October 2019 Updates

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Argentina – Performance and Energy Efficiency Labelling of Dishwashers for Household Use

Proposed date of entry into force: TBD

The notified text established the entry into force of the mandatory certification regime on the performance and energy efficiency labelling of household electrical products (SICyM Resolution No. 319/1999 and the amendments thereto), with regard to dishwashers for household use.


Canada (ISED) – Notice No. SMSE-007-19, Release of RSS-123 Issue 4


Effective August 29, 2019


The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) notified that the following standards have been published:

  • RSS-123, Issue 4, Licensed Wireless Microphones sets out the certification requirements for wireless microphones


  • RSS-181, Issue 2, Coast and Ship Station Equipment operating in the Maritime Service in the Frequency Range 1 605-28 000 kHz sets out certification requirements for equipment operating in the maritime service in the frequency range 1605-28000 kHz


  • RSP-100, Issue 12, Certification of Radio Apparatus sets out the certification procedure for radio apparatus and broadcasting equipment that fall under Radio Standards Specifications (RSSs) and Broadcasting Equipment Technical Standards (BETSs), respectively


Canada (ISED) – RSS-310, Issue 5


The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is seeking comments on the following consultation of RSS-310, Issue 5, ‘’Licensed-Exempt Radio apparatus: Category II Equipment’’ sets out standard requirements for license exempt radio communication devices that are exempt from ISED certification. All comments should be documented using the RABC comment form no later than November 1, 2019. Further coordination of comments will be handled through the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC).


China (National Standard of P.R.C.) – Minimum Allowable Values of the Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Grades for Room Air Conditioners


Proposed date of entry into force: TBD


National Standard of the P.R.C., introduces the standard which specifies the energy efficiency grade, energy efficiency limit value and test methods of room air conditioners. This standard is applicable to room air conditioner using air-cooled condenser and fully enclosed electric compressor, with rated refrigeration capacity not exceeding 14000W, and of climate type T1 as well as low ambient temperature air source heat pump hot air blower with nominal heating capacity not exceeding 14000W. This standard is not applicable to mobile air conditioners, multi-connected air conditioning units, air duct, air supply, and air conditioners.


China (National Standard of P.R.C.) – Minimum Allowable Values of Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Grades of LED Flat Panel Luminaires


Proposed date of entry into force: TBD


This standard specifies the energy efficiency grade, energy efficiency limit value and test methods of LED flat panel luminaires. This standard is applicable to LED flat panel luminaires for common lighting with LED as light source, with rated voltage 220V, frequency 50Hz, thickness not exceeding 85mm, including LED light source and its control devices. The thickness of external control device is not calculated in the thickness of lamps. This standard is not applicable to LED flat panel luminaires with energy-consuming non-illumination additional function, LED flat panel luminaires with dimming/coloring adjustment function, or LED flat panel luminaires with color, pattern or decoration on continuous luminous surface.


China (National Standard of P.R.C.) – Minimum Allowable Values of Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Grades for Welding Machines


Proposed date of entry into force: TBD


The standard specifies the energy efficiency grade, energy efficiency limit value and test method of arc welding machines and resistance welding machines. This standard is applicable to arc welders and resistance welders designed for industrial and professional purposes and not exceeding the voltage specified in GB/T 156. The resistance welding machines subject to this standard refers in particular to the resistance welding transformers which will finally be installed with the frame, the input circuit and the secondary circuit. This standard is not applicable to AC TIG arc welding machines, AC-DC dual-purpose TIG arc welding machines, power frequency secondary rectifier resistance welding machines, seam welding machines, resistance butt welding machines, flash butt welding machines, energy storage resistance welding machines, inverted AC resistance welding machines, and resistance welding transformers and mechanical equipment driven welding machines that are sold separately.


India (BIS) – Marking Requirement as per Self-Declaration of Conformity


Effective September 6, 2019


Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) issued the circular about the marking requirement as per self-declaration of conformity (Scheme-II of Schedule II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulation, 2018). This circular supersedes all previous ones.


  • BIS website reference bis.gov.in is to be marked on the product or package or both
  • The marking is required even if the reference to BIS website is provided in e-labelling of the product
  • Registered product meant to be integrated or built into the host product need to comply with the requirement of marking of reference to BIS website until integrated with the host product


Korea (RRA) – Draft Amendment of Technical Regulation for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)


Proposed date of entry into force: TBD


Korean National Radio Research Agency (RRA) released the draft amendment of technical regulation for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).


  1. Adoption of international standards to alleviate EMI limits for electric railways in the frequency range 9 kHz to 150 kHz and establishment of EMS standards by supplementing the electromagnetic immunity (Article 10, Annex 7).


  • Removal of EMI limits between frequency range 9 kHz to 150 kHz


  • Extension of measurement frequency range of radiated disturbance for enclosure ports of in-vehicle devices in electric railways


  • Extension of measurement frequency range of electromagnetic immunity of in-vehicle devices in electric railways


  • Changes of performance criteria for electrical fast transient/burst test of fixed railway power equipment


  1. For successful avoidance of EMC problems due to the introduction of lighting equipment integrated with information and communication technology, adoption of international standards and establishment of EMI limits (Article 9, Annex 6)


  • Extension of measurement frequency range for radiated disturbance frequency range for enclosure port


  • Establishment of EMI limits of loop antenna for lighting equipment exceeding 1.6 m, the limit of extra-low voltage(ELV) lamp and current probe measurement


Mexico (NOM) – NOM-001-SCFI-2018


Effective May 14, 2020


NOM-001-SCFI-2018 was already published, and will become effective May 14, 2020. The NOM-001-SCFI-2018 version is replacing the current version NOM-001-SCFI-1993.


The standard is taking IEC 60065 as reference as well as some parts of the 60335 for testing. There are also new certification schemes and the customers will have to comply with new requirements.


Namibia (CRAN) – Type Approval Regulation Update & Exempted Devices


Effective September 11, 2019


Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) updated the regulation regarding the Letter of Authorization to be provided for any new application or renewal.


A Direct Letter of Authorization from manufacturer is mandatorily required for Namibia new approval or renewal.


Namibia CRAN has updated the list of Type Approval exempted devices.

  • Receiver-Only
  • SRD Wi-Fi only
  • IT Networking Equipment (with LAN Card/Adapter)
  • NFC tag/card readers
  • Toys with BT (<10mW)
  • Medical Implants
  • Antennas Passive
  • GPS Receivers
  • Wireless charger ( 110kHz – 205kHz)
  • Tablets Non GSM modules
  • RFID readers Scanners Metal detectors (402 – 406 MHz)


Paraguay (MIC) – Requirements for Importing of Mobile Phones and Mobile Phone Equipment


Effective September 21, 2019


Paraguayan Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) approved Resolution No. 410 and implemented the requirements for importing of mobile phones, parts of mobile phone equipment, and non-integrated motherboards of mobile phone equipment.


Importers have to comply with the provisions of this Resolution, and obtain the mandatory homologation certification granted by the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) of Paraguay, and register IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) provided to the importer by the manufacturers.


The regulation establishes the application procedures for registration in the following:

  • Register of importers of mobile phones including factory accessories
  • Register of importers of parts of mobile phone equipment
  • Register of importers of non-integrated motherboards of mobile phone equipment


The provisions of the Resolution also detail the requirements to apply for a prior license for importation issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for the regulated devices. They correspond to the following tariff items:

  • NCM 8517.12.3 mobile phones, except satellite
  • NCM 8517.12.31 portables
  • NCM 8517.70.99 parts and accessories for mobile phones
  • NCM 8517.70.10 motherboard of mobile phones


Russia (RusAccreditation) – Equivalent Scheme for Some Withdrawn Standards

The Federal Service for Accreditation (RusAccreditation) has issued an explanatory statement on equivalence of the number of standards. This statement contains list of withdrawn standards and their valid equivalences.

RusAccreditation explains that if a testing laboratory or center has accreditation to the indicated withdrawn standards, there is no need to confirm the compliance to their valid equivalents, to equip the laboratory with additional measuring and testing facilities or to provide retraining for skills upgrading. The laboratory/ center or certification bodies do not need to modify conformity assessment procedures or expand their scope of accreditation. When they carry out activities, they just need to use new valid standards.

Standards for electrical equipment can be found below:


Philippines (NTC) – Type Approval/Acceptance of Equipment Based on Specific Radio Module


Effective August 7, 2019


The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced that all product requiring Type Approval/Acceptance of RF/Telecom Module and host/end product with embedded or built-in RF/Telecom module must be type approved and accepted as per specific integrated/installed RF Module.


Equipment with single Regulatory Model Name (RMN) with multiple marketing model name shall be issued a certificate per marketing model basis.

South Africa

South Africa (ICASA) – Notice of Intention to Amend Annexure B of The Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015

Proposed date of adoption: To be determined

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published a notice to make amendments to the South African Frequency Plan.

These regulations are called the Amended Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulation, 2019 and will come into force on the date of publication in the Government Gazette.


Taiwan (NCC) – Type Approval

Effective January 25, 2019

The National Communications Commission (NCC) released updates on NCC Type Approval, which included the following:

  • Devices with passive RFID/NFC tags require to get NCC LP0002 approval if the passive tag is activated by the device’s power source which come from either a battery or AC power also considered as an active RFID.
  • For devices that have I/O ports, the test lab needs to approve all functions evaluated and the worst result/scenario set for the final test. In addition, if the product package includes these accessories or cables, such as HDMI or USB cable, they shall be connected during testing and listed on the test report stating these cables are the same as those in the product package. In case that the product package does not include these types of cables, the type of cables that were set during the test need to be mentioned in the test report.


Proposed date of adoption: To be determined


The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) proposed the draft compulsory Thai industrial standard for self-ballasted lamps for general lighting services by rated voltage >50 V: safety requirements (TIS 2780-25xx (20xx)).


This standard specifies safety and inter-changeability requirements, together with the test methods and conditions, required to show compliance of LED-lamps with integrated means for controlling starting and stable operation (self-ballasted lamps), intended for domestic and similar general lighting purposes, having:

  • a rated wattage up to 60 W;
  • a rated voltage of > 50 V up to 250 V;
  • caps according to Table 1


The requirements of this standard relate only to type testing.

Recommendations for whole product testing or batch testing are identical with IEC 62031 Annex C.


Switzerland – Telecommunication Equipment, Radio Equipment and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment


Effective January 2020


The Swiss Federal Office of Communications specifies the basic technical requirements with regard to telecommunications installations set out by the Swiss Federal Council. It regulates the use of radio interfaces in Switzerland.


With this revision, from March 17, 2022 hand-held mobile telephones will have to be fitted with technical solutions ensuring that the location of the caller will be transferred in emergency communications (implementation of the Commission’s delegated regulation (EU) 2019/320 of 12 December 2018 supplementing Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the application of the essential requirements referred to in Article 3(3)(g) of that Directive in order to ensure caller location in emergency communications from mobile devices).


Several RIR in the domains of DVB-T, Point-to-Point, Non-specific SRD (short range device) and automotive radar will be deleted (RIR0201-70, RIR0302-01, RIR0302-02, RIR1008-39, RIR1012-08).


Three RIR in the domain of UWB (Ultra wide Band) will be merged into two ones in order to be in line with the ECC/DEC/(06)04 (RIR 1023-02 and RIR1023-03 remain, RIR1023-01 will be deleted).


In the domains of FSS (Fixed-Satellite Service) Earth Stations and Radio microphones and ALD (Assistive Listening Devices) four RIR will be created (RIR0806-22, RIR0806-23, RIR0806-24, RIR1009-20) due to changes in the ECC/DEC/(17)04, ECC/DEC/(18)04, ECC/DEC/18(05) and the ERC REC 70-03.


In the domains of DVB-T and BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) the frequency range of two RIR will be reduced (RIR0201-72: lower boundary new 470 MHz instead of 174 MHz; RIR0301-03: upper boundary new 3500 MHz instead of 3600 MHz).


In the domains of ITS (intelligent transport system) and Non-specific SRD the frequency range of two RIR will be extended respectively adapted (RIR0510-04, RIR1008-40) due to changes in the ECC/DEC/(09)01 and ERC REC 70-03.


In the domain of Non-specific SRD, some application restrictions will be removed (RIR1008-05, RIR1008-07, RIR1008-22) in order to be in line with the ERC REC 70-03.


In the domain of Non-specific SRD the channelling (RIR1008-20, RIR1008-38) and power density requirements (RIR1008-31) will be removed in order to be in line with the ERC REC70-03.


In the domain of Non-specific SRD some application restrictions and channel access rules will be removed due to changes in the ECC/DEC/(05)02 (RIR1008-33, RIR1008-34, RIR1008-35).


In the domain of Non-specific SRD the transmit power will be adapted in order to be in line with the ERC REC 70-03 (RIR1008-02).


Taiwan (BSMI) – Proposal for Amendment to Legal Inspection Requirements for Self-Ballasted LED Lamps


Effective January 1, 2021


Self-ballasted LED lamps have been subject to mandatory inspection under the Commodity Inspection Act by the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) since July 1, 2014.


The BSMI intends to revise the Description of Goods of the commodities and adopt the latest version of the inspection standards, CNS 15630 and CNS 14115, which were promulgated on July 12, 2019 and September 14, 2016 respectively.


The conformity assessment procedures remain the same, i.e. Registration of Product Certification (RPC) or Type Approval Batch Inspection (TABI).


Thailand (NBTC) – LTE Band 28


Effective September 16, 2019


Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced the LTE Band 28 and the technical standard.


  • NBTC TS 1027-2560 – International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) using technology Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) (Technical standard for LTE equipment)


All applications of products containing LTE Band 28 will require submission of Radio and SAR/EMF test reports for type approval of WWAN products.


United Kingdom – Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Explosive Atmospheres Regulation 2016, (EU Exit) Regulation 2019


United Kingdom Product Safety and Standards released the guidance for Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Explosive Atmospheres Regulation 2016 which will apply only if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 preserves the Regulations and enables them to be amended so as to continue to function effectively in case the UK has left the EU. The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulation 2019 fix any deficiencies that arose from the UK leaving the EU (such as references to EU institutions) and make specific provision for the UK market.


Please check out the website for more details.


United Kingdom – Placing Manufactured Goods on UK Market After Brexit


Effective October 31, 2019


If the United Kingdom is to leave the EU without a deal, CE marked products that meet EU requirements can continue to be placed on the UK market without any need for reassessment or re-marking.


Where any assessment required is carried out by an EU-recognized body, they can continue to use the CE marking as this marking will continue to be recognized on the UK market. It is intended that this will apply for a time-limited period, and sufficient notice will be given to businesses before that period ends. This also applies to goods manufactured in accordance with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED).


In terms of whether manufacturers can print the label in the manual only and not on the product itself, this varies depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product. The rules relating to where the marking should be placed, can be found in current EU legislation.


Please check the website for more details.

Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021


Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021



Ukraine – Technical Regulation on Energy Labelling of Household Combined Washer Driers

Proposed date of entry into force: TBD

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine released the draft of the technical regulation which implemented requirements for the energy labelling and the provision of supplementary product information for household combined washer-driers.

Energy labeling will provide consumers with information on the level of energy consumption by the energy products and the essential resources, as well as additional information, enabling consumers to choose the most energy efficient products. The Draft of the Order also aims to bring the provisions of the Technical Regulation into compliance with the Commission Directive (EC) No 96/60/EC of 19 September 1996 implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC with regard to energy labelling of household combined washer-driers.



Vietnam (MIC) – Official Guide 05/2019/TT-BTTTT

Effective September 1, 2019

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) released Guideline No. 2902/BTTTT-KHCN in conjunction with the implementation of Circular No. 05/2019/TT-BTTT.

  • Bluetooth, 2.4GHz Zigbee and 2.4GHz wireless having the power less than 60mW shall continue to be exempted


  • CISPR 32:2015 test report issued by designated local test labs or oversea labs recognized by MIC Vietnam can be accepted to cover QCVN 118:2018/BTTTT



  • The requirements of compliance to extreme test conditions can be shown on product datasheet or reports conducted by ISO/IEC 17025 laboratories


  • MIC accepts DVB-T2 chassis/platform test report for AQI of DVB-T2 smart TV


  • MIC confirms that only test report issued by designated local test laboratory or oversea test laboratory recognized by MIC Vietnam under MRA can be used for declaration of conformity for lithium battery


  • For small quantity imported laptops, notebooks, or tablets, importer may ask permission to use test report issued by oversea ISO/IEC 17025 laboratories to complete AQI


  • For most of the marine transceiver and transmitter, MIC allows to use test reports issued by manufacturer or oversea ISO / IEC 17025 accredited test laboratories for conformity certification and declaration of conformity

WAN products.