. This includes

  1. Any local manufacturer who makes or assembles telecommunications products or its authorized agent; or
  2. Any overseas principal (Manufacturer, Representative, Agent, Type approving agency,…etc.); or
  3. Any locally registered agency acting on behalf of any overseas principal.


Egypt is in the preparation phase prior launching a local Telecom equipment specification & till then NTRA  apply the following standards.



Standards

Organization

Telecom / Radio

ETSI, ASA, FCC, ITU

EMC / EMI

CENELEC, IEC, ASA

Safety / Health

CENELEC, IEC, ASA, UL, FCC


There are 2 routes to product certification, the light product certification route and the tight product certification route. Under the light product certification rules the NTRA will accept EU-FCC reports issued by accredited laboratories. Under the tight product certification rules local testing is mandatory.

For more information on the product certification rules for Egypt please contact us: markb@internationalcompliancemanagement.com