On 3rd July 2017, ENACOM is launched Hertz, a new web-based application system, to process all RF approvals. While hard copy applications will no longer be accepted, the required tests and accompanying documentation remain the same.
On 10th July 2017, updated the Technical Requirement List for mobile phone chargers. Test procedures have changed, and the certification of wireless power transmission chargers is now compulsory.
Based on the newly published Act No. 493, of 30th January 2017, ANATEL has updated the Technical Requirement List for mobile phone chargers – Category 1 Telecommunications Products.
The key changes are,
- The certification of vehicular chargers becomes compulsory after 180 days from the publication of this Act.
- The certification of Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) chargers becomes compulsory
For mobile phone chargers, the applicable standards include:
- Resolution No. 442 of 21st July 2006
- Resolution No. 529, of 3rd June 03 2009
- Resolution No. 481, of 10th September 2007
- ETSI EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2 (2011-09)
- Code of Federal Regulations - CFR FCC PART 18 (specifically for WPT chargers)
- Ordinance No. 176 of 19th June 1992 - Standard No 02/92 (specifically for WPT chargers)
The Telecoms Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC) has revised IMDA TS CMT, which became effective on 1st of July 2017, and is for 3G/4G mobile products.
Key updates include:
- Support for LTE-Advanced TDD RIT (E-UTRA RAT)
- Use of E-UTRA Band 38 and Band 40
- CMT safety testing to be performed to the IEC 60950-1 safety standard
The European Union
As of 13th June 2017, the new European Union Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU fully repealed the old Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE) 1999/5/EC. This is applicable to all electrical and electronic devices that intentionally emit and receive radio waves at frequencies below 3000 GHz.
Radio broadcast receivers are no longer excluded from the scope of the Directive. Previously such products were required to comply with the EMC and Low Voltage Directives as they were specifically excluded from the R&TTE Directive.
The introduction of the RED means if manufacturers want to carry on selling within the EU and European Free Trade Association countries, they must test and if required re-certify to the Radio Equipment Directive, otherwise they can no longer be placed on the market.
The RED’s wide ranging changes are requiring some significant adaptations to how radio equipment is manufactured and supplied. It is therefore vital that the entire supply chain understands and complies with their specific obligations.
Under new rules, Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) are now (as of 12th July 2017) only be able to accept test reports from laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), or a designating authority which is recognised by the FCC through a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). Testing in non-MRA countries, such as China, can take place providing that the test laboratory has been accredited and designated by A2LA or NAVLAP.
This means that testing performed in support of Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and certification activities must now be ISO17025 accredited. TCB’s are able to accept reports from previously eligible 2.948 laboratories, until Oct 12, 2017, if testing was done before July 13, 2017. After this date, all laboratories must be ISO17025 accredited, or they will not be accepted by TCBs.
The current list of FCC Accredited labs can be found here.