European Union The new European Union (EU) Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU came into force as of 13th June 2016, replacing the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE). Equipment (both previously certified and new products) that is compliant with the old R&TTE Directive may be placed on the market until 13th June 2017, after which manufacturers must comply with the RED.
However, ETSI has stated that it is not possible to complete all of the required standards by 13th June 2016. The European Commission has published several Harmonised Standards lists for the RED in the Official Journal (OJ) and is updating it as necessary. To date (1st March, 2017) the European Commission has listed 51 RED Harmonised Standards in the OJ, and further standards are expected to be OJ listed within the next 12 months.
Belarus Mandatory approval requirements As from 1st February 2017, all wireless and telecommunication equipment is now subject to mandatory approval in Belarus.
Depending on the type of product, a National Declaration of Conformity (DoC) or National Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is required. This can only be issued on the basis of national test reports, which have been issued by an accredited Belarusian laboratory - any other test reports will not be accepted. Furthermore, for a CoC the factory inspection must be completed by the Belarus National Certification Body (NCB).
Chile SUBTEL Resolution amendments SUBTEL has modified Resolution 755 regarding the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Res. 56 has been integrated to Res. 755. The key changes include:
2.4GHz (2400-2483.5MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use under 150mW EIRP. The previous outdoor limit was 5mW EIRP.
5GHz B2 (5250-5350 MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use under 150mW EIRP. The previous outdoor limit was 5mW EIRP.
5GHz B1 (5150-5250 MHz) is now open for indoor use only under 150mW EIRP. Outdoor use of this band is not permitted.
5GHz B3 (5470 – 5725 MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use under 150mW EIRP. Previously, use of this band was not allowed in Chile.
5GHz B4 (5725 – 5850 MHz) is now open for indoor use under 150mW EIRP and outdoor use under 50mW EIRP.
SUBTEL continues to require a test report addendum for type approval applications if the EIRP is above these limits.
Colombia Devices must obtain formal homologation On 7th January 2017, the Colombian telecommunications regulator, Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones (CRC), issued Resolution CRC 5031 de 2016, which modified the Capítulo I del Título XIII of the Resolution CRT 087 of 1997.
This new resolution states that all mobile phones, satellite connected devices, and devices connected to the Public Switching Telephone Network (PSTN) must obtain formal homologation. This means that all mobile terminal equipment transmitting data and/or voice, and which operates in Colombian mobile bands (850MHz, 1900 MHz, [AWS] 1700/2100 MHz, y/o 2500 MHz), is now required to obtain type approval at CRC. It is important to recognise that this resolution is not retroactive, so any devices with a dispensation letter from 2016 are excluded from the homologation process.
As CRC has been receiving an unexpected amount of requests, the previous enforcement date of 7th January 2017 has been extended to 8th July 2017, after which time customs will begin checking CRC Certificates for these newly regulated devices.
Mexico NOM-208 Standard As from January 2017, NOM-208-SCFI-2016 has replaced both NOM-121-SCT1-1999 (NOM 121) and its successor NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015 (NOM-016). This in effect sets the Wi-Fi, BT and SRD standards for the following bands: 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz, and 5725-5850 MHz. RFID in the 900 MHz range remains subject to the traditional testing process.
The new standard does not invalidate the certifications completed under NOM-121 and NOM-EM-016, as those marked “Definitivo” will remain valid permanently and will not be subject to audit. However, the NOM-121 and NOM-016 certificates cannot be modified to include additional similar products. Also, provisional certifications completed under NOM-016 will expire on their normal one-year anniversary date - they cannot be renewed and must be re-certified.
Philippines Changes to NTC applications Submissions for an NTC application must now only be made by:
Employee/s of the applicant /company
External Counsel of the applicant / company or its duly authorised representatives
This means that even submissions from those with Special Power of Attorney (SPA) will not accepted, so agents cannot submit on behalf of their client, unless they are employee or importer appointment by the grantee.
Singapore Sale of 2G Mobile Devices for Local Use No Longer Allowed As of 1st January 2017, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has de-registered 2G-only mobile devices, meaning that retailers and equipment suppliers can no longer sell such mobile devices to consumers for use in Singapore, or they could face a financial penalty. Those with a Dealer’s Individual Licence (DIL) may continue to sell 2G-only mobile devices for export purposes and/or overseas use only.