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Global Market Access Newsletter October 2022

Welcome to our October 2022 Global Market Access newsletter.

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CanadaRadio Standards Specification RSS-139, Issue 4, Advanced Wireless Services Equipment Operating in the Bands 1710-1780 MHz and 2110-2200 MHz published on September 29, 2022.

The following are the main changes:

1. Added the frequency range 2180-2200 MHz and updated the title accordingly.

2. Removed the requirements related to the mobile equipment identifier and the international mobile equipment identity number as they are no longer required.

3. Incorporated some requirements previously contained in Standard Radio System Plan SRSP-513, Technical Requirements for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) in the Bands 1710-1780 MHz and 2110-2180 MHz, and SRSP-519, Technical Requirements for the Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) of Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) Systems Operating in the Bands 2000-2020 MHz and 2180‑2200 MHz.

BrazilANATEL has published the following proposal for Public Consultation 65/2022 on Oct. 6th, 2022: with a proposal for mandatory minimum cybersecurity requirements for conformity assessment of CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) equipment. It will be open for contributions for 60 days (until April 12, 2023).

The product scopes impacted by this proposal are

a) Cable modem;

b) XDSL modem;

c) ONU, ONT;

d) Terminal Access Station (ETA) for wireless broadband access through the Personal Mobile Service network;

e) Restricted Radiation Transceiver; and

(f) satellite transceivers / Earth Season Equipment.

On Oct. 14th, 2022, ANATEL published act 13423/2022 update Act 5159 that defined new requirements for chargers, the new date is October 21st, 2023 (originally date is Oct. 26th, 2022).

 

Applicant is able to choose new act (Act 5159/2022) or current act (Act 3481/2019) during this period (Oct. 26th, 2022- Oct. 21st, 2023)

BrazilOn Oct. 7th, ANATEL issued the Official Letter No. 218/2022, which defines the guidelines for certification of modules installed in telecom and non-telecom products. The letter defines the understanding between OCDs and Labs in Brazil.

 

Definitions:

Detachable RF Module – RF circuit consisting of an independent board of the main PCB (motherboard) of the final product that can be connected through solder or slot.

Non-detachable RF Module – RF circuit designed as part of the main board (motherboard) circuit, which cannot be removed.

Type of ProductDetachable RF ModuleNon-detachable RF Module (integrated in the host PCB) (*)
Non-Telecom product (TV, Medical, Household, Lamp…etc)Only RF module must be approved (host approval is optional)Host product must be approved
Non-Telecom product with RF function responsible for its with purpose (intended use) (**)Host product must be approvedHost product must be approved
Telecom productHost product must be approved (***) (****)Host product must be approved

 

(*) Chipset only cannot be considered as a module.

(**) Devices that depends on the RF function for its primary function of intended use. Example: Medical device that collects the patient signal and transmits to the Doctor by Bluetooth or WIFI, considering this medical device has no other ways to transmit the signal, except by RF.

(***) In case the host can use different RF module’s suppliers but with the same specification/technology (considering they are pin to pin, no changes in the layout/PCB), it is possible to approve all versions in the same certificate, but testing all versions. This was not allowed before.

(****) In case the host can be sold with different variants, where there is one main version (the most complex) and others are sub-versions, only main version is tested and all variants can be listed in the same certificate. Example: Tablet sold in two versions being WWAN+WLAN as main and only WLAN as variant, where the difference is only the components removal or blocking by FW the WWAN function.

Dominica RepublicOn Sep. 1, 2022 the Dominican Telecommunications Institute issued Resolution 082-2022 to established the 5925-7125 MHz frequency band for indoor Short-Range Devices inside the WiFi 6E band.

Main points as below:

– The Devices that operate inside the band 5925-7125 MHz must use the generic license

– EIRP must not exceed 30 dBm

– Very Low Power Devices (VLP) which maximum power spectral density does not exceed -8 dBm/MHz and with an EIRP lower than 14dBm, can be submitted as an outdoor application

– Operation in the 5925-7125 MHz frequency band of indoor access points and fixed client-type devices is prohibited in automobiles, trains, ships, airplanes, or unmanned aircraft.

MexicoThe Secretaría de Economía (SE) of Mexico published a proposal on September 26, 2022 for standard PROY-NOM-024-SE-2022 (about Commercial information for packaging, instructions and guarantees for electronic, electrical and home appliance products). Which would replace NOM-024-SCFI-2013 after the draft finalized.

New version included “exception section” which clarifies products are not intended for a point of sale do not need to comply this standard. We will keep monitoring if there’s any further updates.

South AfricaThe South African Government Gazette published General Notice 751 on January 3, 2022, which mentioned the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) would accept Certificates of Conformance (CoCs) regarding Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) applications with International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) test reports, contrary to the current process, which only accepts test reports issued by the A-Lab program.

 

SABS confirmed that they would officially implement the ILAC process on November 1, 2022. The SABS UIN number is still needed on the ILAC test report. SABS EMC CoC’s lead time for using the ILAC test report will be longer than the test report issued under the A-Lab program.

LibyaThe General Authority for Communications and Informatics (GACI) of Libya has been suffering from the current unstable geopolitical situation which can cause huge delays in type approval proceedings.
IndiaThe Indian Department of Technology have released a notification advising of some new rules to prevent the tampering of mobile equipment devices, which will come into force 1 January 2023. This is an amendment to the principle rules relating to international mobile equipment identify (IMEI) numbers, first released in 2017.

For mobile phones manufactured in India, each manufacturer must register the IMEI number of every mobile phone manufactured in India, prior to the first sale of the device.

For mobile phones being imported to India for sale, testing, research or any other purpose, importers must register the IMEI number of every device prior to import.

The Central Marks Department III of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) published Guidelines for the implementation of Revised IS 16333 (Part 3): 2022 on October 10, 2022. Existing licensees compliant with the previous standard IS 16333 (Part 3): 2017 will need to switch over to IS 16333 (Part 3): 2022 by December 17, 2022 to avoid cancellation of the license or deletion of the model from the scope of the license to be initiated.
JapanThe Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan published Ministerial Ordinance for Partial Revision of Radio Equipment Regulations (2020 MIC and Communications Ordinance No. 60) on September 5, 2022. This Ordinance revises portions of the Radio Equipment Regulations for Low Power Radio Systems in the 920 MHz frequency band.
South KoreaAnnouncement of product list excluded from KC approval. Electro sprayers and boost cables such as hand sanitizers operated by USB or battery (including rechargeable batteries) are excluded from KC Registration of Compatibility subject.

Boost cables, cables connected one-to-one without a power source, cable connectors, and cable accessories are excluded from  KC Registration of Compatibility.

Clarification of country of origin information on labels, If the product is manufactured in multiple countries, only the final country of origin information of the product to which the label is applied should be provided.
Revision of Label requirement: Previously, KC label requirements included KC certification number, model name, and KC logo. However, if the model name registered in the KC application and the model name used for sales and promotion are the same, it is permitted to include only the ‘Korea Integrated KC Logo of No. 1’ and the model name. However, both the certification number and KC approval information should be described in the user manual.

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