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;

Link -$file/ICES-003-i7-2020-10EN.pdf

Friday, September 4, 2020

FCC Publishes Addendum to draft for U-NII 6 GHz devices

The FCC has published an addendum to the draft U-NII 6 GHz certification guidance. The purpose of this document is to provide clarifications and updates to 987594 U-NII 6 GHz devices 5.925-7.125 GHz DR01-44057 during the commenting period. This addendum will evolve as the draft period continues, adding new items to the existing ones and incrementing the version.

A link to this addendum is here:

In a related post, in August 2020 the FCC published guidance for certification of 6GHz devices, see posting "FCC publishes guidance on certification of 6 GHz devices operating in the 5.925 - 7.125 GHz U-NII band" for a link to that guidance document.

These documents are in support of the the newly published, May 2020, FCC rules, effective July 27, 2020, opening more spectrum for unlicensed use in the 5 to 7 GHz range.  See "FCC Adopts Rules for Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band"


A link to the FCC Draft Knowledge Database (KDB)

FCC KDB Home page

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

FCC publishes guidance on certification of 6 GHz devices operating in the 5.925 - 7.125 GHz U-NII band

Following the adoption of new rules published in May, 2020 allowing use of new spectrum for emerging "6 GHz" devices, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)  Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Laboratory Division has published a draft guidance document for public review covering certification of U-NII 6 GHz devices operating in the 5.925-7.125 GHz band.

The document can be found on the FCC OET Page, a shortcut provided here - 

Other links;

FCC KDB document home;

Archive copy of publication available at;

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

FCC Adopts Rules for Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band

FCC publishes new rules in the Federal Register designed to optimize unlicensed access by authorizing two types of unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band.

The Commission is authorizing standard-power access points that operate under the control of an automated frequency coordination system in portions of the 6 GHz band, additionally opening the entire 6 GHz band for unlicensed indoor low power access points. The Commission will also permit unlicensed client devices to communicate with both the standard-power and low-power access points. These new rules provide use of up to 320-megahertz channels to expand capacity and increase performance.

These new rules have an effective date of July 27, 2020.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

European Union postpones new requirements for medical devices

On Friday, April 17, 2020 The European Parliament has adopted the Commission proposal to postpone the implementation of new approval rules for medical devices,


New regulations for medical devices, expected to be fully applicable on May 26, 2020, proposed to be postponed for 1 year (new effective date May 26, 2021).


In a press release by the European Parliament they note;


“The European Parliament is therefore supporting the proposal to postpone the application of this Regulation by one year to allow authorities and manufacturers alike to prioritise the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by continuing under current procedures.”


The European Member States will need to approve the proposal and publish in the Official Journal of the European Union. Expectations are this will happen prior to May 26, 2020.


The In Vitro Diagnostics Medical Devices Regulation is not affected by the new proposal, and its applicability date remains, effective May 26, 2022.




EU Parliament press release


New regulations on medical devices

Thursday, April 16, 2020

European Union - Internet connected and wearable radio equipment

Update - European Union - Report for the initiative on "internet connected radio equipment and wearable radio equipment" can be found here.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wireless Spectrum changes, on the Road to Smarter Transportation

FCC Rule amendment for 5 GHz U-NII Band 4

FCC Proposes to permit unlicensed operation in the lower 45 MHz of the U-NNI Band 4 from 5.850 to 5.895 GHz under part 15 of cfr title 47.

This proposal would also permit Intelligent Transport Systems(ITS) operation in the upper 30 MHz of the band from 5.895 to 5.925 GHz under part 90 and 95 of cfr title 47.

ITS operation would consist of Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) devices at 5.905 to 5.925 GHz and C-V2X and/or Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) devices at 5.895 to 5.905 GHz

The FCC is also asking for comments/feedback on alternative spectrum band approaches and if it would better achieve the goal of maximizing the effective use of the spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band, including different sub-band sizes or greater flexibility for the introduction of additional vehicular safety communications technology. Comments due on or before March 9, 2020, reply comments due on or before April 6, 2020.