On April 30, 2021, Costa Rica’s telecom regulator, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), published updates to their National Frequency Attribution Plan (or PNAF for Plan Nacional de Atribución de Frecuencias).
Notable changes to the PNAF:
The entire 902-940 MHz band is now available for unlicensed use
Maximum output power: 24 dBm
Maximum Equivalent Radiated Isotropic Power (EIRP): 30 dBm
The 5875-5925 MHz and 5925-7125 MHz bands are now available for unlicensed use (important for WiFi 6E)
Maximum output power: 24 dBm
Maximum Equivalent Radiated Isotropic Power (EIRP): 30 dBm
The 76-81 GHz band is now available for unlicensed use for vehicle radar products
Starting on February 26, 2021, new IFETEL regulation requiring all NOM-208, NOM-221, and NOM-196 certificates be issued in the name of the local Mexican importer/distributor/seller that will be importing the products to Mexico. This means the certificates will be non-transferable and only valid for use by the Legal Representative company listed on the certificate.
In-country testing and test reports in the name of the Legal Rep will be required to apply for the required certifications.
NOM-208 applies to any wireless products operating in the following frequencies bands:
NOM-221 applies to all products containing cellular technologies (2G/3G/4G)
NOM-196 applies to products with an internal PSTN modem
Other notable updates include SAR testing and the removal of ‘Modular’ IFETEL approval as an acceptable means of new certification (unless identifying all end devices up front). Existing ‘Modular’ certificates will remain valid until further notice.
We can continue to provide legal rep for NOM Safety certificates and obtain Extensions in your importer/distributor/seller’s name.
Please contact LARCG to help navigate the implementation of the upcoming changes in Mexico.
Mexico has postponed the implementation of NOM-001-SCFI-2018 for three months.
The new Safety NOM, which will replace the current NOM-001-SCFI-1993, was scheduled to take effect on May 15, 2020, however it will now be officially delayed until August 14, 2020.
The new NOM-001-2018 establishes updated testing procedures for electrical safety tests.
Products can be certified under the existing NOM-001-SCFI-1993 up until the new NOM takes effect in August. As usual, certificates will be issued with a one year validity, and then can be renewed under the new NOM-001-2018.
Please contact LARCG with questions about NOM Safety certification in Mexico.
To accommodate disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Brazil is making special allowances for the renewal (maintenance) of existing homologation certificates issued by ANATEL, the country’s regulatory agency of telecommunications equipment and electronic/electrical products.
In particular, ANATEL has temporarily changed the sample and photo requirements of the certificate renewal process. Contact us for details.
Let us know if you have concerns about the homologation status of your products in any country in Latin America.
No matter what issues arise, we will continue to work with ANATEL, and other agencies across Latin America, to ensure your products are compliant and your approval certificates remain current.
Are you importing or selling LCD monitors, television sets, set-top boxes or decoders in Mexico? Then your product will need to satisfy the requirements laid out in NOM-192-SCFI/SCT1-2013.
The regulation ensures that TVs can receive, tune in, and reproduce DTT, HDTV, and SDTV signals.
NOM-192 specifies that TV decoders can receive, tune, and reproduce signals transmitted according to ATSC A/53 and A/72 standards. Decoder outputs must also reproduce signals in analog NTSC/M format.
Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) standards govern digital television transmission over cable, broadcast, and satellite networks in North America (Mexico, the U.S., and Canada). ATSC mostly, but not entirely, replaced analog National Television System Committee (NTSC) standards in place since the 1950s.
Additionally, products covered by NOM-192 must comply with two other NOMs:
NOM-001-SCFI-1993, which is sometimes referred to as the “safety NOM” and covers household electronic devices powered by different electric power sources
NOM-024-SCFI-2013, which covers packaging, instructions, and warranty information for electronic, electrical, and household appliances
Please contact us for information about the sample requirements and testing (or “protocol verification”) process for NOM-192 and NOM-001. In fact, let us know if you have any questions about the homologation of electrical, electronic, and telecommunications goods in Latin America. We’re well equipped to take your products from here to there.
The issuance of new ENACOM certificates is currently on hold in Argentina. The temporary delay is occurring at the final (or signature) step of type approval.
The reason: the agency’s director, who must sign all certificates, reportedly went on vacation without delegating the signing authority to someone else during the absence.
ENACOM — Argentina’s regulatory approval body for electrical and electronic equipment — is expected to appoint someone else soon with signatory authority.
How This Affects Your Product Approval
Delays in certification are expected for the next 2-3 weeks until things are back to normal at ENACOM.
In the meantime, please be aware that this unusual development does not effect the testing or technical review stages of the process, only the final signature stage.
As always, please contact us with any and all questions about ENACOM, or any part of the product certification process in Argentina and throughout Latin America. And don’t worry — none of us ever goes on a trip without first arranging backup in the home office.
Argentina mandates that electronic and electrical products approved for sale be labeled with an assigned certification number and “CNC,” which is the name of a regulatory body that actually no longer exists. The regulator is now called ENACOM.
Now, Argentina is proposing to do away with CNC on the label as well, in favor of the name “RAMATEL.” RAMATEL is the internal registry of ENACOM where the approvals are submitted.
We can’t tell you why “CNC” has been used on labels all this time when CNC no longer exists as an entity. Bureaucracies can be quirky . . . CNC long ago became AFTIC, and AFTIC later became what we know today as ENACOM (for “Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones”). The name RAMATEL has not changed over time, however, and has always been distinct from the “external” agency name (whether CNC or AFTIC in the past, or today’s ENACOM).
How the Change Affects You
We anticipate the only change that will affect LARCG clients is the updated labeling requirements whenever they are finalized and go into effect. The new labeling requirements will probably only apply to new approvals and renewals.
The new labeling resolution is still in draft form and there is no word yet of when it might take effect. The government needs to sign off on all new resolutions, and there has been some delay finalizing and signing resolutions because a new political party took charge at the end of last year.
We frequently get questions about NOMs, which communicate the Mexican government’s requirements for electronic and electrical equipment (and other products) to be legally sold in Mexico.
These Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (“Official Mexican Standards”) are always evolving, meaning manufacturers, importers, labs, and product certification consultants like LARCG must keep up with the changes.
We’ve lately been asked to explain NOM-196-SCFI-2016. This NOM applies to all equipment with analog technology that connects to the public telecommunications network (PSTN) through an RJ11 connector. If a product has an RJ11 port or an internal PSTN modem, there’s a good chance NOM-196 applies.
If a product’s telephony gateway has RJ11 ports but does NOT connect directly to the public network, then NOM-196 does NOT apply. NOM-196 also does not cover products with IP telephony signals.
NOM-196 Covers These Products
Multifunction printer with fax card
“Piggy-bank” or multi-line telephone
Point of sale terminal (very rare that there is service with this kind of equipment)
Switch with analog trunk
Switch with digital trunk (in this case in particular for any test it is an “NA”)
Caller ID products
Call blocker products
Modem or modem card (PSTN)
(Note that NOM-208 certification is much like NOM-196, except NOM-208 covers BT/WiFi products and NOM-196 covers analog products.)
There are three steps: the product undergoes IFT-004 testing, then it receives NOM-196 certification, and then IFT certification.
In the official definition, IFT-004 testing verifies “the mechanical robustness of the equipment, as well as the electronic composition, compatible with a public telecommunications network, so that it does not generate interference when making any calls and can perform the data transmission correctly.”
After April 5 of this year cellular products in Peru must have new homologation certificates. Previously granted certificates covering cellular technology will no longer be valid and will need to be updated under the new regulation.
All products using cellular technologies that operate above 2.2 GHz (with an output power greater than 50mW) will now require SAR reports and a GSMA TAC letter to be homologated.
By including the TAC in the application process, approved cellular products will henceforth be automatically registered in the new RENTSEG database (National Registry of Mobile Terminal Equipment for Security). The database is meant to prevent uncertified or stolen equipment from accessing mobile networks in Peru.
The certification change was first announced last year by Peru’s Telecom Ministry (MTC) in Decreto supremo N ° 019-2019 MTC and is now being implemented as part of the homologation process.
Please contact us about updating your existing certificates for cellular products in Peru.
Four weeks from today, on Monday, Feb. 10, NOM-221-SCFI-2018 comes into force in Mexico, establishing the technical specifications of mobile equipment that can use the radio spectrum in Mexico or be connected to its telecommunications networks.
NOM-221 serves to activate previously announced testing requirements called IFT-001 parts 1 and 2. The Federal Telecommunications Institute (or IFT, for Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) issued both the testing requirements and NOM-221. The IFT, sometimes referred to as IFETEL, regulates Mexico’s telecommunications and broadcasting services.
Usually testing requirements are issued after a new or updated NOM is announced, but in this case the order was reversed. Please note that IFT-011 part 2 will also check to ensure that certain products (specifically those used close to the ear, such as cellphones, tablets, and laptops) can operate in band 28 of the radio spectrum (700 MHz).
We aim to be the very best homologation consultants serving clients selling electrical, electronic, and telecommunications equipment in Latin America. Top ranked, number one. But sometimes being best means not being first — we don’t want to be “first” if that means getting it wrong.
Case in point: From time to time you may come across a report somewhere on the internet about a new regulation, or changes to an existing regulation. This might cause alarm, prompting you to ask, How will this change affect my product or the certification process?
Problem is, you can’t necessarily rely on this information. While not “fake news” (it’s not intended to deceive), the regulatory development may not be in final form. It may not even ultimately happen at all. That’s because changes to regulations frequently change themselves — and are sometimes cancelled altogether — between the stages of proposal, adoption, and effective date.
We monitor proposed regulatory changes in the LATAM countries we service. But we don’t rush to publish updates until we scrutinize them. A recent example: as part of its new Resolution 715, Brazil’s ANATEL telecommunications agency was going to allow tests reports from other countries to be used in lieu of in-country testing. Big change. Huge.
…Then at the last minute ANATEL decided to maintain the requirement of in-country testing. Unfortunately, some companies delayed applying for product approval thinking they would soon be able to use U.S. or European test reports instead of testing in Brazil. Working off uncertain information, these companies unnecessarily wasted time because ANATEL didn’t end up modifying the testing requirement.
We didn’t alert our clients and readers to this potential change because it was just that: potential change, not necessarily a sure thing. We didn’t want to be “first” to serve up half-baked information, just adding to the confusion (or indigestion).
So if you see notices of regulatory changes that concern you, contact us to confirm the information is solid. Our aim is to be the most reliable, most trustworthy LATAM homologation consultants. We don’t want to be first, if that means getting it wrong.
An updated NOM-001 will come into force in Mexico starting May 14, 2020.
Known formally as NOM-001-SCFI-2018, the new regulation replaces NOM-001-SCFI-1993. (NOM stands for “Norma Oficial Mexicana,” or Official Mexican Standard.)
NOM-001 covers the safety requirements for electronic devices manufactured, imported, commercialized, distributed, or leased in Mexico.
It applies to electronic equipment and accessories that use single-phase supply voltages up to 277 V AC at 60 Hz and/or three-phase voltages up to 480 V AC between lines at 60 Hz — as well as other energy sources, including batteries, energy accumulators, self-generation, and alternative power sources up to 500 V DC.
Talk of pirates may lead to thoughts of black flags, eye patches, and sassy parrots.
But what constitutes “piracy” has evolved with time. Today’s sellers of uncertified telecom equipment might be surprised to see themselves categorized with Blackbeard and Captain Jack Sparrow.
Consider the recent raids Brazil conducted as part of its Action Plan to Combat Piracy (known by its Portuguese acronym PACP).
On September 17, Brazil’s regulatory agency ANATEL seized 23,000 suspect telecommunications products in 11 states: Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Amazonas, Goiás, Pernambuco, Piauí, and Tocantins. The investigation is ongoing.
ANATEL oversees the homologation process to certify electronic products. It also combats the commercialization of non-homologated products (aka, “piracy”) because uncertified telecom equipment can affect telecommunications networks and their users.
Uncertified telecom products can even endanger critical operations such as aeronautical communications.
The ANATEL raids, led by 55 inspectors in 20 teams, were prompted by complaints from telecommunications manufacturers and associations about the marketing of non-certified products such as optical equipment, restricted radiation transceivers, and television set-top boxes.
Lesson: companies keep tabs on their competitors, legitimate or not — and are eager to enlist law enforcement to punish illegal competition. Distributors of illegitimate goods have to watch out not just for the government but also for frustrated legitimate competitors.
The penalties for violation of Brazil’s laws can include hearings and sanctions (although not, as far as we know, the gallows that awaited scofflaws of yore.)
And to think all this trouble is so easily avoided… Companies simply have to get their telecom equipment certified before offering it for sale.
That’s why LARCG exists. We know all about the certification process in Brazil, and throughout Latin America. That’s why many of the most trusted names in telecommunications trust us to secure the certifications they need to safely market to millions of potential customers in Latin America.
You may be aware that a “TAC letter” and a list of “IMEI numbers” are required to complete the certification or registration of cellular products in such Latin American countries as Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.
To better understand what this means it helps to know a bit more how these crucial codes called TAC and IMEI keep billions of cellular devices functioning properly on networks worldwide.
Manufacturers use an assigned 8-digit number called the Type Allocation Code (TAC) to create a unique identifier for their mobile devices, known as the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). The IMEI is a unique 15-digit number that ensures proper device operation on the network, and is embedded in the device at the time of manufacture in a way that can’t be modified later.
A group called the GSMA, representing global mobile manufacturers, has the exclusive right to issue TACs. The same TAC cannot be used for different device models.
Any device containing GSM cellular access functionality — phones, smart phones, modems, tablets, PCs, etc. — must include an IMEI number generated from a GSMA-issued TAC code.
To obtain a TAC, a manufacturer or brand owner first registers their brand on the GSMA website. Login credentials are then sent to the manufacturer to enable online application for TAC. Online TAC applications are usually issued within 48 hours, after which the applicant will receive an official grant letter from the GSMA, listing the assigned TAC.
Once an applicant has been provided a TAC for a specific device model, the manufacturer may generate up to a million IMEI numbers from that TAC and incorporate them into the devices of that model. (A false IMEI can make devices inoperable and lead to confiscation or legal action.)
The network operator needs the IMEI to identify the device and allow it access to the network. The network operator must know the device model and its capabilities so it can interact properly with the network. The device make and model are identified from the TAC component of the IMEI.
The TAC, IMEI and corresponding device details are recorded in the global IMEI database. The recorded TAC details are made available to network operators worldwide, various law enforcement agencies including customs, and select industry participants.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch. We’re here to help you gain approval to import and commercialize your electronic equipment in Latin America. We’re the Latin America certification experts.
In addition to requiring NOM-001 certification, all external power supplies that are sold separately in Mexico require a certification known as NOM-029.
A NOM-029 certification ensures that Mexico’s energy efficiency standards have been met. NOM-029 is sometimes referred to more completely as NOM-029 ENER-2017, as it was last updated in 2017 (with an effective date of April 2018).
However, if a power supply (such as a charging cord for a cell phone) is packaged and sold as an accessory along with the main product, then it does not need additional NOM-029 certification. In that case, the cord is covered by the phone’s overall certification.
When it is needed, a NOM-029 certification is obtained through test evaluation. It is applicable for all power supplies intended to convert electrical voltage from alternating current (AC) to a single level of voltage or direct current (DC), with a maximum output power of 250W or less.
Power supplies that allow switching to manual output voltage levels, independent from the product, also require testing and certification.
NOM-029 is not applicable in some instances. If your electronic device was previously approved under NOM-019-SCFI-1997 or NOM-001-SCFI-1993, its power supply will not require the additional certification of NOM-029.
NOMs (“Norma Oficial Mexicana” or Official Mexican Standard) detail the form, format, and documentation that must be maintained for legal compliance.
Ever wonder what a tariff code is? The Harmonized Item Description and Coding System (HS) identifies products by a 6-digit number cataloged in the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. To this 6-digit number countries add their own numbers to further classify products and define duty rates according to category, product type, and materials. End result: a tariff code!
Why should you care? Because countries use their Harmonized Tariff Schedules (HTS) to classify products coming into their territory and combine this information with country-of-origin certificates to calculate tariffs and customs duties. Tracking HTS data can help companies maximize the use of free trade agreements and tariff exemptions.
And there’s another, more immediate benefit to understanding tariff codes, particularly when it comes to Mexico. When LARCG starts a new project to secure approval for a product in Mexico, one of the first things we do is ask our client to provide us with their product’s “tariff code.”
Just to be clear: We don’t choose the tariff code — the client does. But what we need is the Mexican tariff code, not the U.S. code (a common misconception). Mexico also requires the appropriate code to be printed on the NOM certificates it issues — all the more reason to get it right from the get-go.
To help clients determine the correct Mexican tariff code for their product, we provide a list of options on our website: https://bit.ly/31o2jRH.
It’s a very extensive list, however, so translating the U.S. code to the Mexican one can still be challenging. Here’s a tip: the Mexican tariff code has 8 digits, with the first 6 digits usually the same as the U.S. HS code. That narrows the possibilities.
Don’t let tariff codes flummox you — we’re happy to field questions about tariff codes, or anything else related to the homologation process in Mexico or any other LATAM country. We look forward to hearing from you.
As of 2019, Costa Rica’s homologation process no longer accepts outside test reports for cellular products to be imported or commercialized in Costa Rica. Any product utilizing cellular technology (data or voice; 2G, 3G, or 4G) must undergo testing at an accredited lab within Costa Rica.
After testing, reports are submitted with other documentation to SUTEL, the Agency responsible for radio frequency management in Costa Rica. SUTEL (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones) is Costa Rica’s equivalent to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the U.S.
In addition to in-country testing of a specific cellular product, any company (or brand) seeking approval to sell cellular products in Costa Rica must also be registered with SUTEL — a complicated process that LARCG is equipped to handle, as we are with all Latin America certification issues.
Examples of cellular products that require testing in Costa Rica include:
Mobile payment terminals
The major cellular communications companies operating in Costa Rica are Claro, Movistar, and Kolbi.
Contact us about the homologation process in Costa Rica — or to know more about the certification process anywhere in Latin America, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Argentina and Chile. LARCG handles the entire homologation process in Costa Rica and has a strong working relationship with both SUTEL and the country’s accredited test labs.
SUBTEL (Telecom regulatory agency in Chile) latest updates to Resolution 1985 EXTENTA occurred in May 2019. It makes a number of modifications to the radiofrequency requirements for equipment operating in Chile. Modifications include increase in power limits and addition/modification of frequency bands and their usage.
Below are the changes affecting equipment most commonly certified:
REMOVED from Resolution 1985 EXTENTA: a) Portable transceivers A3) Radiated emissions outside bands 902 to 928 MHz, 2,400 to 2,483.5 MHz and 5,725 to 5,875 MHz, except for the harmonics, must comply with the least attenuation that is between 50 dB below the level of the fundamental and a Field strength limit of 500 μV / m at a distance of 3 meters. For harmonics, the field strength of The emissions at a distance of 3 meters should not exceed 500 μV / m.
A5) In the frequency bands 902 to 928 MHz, 2,400 a 2,483.5 MHz and 5,725 to 5,875 MHz, the field strength of the emissions of the fundamental frequency, at a distance of 3 meters, should not exceed 50 mV / m. The intensity of maximum field of any emission shall not exceed average limits, previously indicated, in more than 20 dB under any modulation condition.
e) Equipment for radio frequency identification (RFID) In addition to the frequency bands mentioned above, RFID equipment may operate in the band 915 to 928 MHz, if they comply with the provisions of letter j.3), and in the bands 913 to 919 MHz and / or 925 to 928 MHz, if they comply with provided in letter j.4) of this article.
j) Other equipment: Can also be used for inductive applications, the band 7,400 to 8,800 kHz with a field intensity that does not exceed 9 DbμA / m to 10 meters.
Updated in Resolution 1985 as of May 2019: e) RFID 900 MHz frequencies Max Power: 915-928 MHz – 500 mW 913-919 MHz – 1000 mW 925-928 MHz – 1000 mW
j.1) 5150 -5250 MHz Max Power updated to 250 mW, up from 200 mW previously.
There are no new modifications to previous updates carried over from 2018 version of Resolution 1985 EXTENTA:
Section j.1) (WiFi, BT and other equipment using digital modulation techniques like DSSS, FHSS, DCS)
– 2.4GHz (2400-2483.5MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use up to 1 W of radiated power (previous limit was 150 mW EIRP).
– 5GHz (5150-5250 MHz) is now open for indoor use. Outdoor use for this band is not permitted.
– 5GHz (5250-5350 MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use up to 1 W of radiated power (previous limit was 150 mW EIRP).
– 5GHz (5470-5725 MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use up to 1 W of radiated power (previous limit was 150 mW EIRP).
– 5GHz (5725-5850 MHz) is now open for indoor and outdoor use up to 1 W of radiated power (previous limits were 150 mW EIRP inside buildings, and 50 mW EIRP outside buildings).
For all cases the following requirements apply regarding modulation: spread spectrum techniques with direct sequence or with frequency hopping, listen-before-talk, dynamic channel selection or other digital modulation techniques which work with a minimum bandwidth of 10 MHz and which permit sharing of frequencies.
These modifications widen the possibilities for certification of WiFi equipment. Still, for equipment exceeding the indicated power limits, Subtel requires them to be reconfigured to comply with the regulation, and Test Reports for the reconfigured devices need to be submitted to demonstrate compliance.
Section j.10) added for telemetry, monitoring and/or control equipment
– 169.4-169.475 MHz was added, with a limit up to 500 mW of radiated power.
Please contact LARCG to learn more about how these changes will affect the approval process for your equipment.
As of June 30, 2019, the Mexican government requires that a product’s tariff code (its “fracción arancelaria”) be displayed on its NOM-001, NOM-003, or NOM-019 safety certificate. (The tariff code is also sometimes referred to as the “HS code,” “HTS code,” or “harmonized code.”)
Until now a product’s tariff/harmonized/HS/HTS code was not printed on the NOM certificate; the code was just included in the underlying application paperwork.
Of Mexico’s two certificate-issuing agencies, NYCE already includes the code on the new certificates it issues. The other agency, ANCE, will start adding the code to its new certificates by the end of May.
If your product’s NOM certificate does not feature the product’s tariff code, you will need to request an updated certificate by June 30; the new cert must be obtained within 90 days of requested date.
This is a new development (first communicated by the agencies on May 2). We are working with NYCE and ANCE to get updated certificates for our clients as soon as possible, subject to the agencies’ workload.
Contact LARCG if you think you have NOM-001, NOM-003, or NOM-019 safety certificates that will be invalid because of missing tariff code, or other reason. We can help with this issue, or any other regarding Latin America certification.
Anatel published Act 6506 regarding the new testing procedures for conformity assessment of restricted radio communications equipment as well as defining the process for transitioning to the new requirements.
As of Sept. 27, 2018, all approval processes must comply with ANATEL Act 14448, and radiated emissions & radiated RF immunity testing must be performed for the following types of equipment:
Radio communications equipment
General purpose radio equipment
Restricted radiation transceiver
Digital transceiver (and transmit-only)
Transceivers for base stations
Power line communications transceiver, narrow band
Additional equipment types are included in this list for new mandatory testing.
Type approvals projects currently in process may be able to avoid the new testing requirement. Contact LARCG for the full list of equipment and to find out how the requirement will affect your approvals process in Brazil.
The operation was based on reports of distributors who were commercializing products without an ANATEL logo or number that had not been homologated by the agency. Radios, transmitters, wi-fi routers, network cables and decoders for cable tv were found. Seventy-eight agents participated in the operation that covered 14 cities in 7 states. 15 total distributors with 230 different addresses were discovered. The surveillance of the operation was conducted from agency headquarters.
ANATEL says these products may cause interference with other services, such as the communication at airports with airplanes, for example. ANATEL warns that any consumer that purchases this equipment due to its lower cost, is committing an illegal act and will end up being the harmed party. It is ‘Penny-wise and pound-foolish’.
“We know that these products do not have the same quality of the products that go through the homologation process. It is very important that we create conscience, from the chain of distributors, to commercialize products in Brazil that have been homologated properly. There were no arrests. However, distributors who had their equipment seized by the agents can face lawsuits and penalties. “
For more details and information on how to approve products in Latin America and the Caribbean contact LARCG.
Mexico’s NOM-029-ENER-2017 published in October 2017 became effective on April 25, 2018. All external power supplies require this certification, which is obtained through test evaluation. The NOM-029-ENER-2017 is applicable for all power supplies intended to convert electrical voltage from alternating current (AC) to a single level of voltage or direct current (DC), and with a maximum output power that is less or equal to 250W.
In addition, power supplies that allow switching to manual output voltage levels, independent from the product, also require testing and certification. There are a few exceptions depending on characteristics of the power supplies which the NOM-029-ENER-2017 is not applicable.
Furthermore, when approving your electronic device under NOM-019-SCFI-1997 or NOM-001-SCFI-1993, its power supply will not require this additional certification.
Please contact LARCG for more information regarding the timeline of these and other requirements in Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean countries.
ANATEL published Act 2311 stating that there will be a delay in the enforcement additional EMC radiated testing of equipment that will be required, in addition to the conducted testing already performed as part of ANATEL EMC testing.
This delay is due to the fact that the ACT 1120 (replacement of Res. 442/Ato 952) is still being considered in the public forum. In any case, the delay will terminate upon the valid completion of the testing protocols, or after 3 months, whichever is sooner.
Please contact LARCG for more information regarding the timeline of these and other new requirements in Brazil and the rest of Latin America.
ANATEL published Act 2311 right before the scheduled start of the new mandatory radiated tests of transceiver equipment (WiFi, BT) in Brazil, test which were dictated by Act 14448. This means that for another 3 months, or until ANATEL concludes their study on the matter, these additional tests are not required.
Contact LARCG for more information on the requirements to obtain the ANATEL approval for your product.
Brazil’s telecommunications regulation agency, ANATEL, held a meeting Feb. 21 in Sao Paulo to hear the public’s input regarding the upcoming changes to Resolution 242/2000 and 323/2002, the basic rules for certification in Brazil. These changes are being proposed by The Public Consultation number 33, which will end now on Feb. 25, 2018.
If you have questions, comments or simply would like to know more about the approval process in Brazil, contact LARCG and we can help you.
Chile’s regulatory agency, SUBTEL released Resolution 1463 (ley de Homologación Multibanda) requiring special labeling on Cellular devices. In effect, the homologation procedures in Chile will require cellular devices with International Mobile Equipment Identifying numbers (EMEI) to verify within which bands/technology the cellular device can operate within Chile’s cellular networks. A special label will be affixed to the boxes and or packages of each device indicating for example its operability within 2G, 3G and 4G, or any combination of the three. This certification process applies to cellphones, mobile-enable tablets, and any other device operating within the cellular network which also has an IMEI identifier.
Importation of many singular models will require the homologation body to determine within which bands/technologies the model operates. Before commercialization, the range of IMEI numbers for the model will be registered in a database shared by cellular companies, which will enable the device to operate in Chilean networks. Only once this process is completed and the device’s IMEI is registered in the database, will the device be able to operate in the Chilean cellular networks.
What’s more, the label will indicate that the cellular device will be capable of supporting the “SAE” Emergency Alert System: a technology which makes it possible to receive messages in emergency situations, such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
Argentina’s regulatory agency, ENACOM has issued three new resolutions that will affect the type approval certification process of User Terminals, Radio Base Stations, and Digital Multi-Channel Systems.
Currently, ENACOM accepts FCC test reports in lieu of testing cellular equipment in-country. However, Resolution 5762-E/2017 will require all 2G/3G/4G user terminals (i.e. cell phones) undergo in-country testing so as to conform to the new ENACOM-Q2-61.03 v17.1 testing standard. In effect, after 180 days of the publishing of this document, FCC test reports will no longer be an acceptable document for obtaining a certificate of homologation in Argentina.
Regarding Radio Base Stations – current CNT-PM-1 standards will be replaced by ENACOM-Q2-61.04 v17.1 testing standards, as specified by Resolution 5927-E/2017. All 2G/3G/4G Radio Base Stations (i.e. cellular tower) must be tested in Argentina in order to obtain a certificate of homologation. This will also take effect after 180 days of the publishing of the document.
Digital Multi-Channel System equipment (i.e. microwave systems) must also conform to in-country testing standards as specified by Resolution 5926-E/2017. The standards outlined by ENACOM-Q2-60.16 v17.1 will replace CNT-PM-1 testing standards. Unlike the previous two resolutions, 5926-E/2017 will take effect 90 days after the publication of this post.
The inability to use FCC test reports to obtain a certificate of conformity in Argentina will increase lead times. Let LARCG help you navigate these new changes so you can get your product to market quickly and effectively.
Pursuant of ANATEL resolutions, user manuals must be written in Portuguese when the product will be sold directly to the end user. However, the manual may be written in English or Spanish if the product will not be sold to the end user. What’s more, the manual must contain:
Brazil’s national telecommunications regulatory agency, ANATEL, has published Act 14448 replacing Act 11542 from Resolution 680. This new Act will take effect Ninety (90) days after the date of this publication.
Additions of sub-items 4.1.6 and 4.1.7 to the General Conditions Statement: These determine the applicability of all the technical requirements for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and safety testing. In summary, required testing outlined in Resolution 442 and Resolution 529 could be avoided before, depending on the technical requirements of certain devices; however, these tests must now be performed pursuant of Act 14448. The main impact will be for transceivers, which now must undergo radiated testing. Within the Ninety (90) days prior to the implementation of Act 14448, the evaluation of conformity will observe the current technical requirements, with exception to radiated emissions and immunity to radiated radio frequency disturbances.
The limits for spurious emissions, or emissions outside the frequency band of 72-73 MHz, 74.6-74.8 MHz and 75.2-76 MHz must be in accordance to the table below. These frequencies are generally used in hearing aid equipment. For the next Ninety (90) days while Act 14448 is not in effect, the limit for 72-73 MHz, 74.6-74.8 MHz and 75.2-76 MHz should be restricted to the limit of 1,500 microvolts/meter measured at 3 meters distance, as stated on Act 11542.
Furthermore, the permissible range for Microphone frequency bandwidths has been reduced from 614 – 806 MHz to 614 – 698 MHz as stated in Act 14448.
Act 14448 also changes the order of specific technology, removing for example Hearing Aids and Cordless phones; subsequently, adding them to System for Transmission of Audio, Video and Other Application
General Conditions (Addition of items mentioned above)
Specific Conditions of use
Periodic Operating Devices
Biomedical Telemetry Equipment
Material Condition Telemetry
Sensor/Emitting Electromagnetic Field Variation
Equipment Using Spectral Spreading Technology or other Digital Modulation Technology
Wireless Broadband Access System for local networks
Equipment for location of cables
General Radiocommunication Equipment
Low Power Radio Systems operating at 19 GHz
Systems Operating in the Bands of 57-67 GHz
Equipment Blocker of Radiocommunication Signal
Systems operationg in the Ultra-Wide Radiofrequency bands
Systems for transmission of Audio, Video and Other application
Brazil’s regulatory agency, ANATEL, has updates regarding Mobile Phone chargers, to include technologies using WPT – Wireless Power Transmission. New technical requirements were published by ANATEL in the Act nº 493/2017. ANATEL also clarified some questions regarding their new system, MOSAICO, as well as the impacts of processing time in the validity of ANATEL numbers.
If you want to know more about approving your product in Brazil and other Latin American countries, contact LARCG.
Chile’s telecom regulatory agency, SUBTEL, has replaced SUBTEL Resolution 755, 2005 effective October 6th, 2017. It is succeeded by SUBTEL Resolution 1985, 2017 which amends permissible frequency bands in relation to a device’s maximum radiated power output. Furthermore, SUBTEL Resolution 1985, 2017 seeks to resolve confusion around permissible frequency bands in relation to their usage inside and outside a structure.
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Section J1 from SUBTEL resolution 1985, 2017 describes new allocations and maximum radiated power for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radiofrequency bands. Previously, in SUBTEL resolution 755, 2005 the 2.4 GHz band (2400-2483.5 MHz) had a maximum radiated power of only 5mW outdoors. Moving forward, SUBTEL resolution 1985, 2017 increases the permissible power for outdoor and indoor use 30-fold, to 150mW. This increase makes it much more feasible to use 2.4 GHz equipment in outdoor scenarios. 5150 – 5250 MHz Radio Frequency Bandwidth
Resolution 1985, 2017 makes no change to the usage of power for the (5150-5250 MHz) frequency bandwidth; as such, it remains restricted to indoor use with maximum power output of 150 mW. Also, the maximum radiated power density restrictions still are at 7.5 mW/MHz in any 1 MHz band, or equivalent value of 0.1875 mW/25 kHz in any 25-kHz band. 5250 – 5350 MHz Radio Frequency Bandwidth
In SUBTEL Resolution 755, 2005 Radio frequency bandwidth (5250 – 5350 MHz) was designated only for indoor use with maximum radiated output power of 150 mW. Resolution 1985, 2017 amends this restriction, and now permits the (5250 – 5350 MHz) radio frequency band to be used indoors and outdoors with the same power restriction of 150 mW. 5725 – 5850 MHz Radio Frequency Bandwidth
Resolution 1985, 2017 changes the permissible outdoor maximum power output for the (5725 – 5850 MHz) frequency bandwidth, and continues to permit this frequency bandwidth to operate indoors at 150 mW. Previously, this bandwidth was restricted to indoor use only with a maximum power output of 150 mW. Resolution 1985, 2017 changes the acceptable outdoor power output for this frequency bandwidth to 50mW. SUBTEL Resolution 1985, 2017 Section J2
Amendments to Section J2 of Chili SUBTEL Resolution 1985, 2017 specifies that frequency bands (4.500 KHz – 30 MHz), whose field intensity or power does not exceed 30 μV/m to 30 meters has been added to acceptable frequency bands in-country while frequency band (10.3 to 10.9 MHz) has been removed.
For more information concerning these changes to Chile Type Approval, please contact LARCG
Chile’s telecommunication regulator, SUBTEL (Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones) will no longer accept modular approval requests in the homologation process. However, existing certifications will not be affected retroactively, and as such, remain valid. However, if a module previously approved in Chile causes interference issues, it will be subject to review by SUBTEL.
Due to problems faced by the Agency regarding modular approval, SUBTEL will only issue a certification on an end product. Nevertheless, if there is an end device that doesn’t have FCC test reports and grants (only the module does), SUBTEL will accept the Module report/grant for the homologation process. What’s more, in order for a declaration letter to be accepted, the manufacturer must include the test reports of the module with the application.
Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute has issued technical provision IFT-011-2017, which affects
1. Mobile Terminal Equipment (Cell Phones and Tables) that can make use of the radio spectrum or be connected to telecommunication networks.
2. Mobile Terminal Equipment operating in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz and / or 2500 MHz bands.
A cell phone or tablet’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier) must be provided to IFETEL by the certification body prior to IFETEL issuing a Certificate of Compliance (or its update). The IMEI database of Approved Mobile Terminal Equipment will form a registry, which will be used to determine if the device has been reported stolen or lost. This registry may be accessed by the certification bodies and dealers at theInstitute’s Internet Portal.
What’s more, the provision IFT-011-2017 requires manufacturers to unlock “FM” Functionality of the approved Mobile Terminal Equipment in order to allow consumers free access to the “FM” sound broadcasting service. This standard will remove restrictions limiting mobile phone “FM” operations, and will allow end users to access information without having to pay for additional data.
The Latin American Regulatory Compliance Group will be attending this years 21st annual ANATEL Product Certification Forum located in Brasilia, Brazil. Promoted by ANATEL, this years forum will be addressing new challenges regarding telecommunication certification in Brasil, and will play host to manufacturers, laboratories, designated certification bodies and specialists. Discussions concerning major issues impacting the future of certification and approval process’ — Internet of Things, control of products not homologated, consumer protection are just a few topics of conversation.
REGISTRATION – (8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.)
OPENING – (9:00 A.M. – 9:20 A.M.)
– President Speaks – 10 min.
– SOR (Mr. Vitor Elisio Goes de Oliveira Menezes) Speaks – 10 min.
1st PANEL: (9:20 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.) Internet of Things and the impact on the certification of telecommunications products
Break – 10 minutes.
2nd PANEL: (10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.) – Accreditation of the assistance in the control of the spectrum: The use of licensed in
the provision of telecommunications services of collective interest.
AFTERNOON PERIOD – (2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
3rd PANEL: (2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.) Integrated foreign trade system (SISCOMEX) and the control of non-homologated products
Break – 10 minutes.
4th PANEL: (3:40 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.) The importance of the homologation of products for consumer’s defense
We will be providing updates as to the details of the forum in the coming days, so be sure to stay tuned for news from Brazil.
Brazil’s telecom agency, ANATEL, requires that a Safety Label be applied to cell phone batteries and chargers after completing the in-country homologation process. Published in January 2017, Act No. 493 outlines new approval standards for Lithium batteries and mobile phone chargers, which were first established in Resolution 481 back in 2007. Act 493 modified the certification process, adding to its scope Inductive Chargers, which include those used in vehicular environments. The applicable charging devices are divided into four types as follows. Type 1. Charger connected to main power and feeds the cell through a charging cable
Type 2. Inductive charger connected to the electric power grid and feeds the cell through induction (Wireless Power Transmission)
Type 3. Charger used in vehicle environment (12 V or 24 V (c.c)) and feeds the cell through a charging cable
Type 4. Inductive Charger used in a vehicular environment and feeds the cell through induction (Wireless Power Transmission)
In each type, a safety seal must be applied to the product upon commercializing in Brazil. Additionally, safety seals must be produced in-country by a print shop licensed by the Brazilian Mint (Casa Da Moeda). The seal can be placed on the device, or if appropriate, on the device’s manual. Contact LARCG for questions regarding obtaining the required ANATEL safety label.
Brazil telecom agency ANATEL published a new Resolution 686 which repeals various older resolutions, taking into consideration the increased technological evolution of products and the need to for technical requirements to follow the updates of technologies.
This resolution will become effective 120 days after its publication (February 9, 2018). The products that are currently being approved will not be affected. New technical requirements will be published before that date. There is no expected change in the requirements for certifying products in Brazil.
Paraguay’s regulating agency, CONATEL, has released a new Resolution (No. 1193) that adds a labeling requirement to their approval process as of September 2017. The label, showing the CONATEL logo and registration number, must be placed on the product prior to importation, along with the name of the manufacturer, brand, and model.
CONATEL may grant an exception in cases where the equipment is too small to include the label.
The name and address of the local distributor (Legal Rep) is also required for all imported products, but can be shown in the User Manual.
CONATEL must be written in “HelveticaNeueLT Std Blk” font
Registration number (shown as NR: XXXX-XX-X-XXXX) must be in “HelveticaNeueLT Std Cn” font.
If the label is not embossed or printed in black and white, it must include the following colors:
CONATEL logo should be white with a red background
CONATEL should be written in white over a blue background
Registration number should be in black with a white background
For future (or current) approvals in Paraguay, part of the required documents will be a label draft.
If at the time of certification, the information on your importer/local distributor is still unavailable, we may present a declaration letter stating where the importer/distributor information will be placed.
For questions regarding Paraguay agency CONATEL’s new labeling requirements, contact LARCG
ANATEL, Brazil’s telecom regulator, recently released Resolution 680, and ATO 11542. Changes include:
Labeling: Res. 680 Art. 5 says it is up to the manufacturer where the phrase regarding restricted radiation will be placed. In practice, we will no longer have to ask for/ present a declaration regarding that phrase. We will however still need to present a declaration should our client request the ANATEL logo in the manual only, for lack of space, for example;
Medical implants: increase in frequency range from 402-405 MHz to 401-405.9 MHz with power limit of 25 microwatts in a reference bandwidth of 300 kHz;
New Harmonics limits for band of 433-435 MHZ at 10mW (e.i.r.p), the emission outside the bands should be less than 250mW (e.i.r.p) for radio frequencies up to 1000 MHz and should be less than 1uW (e.i.r.p) for radio frequencies above 1000 MHz.
Adjust on requirements for hopping systems, decreasing the interval from 20 to 14 seconds ( at less than 250 kHz) and from, 10 to 7 seconds at hopping greater than 250 kHz.
Removal of LoRa/CSS requirements, which will now have to meet item 14 of ATO 11542 (same as Res 506)
Requirements for UWB devices were approved. Please contact LARCG for information about the frequency bands and the conditions for each.
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We continue to serve our clients who seek product approvals in Venezuela but please be aware that the country’s ongoing political instability has affected the certification process, resulting in delays of four months or more.
Contact us for more information on how to get your electrical, electronic, and telecom equipment approved for sale in Venezuela and in other Latin American countries.
ANATEL in Brazil published the New Resolution 680. This new legislation will substitute Resolution 506 from 2008. ANATEL resolution 680 is related to products that are considered restricted radiation, such as those containing WiFi, Bluetooth, DECT, RFID, Zigbee, among other technologies. There will be new technical requirements for the testing procedures. However, these are still under discussion and have not yet been published by ANATEL. Resolution 680 will take effect in 60 days.
You can count on LARCG to provide you the details as they are published.
LARCG can help you approve your products in Brazil and other Latin American markets. Contact us for more information.
CRC, Colombia’s communications regulator (Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones), has released Resolution 5031/2016 (which modifies Cap. 1, title XIII of resolution CRT 087-1997) with enforcement starting July 8,2017.
All mobile devices using voice and/or data cellular (with an IMEI or any equivalent identification number) will require homologation in Colombia if they operate in the frequency bands 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, AWS (1700-2100 MHz) and 2500 MHz. Norms for connection to the network are as follows:
Landline and cordless landline phones — Colombia Resolution CRT 1673 2006, FCC Part 68, or ETSI ES203-021
Satellite phones — Technical standards of Colombia Resolution 3610 from 1997, FCC Part 25
850 MHz: FCC Part 22 Subpart H
1900 MHz: FCC Part 24, Subpart E
1700/2100 MHz: FCC Part 27
2500 MHz: ETSI EN 301 908-13
Documentation requirements remain the same for the approval process for mobile devices.
ARCOTEL new Resolution 03-03-ARCOTEL-2017 has been published, and it describes the new requirements for type approval of telecommunications and RF equipment in Ecuador.
RF equipment testing has been removed, and no samples are required for homologation. Type approval for the equipment, is still required.
As per Chapter V, Article 10 of Resolution 03-03-ARCOTEL-2017, the telecom approval agency still requires the following in order to process a homologation:
User Manual or document issued by the manufacturer, in digital format, in which are listed the technical specifications, make, and model of the equipment
Digital photographs of the equipment according to the specifications set forth by ARCOTEL (contact LARCG for details on the photograph specifications required by ARCOTEL)
Certificate, such as FCC Grant, of the technical characteristics in digital format, for the equipment whose make and model will be homologated, or for those modules which will be incorporated into the end product.
In the event that the equipment to be certified already has a homologation certificate from an agency recognized by ARCOTEL, only that certificate will need to be included in the application for approval.
ARCOTEL No-Homologation letters may be obtained for equipment which falls outside the scope of ARCOTEL Resolution 03-03-ARCOTEL-2017. LARCG recommends obtaining N0-Homologation letters to help avoid any potential issues with Customs upon importation of the equipment. Contact us for details on how to obtain one.
On June 15, 2017 Ecuador’s regulatory agency, ARCOTEL issued resolution 03-03-ARCOTEL-2017. This resolution defines regulations for homologation and certification of terminal telecommunications equipment, and defines the requirements for submitting a request to homologate. Please note that equipment not falling into any of these categories still requires a “No Homologation” certificate of which LARCG can assist in providing.
Telecommunication terminal equipment that requires approval are as follows
Products that fall into more than one category will need a certificate for each. For example, a product with the following characteristics 1) Access Point & 2) Router WLAN falls under two categories: Carrier Services and Terminals with Internet Access. If the product operates under both categories than two homologation certificates will be required. If it is going to operate in only one category than only one certificate will be required.
Please contact LARCG for more information concerning Resolution 03-03-ARCOTEL-2017
ENACOM Resolution 4479-E/2017 was released today in Argentina. This new standard for medical devices allocates the frequency band from 401 to 406 MHz for Radiocommunications System for Medical Use (SRMED). The attribution of frequency bands of low power devices operating in the bands of 401 MHz to 406 MHz established by Resolution 67/2012 remain unchanged. If you want to know more about how to approve your product in Argentina and other Latin American countries, LARCG can help you. Contact Us for more information.
ARCOTEL in Ecuador will soon release a new resolution that will impact the homologation process in that country. LARCG will share details with you first hand and help you approve your products in Ecuador and other Latin American Markets. Contact Us for more information.
UPDATE: As of 6/27/17, we are no longer seeing delays in processing of telecom type approval certificates by the Peru telecom agency Ministerio de Transportes Y Comunicaciones (MTC)
16 May, 2017
The Peru telecom regulatory agency MTC has been experiencing some delays in processing telecom type approval applications due to some internal reassignment of departmental duties. We don’t expect issues with Peru regulatory authority MTC to affect our clients’ market access efforts for very long.
Mexico: NOM-208-SCFI-2016 for devices operating in the frequency bands 2400-2483.5MHz, 5725-5850MHz and 902-928MHz has been officially published in the “Diario Official” on 7 February 2017 and it will start its validity on the second week of April.
NOM-208-SCFI-2016 would replace NOM-121-SCT1-2009 and its successor NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015.
The certification body is reviewing the possibility of eliminating in-country testing and avoiding the need to provide samples to obtain the homologation certificate in Ecuador. Please contact LARCG to obtain up-to-date information regarding the approval process in Ecuador.
On October 19, 2016, NOM-EM-016 expired and the new resolution replacing it will be NOM-208-SCFI-2016. Certifications under this new NOM will start in April 2017. Please contact LARCG to obtain up-to-date information regarding the approval process in Mexico.