February 2019 Updates

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Australia Safety Standard and Mobile Equipment Standard Changes

ACMA published the following telecommunications technical standards under section 376 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

The Telecommunications (Mobile Equipment Air Interface) Technical Standard 2018

The new Mobile Equipment Standard 2018, has been adopted revising previous industry standards.

  • AS/CA S042.1:2018 – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General; and
  • AS/CA S042.4:2018 – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 4: IMT Customer Equipment.

The Telecommunications (Customer Equipment Safety) Technical Standard 2018

ACMA allows a four-year transition period until Feb 15, 2022. Suppliers can choose to comply with either AS/NZ 60950-1:2015 or AS/NZS 62368-1:2018 during the transition period.

  • AS/NZS 60950.1:2015 – Information technology equipment – Safety, Part 1: General requirements (the 2015 industry standard); and
  • AS/NZS 62368.1:2018 – Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements (the 2018 industry standard).


Brazil ANATEL – Declaration of SAR Value on Product Packaging or Manual

Effective January 30, 2019

Res. 700/2018, Article 11 and Legal Letter nº 659/2018 published by ANATEL in Dec 2018.

All portable devices subject to SAR tests will have to show in their packaging or physical/electronic manual the maximum SAR value measured by the lab during SAR tests. When the manufacturer decides to display this information in the electronic manual, it is required to have details in the physical manual indicating how to access the electronic manual.

ANATEL Technical Requirements for Terminals and Base Station Radios using NB-IoT Technology in Brazil

ANATEL published a public consultation about new technical requirements for Terminals and Base Station radios using NB-IoT technology. The final version will be published after this public consultation. Once it is published, it will be possible to homologate devices using NB-IoT in Brazil.

The summary of the new requirements is below:

  • Terminal Access Station – NB-IoT LTE Cat. M1 – ETSI TS 136 521-1 V14.4.0 (2017-11)
  • Terminal Access Station – NB-IoT Cat. NB1 – ETSI TS 136 521-1 V14.4.0 (2017-11)
  • NB-IoT Base Station Transmitter – ETSI TS 136 141 V15.3.0 (2018-07)

Official documents can be found in ANATEL website here.



India MeitY – New Release on Market Surveillance Process

Effective January 31, 2019

A new circular on the surveillance process has been released by MeitY.

  • All manufacturers registered with BIS are requested to provide the following information to
  • Declaration needs to be provided by the manufacturer for all models that are not sold in market and if they found in the market such cases would be processed for the cancellation of the registration.
  • In case of more than one registration no. (R. No.) for a model being manufactured at different locations, the brand manufacturer may submit the MRP (max) of samples covered in all registration numbers along with surveillance charges.
  • Manufacturer/LR may keep the counter sample sealed by STPI and kept in safe condition. In case the manufacturer/LR intends to keep the counter sample, they should provide a declaration to STPI.
  • The manufacturer shall deposit the following items for executing surveillance by 31st January 2019.
  1. Cost of the sample: MRP of the samples sold in the market.
  2. Lab test charges, logistics/packaging chargers, and charges for the storage of counter samples.

Refer to MeitY Surveillance Notification for the registration granted by BIS.

Manufacturer / AIR is requested to fill in the Deposit Collection Template excel sheet.

Also see below guidelines for Deposit Collection.

India Procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment

Effective January 1, 2019

The final procedure for the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) has been released by Indian Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC). Some product categories will require certification from January 1, 2019, others from April 1, 2019.

The table below contains the product categories subject to the MTCTE and includes the mandatory starting date for certified equipment in each category:

Certification Process

Each category of products has a document defining the Essential Requirements (ERs) that need to be met to achieve certification. ERs are expected to cover:

  • Safety
  • Technical requirements specified by TEC (relevant to the product category)
  • Other requirements from any other Indian government agency – TBA
  • Security requirements as defined by Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) – TBA

Two certification schemes are as follows:

  • General Certification Scheme (GCS)—an application must be supported by test reports demonstrating conformity with the ER
  • Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS)—application indicates test results where necessary and includes a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)

Labeling Requirements

Certified products must be labeled with the TEC logo, the certificate number, and the model number. The product documentation must also indicate that the product conforms with the essential requirements mandated by TEC. In the case of mobile handsets and tablets, it is possible to use e-labeling instead of a physical label.

MTCTE Product Families

The MTCTE procedure is intended for end products only. Each model should be tested and certified under the MTCTE. However, TEC has defined processes to deal with product families and telecom products that use modular interface cards.

The following equipment is excluding from the MTCTE, and does not require certification:

The further list specifies “items presently not covered by the MTCTE”:


Indonesia SDPPI New Certification Label Changes

Effective January 1, 2019

Latest information from Kominfo, No 16 Tahun (year) 2018, it had updated the certification requirements for SDPPI.  Below are the major changes on label requirement.

  1. Warning label must be affix on the product for all products excluding SRD products. 
  2. Label and QR Code (that is on the Certificate) must be printed on the product or packaging.
  3. It is very important that the product label photo must be upload within 30 days after the certificate issued.

Indonesia SDPPI News on EMC

SDPPI announced their decision in extending the policy non-recognized laboratories EMC Test Report. Previously, the due date of this acceptance was on January 31, 2019. Due to over capacity on BPPT Laboratory, and the measuring equipment calibration process of BARISTAND Surabaya that’s still not yet finished. SDPPI decided to extend their policy in accepting EMC test report which is issued by testing laboratories that are not listed in SDPPI-recognized International testing labs until February, 28 2019.

Some parameters are still applied to the laboratories who issued the EMC test report.

Laboratories who issue the EMC test report needs to have telecommunication equipment testing accreditation based on ISO 17025, and accredited by accreditation body who signed Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation-Mutual Recognition Arrangement (APLAC-MRA), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation-Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC-MRA), and/or recognized by International Electrotechnical Committee System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipments and Components (IECEE) scheme from Certification Body Testing Laboratories (CBTLs).


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Announced Items Exempted from Type Approval/Certification of Compliance to Technical Stardards, No. 4.999/2018/PTA

Effective December 19, 2018

Following equipment is exempted from type approval/certification of Compliance to Techical Standards. Applicant may approach Customs Authorities for release of following equipment as per their procedure:

  1. Networking Equipment (Switches, Firewalls, Servers, Storage Devices)
  2. Laptops/Desktops/Personal Computer (Non-Sim based devices)
  3. Tablet PC with Wifi only Functionality (Non-Sim based devices)
  4. GPS only devices
  5. Smart Watches with Bluetooth/Wifi functionality only (Without SIM or Tracking Features)

List of exempted items are also available as Annex-E in Type Approval Regulations 2018 at www.pta.gov.pk


Paraguay Registration and Energy Efficiency Certification of Lamps

Effective February 2, 2019

Paraguayan Government published Resolution № 804 regulated Decree № 7103 of 27.04.2017. The resolution entered into force on August 13, 2018. However, manufacturers and importers have a transition period which will end on February 2, 2019.

The resolution applies to manufacturers and importers of the following products:

  • Incandescent lamps with tungsten filament for general lighting
  • Fluorescent lamps for general lighting with built-in ballast
  • Single socket fluorescent lamps for general lighting
  • Double socket fluorescent lamps for general lighting

The registration is valid for 1 year.

The requirements for accessing the Prior Import License must be processed through the Platform of the Single Import Window of the National Customs Directorate by submitting certain specified documents. Prior Import Licences are granted for a period of 30 days and may be extended.

Manufacture, importation, and commercialization of the lamps in the scope are subject to certification by a certification body accredited by the National Accreditation Body (ONA) and must be affixed with the appropriate energy efficiency label.


Philippines BPS Mandatory Product Certification Schemes

Circular No 18-04 and 18-11 include the following key changes:

  • The addition of electric grills, electric ovens, turbo broilers , induction cookers, electric juicers, electric food mixers, electric food processors, electric kettles, electric pressure cookers, electric slow cookers.
  • Washing machines, both vertical and horizontal drum orientation, are now added to the scheme.
  • Inverter Air Conditioners have been added.
  • The addition of TV’s up to 55 inches, additional only controlled up to 45 inches.
  • Certification of electric fans, electric irons, blenders, microwave ovens, rice cookers, airports, coffee makers, TV sets, CD/VCD/DVD/Blu-Ray disc players, toasters, stoves, hot plates, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners must all meet the latest version of the standard by August 25, 2019.
  • As of August 25, 2018 self-ballasted LED lamps required mandatory certification. Any lamps already on the market prior to then may still receive the ICC or PS Mark until August 24, 2019.

 South Korea 

South Korea Amended Safety Standards for Secondary Lithium Cells

Effective March 1, 2019

According to KATS Public Notice No. 2018-0325, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) announced the KC 62133 standard. The amended safety standards shall include the calculation method for energy density to safety standards in order to clarify the measurements for the energy density of cells used in mobile phones, tablet PCs, laptops and others. Both KC 62133(2015) and KC 62133(2018) are currently accepted.


Thailand NBTC Acceptance of UWB 1.6-10.6GHz

Effective January 4, 2019

NBTC announced the allowed usage of Ultra-Wideband Radio Communication Equipment (UWB).

  • Criteria of authorization to use frequency for Ultra-wideband Radio Communication Equipment 1.6-10.6 GHZ
  • Technical standard for Ultra-wideband radio communication equipment 1.6-10.6 GHz (Technical Standard NBTC TS 1034-2561)

Announcement date by NBTC: November 30, 2018

Announcement date on Royal Gazette: January 3, 2019

Table below shows the technical standard for frequency of Ultra-wideband Radio Communication Equipment (UWB). Maximum radiated average power density shall not be over following limits.



Maximum radiated average power density (e.i.r.p.)


1.6 – 2.0 GHz – 41.3
2.0 – 2.2 GHz – 62.0
2.2 – 3.4 GHz – 41.3
3.4 – 4.2 GHz – 77.0
4.2 – 4.5 GHz – 41.3
4.5 – 4.8 GHz – 77.0
4.8 – 10.6 GHz – 41.3


Ukraine Type Approval Transition to RED Regulations

New technical regulations for radio electronic devices came in force in Ukraine and are subject to the Decision № 355 “On approval of the Technical Regulations for Radio Equipment” (UA RED TR) applied by The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 24.05.2017.

Radio equipment that will be imported into the Ukrainian market before April 1, 2019 can comply with the following requirements:

– Technical Regulation for radio equipment and telecommunication terminal equipment (R&TTE)

– Technical regulations on electromagnetic compatibility of equipment

– Technical regulations for low-voltage electrical equipment

or only with the requirements of the Technical Regulations for Radio Equipment.

Radio equipment that will be imported in the Ukrainian market after April 1, 2019 must comply with the Technical Regulations for Radio Equipment (RED).

United States 

US FCC Update for RF Devices Approval Procedure

Any equipment that contains an RF device must be authorized in accordance with the appropriate procedures specified in the FCC rules.

Before November 2018, a product could be authorized using the following procedures:

  • Verification
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Certification

After November 2018, the only available options are:

  • Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)
  • Certification

SDoC procedure requires that the applicant tests the equipment, and the accredited laboratory is not necessary to be an FCC-recognized one. Contrarily, the Certification procedure implies that equipment is being tested by an FCC-recognized accredited testing laboratory.


Vietnam MIC Circular 15/2018/TT-BTTTT

Effective January 1, 2019

MIC Vietnam has officially released Circular 15/2018/TT-BTTTT. The Circular 15/2018/TT-BTTTT has been made to be in compliance with Decree 132/2008/ND-CP and Decree 74/2018/ND-CP.

Please find some highlighted features of this new circular as below:

  1. MIC continues to issue Acceptance on Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for domestically manufactured products. MIC officially confirms that DoC for imported product is now aborted.
  2. MIC accepted valid copies of local reports or copies of local reports besides the original reports, but present the original reports at the applying time.
  3. Approval Authority will accept the test reports issued over than two years if there is not any change on requirements of the testing items.
  4. Appling for TAC, DoC, IPQR, the report holders can be issued to importer, or a local company with authorization from oversea manufacturer.
  5. Lead time to issue Type Approval certificate is shortened from 10 working days down to 7 working days.
  6. Validity for new DoC is 2 or 3 years.
  7. Accept the reports issued by local labs registered with MoST (Ministry of Science and Technology) under Decree 107/2016/ND-CP.