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Global Market Access Newsletter March 2023

Welcome to our March 2023 Global Market Access newsletter.

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CountryUpdate
CongoAgence de Régulation des Postes et des Communication Electroniques Republique (ARPCE) in Republic of Congo published Decree No. 2015-254 on February 19, 2015, in which Article 7 states that a normal sample is mandatory for type approval applications. ARPCE is now enforcing this requirement. Current ongoing and renewal projects must provide a normal sample to complete the application process, or else the application will be cancelled.
Ivory CoastAutorité de Régulation des Télécommunications de Côte D’Ivoire (ARTCI) has announced that samples are no longer required for new projects and renewals in an effort to facilitate the type approval process.
China 

On March 16th, 2023, the State Administration of Market Regulation of the People’s Republic of China released the announcement titled “No. 10 of 2023” which mandates the implementation of Compulsory Certification Management for Lithium-ion Batteries and other related products.

The announcement mandates that the CCC certification management be enforced on the following:

– lithium-ion batteries and battery packs used in electronic and electrical products

– mobile power supplies

– power adapters/chargers used in telecom terminal products

However, only lithium-ion batteries and battery packs for portable electronic products require CCC certification at this stage. The requirements for lithium-ion batteries and battery packs used in other electronic and electrical products will be announced later.

From August 1, 2023, the designated certification authority will start accepting the CCC application for newly included products in the mandatory CCC list. By August 1, 2024, any products that have not obtained the CCC certificate and mark will not be permitted to be delivered, sold, imported, or used in other business activities.

 

IndiaOn 27th February 2023, The Telecommunication Engineering Centre have notified the start date of acceptance of applications to include security testing under Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) for WiFi CPEs and IP Router, which is from 1st July 2023.

The security parameters listed in the Indian Telecom Security Assurance Requirements (ITSARSs) will be applicable for all applications along with the Essential Requirement (ER) parameters.

Any issued MTCTE certificates or applications under process before 1st July 2023 will also be required to be converted to an integrated certificate with security testing. OEMs can apply for conversion through ‘certificate modification option’ on MTCTE portal once it’s living for acceptance of applications including security testing.

TaiwanBSMI announced that Declaration of Conformity needs to upload raw data and fully TCF (e.g. Block diagram/ Critical component/ Traditional Chinese User Manual) and test report.
For digital camera (not included medical equipment or telecommunications terminal equipment), CNS 15936 will replace CNS 13438 from 2024/1/1.

Certificate scheme will be changed to TA or RPC from DoC since 2025/1/1. Which combine the CCC code of vehicle cameras and digital cameras under same product type. (8525.80.90.10.2/ 8525.80.90.90.5/ 8525.80.21.10.6/ 8525.80.21.90.9)

New standard will be in force for Audio/ Video equipment from 2025/1/1. If the certificate scheme is DoC, applicant should update the standard and apply the new DoC before 2024/12/31.
ThailandOn 20th February 2023, the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) released a public hearing on draft regulations regarding a new standard – TIS62133 Part 1-25xx and TIS62133 Part 2-25xx, for secondary cell and battery industry products for portable applications, lithium systems.

When approved, this will replace existing standard TIS2217-2548.

OmanThe Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman announced that starting April 1, 2023, mobile phones imported to Oman for commercial purposes must comply with the condition of supporting VoLTE. TRA also announced that 2G and 3G will begin sunsetting in Oman starting in Q3 of 2024.
BelarusSince January 1, 2023, mandatory certification for compliance with energy efficiency requirements for AC-powered household electrical appliances has not been carried out in the Republic of Belarus.

This is due to the adoption by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of Resolution No. 916 dated 27.12.2022, which suspended item 3 of the list of objects of mandatory confirmation of compliance approved by Resolution No. 849 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated 21.10.2016 (hereinafter referred to as Resolution No. 849)

Please note that Resolution No. 849 has not been cancelled, but SUSPENDED in terms of mandatory requirements for energy efficiency of products.

BrazilANATEL published last week the new Act nº 2436 with cyber security requirements for assessing the conformity of CPE (Customer Premises Equipment). This new Act will come into force on March 10th, 2024.

 

This Act establishes a set of mandatory cybersecurity requirements CPE devices used to connect to the Internet service provider’s network, such as:

 

a) Cable modem;

b) xDSL modem;

c) ONU, ONT;

d) Router or modem intended for fixed wireless access (FWA – Fixed Wireless Access);

e) Router or modem for fixed broadband access via satellite;

f) Wireless router or access point.

 

The main requirements are related to:

1) Requirements for passwords;

2) Defence requirements against unauthorized access attempts;

3) Requirements for vendors, such as requiring a Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure Policy and policies for releasing software/firmware updates to fix security vulnerabilities.

 

All these requirements are aligned to ANATEL Resolution nº 740, ANATEL Act nº 77, NST Special Publication 800-63B, Broadband Forum – TR-181 Issue-2, ISO/IEC 29147:2018, ISO/IEC 30111:2019, among other standards for cybersecurity.

MexicoThe Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFETEL) of Mexico has announced on February 16, 2023 that the 5925-6425 MHz frequency band is unlicensed spectrum, which will make it possible to offer new services for Wi-Fi 6E technology in Mexico. Within the operating conditions of the 5925-6425 MHz band as free spectrum, the use is determined for indoor low power systems and indoor and outdoor very low power systems. The determination on outdoor use is not included in the agreement at this time, and will be studied by IFETEL.
The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFETEL) of Mexico issued Technical Disposition IFT-011-2022 (NOM-221 Part 3) “Cellular Broadcasting Service for Notification by Risk or Emergency Situations”. This regulation sets the technical specifications of Mobile Terminal Equipment that make use of radio spectrum or can be connected to telecommunications networks, for the reception and processing of Alert Messages due to Risk or Emergency Situations through Cellular Broadcasting Service. IFT-011-2022 came into effect on March 12, 2023, and is now required in Mexico for cell phones and smart phones.
VanuatuThe Telecommunications, Radiocommunications & Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) in Vanuatu announced that BT only devices are exempted for type approval of the Local Importer Permit requirement. Devices with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi function will still require a TRBR type approval certificate and permit to import into the country.

 

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