Thailand Announces Changes to Its Plug and Socket Requirement:
Jan 13, 2020
The proposed changes were originally scheduled to become effective January 21, 2021, but Tisi proposed a 180-day delay. and it was approved by the government authorities.
Government cabinet decision date: January 5, 2021
Previous effective date: January 21, 2021
New effective date: 180 days from previous effective date (July 20, 2021)
A summary of the proposed TISI /QR Code Marking are below.
1) It must be displayed on plug, and may also be displayed on packaging.
2) Location of TIS mark: For plugs, it shall be in front at pin area or at side.
3) TIS mark size shall be suitable and proportionate to the size of plug, and it shall not be smaller than 3 mm with text height of TIS standard number not less than 1.5 mm.
4) QR code marking shall be displayed as follows: For plugs, it shall be displayed on packaging or attached at the same area with TIS mark and shall not be smaller than 10 mm.
5) Licensee (importer) needs to login into QR code website to create QR code.
The Original announcement of Particular Requirement can be viewed here: https://appdb.tisi.go.th/tis_devs/p12/file_pr/pr-126.pdf
For information on these changes, or any other global regulations that would impact your devices in those global markets, please contact Testing Partners at (862) 243-2329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Changes to Sri Lanka’s Type Approval Process
Jan 6, 2021
The RTTE Type Approval Rules came into effect on December 16, 2020 and will impact new devices, as well as previously-certified devices, going into this market. Below is a summary of the type approval changes:
1. One (1) sample will be required to support type approval applications, with TRC reserving the right to request up to two (2) samples for all type approvals (previously only telecom products needed samples).
2.There will be mandatory labelling requirements for all equipment approved by TRC. Labels must be purchased from TRCSL and permanently affixed on the approved products.
3.The processing period of an application for type approval under the Standard Type Approval process takes up to thirty (30) working days from the date on which the complete application package has been submitted to the Commission.
4. Certain categories of RTTE products are exempt from type approval provided that products meet the relevant technical specifications as per regulation.
5. Applicants should submit test results only from accredited test laboratories recognized by the Commission for Type Approval. The date of the test report shall not be older than three (3) months at the date of application.
6. Existing certificates obtained before December 16, 2020 will remain valid for six (6) months; pursuant to new rules, a simplified application process can be used in this case.
7. Validity of certificate changes from three (3) years to four (4) years .
These changes impact all types of products, regardless of whether the certificate still has ample time left on the current certificate obtained prior to December 16, 2020. Applicants are required to follow these new requirements immediately.
For clarity on ANY of the above points, to see if your products are part of the approved exemption list, or for a full compliance review of your devices to ensure adherence to these regulations for any global market, please contact Testing Partners immediately at email@example.com or call (862) 243-2329.
Syria Regulatory Update
Dec 30, 2020
They will no longer accept EN 60950 reports. Previously approved devices are not affected by this requirement.
For specifics on the Syria type approval requirements and application process, or any other standards and regulations for global market access, please contact Testing Partners at (862) 243-2329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brazil Regulation Update on Renewal Testing
22 Dec, 2020
This week, ANATEL published Official Letter 646/2020. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, ANATEL has decided to extend the renewal process defined in Letters 134/20, 194/20 and 384/20. Now, all certificates with expiration dates between March 6th, 2020 and June 30th, 2021 are exempt from doing renewal testing and providing new external/internal photos providing there are no changes to the product. For copies of the letters please contact our team.
If you have any questions about this regulation change or would like a quote on initial certification or renewal in Brazil or any global market, please contact Testing Partners at (862) 243-2329 or email email@example.com.
Brazil – ANATEL Proposed Regulation
December 10, 2020
Brazil’s certification authority, ANATEL, published new Act 7280 last week. This act approves the updating of the Reference List of Products for Telecommunications and replaces Act 2222 of April 20th, 2020. This new Act will become in force 180 days after publication (in force after June 1st, 2021).
The main changes will make a huge impact in certification requirements for several types of devices, and are summarized below:
One of the biggest changes should make manufacturers very happy: All products that previously required renewal every one year, will now require renewal every two years. Products included in this category are ONTs, WWAN devices, mobile phones, batteries and chargers for mobile phones, IP phones, and many others. There will be no more annual renewal.
ANATEL will require ISO Certificate (with sworn-in translation, if in English) for all certifications, except for those products whose Conformity Assessment Mode is “Conformity Declaration.”
ANATEL will accept test reports done abroad for some devices, such as OLT, Data Network Equipment (Switch) installed in professional/industrial environment, digital multiplex, and many others. The foreign laboratory must also be ILAC-accredited.
It’s not all good news, however. Some types of products previously not requiring any renewal, will now require renewal every three years. Products included in this category are OLT, Data Network Equipment (Switch) installed in professional/industrial environment, multiplexer, coaxial cables, some types of optical cables, and many others.
For more information about Brazil’s compliance certification regulations, or if you have questions about any global certification requirements, please contact Testing Partners at (862) 243-2329 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mexico – Upcoming NOM-001-SCFI-2018
July 6, 2020
In summary, the new NOM-001-SCFI-2018 will note the following changes:
- Issuance of a test report will take longer. Lead times will vary based on testing requirements associated with the type of product.
- Devices that didn’t require testing for NOM safety before might require testing and certification under this new NOM.
- The HS code will be analyzed to determine the number of tests required. Samples will be tested under each requirement.
- Samples will be destroyed under new testing procedures and multiple samples might be requested.
Commercial Displays: Transition to UL 970
July 9, 2020
This new standard combines requirements from ANSI/UL 65 (Wired Cabinets) and ANSI/UL 962 (Household and Commercial Furnishings). ANSI/UL 970 includes new and updated requirements for commercial displays, showcases, and temporary displays including those incorporating lighting, motors, and sensors.
Contact Testing Partners to support you with this transition.
Turkey introduced a new regulation on product safety
May 21, 2020
The Ministry of Commerce in Turkey introduced the new product safety regulation which covering all products intended to be placed on the market, offered or put into service. The law introduces obligations and provides notice and take-down/access ban procedures regarding sales and promotion of products that do not comply with product safety requirements for Turkey type approval.
The obligations of certain commercial operators as per the product safety for Turkey type approval Law are designated as follows:
|Action to take||Manufacturers||Importers||Authorized Representatives||Distributors|
|Keep the copies of the documents which show the compliance of the products at least for ten (10) years||√||√||√|
|Enforce the instructions of the authorities for product safety and conduct official registrations, if required.||√||√||√|
|Present products which comply with technical regulations or general product security legislation indicated under the Product Safety Law||√||√|
|Take required measures for potential risks and inform end-users to prevent the risks||√||√|
|Ensure that the information provided with the products is in the Turkish language||√||√|
|Test and examine the product risks with samples||√||√|
|Cease the presentation of the products from the market or recall if the products are not compliant||√||√|
|Enforce the instructions of the authorities for product safety and conduct official registrations, if required||√||√|
|Provide technical file, conduct compliance examination, if required, and compliance symbols, statements, and documents||√|
|Provide information on model, party, a serial number of the product and information on its trade name, trademark, and address in the documents presented with the product||√|
|Ensure that the product is presented with the required compliance symbols and documents, and the manufacturer fulfilled its obligations regarding the information to be provided with the product||√|
|Provide its information including trade name, trademark and address in the documents presented with the product||√|
|Refrain from presenting the product if the importer is aware or should become aware that the product is not compliant, and inform the manufacturer and authorized institution if the product is risky||√|
|Ensure that the product carries the compliance symbol(s), has the documents indicating its compliance, instructions, and safety rules are added to the product in Turkish; ensure that the manufacturers and importers comply with their obligations regarding providing necessary information on products, prevent lack of visibility of mandatory information regarding product safety on the products||√|
|Refrain from keeping products in the market, where it knows or should now that the product is not compliant and immediately inform the importer or manufacturer and authorized institution in all incidents where the product incurs a risk||√|
|Ensure that the storage and transportation of the product is compliant with general product safety legislation and technical regulations when the product is its responsibility||√|
|Confirm that the manufacturer or importer takes necessary measures to render the product compliant, cease the presentation of the product from the market or recall the product when it learns or should know that the product it keeps in the market is not compliant, and immediately inform the manufacturer or importer and the authorized institution regarding risks on especially health and security, as well as necessary precautions and their consequences||√|
|Cooperate with the commercial operator in actions taken to cease the risks on the products it keeps on the market, provides all necessary information and documents showing the compliance of products to the authorized institution, and immediately comply with the authorized institution’s instructions||√|
If the manufacturer, authorized representative or importer of a product cannot be identified, the distributor which is notified by authorities and/or aggrieved party does not provide information of the manufacturer, authorized institution, importer or previous commercial operator of a product within ten (10) business days, will be deemed a manufacturer under the Product Safety Law, and be liable as a manufacturer from compensation due to any possible damages.
The Product Safety Law allows access to ban measures implemented by the authorized institution without requiring a court order, as well as providing samples to the anonymous supervisors of non-compliant products.
The Law will become effective a year after its publication (March 12, 2021) abrogating the Law No. 4703 on Preparation and Application of Technical Legislation on Products, which is currently regulating the product safety and technical requirements for Turkey type approval.
Potential re-allocation of the 850/900 MHz band
May 21, 2020
In December 2019, Reconfiguring the 900 MHz band/Allocating the 850 MHz expansion band decision paper had released, which followed consultation with industry and the public in April 2019.
ACMA is seeking submissions on the terms of the draft recommendation we propose to make. and welcome further comments on other matters relevant to a potential allocation process, including lot configuration, licence term and allocation methodology.
View the written notice and the Draft re-allocation recommendation for the 850/900 MHz band consultation paper to review the proposed terms of our recommendation to the Minister.
South Africa amends the EMC standards for multimedia equipment
May 21, 2020
The amendment of ICASA certification inserted Annexure A which replaces the Multimedia Equipment EMC Standards SANS 222 (CISPR 22) and SANS 224 (CISPR 24) into SANS 2332 (CISPR 32) and SANS 2335 (CISPR 35) respectively. The new standards will take effect on December 31, 2020.
Thailand NBTC (Wireless) Criteria of using frequency and radio communication equipment
May 21, 2020
Thailand NBTC type approval had released following notification on 26 December 2019: Criteria of using frequency and radiocommunication equipment that is authorized to use in general Mandate date: 27 December 2019.
This notification is to summarize from previous multiple NBTC type approval notification into one notification. There is no significant change in frequency allocation or practice.
The previous Sdoc/certificate issued before 27 December 2019, they are still valid without any required of re-submission.
MiC Vietnam Changes in the certification procedure
May 21, 2020
Summary of Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTTT:
1. MiC Vietnam approval shall grant a type approval certificate for oversea manufacturers directly. ( previously only can be hold by local Importer, now by oversea manufacturer hold the cert they can authorize multiple importers)
2. Oversea manufacturers are allowed to sign a self-assessment declaration of conformity which is needed for the “Product Quality Inspection Registration” (PQIR)process which is a part of the customs clearance process. In such case, Self-assessment DoC must be based on the test report which oversea manufacturer is “test applicant” (test report holder).
3. In order to use “Type Approval certificate” and “Self-assessment DoC” granted under name of oversea manufacturer(s), local importer shall need to submit a “notification on list of product models and importers allowed” to VNTA during PQIR process.
4. Conformity certification organizations can be VNTA or any other certification bodies which are designated by MIC Vietnam for certification activities.
5. New certification systems (methods) has been officially introduced, which now includes three methods: ( previously only Type approval system Which is type 1B , now they only accept as below)
- Certification system 1: Certification based on typical sample testing, applicable for products manufactured by ISO 9001 certified factory(ies). Certificate granted under this system shall be valid for maximum 03 years.
- Certification system 5: Certification based on typical sample testing combined with factory inspection applicable for products manufactured by a factory that has not obtain ISO 9001 certificate yet. Certificate granted under this system shall be valid for a maximum 03 years but factory audit shall be required anually to maintain certificate validity.
- Certification system 7: Consignment approval (per-lot approval), applicable when system 1 or system 5 are not applicable. Certificate granted under this system shall be valid for a single import lot / consigment only.
6. Type Approval Certificate or Letter of Acceptance of Declaration of Conformity granted before the enforcement date of this circular shall keep its validity.
Withdrawal of the UK and EU rulead in the field of chemicals regulation under Reach
May 21, 2020
Since 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union and has become a ‘third country’ following Brexit. The Withdrawal Agreement2
provides for a transition period ending on 31 December 2020.3 Until that date, EU law in its entirety applies to and in the United Kingdom.
During the transition period of Brexit, the EU and the United Kingdom will negotiate an agreement on a new partnership, providing notably for a free trade area. However, it is not certain whether such an agreement will enter into force at the end of the transition period. In any event, such an agreement would create a relationship which in terms of market access conditions will be very different from the United Kingdom’s participation in the internal market, in the EU Customs Union, and in the VAT and excise duty area.
As of the end of the transition period, Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and establishing a European Chemicals Agency no longer applies in the United Kingdom. This has in particular the following consequences for example.
Registrations held by a registrant (manufacturer/producer, importer or Only Representative) established in the United Kingdom According to Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, as a general rule, substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles manufactured or placed on the EU market in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year have to be registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
As of the end of the transition period, a registration held by a registrant (manufacturer/producer, importer or Only Representative) established in the UK is no longer valid in the EU.
Manufacturers/formulators/producers established in the United Kingdom should:
-Transfer the registration to a manufacturer or importer in the EU; or
-Appoint an Only Representative in the EU as a registrant for the substance.
You can see the full documnet here.
USA has published FCC 19-126 for RF exposure
May 21, 2020
Main points which published by FCC certificate are as follows:
- The amended rules are intended to provide more efficient, practical, and consistent RF exposure evaluation procedures and mitigation measures to help ensure compliance with the existing RF exposure limits.
- The amended rules replace the various inconsistent service-specific criteria for exempting parties from performing an evaluation to demonstrate compliance with the RF exposure limits with new, streamlined criteria.
- The amended rules allow the use of any valid computational method to determine potential RF exposure levels, remove the minimum evaluation distance requirement for frequencies above 6 GHz, and establish post-evaluation RF exposure mitigation procedures.The effective date is June 1, 2020.
ANATEL Resolution nº 726 (2020) become in force after Sep 1st
May 21, 2020
ANATEL type approval released new Resolution 726 (May 5th 2020). This resolution will become in force after Sep 1st and it replaces the restricted bands defined in the Table I of Res. 680/2017. The main change is related to the WI-FI 6E frequency range (5.9 GHz to 7.1 GHz) forbidden in Brazil before.
Also, this new resolution of ANATEL type approval allows using the range of 5.850–5.925 GHz for 802.11p (V2X), 57 to 71 GHz for 802.11ad and 76 to 81 GHz for radar systems.
Mexico make changes in regulations for telecommunications products
April 30, 2020
Some main points:
- The holders of the conformity certificates (CoC) must also obtain the corresponding IFT approval certificate, in case they don’t, both certificates will be canceled.
- The non-transferability of the conformity certificate, testing or inspection report is established, so they will only be valid with respect to its holder. This implies that certificates used by third parties can no longer be used to demonstrate compliance in customs and each importer must obtain their own IFT certificate and their respective CoC
- The use of digital media for communication between the conformity assessment bodies, the IFT and those interested in obtaining a certificate of conformity, testing or inspection report is established. That, is, requests will now be made through digital means for communication between conformity assessment bodies, the Institute and those interested in obtaining a certificate of conformity, inspection opinion and / or test report.
- Four certification schemes are established according to the needs identified in the matter of the present ordinance:
1) Sample by the model of products for a single batch.
2) Sample by product model and surveillance for more than one batch.
3) Sample by the family of product and surveillance models and.
4) Sample by telecommunications device or broadcasting and surveillance.
About Technical Provision IFT-012-2019: Technical specifications for compliance with the maximum limits for non-ionizing radioelectric emissions of products, equipment, devices or appliances intended for telecommunications that can be connected to a telecommunications network and / or make use of the radio spectrum. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR).
This Technical Provision has been published in the Mexico Official Gazette on February 26th, and it will take effect in 365 days.
The provision will apply to:
Products, equipment, devices or apparatus that have a radio frequency transmitter or transceiver, make use of the radio spectrum or are connected to a telecommunications network in the frequency range of 30 MHz to 6 GHz and that are used:
- Close to the head, particularly close to the ear, in the frequency range 300 MHz to 6 GHz, and / or
- At a distance less than or equal to 200 mm from the human body, in the frequency range of 30 MHz to 6 GHz.
Regarding the new official Mexican standards NOM-221-SCFI-2017 (IFT-011-2017, Part 1) and NOM-221/2-SCFI-2018 (IFT-011-2017, Part 2):
NOM certification -221-SCFI-2017 (IFT-011-2017, Part 1): Specifications of mobile terminal equipment that can make use of the radioelectric spectrum or be connected to telecommunications networks. Part 1. Equipment manufacturing identity code (IMEI) and frequency-modulated (FM) sound broadcasting receiver functionality.
NOM certification -221/2-SCFI-2018 (IFT-011-2017, Part 2): Technical specifications of mobile terminal equipment that can make use of the radioelectric spectrum or be connected to telecommunications networks. Part 2. Mobile terminal equipment operating in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, 1700 MHz / 2100 MHz and / or 2500 MHz bands.
In essence, the certification process is the same.
The same Mexican Official Standard includes the conformity assessment procedure that considers the following certification schemes:
- Certification scheme with monitoring (surveillance) of electronic equipment or system at point of sale (marketing) or factory or warehouse.
- Certification scheme with monitoring of the electronic equipment and/or system at the point of sale (commercialization) or factory or warehouse and the traceability system.
- Certification scheme based on the quality control system of the production lines.