Wireless Testing Regulatory Changes Discussed at TCB Council Workshop

At last week’s TCB Council Workshop in Baltimore, TCBs – including MET Labs – were given an update on upcoming wireless regulatory and compliance changes. Here are the most notable.

Japan SAR
Body SAR will be required for Japan starting April 1, 2014. The limit is 2 W/kg for body and 4 W/kg for arms and legs. The SAR is calculated over any 10g of tissue (as compared to 1g of tissue for FCC). Body SAR will be exempt for radio devices that have less than 20mW output power. The test method, for the most part, is harmonized with IEC 62209-2.  Read about SAR requirements in North America and Europe.

FCC Changes
There is a second FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) coming out early next year proposing still-unknown new certification procedures for FCC. This is in addition to the first NPRM that issued in February 2013 and which included significant changes to the FCC equipment authorization process.  FCC is calling it a “complete overhaul of the certification process.”  It is expected these changes will take effect in late 2014. 

Mexico and Israel MRAs
Mexico and Israel Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) should be finalized late next year. When Phase I of the MRAs are implemented, U.S. manufacturers will be able to perform testing at a local U.S. lab for those countries.  Later, when Phase II is implemented each country will be able to certify products for the other.

For questions about these changes or for an immediate test need, visit our Quote Center.

Register now for MET’s free EMC & Wireless Design & Testing Seminar in Baltimore next week.

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