The Compliance Today blog for electrical product manufacturer compliance engineers saw a significant jump in readers and subscribers in 2013. Following were the most popular 2013 posts, by pageviews.
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- Russia GOST R Replaced by Customs Union Technical Regulation
- UL 1741 Safety Testing of Inverters Includes Anti-Islanding Requirement
- Amendment 2 of IEC 60950-1 Edition 2 Has a Few Notable Changes from Amendment 1
- COFETEL Replaced by IFETEL for Mexico Telecom Approvals
- Hazardous Location Product Safety Certification Requirements for EU, China, Russia, Korea & India
- Proposed Changes to R&TTE Directive for Radio Equipment Include New Name & Requirements
- FCC Proposes Big Changes to Part 15 & 68 Electrical Equipment Approval Process
- Top 35 Blogs for Electrical Product Manufacturers
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As of September 2013, the Mexican telecommunications agency, the Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL), has been replaced by IFETEL (Federal Institute of Telecommunications).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.