March 2019 Updates

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Brazil (ANATEL) Declaration of SAR Value on Product Packaging or Manual
Effective January 30, 2019

Resolution No. 700/2018, Article 11 and Official Letter No. 659/2018 published by ANATEL.

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 Official Letter nº 38/2004 warning and ANATEL SAR warning.

Text below must be included in the user manual:

“Este produto está homologado pela ANATEL de acordo com os procedimentos regulamentados para avaliação da conformidade de produtos para telecomunicações e atende aos requisitos técnicos aplicados, incluindo os limites de exposição da Taxa de Absorção Específica referente a campos elétricos, magnéticos e eletromagnéticos de radiofrequência.  O máximo valor medido da Taxa de Absorção Específica referente à exposição localizada na cabeça foi de XX W/kg e no tronco foi de XX W/kg (replace XX to the maximum SAR found on tests).  Para maiores informações, consulte o – site da ANATEL (Brazil)

IMPORTANTE NOTE: When the product is a restrict radiation device (unlicensed device, such as WIFI, BT, RFID, SRD, etc.), the Res. 680 phrase must be added too.

“Este equipamento não tem direito à proteção contra interferência prejudicial e não pode causar interferência em sistemas devidamente autorizados.”

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

Effective February, 2019

ANATEL published Act nº 630 (ETA – Access Terminal Station), Act nº 631 (Transceiver for Radio Base Station) to include the NB-IoT requirements.


No laboratory is able to do NB-IoT testing in Brazil. It may be possible to accept reports done by foreigner labs. In this case, the following rules must be obeyed:

  1. Testing was done within 2 years
  2. Testing was done by a laboratory accredited by an ILAC member (ILAC Signatory Search (Brazil))
  3. Test report must refer to the standards described in the ANATEL requirements

Table below shows the new standards included for NB-IoT:

ACT 630 (2019) / Access Terminal Station (ETA) NB-IoT LTE Cat. M1 amp; NB-IoT Cat. NB1 ETSI TS 136 521-1 V14.4.0 (2017-11) LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 1: Conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-1 version 14.4.0 Release 14)
ACT 631 (2019) / Radio Base Station NB-IoT RB Item 6.3.3 NB-IoT RB power dynamic range for in-band or guard band operation, according to ETSI TS 136 141 V15.3.0 (2018-07) – LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 15.3.0 Release 15).


Canada CAN/577, Consultation of Interference-Causing Equipment Standard, ICES-003, Issue 6 (Amendment 2)
Effective January 30, 2019
Notification CAN/577 on Interference Causing Equipment Standard ICES-003, Issue 6 (Amendment 2), Information Technology Equipment (Including Digital Apparatus) – Limits and Methods of Measurement. It is being proposed that industry has until December 31, 2019, to ensure that external thermostats sold, offered for sale, manufactured, imported, distributed or leased are compliant with ICES-003.
Canada CAN/576, SMSE-17-18 Release of ICES-005, Issue 5 Lighting Equipment
Effective January 24, 2019
Interference-Causing Equipment Standard ICES-005, issue 5, Lighting Equipment, replaced ICES-005 issue 4, published in December 2015.

A transition period is ending June 1, 2019. After the expiry of this transition period all products subject to this standard that continue to be manufactured, imported, distributed, leased, offered for sale, or sold in Canada shall comply with ICES005 issue 5.

ISED strongly encourages the industry to familiarize itself with the CISPR 15 international standard and participate in the development of a North American standard for lighting equipment based on CISPR 15. ISED will transition this lighting equipment regulatory standard (i.e. ICES-005) to one solely based on CISPR 15 or a North American version of CISPR 15 within a maximum of two years from the publication of this issue of ICES-005.

Costa Rica 

Costa Rica (SUTEL) Published № RCS-358-2018 Regulatory Update for Cellular Devices
Effective December 30 2018
The Costa Rican Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) published № RCS-358-2018 regulatory update for cellular devices. The new regulation modified Resolution № RCS-332-2013 and amended the existing approval process.
Main changes are:

  • To apply for homologation, the applicant must meet the requirements for the registration by the General Quality Directorate (DGC) of the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL). The applicant must deliver the required documents to the SUTEL office in person.
  • The approved device must be labeled with the corresponding physical mark (must be affixed to the internal part of each approved device) or an e-label that is accessible through the menu of the device.
  • Market surveillance will be in force to ensure the compliance of the above labeling requirements.
  • Any changes to, or development of addition hardware versions, of an already approved cellular device will require an update to the current certificate.

Any SUTEL applications which were in process prior to the release of № -358-2018 will continue to be approved under № RCS-332-2013.

Republic of Ecuador

Republic of Ecuador Revoked RTE INEN 009 (1R) and RTE INEN 035 (1R)
Effective February 6 2019
The Republic of Ecuador announced that the first revision of RTE INEN 009 Household Refrigerating Appliances was revoked. The resolution confirmed that the RTE INEN 009:2005 and the amendments will be applicable and fully valid.

The first revision of RTE INEN 035 Energy Efficiency of Domestic Refrigeration Appliances, Energy Consumption Report, Test Methods and Labelling was also cancelled, advised by the Republic of Ecuador. The RTE INEN 035:2009 and the amendments will remain valid.


India Postponement of Registration by BIS for Certain Products Notified by MNRE
Effective January 4, 2019
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a gazette postponing the mandatory BIS registration of some products. The gazette is as below or you can 
India Notification No. 50/2015-2020 Import Policy under Electronics and IT Goods under Schedule I
Effective January 8, 2019
Import policy for Electronics and IT Goods will be allowed subject to:

  • Registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
  • Exemption letter from MeitY for a specific consignment

India (BIS) Notification of Coming New Standards for Secondary Cells and Batteries for Portable Applications

Method of Compliance: BIS has not posted any guidelines presently on how to migrate to the new standard.

No., Year and Title of the Indian Standards Established Date of Establishment No., Year and Title of the Indian Standards to be Cancelled, if any Date of cancellation
IS 16046 (Part 1) : 2018/IEC 62133-1 : 2017 Secondary Cells and Batteries Containing Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electrolytes ─ Safety Requirements for Portable Sealed Secondary Cells and for Batteries Made from Them for Use in Portable Applications Part 1 Nickel Systems (Second Revision) 12 July 2018 IS 16046 : 2015/IEC 62133 : 2012 Secondary Cells and Batteries Containing Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electrolytes ─ Safety Requirements for Portable Sealed Secondary Cells and for Batteries Made from Them for Use in Portable Applications (First Revision) 11 July 2019
IS 16046 (Part 2) : 2018/IEC 62133- 2 : 2017 Secondary Cells and Batteries Containing Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electrolytes ─ Safety Requirements for Portable Sealed Secondary Cells and for Batteries Made from Them for Use in Portable Applications Part 2 Lithium Systems (Second Revision) 12 July 2018 IS 16046 : 2015/IEC 62133 : 2012 Secondary Cells and Batteries Containing Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electrolytes ─ Safety Requirements for Portable Sealed Secondary Cells and for Batteries Made from Them for Use in Portable Applications (First Revision) 11 July 2019
IS 16047 (Part 3) : 2018/ IEC 61960- 3 : 2017 Secondary Cells and Batteries Containing Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electrolytes ─ Secondary Lithium Cells and Batteries for Portable Applications Part 3 Prismatic and Cylindrical Lithium Secondary Cells, and Batteries Made From Them (First Revision) 12 July 2018 IS 16047 : 2012/IEC 61960 : 2011 Secondary Cells and Batteries Containing Alkaline or Other Non-Acid Electrolytes ─ Secondary Lithium Cells and Batteries for Portable Applications 12 July 2018


Indonesia (SDPPI) New Certification and Label Change Update
Effective January 1, 2019

SDPPI issued the new regulation “Ministry of Communication and Informatics Regulation Number 16th Year 2018” that regulates Operational Provision of Telecommunication Tools and Equipment Certification, which brings several changes to current certification process.

1. Certification of same products that are originated from different countries

This newly issued regulation, article 5 clearly states:

Telecommunication tools and / or equipment that have same brand, model/type but originating from different countries must meet the technical requirements and proven by different certificates. By this rule, it means that same products with same equipment name, same brand name, same model name, and same specification that come from difference country origins, each country origin needs to have its own certificate.
2. Certificate Revision or Change

In regard of certificate revision, article 13 states that certificate revision is possible under certain circumstances. The certificate holder must submit Certificate Revision application when the following situations occur.
A. Change of certificate holder name
B. Change Certificate holder address
C. Certificates ownership transfer to other parties
3. New Labelling Requirements

A ) Article 15, the obligation of attaching label, QR Code, and Warning Sign
1) Certificate holder must attach label and QR Code (that’s shown on the certificate) on every certified Telecommunication Tool and/or Equipment before they’re traded and/or used.
2) Certificate holder must attach warning sign on their telecommunication tools and/or devices except for short range devices.

B ) Article 16, Label and QR Code
1) The label as referred in Article 15 paragraph (1) should be made in accordance with the format as contained in Attachment II, which is an integral part of this Ministerial Regulation.
Below is the label format and example based on the attachment II of the regulation:
graphic Certificate Numbergraphic Certificate
2) The label as referred to in paragraph (1) should be attached to each Telecommunication Tool and / or Equipment that has obtained a certificate either physically or digitally.

3) In the case that it is not possible to attach the label on Telecommunication Tools and/or Equipment, the label can be attached on the packaging of certified Telecommunication Equipment and/or Equipment.

4) The QR Code should be attached to each on the packaging of certified Telecommunication Tools and/or devices.

Below is the location of QR Code on the certificate.
Low quality image of Certificate with QR Code location circled in the bottom right hand corner.
C ) Article 17, Warning Sign
1) Warning signs as referred to in Article 15 paragraph (2) is:

  • Warning sign is in form of a statement that everyone is prohibited to make changes into the Telecommunication Tools and/or Devices which can cause electromagnetic interference to the surrounding environment; and
  • Warning sign should be affixed to each packaging of certified Telecommunication Tools and/or Devices.

2) The format of the warning sign should be made in accordance with the format as contained in Attachment III which is an integral part of this Ministerial Regulation.
Warning sign
D ) Article 18, Label and QR Code Report

The Certificate Holder must report the application of labelling, QR Code and warning signs within 30 (thirty) working days after certificate issuance by uploading photos of Telecommunication Tools and / or Devices that have been affixed by Labels, QR Code, and warning sign.


Japan (MIC) Notification G/TBT/N/JPN/617 Amends Regulations for Radio Equipment
Proposed date of entry into force April 2019

The purpose for this amendment is to enable using wireless devices (frequency over 6GHz) operating in close proximity to the human body by establishing the exposure limit value of incident power density from the radio equipment in accordance with Draft ICNIRP Guidelines “GUIDELINES FOR LIMITING EXPOSURE TO TIME-VARYING ELECTRIC, MAGNETIC AND ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS (100 kHz TO 300 GHz)” (July 2018) and IEC TR 63170 Ed. 1.0, “Measurement procedure for the evaluation of power density related to human exposure to radio frequency fields from wireless communication devices operating between 6 GHz and 100 GHz” (August 2018).


Pakistan (PTA) Released of New Type Approval Technical Standard Regulations
Effective December 15, 2018

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) released an updated type approval technical standards regulations in The Gazette of Pakistan.

  • Additional scopes of products required mandatory approval in Pakistan:

RFID, SRD (inclusive of Bluetooth and NFC) IOT devices, M2M products and etc.

  • Item that exempted from type approval /NOC as below

Authority Approved List of Items Exempted from Type Approval/NOC

S. No. Equipment Name
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)

The products in the list are exempted but if an applicant who wants to get the approval before shipping the devise to Pakistan, it is possible to get an exemption letter from PTA or do a voluntary certifications.


Panama (MICI) Published EEV Regulation
Effective date for imported products, June 30 2019 

Effective date for compliance with all EEV labeling requirements, December 30 2019

Panama developed and published EEV Regulation for several products such as AC, Motors, REF, however due to the lack of infrastructure and accredited CB’s to assess the conformity of the products, the Government in Panama (MICI) decided to provide a grace period in order to develop and set up the proper path to assess the compliance of these products.


Singapore (IMDA) Cessation of Registration for Approval for Sale of Short Range Devices Operating in the 698 – 806 MHz Frequency Band
Effective January, 1, 2019

Singapore IMDA will be revising the service allocation for radio frequency band 698 – 806 MHz (Affected Band), and will stop accepting any equipment registrations (both new and renewal) for equipment operating in the Affected Band.


Taiwan (BSMI) Notification TPKM/352, Proposal for Legal Inspection Requirements for Wireless Chargers (HS 850440)
Proposed date of entry into force, 1 January 2020

The notification TPKM/352 was released on January 16, 2019. The Bureau of Standards, Metrology, and Inspection (BSMI) proposes to regulate the safety, EMC, and hazardous substances of wireless charger products. The inspection standards are CNS 14336-1 for safety, CNS 13438 for EMC, and Section 5 of CNS 15663 for marking of the presence of six hazardous substances, including Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr+6), Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE).

Where the main working frequency of the wireless chargers is less than 30MHz, they shall also comply with the magnetic field radiation requirements of CNS 13803 (2003). The conformity assessment procedure shall be Registration of Product Certification (Module II Type Test + Module III Conformity to Type Declaration).


Thailand (TISI) Portable Power Bank Safety Requirements
Effective January 7, 2019

TISI had announced a voluntary standard TIS 2789-2560 Portable Power Bank – Safety Requirements

  1. As the standard is only voluntary status, currently only manufacturer in Thailand is eligible to apply for TIS certificate for power bank at this moment.
  2. For imported power bank, it is not required and not eligible to obtain TIS certificate at the moment.
  3. TISI will be announced this standard onto royal decree, which will takes 2-3 months to complete. After announcing on royal decree, the standard will become mandatory with a certain agreed grace period upon effective date
  4. The requirements will be mandated testing requirements for both cell /battery and power banks.  Cell/battery under TIS 2217 and power bank under TIS1561.
  5. Within the announcement, it includes marking requirements and also statement requirements.


Vietnam (MIC) Circular 18/2018/TT-BTTTT
Effective February 12, 2019

MIC had issued a new circular which is 18/2018/TT-BTTTT. This Circular is new amendment to Circular 46/2016/TT-BTTTT of MIC Vietnam
Below are the summary of the changes.

  1. The main amendments are the definition of the Short Range Devices, Wireless Video Transmitter, RFID, Automotive Radar, Radar Sensor or Road Transport and Traffic Telematics.
  2. Short Range Devices which do not meet requirements on operating frequency and operational technical conditions are NOT ALLOWED to use and  to be imported into Vietnam (especially maximum ERP/EIRP power, spurious emissions)
  3. Short range device having multi operating frequency bands and/or exceeding allowed bands and/or multi power level must be fixed and limited to meet requirements of Circular 18/2018/TT-BTTTT and Circular 46/2016/TT-BTTTT of MIC Vietnam.
  4. 866 ~ 868 MHz license-free band allocated for RFID. 866 ~ 868 MHz had been removed in this circular. RFID products which have been manufactured or imported before enforcing date of this Circular can still be used in Vietnam, but must be stopped if cause harmful interference to licensed bands.

Important note: New RFID products operated within 866 ~ 868 MHz are forbidden to enter Vietnam.
RFID will be used within 918-923MHz with 500mW

  1. Frequency bands specially for railway systems have been added 3.234 MHz ~ 5.234 MHz and 26.957 MHz ~ 27.283 MHz
  2. High power RFID 918-923 MHz for non-stop electronic toll collection systems and wireless sounds devices used for radio / television broadcasting purposes are removed from Short Range Device category (higher ERP/EIRP power is allowed but must obtain frequency permit to use).
  3. Extend the operating range of frequency band for wireless power charging products (Like QI) to 9 kHz ~ 190 kHz.
  4. Add few more license-free frequency bands for AIS and EPIRB (maritime equipment)


Yemen (MTIT) Suspends Type Approval Service
Effective January 2019

The Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology (MTIT) in Yemen is no longer accepting type approval applications until new regulations are published.

Products with certificates due to expire and pending renewal during this suspension may continue to be shipped to Yemen until April 2019.