On August 11, 2022, the National Communications Authority of Argentina published a nota, according to which resolution ENACOM No. 854/2020 is to be applied for both new approvals and renewals.
Starting from August 12, 2022, products MUST be labeled as follows:
NEW APPROVALS: RAMATEL label must be implemented.
RENEWALS: approved product MUST also to be labelled with the RAMATEL mark instead of the CNC mark. Photos of the existing labelling and a draft for the RAMATEL label must be provided for renewal procedures.
ENACOM: 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:
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).
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.
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.
Mandatory testing of medical devices
The Argentinian authority ENACOM released Resolución 1248/2021, in which one lab has been accredited to test the ENACOM-Q2-60.15 Medical Devices standard. This means local testing will be mandatory from March 1, 2022.
Maximum allowed output power per band:
Band 9 - 315 kHz: 30 dBμA/m @ 10m in EPZA
Band 30 - 37.5 MHz: 150 000 μV/m @ 3 m in EPZA
Band 401-406 MHz: 18,260 μV/m @ 3 m in EPZA
Band 430-440 MHz: 1,480 μV/m @ 3 m en EPZA
Until March 1, 2022 manufacturers are allowed to approve their medical devices with a DoC including: Manufacturer name and address, Product description (brand, model, specification and other details), reference to compliance to ENACOM-Q2-60.15 standard, date and signatory name/surname/position.
The approval authority in Argentina, ENACOM, revised the requirements for low power devices operating in the frequency range
915 - 928 MHz, 2,400 - 2,483.5 MHz and 5,725 - 5,850 MHz.
According to the resolution 551/2021 those device must comply with the specifications set out in ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V20.1
„Low Power Devices“.
In case of renewals the test report used for the initial approval may still be applied during the renewal process as long as compliance with the new limits is still given.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones ENACOM issued NO-2020-73167532-APN-SNYE#ENACOM. According to this note, the test protocols for Frequency hopping equipment and broadband systems will be amended, starting in December 1st, 2020.
However, the sample requirements will not be affected by this note. With regards to Renewals, the original test reports will be accepted as long as they comply with the protocal limits, which were not changed.
On August 12th, the Argentinian authority ENACOM published resolución 854/2020 with regard to the new label format RAMATEL. The mentioned label will be in use from August 12th in 2022.
In accordance with this document, it turned out that the RAMATEL label draft is required for the submission of application documents starting 12th August 2022. Previously, either CNC or RAMATEL label draft may be submitted, although the use of the RAMATEL logo is recommended.
With respect to renewals they announced that the devices do not have to be labelled again, the currently implemented CNC label is sufficient.
Please note that the renewal is possible 30 days before expiry at earliest and not later than one day before expiry. Those conditions only apply as long as the certificate holder remains the same.
If this is not applicable, a new approval has to be requested.
If needed, manufacturers may use the new label format of RAMATEL, but then the new label draft has to be submitted to ENACOM.
On August 12th 2020 ENACOM has officially released Resolution No. 854/2020 to introduce substantial changes on the labeling requirements of former Resolution CNC No. 82/2015.
These modifications have been essentially brought in to reflect the current agency's approval name RAMATEL and to provide additional clarifications to labeling exceptions.
This new labeling regulation has already become effective since its official date of publication on August 12th, 2020, and ENACOM has granted a period of 2 (two) years for its implementation on all approved and new registrations.
New Resulotion 461/2020 - Validity Type approval certificates
On 21st of May 2020, Argentina's Authority Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) published resolution 461/2020, which is extending the expiration date of certificates, due to the current COVID-19 situation.
All certificates which would expire between 16th of March and 30th of June 2020 are automatically extended until 30th of August 2020.
This replaces ENACOM’s previous resolution, 326/2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Argentinian authority ENACOM automatically extends the validity for expiring certificates between 16 March and 16 May for 60 days from their original expiry date.
ARTÍCULO 2°.-. Prorrógase, con carácter excepcional, la vigencia de los permisos, autorizaciones, registros, inscripciones y licencias cuyos vencimientos o plazo opere desde el 16 de marzo y hasta el 16 de mayo, correspondientes al año 2020, por el término de SESENTA (60) días corridos a contar del respectivo vencimiento.
This information has been recently published in the official gazette of Argentina.
This extension of validity allows interested parties to still aquire their renewals in due time even with slower processing times.
Note, that applications for renewals need to be made in due time, expired certificates cannot be renewed.
Delays in the certification process at ENACOM (Argentina) are expected due to the reappointment of the director position.
Currently, neither certificates nor regulations can be signed.
Source: internal research
Upcoming resolution - LABEL
In the near future - ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones in Argentina) will publish a new resolution for labelling.
Some significant changes are to be expected:
- Layout of the label changes > RAMATEL + Certification number will need to be labelled
- No product labelling required for car components, the label can be placed in the manual
Until now, the devices have been labelled with the CNC logo and the certification ID.
For the upcoming changes IBL will follow up with the authority, if the CNC label of valid certificates will have to be modified.
Source: local partner
New ENACOM Resolution for 2G/3G/4G Terminals and Radiobases
The ENTE NACIONAL DE COMUNICACIONES (ENACOM) has published yesterday changes for Terminals and Radiobases
Resolution 793/2019 for (2G/3G/4G Terminals): ENACOM will continue accepting foreign certificates and reports until two accredited laboratories accredited by ENACOM have been authorized to carry out tests according ENACOM-Q2-61.03 V17.1
Resolution 794/2019 for (2G/3G/4G Radiobases): ENACOM will now accept foreign certificates and test reports until two accredited laboratories accredited by ENACOM have been authorized to carry out tests according ENACOM-Q2-61.04 V17.1
And for renewals of applications done under the conditions e established in the preceding Article, a Test Report must be submitted, issued by an ENACOM accredited Laboratory enabled for the corresponding measurements.
The Argentine Authority ENACOM has published new technical requirements for the following products:
Radar systems that allows to determine the location and / or speed of an object through the use of electromagnetic radiation.
Intelligent Transportation Systems: Systems that use a combination of computers, communication technologies, positioning and automation to improve the safety, management and efficiency of ground transportation.
The technical requirements are:
For 24.04 – 24.25 GHz the maximum output power is 250 μV/m distance 3 meters using average detector, 2500 μV/m, distance 3 m using peak detector
For 76-77 GHz 36.6 V/m distance 3 meters using average detector, 65.0 V/m distance 3 meters using peak detector
The new technical requirement is published under the technical rule Q2-64.01V18.1
According to resolution RESOL-2018-507-APN-ENACOM#JGM, the Argentine authority published new standards opening the frequency band 314-316 MHz for tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPSMS) and for remote keyless systems (RKE).
This information was recently released on the homepage from Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
The Argentinian National Institute for Technology Industrial is on strike since the beginning of February due to the declared collective redundancies. This affects the homologation process of radio devices as no radiated test can currently be carried out. A truce is being negotiated but the employees are still not willing to resume work. For further information: press article from iProfesional
New Standard for Low Power Devices in force
The Argentinian Authority for Telecommunication ENACOM released the new Q2-60-14v17.1 Standard for Low Power Devices (resolution 6639-E/2017). This current version replaces version 16.1.
The latest resolutions and changes are following:
Maximum output power of 401-406 MHz band: 18.260 μV/m @ 3m
Maximum output power of 433.075-434.775 MHz band: 366000 μV/m @ 3m
Addition of UWB bands 3100-10600 MHz
Modification of limits of 22 GHz bands: 22000-26650 MHz
an update of the output power for some frequency bands such as 401-402 MHz, 402-405 MHz. 405-406 MHz and 433.075-434.775 MHz;
the addition of the 3.1-10.6 GHz band for UWB;
the frequency band widening from 24.25-25.8 GHz to 22-26.25 GHz for vehicle radars using UWB technology.
New Testing Standard for Low Power Devices
Argentina's ENACOM issued Resolution No. 6038/2016 with a new testing standard for Low Power Devices, including following updates:
The frequency bands have been updated;
Only one radiated sample (previously 3 samples) is required if the channel can be selected on the product. If not, then two samples must be provided: one for the lower channel and another for the higher channel;
Modular approval is now accepted for Low Power devices;
The similarity between two or more equipment could be accepted for those devices that are exactly the same radio part, hardware and the antennas;
Renewals and Test reports under the previous CNC-Q2-60.14 V12.1 standard will be accepted until 180 days after the publication date of the new standard (2016-08-02).
New Resolution for Low Power devices
ENACOM published Resolution Nº 15/2016 for Low Power Devices on 2016-02-01, which replaces previous Resolution Nº 86/2014. The main changes are:
the allocation of the frequency range 24.5 to 25.80 GHz for Ultra-Wide Band for vehicular radars
the limit for non-desired emissions for devices containing RFID technology (13.56 MHz) has been reduced from 913 μV/m to <334 μV/m
New Regulator for Radio devices
Due to governmental changes, ENACOM is the new Argentine Regulator formed by a mergence between the former Regulator AFTIC (Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Communicaciones) and AFSCA (Autoridad Federalde Servivios de Comunicación Audiovisial). The Type Approval process and the labeling requirements remain the same as well as the certificates issued by AFTIC remain valid. Current applications under review at AFTIC will be running as usual but may experience a delay caused by the transition process.
New label requirements in Argentina
In the Resolution Nº 82/2015 released on 2015-01-28, the Argentine Communications Authority (CNC) inform about the format, size, colors and display of the CNC label and homologation number. This resolution will be in force after 2015-05-04 and affects new certified products as well as renewals.
Additional Frequency Bands for Low Power Radio Equipment
The Resolution SC No. 67 has been released 2012-08-14 by the Argentinan Ministerio de Planificación Federal, Inversión Pública y Servicios. According to this resolution, the following frequency bands were allocated for use by low power radio communications equipment:
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