International standards set for change in 2018
With EMC standards across the world constantly being reviewed, it can be hard to keep up with the correct specifications that your products need to comply to. To keep you updated with the latest, we’ve compiled a list of international standards that are changing or set to be changed in 2018.
It is expected that Korea will shortly announce the adoption of the new 6GHz requirement for radiated immunity in their national standards – KN61000-6-2. There is no transition period with KN standards, so products that were previously tested to 2.7GHz as part of the previous version will require re-testing and updated certification to meet the new requirement.
In preparation for the upcoming change for customers, we have added this test requirement to our scope.
The current Arab States – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – make up a population of 70 million people, making it an extensive marketplace. The testing is based on CE marking for EMC and LVD, but referencing the CISPR or IEC standards rather than European EN versions. The G Mark has a requirement to add a QR code next to the certification mark so that customs can check at importation whether it is correctly certified.
There are currently two lists, with List 1 set up for products that can be self-certified. Oddly this list is currently blank with no products listed, but it is hoped that it will be populated with equipment by the end of 2018. List 2 is for mandatory testing, and is made up of mainly domestic products and air-conditioning equipment. EMC and LVD testing must be tested at 50Hz and 60Hz. A manufacturer first needs to be registered with the GSO and supply manuals in Arabic, along with schematics and photos. A series of electrically-similar products can be added to one certificate.
It is anticipated that the QR code will last for the life of a product, but certification is only valid for 3 years, so this part is not yet completely clear yet. The 3-year fee has to be paid up front, which is currently about $450.
Towards the end of 2017, GOST RE, the Russian Certification Body, announced that it will no longer be accepting test reports from manufacturer or client test labs. In a recent market surveillance report from Belarus, it was found that 70% of EAC certifications were incorrect and non-compliant. It’s not yet clear if the restriction on the use of manufacturer test labs is as a result of the high non-compliance of certificates, but you can take a look at the document filings by clicking here.
From February 2018, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will be adding a list of new products, making up the phase III requirements for mandatory approval. These new products add ITE and Lighting to the initial phase I domestic and IT product listing from 2013 and phase II office machines from 2015.
The US Federal Communications Commission has recently amended the rules governing the authorisation of radio frequency equipment in FCC Part 15B. Amongst others, the rule changes mean that two authorisation procedures, Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and Verification, have been combined into one procedure called Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). There was previously some confusion for many devices as to whether they fit into the Verification or DOC category. As a result, combining these simplifies the authorisation process for products that are not subject to certification.
One significant change is that a test result from an accredited test laboratory is no longer a requirement. The SDoC process includes the requirement for a compliance statement in the product documentation that identifies who is responsible for the compliance of the device. The responsible party must be located in the United States.
The FCC logo currently used for the DoC process is no longer required, but the FCC will allow manufacturers the option to continue using the logo.
If you’d like to find out more information about any of these standards or would like to look into pricing, give us a call on 02380 711111.