CE – Power supplies ERP/Eco Design (EU) Goes into effect

April 26, 2020

The European Union issued a new standard for ERP certification (EU) 2019/1782 of external power supplies on 1 October, 2019. It will take effect on October 21, 2019 and can adopt this standard evaluation and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 278/2009 from 1 April, 2020.

The law may be found here. The regulation is sometimes referred to as Eco Design.

Therefore, External power products will be subject to new regulations eu2019/1782 from April 1, 2020.
The regulation on ecodesign covers external power supplies with an output power of maximum 250 W, which are intended to work with electrical and electronic household and office equipment. From April 2020, Regulation (EC) No 278/2009 will be replaced by Regulation (EU) 2019/1782.
Data source: globtek.com ; EU Data source

USA – California publishes new safe use determination under Proposition 65

May 17, 2020

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has recently issued a new Safe Use Determinations (SUD) for exposures to Bisphenol A (BPA) from certain polycarbonate eyewear products under Proposition 65 certification.

The eyewear products covered by this new SUD are prescription glasses, over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses, non-prescription sunglasses, and safety glasses that manufactured, distributed or sold by the Vision Council member companies. These specified products are not required a Proposition 65 warning for exposures to BPA.

Back to March 2019, the Vision Council (TVC) submitted the request of a SUD for exposures to BPA on behalf of their member companies. TVC provided data and exposure analysis showing that the exposures to BPA from their products do not present significant risk of birth defects or reproductive harm. They requested OEHHA to have the best dertermination to reinforce their claim.

OEHHA evaluated and concluded that the estimated BPA dermal exposure is lower than the maximum allowable dose level (MADL) of 3 µg per day based on the experimental data provided by TVC. Therefore, OEHHA determined these specified eyewear products would not require a Proposition 65 certification warning for exposures to BPA and finally issued the SUD.

Chile – SUBTEL updates type approval requirements

April 22,2020

SUBTEL has released a document that explains the updated requirements to obtain type approval in Chile- approval for products with radio technologies for the Chilean market is based on a certification.

The major updates are:

  • Test Reports submitted to SUBTEL certification must include the model for which the application is being submitted. The impact of this requirement is that it will no longer be possible to approve a host system using the test reports from the internal module(s).
  • SUBTEL will now issue type approval certificates for modules.
  • SAR test reports are required.

Brazil – TRF3 decision suspends injunction prohibiting cuts and Anatel issues statement to fixed and mobile telephony providers

May 17, 2020

The National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL Certification) informed the fixed and mobile telephony providers that the communication sent previously is ineffective, so that they would refrain from suspending or interrupting the provision of services during the period of emergency health related to the coronavirus (Covid-19), as well as to reestablish services within 24 hours for consumers who have been cut due to default.

The request for Suspension of execution of injunction / early guardianship, submitted through the Specialized Federal Attorney’s Office at ANATEL, was motivated by the imperative need to guarantee public order and economy, especially the maintenance of the sustainability of the provision of telecommunications services to the population, especially at a time when its importance is even more evident.

The president of the federal regional court of the 3rd Region, in the decision that I am forwarding, dated April 15, 2020, granted the preliminary suspension requested by this Agency regarding the determination related to ANATEL, in the following terms:Given the suspension of decisions regarding Anatel, the communication sent to the providers contained in Official Letter 139/2020 / GPR-ANATEL (SEI No. 5431698) remains void.

Considering that the president of the federal regional court of the 3rd Region, within the scope of the request for Suspension of Execution of Injunction / Early Guardianship nº 500855243.2020.4.03.0000 (SEI nº 5455656), presented by ANATEL, suspended the effects of the judicial decisions issued by the court of the 12th Federal Civil Court of São Paulo, dated 04/02/2020 and 07/04/2020, in the records of Public Civil Action No. 5004662- 32.2020.4.03.6100, ANATEL COMMUNICATES to all providers ( concessionaires and authorized companies) of fixed telephony (Fixed Switched Telephone Service – STFC) and mobile telephony (Personal Mobile Service – SMP) which has no effect on the communication previously sent to the providers contained in Official Letter 139/2020 / GPR-ANATEL (SEI nº 5431698).

Based on information from ANATEL Website.

USA – FCC Introduces new guidance for supplier’s declaration of conformity procedure

May 06, 2020

The (FCC) of the United States introduced the new Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) guidance. For this version, information on the composite device rule is added as well as the rule parts containing SDoC requirements other than Part 15.

Thus, the SDoC procedure is applicable to the equipment that does not contain a radio transmitter and contains only digital circuitry.
However, please note that if the end-product has both unintentional radiators and intentional radiators generally the compliance of the unintentional radiators can be proved under the SDoC or certification procedure while the intentional radiators require certification procedure only.

It is also important that the equipment that approved under the SDoC procedure is not included in any FCC Certification database. Nevertheless, you should remember that the technical files with the relevant test reports should be ready and provided on the request by the FCC.

If the product is subject to the SDoC procedure the responsible part can show the compliance of the device either through declaration or certification procedure.

The FCC certification added information on rule parts and sections that contain equipment requirements with regards to the SDoC procedure. Now it is more convenient for the responsible party to find and choose the relevant rules. The general table of the rule parts is provided below:

Canada – Revises radio standards specification RSS-310

May 06, 2020

The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED certification) revised and issued the Radio Standards Specification RSS-310 (issue 5) “on licence-exempt radio apparatus: category II equipment”. This standard applies to license-exempt radio apparatus that are used for communication in different frequency bands.

In this version, requirements for devices operating in 24-24.25 GHz bands are excluded. Now such devices are subject to RSS-210 “Licence-exempt radio apparatus: category I equipment”. In the previous version, there were exemptions from requirements for infrared wireless devices that were excluded from the current one as well.

You should consider that RSS-310, issue 5 should be used together with RSS-Gen “General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus”. Thus, the RSS-Gen contains information that should be indicated in user manuals of the equipment subject to RSS-310, issue 5.

This version of the standard does not contain a provision for electronic labeling of equipment and requirements for Category II receivers. This information you can find in the RSS-Gen.
Basically, in the RSS-310, issue 5 requirements for alternating current (AC) wire carrier current devices as well as general info were revised.

During the transition period of 6 months it is possible to use both RSS-310, issue 5 or RSS-310, issue 4 for the compliance procedure. However, once this period ends, the equipment manufactured or imported to Canada for sale must comply with RSS-310, issue 5 requirements only.

Vietnam – MIC has released draft new versions of technical regulations on RF requirement for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Zigbee and 1GHz ~ 40GHz SRD

May 17, 2020

MiC Vietnam certification published a new versions of technical regulations on RF requirement for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Zigbee and 1GHz ~ 40GHz SRD – QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT and QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT for public comments.

Test limits and test methods:

QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT is equivalent to ETSI EN 300 328 v2.2.2 (2019-07)
QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT is equivalent to ETSI EN 300 440 V2.2.1(2018-07)

Major Impacts:

-All test report according to former version QCVN 54:2011/BTTTT or QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT shall not be accepted for type approval certification. Customer need to re-test according to 2020 version
– All Type Approval certificate which list QCVN 54:2011/BTTTT or QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT need to be renewed or add-in QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT / QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT to maintain validity for importation
– MRA labs need to apply for MIC MRA recognition according to new standards in order to get test reports accepted by MIC Vietnam for the new standards
– MRA test report must be at least according to ETSI EN 300 328 v2.2.2 (2019-07) or ETSI EN 300 440 V2.2.1(2018-07) version in order to be accepted for TA certification. MRA test report according to former versions shall be rejected.

Impacted product categories:

Impacted by QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT:
All the products which has Wi-Fi or Zigbee (Laptop, tablet, mobile phone, access point, Wi-Fi router, other kind of product having Wi-Fi connection, smarthome Zigbee products…)
Impacted by QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT:
SRD operated in 1GHz – 40GHz bands like 2.4GHz RFID / SRD, 24 GHz radar… (except for Wi-Fi, BT, Zigbee or other kinds of product which a more specific technical regulation has been applied)
Both draft national technical regulations QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT and QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT are aimed to be implemented at 01 July 2021 and impacts shall be enforced on the same day. MIC will list the new versions QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT and QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT on the new circular to regulate list of products under mandatory TA and SDoC (similar to Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT) which shall be issued on around March or April 2021

Australia – New South Wales requires additional marking for electrical products

May 17, 2020

The New South Wales electrical safety regulator has announced that as of April 1, 2020, electrical goods are required to display the approval number, also known as an approval mark (e.g. UL xxxxxx EA) in addition to the standard RCM certification mark requirement.

As a reminder, New South Wales certification shall only accept REAS (Recognized External Approval Schemes) bodies starting from July 1, 2020.

The following are approved bodies according to REAS for RCM certification:​

  • UL International New Zealand Limited
  • Certification Body Australia (CBA)
  • EESS Conformity Certification Services (CCS)
  • Global-Mark Pty Ltd
  • SAA Approvals Pty Ltd

South Korea – New technical regulations for secondary cells and batteries amendment

May 17, 2020

Korea MSIP certification: the Korean agency for technology and standards (KATS ) proposed an amendment to KC 62133-2 “Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or another non-acid electrolyte – Safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells, and for batteries made from them, for use in portable application-Part 2: Lithium systems” abolishing KC 62133 by the end of 2020.

The amendment includes the safety of the battery installed in personal mobility below the maximum speed of 25km/h (except e-bikes) in the scope to harmonize international standards IEC 62133 and IEC 62133-2.

Comments are accepted until May 30, 2020 with a proposed implementation date of July 1, 2020. Moreover, starting January 1, 2021, batteries installed in personal mobility equipment below 25 km/h maximum speed shall also comply with the standard.​

UAE – Announced the updated implementation rules for ITE/AVE equipment

May 17, 2020

The Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA) announced about the updated implementation rules for the regulation of Audio/Video and IT/Office Equipment categorized under the Low Voltage Equipment Regulation in the UAE certification.

Main changes are:

  • Inclusion of IEC 62368-1:2014 (2nd Edition)
  • Acceptance of CBTRs and CBTCs (within 3-year validity) issued against either 2nd or 3rd Edition of IEC 62368-1
  • Inclusion of 20-Dec-2021 – Transition from 2nd to 3rd Edition of the IEC 62368-1 standard
  • Inclusion of the product categories/classifications to be used when dealing with EQM applications

Product categories under this scope are:

  • Stand-alone audio products
  • Stand-alone video playing and recording systems
  • Computing products
  • Telecommunication products
  • Printing productsFrom December 20, 2020, products covered within this scope shall comply with the IEC 62368-1 standard (2nd or 3rd edition) with a valid CoC issued under ECAS/EQM.From December 20, 2021, all products defined within this scope must comply with the 3rd edition of IEC 62368-1 standard alone with a valid CoC issued under ECAS/EQM.Contact our experts for more information about UAE certification.

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