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Regulatory News dated Q1/2022

  • British Virgin IslandsPublic Consultation on Type Approval Regulatory Framework 2022

    Starting from March 14th, 2022, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commisson (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands has been holding a public consultation (Ref. No. 01/2022) related to Type Approval Regulatory Framework 2022.

    There are several regulatory points to discuss, among them:

    • General Aspects;
    • Interoperability Standards;
    • Combined Equipment;
    • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC);
    • Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF).

    In addition to the above mentioned topics, the TRC is confering about importation of equipment, market access, cyber security, fees and responsibilities. In order to get acquainted with the TRC's questions and suggestions, please click here.

    The Commission of the British Virgin Islands invites to comment on the consultation document until April, 11th. Comments could be submitted via e-mail to consultations@trc.vg, using "Type Approval Regulatory Framework" as an e-mail subject. Another option is to send a respond by post to the following address: Consultation on the Type Approval Regulatory Framework – Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, P.O. Box 4401 or 27 Fish Lock Road, 3rd Floor Road Town, Tortola, Britisch Virgin Islands VG 1110.


  • VietnamPublic Consultation on National EMC Technical Regulation

    In March 2022, Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) announced a public consultation on the National Technical Regulation on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for wireless audio devices which operate in the frequency band of 25–2000 MHz.

    There are Draft Regulations and notes which are accessible under this link. Public comments are opened until April 9th, 2022. New Regulations are supposed to come into force on July 1st, 2023.


  • AustraliaPublic Consultation: Reallocation of 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz Bands

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has recently initiated a public consultation on spectrum re-allocation declaration for the 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz frequency bands. Following the Radiocommunications Act 1992 / Section 153B, the ACMA suggests to partially redistribute the 3400–3575 MHz and 3700–3800 MHz frequency ranges by issuing spectrum licences in order to support the best long-term usage of the above mentioned frequency bands.

    The consultation paper attached to the official page covers planning options for the 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz frequency bands, the terms of the proposed re-allocation declaration (e.g. re-allocation period and deadlines) as well as other discussion point related to the future spectrum allocation in the above mentioned bands (e.g. license type and its validity period).

    Access to the consultation is here. Public comments are opened until April, 27th 2022.


  • CanadaISED opens Public Consultation on RSS-236

    The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in Canada has newly published a draft of the Radio Standards Specification on General Radio Service Equipment Operating in the Band 26.960 MHz to 27.410 MHz (Citizens Band), or RSS-236 / Issue 2. This RSS presents general requirement and information on the certification process of radio devices which are used for the General Radio Service (also known as Citizens Band / CB) and operate in the 26.960-27.410 MHz frequency range.

    Public consultation on the proposed draft will be opened for comments until May, 17th 2022. Comments may be submitted either by e-mail to consultationradiostandards-consultationnormesradio@ised-isde.gc.ca or online.


  • RussiaDecree No. 353 on Regulatory Processes in 2022

    On March, 14th 2022, the Government of the Russian Federation published its Resolution No. 353 dated from March, 12th 2022 on peculiarities of regulatory frameworks (permitting regime) in 2022.

    According to annex No. 18 (peculiarities of product conformity assessment, validity of conformity documents and its extension as well as product and sample import), the Government of the Russian Federation decrees that the validity of conformity certificates and declarations (further – CoC and DoC) will be extended for a period of 12 months in case the expiry date of a CoC/DoC falls between March, 14th 2022 and September, 1st 2022. Additionally, manufacturers and importers have the right to refuse to provide documents on conformity assessment in case they import either spare parts for repairs or component parts for products and machines manufactured in Russia.

    Administrative authorities which are responsible for maintaining state registers of permits and compliance documents are to enter information on extension of the validity period of CoC and DoC in the state registers (see item No. 8, p. 5).


  • ArgentinaENACOM: Revised Version of Testing Standard for SRDs

    ENACOM in Argentina has recently released an update ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V21.1 for the SRD testing standard which replaces the current standard ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V20.1. The official paper is dated from March 8th, 2022.

    There are a few crucial changes to mention:

    1. New low frequency bands have been added to the standard, namely:
      • 0.490 – 1.705 MHz (maximum allowed power of 24000/f(kHz) μV/m at 30 m);
      • 1.705 – 30 MHz (maximum allowed power of 30 μV/m @ 30 m).
    2. There is a transition period of 90 calendar days which allows new as well as ongoing requests to be accepted with test reports issued under the previous standard ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V20.1.
    3. Products which are based on the previous resolution 555/2021 and need to be renewed do NOT have to be tested again, provided that the original test report shows compliance with the limits established in the new regulation.

  • RwandaRURA: Updated Regulations for Electronic Communications Devices

    In the Official Gazette Special of February 16, 2022, RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority) has recently announced a suspension of regulation No. 011/R/STDICT/RURA/2020 governing importation, supply and type approval for electronic communications equipment.

    The key change in the new provisional law is the introduction of processing fees. Please be advsied that due to the ongoing implementation of the platform, processing might take some time.

    It is also to be mentioned that RURA introduces two options for type approval applications: either a simplified procedure or a standard one.

    Source: IBL local partner and internal research


  • EU (RE-D)European Commission Updates Usage Conditions for 5 GHz Wi-Fi

    The European Commision (EC) has sucessfully implemented a new Decision 2022/179 which clarifies and harmonizes the spectrum usage of wireless access systems (WAS) including radio local area networks (RLAN) in the 5 GHz frequency band.

    Indoor implementation requires special attention as it has become possible to install WAS/RLANs in road vehicles.

    The decision is dated February, 8th 2022.

    By March, 31st 2022 EU member states are to make available the frequency bands of

    • 5150–5250 MHz,
    • 5250–5350 MHz and
    • 5470–5725 MHz

    for the implementation of WAS/RLANs in accordance with the technical conditions mentioned in the Annex of the aforementioned decision.


  • UkraineRussia/Ukraine Crisis: Type Approval Problems

    • Russian Federation
      Due to an armed geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, IB-Lenhardt has to put some current and future projects concerning type approval in the Russian Federation on hold.
      There are three main reasons for this:
      1. EU as well as the Russian Federation have reciprocally shut their airspace.
      2. DHL and other logistics companies ship no longer to the Russian Federation at the moment, which directly affects sample delivery for mandatory local lab tests.
      3. Due to renewed EU sanctions, it will come to payment issues as selected Russian banks have been excluded from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system of financial messaging.

      We regret any inconvenience this force majeure may cause and hope for your understanding.
    • Belarus
      Due to an armed geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, type approvals relevant for the Republic of Belarus could be also affected in the nearest future.
      According to news agencies, Belarus supports Russia on Ukraine which might also affect certification processes.
    • Ukraine
      Due to an armed conflict and permanent state of emergency in Ukraine, IB-Lenhardt is forced to put all projects related to the country on hold.

    We appreciate your understanding for this highly dynamic situation. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.


  • BelarusRussia/Ukraine Crisis: Type Approval Problems

    • Russian Federation
      Due to an armed geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, IB-Lenhardt has to put some current and future projects concerning type approval in the Russian Federation on hold.
      There are three main reasons for this:
      1. EU as well as the Russian Federation have reciprocally shut their airspace.
      2. DHL and other logistics companies ship no longer to the Russian Federation at the moment, which directly affects sample delivery for mandatory local lab tests.
      3. Due to renewed EU sanctions, it will come to payment issues as selected Russian banks have been excluded from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system of financial messaging.

      We regret any inconvenience this force majeure may cause and hope for your understanding.
    • Belarus
      Due to an armed geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, type approvals relevant for the Republic of Belarus could be also affected in the nearest future.
      According to news agencies, Belarus supports Russia on Ukraine which might also affect certification processes.
    • Ukraine
      Due to an armed conflict and permanent state of emergency in Ukraine, IB-Lenhardt is forced to put all projects related to the country on hold.

    We appreciate your understanding for this highly dynamic situation. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.


  • RussiaRussia/Ukraine Crisis: Type Approval Problems

    • Russian Federation
      Due to an armed geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, IB-Lenhardt has to put some current and future projects concerning type approval in the Russian Federation on hold.
      There are three main reasons for this:
      1. EU as well as the Russian Federation have reciprocally shut their airspace.
      2. DHL and other logistics companies ship no longer to the Russian Federation at the moment, which directly affects sample delivery for mandatory local lab tests.
      3. Due to renewed EU sanctions, it will come to payment issues as selected Russian banks have been excluded from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system of financial messaging.

      We regret any inconvenience this force majeure may cause and hope for your understanding.
    • Belarus
      Due to an armed geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, type approvals relevant for the Republic of Belarus could be also affected in the nearest future.
      According to news agencies, Belarus supports Russia on Ukraine which might also affect certification processes.
    • Ukraine
      Due to an armed conflict and permanent state of emergency in Ukraine, IB-Lenhardt is forced to put all projects related to the country on hold.

    We appreciate your understanding for this highly dynamic situation. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.


  • VietnamDraft Circular replacing Circular 01/2021/TT-BTTTT

    The Vietnam MIC has recently published a Draft Circular regulating products which are mandatory for Type Approval Certification and Declaration of Conformity. The above mentioned Circular is supposed to replace Circulars 01/2021/TT-BTTTT and 11/2020/TT-BTTTT.

    Please see some points to consider below.

    1. Several standards were updated in the Circular:

    • QCVN 128:2021/BTTTT (RF standard for 5G base station);
    • QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT (RF standard for 5G SA – mandatory from 2022-07-01);
    • QCVN 129:2021/BTTTT (RF standard for 5G NSA – mandatory from 2022-07-01);
    • QCVN 124:2021/BTTTT (RF standard for Vehicle Radar 76-77GHz – mandatory from 2022-07-01);
    • QCVN 123:2021/BTTTT (RF standard for SRD 40-246GHz) – mandatory from 2022-07-01);
    • QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT (RF standard for WLAN 5.0GHz device – can be applied from 2022-05-01 and be mandatory from 2023-07-01)
    • QCVN 22:2021/BTTTT (Safety standard for ICT product – importers are to comply with this standard themselves as the standard is not mandatory according to Annexes No. 1 and 2 of the Draft Circular).

    2. Numerous positions were removed from the mandatory list:

    • 5.8 GHz equipment which is used for transport application;
    • Marine VHF devices;
    • Inmarsat F77 devices;
    • Section “Other devices”.

    3. A few products were moved from Annex No. 1 (compulsary for TA Certification and Declaration of Conformity) to Annex No. 2 (compulsory for Declaration of Conformity):

    • 76-77 GHz vehicle radars;
    • General SRDs operating in the following bands:
      • 13,553- 13,567 MHz,
      • 26,957-27,283 MHz,
      • 40,66-40,7 MHz,
      • 5725-5850 MHz,
      • 24,00-24,25 GHz,
      • 61,0-61,5 GHz,
      • 122-123 GHz,
      • 244-246 GHz;
    • 13.56MHz RFID;
    • Some of land mobile radio equipment.

    Please be informed that the Draft Circular may take effect on 01, July 2022 and be advised that local labs will be able to test products in accordance with new standards from May/June, 2022.

    As soon as the Circular has been officialy issued, MIC will also provide instructions for the Type Approval Certification and Declaration of Conformity for the case when local labs cannot perform tests in compliance with any standsrds.

    Please check the Draft Circular in Vietnamese on the official MIC Webpage or click here to see the English verison provided by our partner.


  • YemenChanges in Type Approval Process in Yemen

    The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MTIT) in Yemen informs about several significant changes in Type Approval Regulations which will influence all running projects as well as future ones:

    • Certificate validity will be extended from 1 year to 3 years;
    • Certificates will cover only one production location.

    Please be advised that IBL project managers will acquaint every customer with further Type Approval steps in case there is any running or upcoming projects in Yemen.

    Source: IBL local partner


  • CanadaPublic Commentary on RSS-139 and RSS-170

    Canadian Department of Innovation and Economic Development (ISED) has newly published two drafts on Radio Standards Specification referred to RSS-139 and RSS-170 which were lately issued in July, 2015.

    Issue 3 of RSS-139 on Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) Equipment Operating in the Bands 1710—1780 MHz and 2110—2180 MHz shall be taken over with Issue 4 on Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) Equipment Operating in the Bands 1710—1780 MHz and 2110—2200 MHz.

    Issue 3 of RSS-170 will be correspondingly replaced with Issue 4 on Mobile Earth Stations (MESs) and Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) Equipment Operating in the Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) Bands.

    The above mentioned radio standards specifications could be found on the official page of Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC):

    It is also possible to comment on the new papers and propose changes. Public commentary deadline: 2022-04-22.


  • Saudi ArabiaCITC Started Wi-Fi 6E Approval and Certification

    Saudi Arabia's Regulator CITC has recently issued new WLAN Regulations and correspondingly updated the Specification for Data Communication Equipment operating in License-Exempt Frequency Bands. In accordance with the above mentioned papers, Wi-Fi devices operating within the frequency band 5925–7125 MHz may be approved and certified.

    Source: IB-Lenhardt authority contacts.


  • United StatesFCC Equipment Authorization System Maintenance Outage

    TCB Council Inc. informs that the FCC will be performing an EAS as well as TCB and KDB Database Continuity of Operations Disaster Recovery test on February 12, 2022. The test will be held from 8 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Eastern Time (Washington, D.C).

    Please be advised that the systems will not be available during the aforementioned time period.


  • MalaysiaMCMC Opens Spectrum for Wi-Fi 6E

    The Malaysian Regulator SIRIM has recently announced that SRD which use the frequencies 5925-6425 MHz (e.g., Wi-Fi 6E) could currently be approved and certified.

    As laboratory testings are mandatory for compliance approval, there are 2 ways to get a product certified in Malaysia:

    1. Using an already available test report which meets the requirements of ETSI EN 303 687 draft standard (or equivalent standards). Importantly, the standard must be included in the accreditation scope of the testing laboratory.
    2. If there are no test reports for a product which is to be approved, electromagnetic Compability (EMC) and Radio Frequency (RF) testings can be alternatively conducted at the SIRIM Lab.

    The frequency band and output power requirements can be found in Table 2-1, item 17, of the Class Assignment No. 1 of 2022 which also determines essential requirements for devices: maximum EIRP is 25 mW for indoor and outdoor use, and 200 mW only indoors.


  • BotswanaNew BOCRA Verification Guidelines for SIM Devices

    The Botswana regulator BOCRA have released the Type Approval Verification Guidelines for SIM enabled devices.

    The guidelines are applicable to all Mobile Network Operators, SIM Enabled device supply Chain and SIM enabled device users.

    For the interest of general public this guideline ensures that SIM enabled devices are registered in accordance with the provisions of CRA Act of 2012.

    The document points out that SIM enabled devices that are already registered in Mobile Network Operators Equipment Identity Registers are exempt from this guideline until the end of their product life.

    The guideline comes into effect 1 Apr 2022.

    Source: Official document (PDF)


  • Lunar New Year Festivities

    The whole IB-Lenhardt team wishes all our friends and partners from Asian countries that are celebrating Lunar New Year a wonderful start of the New Year as well as success and lots of happiness.


    We would also like to inform our clients that due to the New Year festivities in countries of Asia, it could come to slight delays (approx. 2 weeks) in approval processes. This applies to the following countries: China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Suriname.

    We apologise for any inconvenience and sincerely hope for your understanding.


  • RussiaEAEU Amendments to TR CU 037/2016 (RoHs)

    Public discussions on draft amendments to TR CU 037/2016 (also known as "EAEU RoHs" or "EurAsia RoHs") were being held throughout the year. In case the amendments are adopted, these are the key issues to take further into account:

    • Manufacturers are to mark their products with a WEEE-label which is identical to the EU one and indicates how to dispose of (or recycle) the product or how a particular device could affect human health and environment. This is an absolutely new requirement both for Russia and the EAEU as this label is currently not mandatory.
    • Some of electrotechnical devices which must undergo conformity assurance procedures now may be excluded from the EurAsia RoHS requirements. This amendment concers primarily large-scale industrial equipment and its spare parts.
    • The list of hazardous substances the content of which is restricted in electrotechnical and electronic devices will be also corrected and completed with 4 further substances (Note: EU added these substances to its RoHs Directive in 2019), namely:
      • Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP);
      • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP);
      • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP);
      • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).
    • Permissible concentration of 4 new hazardous substance in homogeneous materials: not more than 0.1 wt%.

    Source: Internal Research and Information on the official webpage of Novotest (Russian)


  • EU (RE-D)Draft Standardisation Request RED 3(3)(def) Cyber Security

    The EU Commission has recently published its Draft Standardisation Request for Cyber Security. Annex II to the respresented Comission Implementing Decision sets out some of key expectations for the CEN/CENELEC and ETSI standards, hence areas for RED NBs to consider.

    Source: Official Link


  • RussiaPublic consultation on amendments to TR CU 020/2011

    Public consultation on amendments to the technical regulations of the Customs Union "Electromagnetic compatibility of technical means" (TR CU 020/2011) in terms of establishing forms, schemes and conformity assessment procedures based on standard conformity assessment schemes approved by the Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission of April 18, 2018 No. 44.

    End of submissions: 2022-01-30
    Date of publication: 2021-10-27

    Source: Official Link


  • IndonesiaResult of Public Exposure to draft of Revision PP No. 80 of 2015

    Crucial outcomes of public exposure to draft revision to Government Regulation No. 80 of 2015

    • Testing costs will increase

    • Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA): Test Report Recognition will be regulated in a separate convention

    • Inputs and suggestions regarding the revised Draft of the Government Regulation can be submitted in writing to: Sekretaris Jenderal Kementerian Kominfo with a copy to Dirjen Anggaran Kementerian Keuangan or by e-mail to: tu.setjen@kominfo.go.id and CC to pusatlayanan.dja@kemenkeu.go.id, no later than January, 20th 2022

    • Estimated Revision of Government Regulation (PP) No. 80 of 2015 will be released no later than the end of 2022

    Source: Internal research


  • New ZealandPublic Consultation on Draft Five Year Spectrum Outlook

    In December 2021, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) opened the public consultation on the radio frequency spectrum outlook 2022 to 2026.

    Interested stakeholders are invited to submit their feedback by 5 PM on February, 28, 2022, preferably by e-mail to Radio.Spectrum@mbie.govt.nz.

    Source: Link to public consultation


  • TaiwanSlight delays due to Chinese New Year festivities

    Local test labs are closed from 29 Januar until 6 February, due to Chinese New Year festivities. Slight delays might occur.


  • South AfricaAmendment of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

    As IB-Lenhardt informed on 2019-08-06, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), opened a public consultation on the planned amendments of Annexure B - Radio Apparatus exempt from radio frequency spectrum licences - of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015.

    After reviewing written submissions from interested stakeholders ICASA amended Annexure B, which contains information such as maximum radiated power, field strength or sensitivity limits and relevant test standards for various types of equipment.

    The updated regulations came into force after being published in the Government Gazette on 2021-12-24.

    Source: Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2021


  • Saudi ArabiaSASO revised RoHS requirement implementation date

    The "Technical Regulation for Restriction of hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment" published by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) on 2021-07-09 was originally scheduled to take effect on 2022-01-05.

    However, SASO has decided to postpone the implementation date for various types of equipment as described in the table.

    1. Home appliances

    Small appliances: 2022-07-04

    Large appliances: 2022-10-02

    2. Telecommunication and information technology equipment 2022-12-31
    3. Lighting equipment 2023-03-31
    4. Electrical and electronic equipment and tools 2023-06-29
    5. Toys and entertainment tools and appliances, sports equipment 2023-09-27
    6. Tools for monitoring and control

    2023-12-26

    Source:

    Internal research

    Original document: Technical Regulation for Restriction of hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment EN 2021-07-09



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