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Thursday, July 1, 2021

EU Commission Decision on Wireless Access Systems / Radio Local Area Networks


The European Union Commission Decision on Wireless Access Systems / Radio Local Area Networks operating in the 5945-6425 MHz (6 GHz WAS/RLAN) band has been published in the EU Official Journal.


REF:

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2021/1067/oj

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

FCC proposes ban on equipment authorizations for devices deemed to pose a threat to national security

 

June 17, 2021 – U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposes rules that would prohibit all future authorizations for communications equipment deemed to pose a national security risk.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeks comment on the proposal to prohibit all future authorizations of communications equipment that has been determined to pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security, as identified on the “Covered List” published by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. This proposal will prohibit authorization of listed equipment through either the FCC’s Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) or Certification authorization methods.

Furthermore, the FCC seeks comments on whether it should revoke prior authorizations for any equipment on the “Covered List” and if so by what procedures should be used.

As of this writing, the “Covered List” includes Huawei Technologies Company, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, and Dahua Technology Company.


REF:

Press Release:
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-373363A1.pdf

FCC EDOCS:
https://www.fcc.gov/document/equipment-authorization-and-competitive-bidding-supply-chain-nprm

ET Docket No. 21-232 and EA Docket No. 21-233:

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-622A1.pdf

“Covered List”
https://www.fcc.gov/supplychain/coveredlist

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

EN 55024 date of withdrawal set


Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/455 published March 16, 2021, has set the date of withdrawal of EN 55024 (immunity for Information Technology Equipment) to Sept. 16, 2022. EN 55024 has been superseded by EN 55035 (immunity for Multimedia Equipment).

This publication also sets the date of withdrawal for EN 55103-2 (immunity for Professional Entertainment Lighting and Control), to July 28, 2022.

The date of withdrawal of a European EN is the date by which all superseded standards are withdrawn and cease to give presumption of conformity.

 REF:  

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2021/455/oj


Monday, February 1, 2021

ANSI C63.10 2020 Published

 

The American National Standard of Procedures for Compliance Testing of Unlicensed Wireless Devices, IEEE/ANSI C63.10 2020, has been published.

ANSI C63.10 is the U.S. consensus standard covering methods and instrumentation and test facilities requirements for measurement of radio frequency (RF) signals and noise emitted from unlicensed wireless devices (also called unlicensed transmitters, intentional radiators, and license-exempt transmitters) operating in the frequency range 9 kHz to 231 GHz.

At the time of this 2020 version publication, January 29, 2021, the version accepted by the FCC for wireless certification remains ANSI C63.10 2013, effective from July 13, 2016. The new version must first be incorporated by reference within the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 47, §2.910. Publication will often come with a reasonable transition period as defined in §2.950.

Ref:

IEEE/ANSI C63.10-2020

History of C3.10

Subpart J—Equipment Authorization Procedures

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4.1

September 2020, the EMC Standard for medical devices, IEC 60601-1-2 edition 4.1, has been published. Added to the FDA recognized consensus standards on December 21, 2020 with partial recognition. 

The FDA has designated a 3 year transition period, after which the previous version will not be accepted- REC#19-8 (IEC 60601-1-2:ed4.0 + ANSI AAMI IEC 60601-1-2:2014).

New testing requirements include 

  • Testing at minimum and maximum input voltage levels for conducted emissions and voltage dips and short interruptions
  • Power frequency magnetic field at either 50 or 60 Hz so long as the frequency is the same as that used to power the equipment
  • A new technical reference standard has been added IEC 61000-4-39:2017 
  • Magnetic field immunity testing requirements from 9 kHz to 13.56 MHz 
Some of the normative references have been updated to reflect new versions of older base standards updating requirements for emissions and surge and voltage dips. Removal of ISO 7137:1995 procedures for airborne equipment.

The standard includes guidance on the determination of immunity levels and adjustments according to implemented mitigations and intended use. Identification of pass/fail and guidance on risk management for basic safety and essential performance related to electromagnetic compatibility. 

REF:
FDA FR Recognition Number 19-36  http://bit.ly/60601-1-2ed4-1

Monday, October 19, 2020

Canada ICES-003 update

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has published issue 7 of ICES-003. Following are the main changes as published in the standard.

1. Changed title of the standard from Information Technology Equipment (Including Digital Apparatus) — Limits and Methods of Measurement to Information Technology Equipment (including Digital Apparatus) 

2. Added requirements for devices with wireless power transfer functionality (section 1.3) 

3. Removed requirements that are specified in ICES-Gen and referred to ICES-Gen for all general requirements (section 2.2) 

4. Removed the alternative limits (ICES-003 now has only one set of limits), while continuing to allow either the CISPR or ANSI test methods (section 3) 

A copy of the standard can be obtained via the ISED page at ic.gc.ca;

Link - https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/ICES-003-i7-2020-10EN.pdf/$file/ICES-003-i7-2020-10EN.pdf