Global Certification Technical Update
August 2019 Updates
Brazil (ANATEL) – ACT 3484, Conformity Assessment and Testing of Lithium Batteries Used in Mobile Phones
Effective November 30, 2019
Brazil National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) has published ACT 3484 about the new technical requirements and test procedures for the evaluation of the Conformity of Lithium Batteries Used in Mobile Phones.
The new act main changes are:
a) Sample Quantity: Minimum sample amount for the electrical and safety tests are 34 units of lithium batteries, and 10 units of cells for lithium batteries
b) Electrical Testing: According to IEC 61960-3(2017) Items 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6.1, 7.6.2, 7.7.2, 7.7.3, 7.8.1, 7.8.3. Total number of samples are 15 lithium batteries
c) Safety Testing: According to IEC 62133-1 (2017) Items 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.4, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.6. Total number of samples are 19 lithium batteries and 10 lithium cells
d) Certificate Renewal: Batteries that are in phase of manufacturing discontinuation and are in the manufacturer’s stock with more than 6 (six) months of manufacturing, the safety tests shall be performed and the maximum validity of the certificate shall be 12 (twelve) months, less the number of days the date of manufacture of the samples exceeds 6 (six) months
Important: The obligation of using the security seal (Mint Label) in the Mobile Phone’s battery was kept in force.
Brazil (INMETRO) – Energy Efficiency Requirements for Air Conditioners Come Into Force
This regulation applies to air conditioners operating at nominal voltage 127-220V, 60Hz imported or made domestically for use in Brazil.
The equipment list includes the following types:
- Mono-block air conditioners
- Window or wall air conditioners
- Single or split hi-wall air conditioners
- Ceiling and floor air conditioners from a single evaporator unit
Air conditioners with water cooler condensers are excluded from the scope.
The compliance deadlines for manufacturing, import and marketing of air conditioners that do not comply with the foregoing provisions as follows:
- June 30, 2019 – Manufacturing and Import
- December 31, 2019 – Marketing by manufacturers and importers
- June 30, 2020 – Marketing by wholesalers and retailers
Brazil (ANATEL) – Mandatory Type Allocation Code (TAC) Registration
Effective January 7, 2019
Brazil National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) has recently published the Official Letter n° 25/2019. The notification letter reinforces the importance of TAC (Type Allocation Code) registration composed by the first 8 digits of IMEI for all devices with WWAN functions that use the SMP (Portable Mobile Service), such as Mobile Phones, Tablets, Modules and all other terminal using WWAN.
This registration will be constructed using the SIGA system controlled by a company called ABR Telecom. According to ANATEL, the registration must be done only by a Brazilian Manufacturer or a Local Representative company in Brazil. The SIGA (Sistema Integrado de Gestão de Aparelhos) is a centralized technological solution integrated with the SMP Providers (Carriers). The purpose is to treat and combat the use of cloned, adulterated or uncertified IMEIs in the Mobile Operators’ networks.
TAC registration system link: https://grupos.abrtelecom.com.br/tacfabricantes
Chronological order to register TAC:
- Foreigner applicant requests the device homologation in Brazil
- Certification process is conducted until obtaining the ANATEL homologation
- Manufacturer request to GSMA (GSM Association) for registration and TAC list
- Brazilian Manufacturer or Local Representative make the TAC registration in the SIGA
- Manufacturer is allowed to start the commercialization in Brazil
ABR Telecom will be responsible to confirm the TAC informed in the SIGA which is registered in the GSMA database as well. If the TAC registration requirement is not fulfilled, ABR will inform ANATEL to take the necessary actions.
In order to proceed the TAC registration in the SIGA, the following items are needed:
- Model name (name listed in the ANATEL Certificate)
- TAC list (all TACs that belong to the homologated model in Brazil must be registered)
- ANATEL Homologation ID number
- Homologation Date
- Manufacturer’s Code in the GSMA
Canada (ISED) – Compliance Warning Regarding RSS-191 & RSS-192
Effective July 3, 2019
The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) intends to inform Certification Bodies & Manufacturers that products planned to be used in mobile systems fall outside the scope of RSS-191 and RSS-192.
This Radio Standard Specification (RSS) sets out requirements for the certification of for radio transmitters and receivers for local multipoint communication systems (LMCS) in the band 25.35-28.35 GHz, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint broadband systems in the bands 24.25-24.45 GHz and 25.05-25.25 GHz, and point-to-multipoint broadband systems in the band 38.6-40.0 GHz.
This Radio Standard Specification (RSS) sets out certification requirements for radio transmitters and receivers of fixed wireless access (FWA) systems, including point-to-point applications in the band 3450 to 3650 MHz.
Please be informed that applications for products that have been incorrectly assessed by Certification Bodies will be refused by ISED and will not be listed in the REL.
Furthermore, ISED would like to inform manufacturers that these standards are currently in revisions. Once new issues are published, equipment manufactured, imported, distributed, leased, offered for sale, or sold in Canada, shall comply with the requirements of these new issues.China
China (CCC) – Certification for Explosive Products, Gas Appliances and Refrigerator
Effective October 1, 2019
According to the announcement No. 34, 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) in China has announced that products used in explosive environment, gas appliances and household refrigerators with a rated volume greater than 500L can apply for China CCC certification starting from October 1, 2019. CCC certification for these products will become mandatory from October 1, 2020.
Scope for products in explosive environment:
- Motors used in explosive environment
- Electrical hydraulic pumps used in explosive environment
- Power distribution unit used in explosive environment
- Safety switches, control and protection products used in explosive environment
- Starters used in explosive environment
- Converters used in explosive environment
- Electric actuator and electromagnetic valve used in explosive environment
- Plug devices used in explosive environment
- Monitoring products used in explosive environment
- Communication, signal equipment used in explosive environment
- Air conditioner and Ventilation equipment used in explosive environment
- Heating equipment used in explosive environment
- Components used in explosive environment
- Measuring devices used in explosive environment
- Sensors used in explosive environment
- Safety barrier used in explosive environment
- Dashboard, cabinet used in explosive environment
Scope for gas appliances:
- Household gas stove
- Household gas water heater
- Gas heater furnace
Scope for household refrigerators:
- Household refrigerators with the rated volume greater than 500L.
China (SAMR) – RoHs, Implementation of Qualification Assessment System for Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products
Effective May 16, 2019
Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) jointly issued the Implementation Measures for Conformity Assessment System for the Restricted Use of Hazardous Chemicals in Electrical and Electronic Products.
The electrical and electronic products which are in the scope of China RoHs, should get RoHs voluntary approval or self-declaration and should be marked correctly before Nov. 1, 2019. The system introduces two options to demonstrate compliance with hazardous substance restriction limits in electrical and electronic products:
- Voluntary Certification: The company may choose a third-party certification institution to certify the products as compliant with standards and technical requirements on restricted use of hazardous chemicals.
- Suppliers’ Self-Declaration: The company may conduct self-evaluation to prove compliance with standards and technical requirements on restricted use of hazardous chemicals.
The scope includes a list of products:
- Air conditioners
- Washing machines
- Water heaters
- Fax machines
- Mobile handsets
- Telephone stand-alone machines
Europe (EC) – Draft Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/773
Effective June 17, 2019
European Commission (EC) has released the Draft Commission Implementing Regulation on design, construction and performance requirements and testing standards for marine equipment, and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/773.
The purpose of the Marine Equipment Directive is to enhance safety at sea and the prevention of marine pollution through the uniform application of the relevant international instruments adopted under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This lays down specific requirements concerning the construction, performance and/or testing of equipment to be placed on board ships, and to ensure the free movement of such equipment within the EU. These international instruments include, in particular: the 1966 International Convention on Load Lines (LL66); the 1972 Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (Colreg); the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Marpol) and the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas).
India (TEC) – Extended Date of Implementation for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunications Equipment (MTCTE)
Effective July 4, 2019
According to TEC notification No TEC/01/2017-TC, Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) has extended the implementation date of mandatory testing and certification of telecommunications equipment to October 10, 2019.
Telecom Equipment covered under SCS
- 2-Wire Telecom Equipment
- G3 Fax Machine
- ISDN CPE
Telecom Equipment covered under GCS
- Cordless Telephone
Schedules for implementation of mandatory certification of telecom equipment:
- 05/07/2019 – Date of opening of MTCTE Portal for registration
- 09/07/2019 – Date of commencement of acceptance of applications
- 1/10/2019 – Date of implementation for mandatory certification
India (TEC) – Revision of Provisions in MTCTE Procedure
Effective July 5, 2019
In partial modification to MTCTE procedure No. TEC/MP/DD/TCP-711/02.Oct18, some provisions of MTCTE procedure have been revised.
- Submission of test reports for few parameters shall be exempted as a relaxation to MTCTE procedure. In such cases, provisional certificate shall be issued
- Provisional certificate shall be valid for the period of 2 years
- Requirement of labeling on certified products shall be exempted for the initial period of six months as a relaxation to MTCTE procedure
In partial modification to MTCTE procedure No. TEC/MP/DD/TCP-711/02.Oct18, it has been decided that test results/reports from labs accredited by ILAC signatories shall be acceptable until March 31, 2020 as a relaxation to MTCTE procedure.
India (MeitY) – FAQ’s on Market Surveillance
Effective June 19, 2019
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) FAQ’s on Market Surveillance has been updated.
- What will be the implications, in case the manufacturer/LR does not deposit the requisite surveillance charges?
It will be treated as violation of the Order and the cases will be considered for necessary action as per the provisions of CRO and BIS, Act 1986 & Rules, 1987.
- What will be the implications, in case the manufacturer/LR does not deposit the requisite surveillance charges?
As per the provision of Clause No. 11(1) (a) of BIS Conformity Assessment Regulation 2018, the payment of financial dues, cost of samples and their testing are part of the conditions of grant of license. Thus, for the registration number, selected for random surveillance process, if it is found that the respective manufacturer/LR has not submitted the applicable surveillance charges to STPI, it would be considered as violation and the case may be forwarded to BIS for further necessary action.
Indonesia (SDPPI) – Five CSA Labs Listed and Recognized By SDPPI For Testing Non-HKT Devices
Effective May 16, 2019
The Directorate General of Resources and Equipment for Post and Information Technology (SDPPI) finally published the list of recognized overseas test centers for testing non-HKT devices. There are five CSA labs listed in the formal notification.
Five CSA labs are being listed in the SDPPI notification.
|No.||Name of Test Centre||Location|
|47||CSA Group – Taiwan Canadian Standards Associateion (Far East Operations) Ltd.||No 26, Fuxing 3rd Road, Guishan District, Taoyuan City 333, Taiwan|
|48||CSA Group (California)||34 Bunsen, Irvine, California, USA|
|49||CSA Group (Guangzhou)||Guangzhou, China|
|50||CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc. (Richmond)||Unit 110 – 13799 Commerce Pkwy, Richmond, Bristish Columbia, Canada|
|51||CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc. (Toronto)||178 Rexdale Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Non-HKT devices are including cellular phone, handheld computer and tablet.
The scope covers the electrical safety of WLAN telecommunication equipment and/or devices which must be tested under IEC standard 60950-1 and EMC ISO/IEC CISPR 32-2018 as applicable.
This recognition is valid for a period of 6 months. After this period SDPPI will decide should this recognition will be renewed or repealed.
Indonesia (SDPPI) – Recognition of Overseas Test Centers for Telecommunication Devices
Effective July 22, 2019
Kementrian Komunikasi Dan Informatika Republik Indonesia has issued the new regulation which is NOMOR 159 Tahun 2019. This regulation includes 210 (two hundred and ten) Foreign Test Centers recognized for testing Telecommunication Devices other than Cellular Phones, Handheld Computers and Tablet Computers.
Recognition of the said Foreign Test Center is based on the following criteria:
- Have the ability to test telecommunication tools and / or equipment in accordance with technical requirements set in Indonesia or equivalent
- Accreditation as a test center based on ISO / IEC 17025 accredited by the Asia Pacific Signatory Accreditation Institution Accreditation Cooperation Agreement (APAC-MRA), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation-Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC-MRA), and
- Has at least 2 (two) proofs of accreditation and / or recognition from other international institutions or telecommunications regulators.
Recognition of the said Foreign Test Center shall be valid for 6 (six) months.
Indonesia (SDPPI) – NOMOR 5 TAHUN 2019 on Mobile Cellular Technical Standards
Effective June 20, 2019
Directorate General of Resources and Equipment for Post and Information Technology (SDPPI) already confirmed Technical Standards for Mobile Cellular / Base Station and Subscriber Station. They issued NOMOR 5 TAHUN 2019 Technical Standards to cover all these technical requirements.
Indonesia Draft Decree of Minister of Industry on Mandatory Implementation of Indonesian National Standard for Kitchen Machines and Appliances for Heating Liquids for Utilization of Household Electricity
Proposed date of entry into force: 6 months after adoption
This draft of decree states that all of Kitchen Machines and Appliances for Heating Liquids for Utilization of Household Electricity produced within the country or imported, distributed and marketed in the country shall fulfil the SNI requirements. The producers which produced these products therefore shall comply with those requirements proven by having Product Certificate for Using SNI Mark.
The product certificate on SNI marking shall be issued by a Product Certification Body which has been accredited by KAN and appointed by the Minister of Industry through testing of the conformity of the products quality against SNI requirements.
Directorate of Electronic and Telematic, Ministry of Industry is the institution that is responsible for the implementation of this decree and shall provide a technical guidance of the decree, which covers procedure of Product Certification and SNI Marking.
Products which are distributed in domestic market that originated domestically and imported shall meet the requirements consisted in:
- SNI 7859-2013, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements; and SNI IEC 60335-2-14-2011, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-14: Particular requirements for kitchen machines; for Electrical Blender, Electrical Juicer, Electrical Mixer and Electrical Food Chopper
- SNI 7859-2013, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements; and SNI IEC 60335-2-15-2011, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-15: Particular requirements for appliances for heating liquids; for Rice Cooker and Electric Kettle
- SNI 7859-2013, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements; and SNI IEC 60335-2-74:2010, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-74: Particular requirements for portable immersion heaters; for Immersion Heaters
- SNI 7859-2013, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements; SNI IEC 60335-2-15-2011, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-15: Particular requirements for appliances for heating liquids; and SNI IEC 60335-2-24-2009, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-24: Particular requirements for refrigerating appliances, ice-cream appliances and ice-makers; for Water Dispenser
Israel Proposed SI 900 Part 2.29 Household and Similar Electrical Appliances
Safety – Particular Requirements for Battery Chargers
Proposed date of adoption: To be determined
The requirements of the existing standard, SI 900 part 2.29, dealing with battery chargers, shall be declared mandatory. This declaration is in line with the mandatory standardization objective to protect human safety.
This standard adopts the International Standard IEC 60335-2-29 Edition 5.0: 2016 06 and includes the following national deviations:
- Expends the standard’s scope to include also battery chargers used inside domestic appliances intended for end-users that the Israel mandatory standards SI 900 and all its parts, does not apply to;
- Amends the references to the International Standard IEC 60335-1 and applies instead Israel’s mandatory Standard SI 900 part 1;
- Adds a new paragraph 201 dealing with rated values and applies Israel’s mandatory Standard SI 900 part 1, where applicable;
- Adds a new paragraph 202 dealing with EMC and applies Israel’s mandatory Standard SI 900 part 1, where applicable;
- Adds a new paragraph 203 dealing with the noise level and applies instead Israel’s mandatory Standard SI 900 part 1, where applicable.
Malaysia (MCMC) – Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Broadcast Service Receiver – Common Test Suite (First Revision)
Effective May 8, 2019
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has introduced the Technical Code which specifies the test methods for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcast receivers to ensure its interoperability, functionality, quality, safety and performance.
The common test suite is intended to provide a comprehensive documentation on test cases and test streams (in case of SI/PSI) which are derived from the DTT receiver specifications registered by MCMC, providing a complete test kit for product designers and test engineers to evaluate product compliance.
The objective is to ensure that all mandated equipment are certified according to the applicable Malaysian Standards, Technical Codes or through Technical Declaration in accordance to the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, its subsidiary legislations, statutory requirements and established rules and procedures. The revision is intended to update the test cases which would address the different parameters and implementation of the standard by various manufacturers. The update would also ensure that the test cases are in line with the latest test suite used internationally.
NEW ZEALAND UPDATED REGULATIONS FOR SHORT RANGE DEVICES (SRDs)
Effective April 8, 2019
A new edition of the General User Radio Licence for Short Range Devices (GURL-SRDs) came into effect April 8, 2019. Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) can use 9-205 kHz and 315-430 kHz.
Amendments to New Zealand’s GURL-SRD include:
- a new provision to clarify the use of the frequency range 5725 – 5850 MHz for customer premise equipment with higher antenna gain operating in conjunction with an associated fixed radio link device acting as a central access point, as permitted in the Radio communications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Fixed Radio Link Devices) Notice 2015
- an increase in maximum transmission power (e.i.r.p.) in the frequency range 502 – 510 MHz from −10 dBW to −3 dBW in order to align with the same power as permitted in General User Spectrum Licence for UHF Radio Microphone (Licence number 222922)
- a new special condition 29 was added to clarify that the frequency ranges 0.009 – 0.205 MHz and 0.315 – 0.430 MHz could also be used for applications such as wireless power transfer systems
- an amendment to the provision in the frequency range 184 – 230 MHz to reflect the updated lower frequency boundary due to the reallocation of the frequency range 174 – 184 MHz for land mobile use
- an amendment to Special Condition 14 by applying the duty cycle requirement only for the portion in 405 – 406 MHz, instead of the frequency range 402 – 406 MHz
- an amalgamation of two previous provisions in 76 – 77 GHz and 77 – 81 GHz into a single contiguous provision 76 – 81 GHz with the maximum transmission power (e.i.r.p.) at 25 dBW
Panama Implementation of Technical Regulation for Motors and Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers
Effective August 28, 2019
Panamanian Government published on its Official Gazette the formal announcement that clarifies the effective dates for the implementation of the Technical Regulation for Motors and Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers. The Technical Regulation entry into force August 28th, however there will be a transition period of 12 months. It means that all products will have to comply with EE labeling requirements and present a CoC as of August 28th, 2020.
Slovenia RoHS Update
Effective June 1, 2019
Slovenian Ministry of Health published Uradni List № 32/2019 (the Rule) which approved amendment to the Uradni List № 102/2012 restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
The amended rule aims to further align Slovenian law with EU legislation by implementing all recent amendments to Directive 2011/65/EU, that is, Directive (EU) 2019/169 to Directive (EU) 2019/178 inclusive. It therefore extends the list of exemptions for banned substances in electrical and electronic equipment (on specific exemptions for lead and cadmium).
The Rule entered into force on June 1, 2019 and will be applicable starting from March 1, 2020. The only exception is entry 42 in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EC. It will come into effect from July 22, 2019.
US (FDA) – Issues Guidance on Conformity of Medical X-Ray Devices with International Standards
Effective May 8, 2019
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the guidance document regarding X-ray devices designed to more closely align FDA requirements with internationally developed standards.
Medical X-Ray Imaging Devices Conformance with IEC Standards:
This guidance describes FDA’s policy regarding the regulation of medical X-ray imaging equipment that is subject to the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and FDA’s regulations that apply to medical devices and electronic products.
The FDA is seeking to harmonize performance standards prescribed by Electronic Product Radiation Control (EPRC) of the FD&C Act with IEC standards. The Guidance also provides recommendations to industry on how to comply with the applicable requirements. The FDA has determined that industry conformance to certain IEC standards would provide, at a minimum, the same level of protection of the public health and safety from electronic radiation as certain EPRC regulatory standards.
Manufacturers and importers of medical X-ray imaging equipment must follow the current EPRC regulations and procedures or provide a declaration of conformity to the equivalent IEC standards, as outlined in this Guidance, to fulfill the requirements of the EPRC regulation. Using a declaration of conformity to the equivalent IEC standards reduces duplication of efforts by manufacturers and allows the FDA to provide more efficient and consistent regulatory reviews of submissions relating to medical X-ray imaging devices.
US (DOE) – Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers, Grant of Petition for Rulemaking
Proposed date of entry into force: To be determined
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), for residential dishwashers. The new product class would cover dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour from washing through drying. DOE published this petition and request for comments in the Federal Register on April 24, 2018. Based upon its evaluation of the petition and careful consideration of the public comments, DOE has decided to grant this petition for rulemaking and propose a dishwasher product class with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour. DOE intends to consider appropriate energy and water use limits for such a product class, if adopted, in a separate rulemaking.
Vietnam – Draft QCVN …:2019/BKHCN National Technical Regulation on Safety of Secondary Lithium Batteries
Proposed date of adoption: December 31, 2019
- This draft technical regulation regulates technical requirements for secondary batteries lithium and secondary batteries lithium used in the devices, list of secondary batteries lithium used in the devices and corresponding HS code are provided in the Appendix A of the draft technical regulation.
- This draft technical regulation is not applicable for secondary batteries lithium used in electric bicycles (QCVN 76:2014/BGTVT), electric motorcycles, mopeds (QCVN 91:2015/BGTVT) and secondary batteries lithium used in mobile phone, table, laptop (QCVN 101:2016/BTTTT).
- This draft technical regulation applies to organizations and individuals who manufacture, import and distribute secondary batteries lithium and relevant agencies, organizations and individuals.
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