As of September 2013, the Mexican telecommunications agency, the Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL), has been replaced by IFETEL (Federal Institute of Telecommunications). IFETEL will be in charge of the Mexico telecom type approval processes for all equipment requiring testing for importation into Mexico. COFETEL will no longer exist.
IFETEL’s responsibilities will include:
- Define the radiofrequency bands to be used for telecommunications and broadcasting that can be utilized by concessionaries
- Grant concessions and approve any concessions transfers
- Issue/update regulations for the telecom industry
- Identify and regulate monopolies
For Mexico telecom type approvals completed thru COFETEL, IFETEL will grandfather the products, retaining the same numbering system and the same homologation approval certificate numbers.
Moving forward, all products approved under the IFETEL Scheme should be labeled as follows:
- For products with on-board/integrated radios: “IFETEL: xxxxxxxxxxxxx”
- For host products containing approved modules: “This product contains an Approved module, Model No. xxxx, IFETEL No. xxxxxxxxxxxxx”
Mexico’s NOM-121 requirements and testing for radiofrequency equipment utilizing 900MHz, 2.4GHZ, and 5GHz will remain the same until IFETEL releases their new procedures and requirements, which are expected soon.
For more information on the changes, contact MET Labs.
The Mexican governments’ Secretary of Commerce officially announced last month that it will accept products certified to certain ANSI/UL and CAN/CSA standards by an NRTL/SCC approved lab in lieu of the NOM Certification.
Normally, NOM certifications can only be obtained in-country. However, an exception is made in these instances where the UL and CSA standards are similar to the NOM standards:
- For ITE products, in lieu of NOM-019-SCFI-1998, manufacturers can certify to ANSI/UL 60950-1 (Ed. 2 Mar 27 2007) or CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 Second Edition.
- For A/V products, in lieu of NOM-001-SCFI-1993, manufacturers can certify to ANSI/UL 60065, Seventh Edition (2003) or CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60065-2003 + Amendment 1: 2006.
- For household appliances, in lieu of NOM-016-SCFI-1993, manufacturers can certify to ANSI/UL 60335-1 or CAN/CSA-E60335-1/4E-03 (R2007).
It’s a misperception that only a couple laboratories are recognized to do this testing. All laboratories – including MET Labs – that meet ISO/IEC Guide 65, are approved by OSHA as NRTLs, and as a Certification Body by the SCC, will be recognized as third party testing organizations for products shipped into Mexico.
From the Mexico Secretary of Commerce’s website:
“por cualquier otro acreditado en el campo de aplicación de las normas citadas y conforme a la Guía ISO/IEC 65, y para el caso de los Estados Unidos de América que también sean reconocidos por la Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) de los Estados Unidos de América.”
“any other [lab] accredited in the field of application of the mentioned standards and according to Guide ISO/IEC 65, and for the case of the United States of America that also is recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States of America.”