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New Mexico NOM Test Standard for E1 and E3 Has Been Released

Mexico has issued a new test standard for E1 and E3 interfaces (2048 Kbit/s and 34368 Kbit/s)- NOM-EM-017-SCFI-2016.

Test laboratories must have this standard in their accreditation scope in order to perform testing. IFT is still the responsible authority for homologations of telecommunication equipment.

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more details about this new standard.

International Approvals: EU/CE Compliance Update

shutterstock_201142688A new version of the “Blue Guide” was issued aligning the requirements with the “New Legislative Framework”.

Please note the following two particular aspects extracted from the guide:

  1. The EC DoC (Declaration of Conformity) must be in the official language of the Member State/Country or wherever the products are available in the market.
  2. Obligations of the manufacturers, importers and distributors:
    • The product must be accompanied by instructions and safety information in a language determined by the Member State/Country that can be easily understood by consumers and other end-users.
    • Product must have the manufacturer’s name, registered name or trademark and the address where they can be contacted.
    • Product must have the importer’s name, registered name or trademark and the address where they can be contacted.

Please click here to check the blue guide carefully for more information about these two items above, other details and exemptions.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

Japan VCCI Marking and Statement Regulation

Japan VCCI is a voluntary EMC approval for IT Equipment only; however it is well known that importers, distributors, retailers and local representatives in country may demand VCCI approval to sell the products.

We have recently found that some manufactures are confused about the marking and statement requirements and therefore prepared the table below for clarification.

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VCCI Mark:

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Class A Statement:

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Class B Statement:

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Note: There are some other statements that are rarely required.

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more details about the VCCI mark (such as sizing, color..etc.), e-labelling regulation, translation of the statements, regulation for small products and other questions.

Saudi Arabia CITC Application Requirement Update

CITC LogoSaudi Arabia CITC has started to implement authentication measures for documents being submitted for Type Approvals. Most notably is the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and the laboratory confirmation letter.

The DoC of a particular model must now include official corporate seal or stamp by the authorized person. Same requirements are applicable for the laboratory confirmation letter. It needs to specify that the test report was issued by the lab and the applicable standards have been met for the model.

If for various reasons the document cannot be sealed or stamped NTS has an alternative, acceptable method of having this document approved. Please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com

Argentina HSE Statement Requirement Update

Argentina has published Resolution 171/2016 in April, 2016 replacing Resolution 508[1] and the HSE (Highly Specialized Equipment) statement is no longer mandatory. However, the manufacturers can still opt to implement the statement or keep it as is if it’s already available on the products.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

[1] NTS International Approvals Update: Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements 

 

International Approvals Update: Taiwan BSMI

Recently, Taiwan BSMI has performed inspections in the market on products under BSMI DoC approval scheme. Aside from the BSMI mark with applicant’s code (“D number”) that appears on the product label, the inspectors want to ensure that the applicant’s details are displayed on the marketing package, manual or product, such information needs to be implemented before the product goes to market.

The applicant’s details that must be displayed on the marketing package, manual or product are the company name and address in Traditional Chinese, with phone number (as shown on the BSMI DoC). In addition, importers or distributors must have an authorization letter from the BSMI DoC applicant, in case of BSMI audit. It is optional for importers to add their contact details (name, address and phone) on the package.

Note: The BSMI mark and compliance statement requirements shall remain the same.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

International Approvals Update – India BIS Amendment No. 2

Bureau_of_Indian_Standards_Logo.svgIndia BIS has established an Amendment No. 2 to IS 13252(Part1):2010 and the requirements are very similar to IEC 60950-1 A2. The current IS 13252(Part1):2010 (with amendment no. 1) is permitted until Dec 31st, 2016.

For the existing registered models, the manufacturers can choose any one base model for Amendment 2 testing and the test reports must show compliance to IS13252(Part1):2010 Amendment 2 requirements. Such test reports and the undertaking form need to be submitted to BIS before Dec 31st, 2016.

For any further questions please contact Caio Collet-Silva, NTS International Approvals Manager at 510-570-7585 or email IAteam@nts.com.

International Approvals Update: Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements

Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements

Australia

RCM Replaces A-Tick and C-Tick (enforced March 2016)

Starting March 1, 2016, RCM replaced A-Tick and C-Tick. Products subject to mandatory approval will require to bear RCM logo to enter the Australia market. For formerly A-Tick or C-Tick approved products, the manufacturers may still use A-Tick or C-Tick logo as long as the manufacture date is before March 1, 2016.


Argentina

HSE Statement/Resolution 508 (enforced April 2016)

Starting on April 22, 2016, a HSE (High Specialized Equipment) statement must be on the equipment if the product is not safety certified in Argentina. Safety certification in Argentina has been voluntary for HSE, however, Resolution 508 was issued at the end of 2015 demanding that a HSE Statement (Spanish) be placed in a visible area on products shipped to Argentina.

Spanish Statement

“PRODUCTO NO CERTIFICADO EN SEGURIDAD ELÉCTRICA EN LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA. Apto para ser operado exclusivamente por personal con conocimientos en materia eléctrica. No instalar al alcance del público en general. No utilizar en procesos de enseñanza. No utilizar en comercios con atención al público”.


Brazil

Resolution 662 (enforced March 2016)

According to Resolution 662 that was issued and enforced on March 10, 2016:

  • EAN/GS1 number and barcode figure are NOT required anymore for ANATEL homologation projects
  • Local reps or license holders does not need to provide this information for new ANATEL homologations
  • Products to be certified and products already certified can use the label without EAN/GS1 number and barcode figure

ANATEL Homologation Number Format Change

The ANATEL homologation number now has two (2) more characters (numbers).
The new format is:

HHHHH-AA-FFFFF

(HHHHH = homologation code; AA = Year of the issuance; FFFFF = main product manufacturer)


India

DEITY/BIS Logo and Label Requirements (in-progress)

A new marking requirement was published by India DEITY/BIS on Feb 10, 2016. The requirement states: that beginning on June 30, 2016 the BIS logo will become mandatory for certified products.

  • The previous BIS compliance statement will no longer be acceptable after this date
  • Any products certified prior to this date will also be required to bear the new logo on the marking materials unless imported to India before June 30, 2016.

For reference, below is the BIS logo:

India BIS logo

(——– = Applicable Standard, XXXXXXXX= Approval/Registration number)

Korea’s New Test Standards for 2016

Korea’s New Test Standards for 2016

Effective January 1, 2016: KN32 / KN35 to replace KN22 / KN24

Beginning on January 1, 2016, Korea standards KN32 and KN35 will be replacing the KN22 and KN24 test standards. What this means is that the KN22 / KN24 will no longer be accepted for Korea KC approval after January 1, 2016. However, permissive change applications using KN22 / KN24 reports will still be accepted until the end of 2017.

Next Steps

NTS will only be allowed to apply for Korea KC approval using the KN22 / KN24 test reports if the final report, and all accompanying documentation required for approval, are provided to NTS by December 23, 2015.

Who does this apply to?

  1. Customers with KN22 / KN24 test reports not yet submitted for approval
    If you are interested in utilizing existing reports for KN22 / KN24 approval, please contact your dedicated account manager for a quote.
  2. Customers with products that are currently being tested
    No further action is necessary if testing is expected to be complete and that accompanying documentation is provided to NTS by December 23, 2015.
  3. Customers expected to have testing done after December 23, 2015
    If testing and accompanying documentation is expected and/or provided after December 23, 2015, NTS will need to assess your project(s) and confirm if the data collected meets the KN32 / KN35 standards, test methods and limits. If necessary, additional testing may be required to meet the new requirements.

What We’re Doing

NTS recently applied for the accreditation updates. We have added the KN32 standard to our scope whereas the KN35 standard will be added later this month.

Please contact the International Approvals team and Caio Collet-Silva, International Approvals Manager at 510-570-7585 IAteam@nts.com, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the new test standards.

International Approvals News

By Caio Collet-Silva, International Approvals Manager, NTS Silicon Valley

Delays for Brazil ANATEL and INMETRO Approvals

Due to Brazil hosting the FIFA World Cup 2014, the standard projected completion time for current Brazil ANATEL and INMETRO approval projects will inevitably be pushed back. It is expected that Brazilians will take time off from work to participate in the World Cup events; whether it be attending games or protesting the event due to the amount of funds Brazil has spent on preparation for the World Cup. The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be taking place June 12th-July 13th, so the standard project lead-time should return to normal in mid-July.

Discrepancies with EAC Customs Union Certification Bodies

Currently, NTS offers the services of EAC Customs Union approvals; a certification accepted in the countries of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. However, the understanding of the technical regulations and documents required for the certification are not harmonized between the Certification Bodies. Depending on the Certification Body, a local representative may be required, EMC reports may need special evaluations or conversions, Safety reports may need to be under CB Scheme, and the factory inspector may need special qualifications. NTS has evaluated the technical requirements and we have found the most time-cost efficient certification path for our customers.

If you would like a solution to obtain international approvals, please contact NTS via email or call at 510-578-3500.