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Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?
What is the lead time to obtain type approval?
Are there any marking or logo requirements?
Is in country testing required or can we leverage existing FCC or CE test reports?
What are the types of equipment that would require approval in this country?
Do I need an in country local representative or local certificate holder?
Synapse of type approval in Argentina
(January 2016) After an intervention by decree of the Minister of Telecommunications which removed the authority of AFTIC, the Argentina regulator AFTIC has officially merged with AFSCA (entity in charge of the media), and the new entity is called ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones).
The type approval process in Argentina remains the same, only the agency name has been changed to ENACOM.
In Argentina ENACOM has three types of products registration:
Homologation. Homologation in Argentina by ENACOM usually requires in country testing. A local certificate holder is also required.
Examples of products that would require homologation in Argentina would be WIFI, BT products. Once you have this type approval or homologation in Argentina you are free to import and sell your products.
Codification. Codification in Argentina can usually be obtained using foreign test reports, such as FCC test reports, and avoid in country testing. A local certificate holder is also required.
Examples of products that would require Codification in Argentina would be equipment with E1 or ADSL, cellular, satellite technology.
Once you have this type approval or Codification in Argentina you are free to import and sell your products.
Authorization. With this process in Argentina permission is granted either to a person or company, allowing the utilization of certain Telecommunication equipment.
This permission does not allow the importer to commercialize the product as it is not a true type approval recognized in Argentina.
On April 27th, 2021 ENACOM has published Resolution 551/2021 to introduce an updated version of the Testing Standard for Low Power Devices (SRD).
The keypoints for this update are as follows:
New Testing Standard for Low Power Devices (SRD): ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V20.1
It has already become effective since April 27th, 2021
Replaced former ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V18.1 standard
New Frequency bands have been included as part of the "Service for Frequency Bands of Shared use", now being able to be tested radiated as SRD devices:
915 - 928 MHz
2400 - 2483.5 MHz
5725 - 5850 MHz
Addition of an Electrical Field Strenght Peak limit for 3.1-10.6 GHz & 22-26.65Ghz frequency bands.
ENACOM has granted a grace period of 90 calendar days to allow new and ongoing applications to be still accepted having reports issued under ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V18.1 former standard.
For renewals, no retesting would be required, as long as the original test report shows compliance with the limits established in this new regulations.
New Testing Standard for Low Power Devices (SRD): ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V20.1
Type Approval certificates validity exteneded during COVID-19
Argentine Regulator, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM), published Resolución 771/2020, extending the validity of certain Type Approval Certificates as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 impact. Resolución 771/2020 confirms that the validity of Type Approval certificates which have an expiry date between March 16, 2020 and September 18, 2020 will be extended by a period of 60 calendar days.
This replaces ENACOM’s previous resolution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 461/2020, whereby the extension applied to certificates expiring between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020.ENACOM has advised that a system will be in place to automatically display the validity extensions of Approval certificates and recommends renewing Type Approval Certificates per the current process.
In addition ENACOM, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) has released Resolution 854 that establishes the new labeling scheme for ENACOM-approved devices. The major changes in the updated Resolution are summarized below:
Energy Efficiency Resolution No. 800/2019 just published for Argentina.
This resolution affects electric pumps, specifically electric pumps operating on 0.18kW to 5.5kW will now require an Energy Efficiency approval in order to be imported and sold in Argentina
Starting on May 31, 2020 all importers must have proof from the local Certification Body stating they have started the process for the Energy Efficiency Certification process for those electric pumps.
Starting on May 26, 2021 all importers must have completed this process and have a valid Energy Efficiency Certificate for the electric pumps to import and commercialize them.
The Secretariat of Trade of Argentina has drafted an amendment to compliance certification, including safety requirements for low-voltage electrical products. These requirements apply to electrical equipment between 50 VAC and 1,000 VAC and equipment between 75 VDC and 1,500 VCD; lamps and lamp holders (excluding LED); and fence electrifiers. Products that comply with IEC 60335-1 and IRAM 2092-1 are not exempt from these requirements. Following are products that require certification:
Electronic and electromagnetic ballasts for fluorescent and gas discharge lamps
Igniters and starters for gas discharge lamps
Starters for fluorescent lamps
Transformers for lamps
Electronic control and control elements for fixed installations
Single or multiple extensions
Mobile outlets for home use (single or multiple)
Cables for fixed installations
Electrical equipment for water heating
ENACOM releases new frequency plan.
The Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) issued an update of the Argentinian frequency allocation plan incorporating the allowance to new services and references to the current technical regulations.
Argentina has established new procedures for zinc-carbon and alkaline manganese primary batteries to certify compliance with the mercury, cadmium and lead limits of Law 26.184. The body of cylindrical batteries must be marked with the expiration date (month and year) of the product and a sworn declaration by the producer will be accepted for button cell batteries that are too small to be marked.
Procedures have been established to ensure that subject batteries comply with the current maximum heavy metal limits, namely 0.0005 percent by weight of mercury (two percent by weight in the case of button cell batteries), 0.015 percent by weight of cadmium and 0.2 percent by weight of lead. Moreover, various provisions have been adopted related to sampling, monitoring, conformity certification process and conformity certificates.
ENACOM recently published Resolution 5762-E/2017.
This includes a new standard ENACOM-Q2-61.03 V17.1, for “User Terminals of Services of Mobile Communications” (cellular interfaces). Starting July 4th, 2018, cellular devices will require testing in local test labs.
Prior to this rule change we had been able to obtain approval of cellular products using existing FCC test reports.
With this rule change, as stated above, that is no longer possible.
Further cellular products with existing certificates obtained under the old process may require testing at renewal time.
For WWAN interfaces using 2G/3G/4G, etc. ENACOM has restored the recognition and validity of tests performed in foreign laboratories (members of ILAC) in replacement of local tests in Argentina. ENACOM will accept the use of the foreign certification of these interfaces by presentation of a certificate issued by a certifying authority similar in nature to ENACOM (FCC, ANATEL, IFETEL, etc.) in addition to the associated test reports used to obtain that foreign test certificate(s). Since the US and Argentina currently use the same frequency bands for these technologies, FCC documentation can be used.
However, for 4G LTE ENACOM Argentina has assigned some bands different from what is assigned in the USA (eg, band 28: 703-748 MHz // 758 - 803 MHz). In instances where clients are seeking to register a WWAN device that operates in band 28 with ENACOM in Argentina, they will need to provide the FCC reports and grant, but they will also need to provide the SAR report or MPE calculations for the product. Additionally, ENACOM will require that the client provides a certification from an equivalent certification body that demonstrates the operation/testing of the device in the LTE bands required in the Argentina regulations. CSIA can provide testing from a certified test lab. Contact us today for more information.
Resolution 169/2018 has replaced Resolution 171/16 regarding Electrical Safety in Argentina and will be implemented starting June 2nd, 2018. The regulated product scope has remained largely unchanged, and the following products are not within the scope:
Medical equipment (now under ANMAT)
Products for Explosive Atmospheres
Products less than 50VAC and 75VDC
The following changes will also be implemented under the new resolution:
The importer information is no longer required on the product label or packaging, and only the Consumer Defense Law requirements will be enforced
Transfer of certificates has been cited, but the extension of certificates to multiple importers has not been considered and will be re-evaluated.
WWAN Local Testing Required Effective June 24, 2018
On December 26, 2017, Argentina’s Regulator, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM), issued Resolución 5762/2017 stating that WWAN local testing will be officially implemented in Argentina within 180 days, meaning June 24, 2018. At this time, all cellular devices with other integrated radios such as Bluetooth and WLAN already require Type Approval in Argentina via local testing. Upon implementation of Resolución 5762/2017, additional local testing will be needed on the cellular radios. Existing approvals will require local testing on WWAN radios at the time of renewal. The exact sample requirements have yet to be established. Local testing will consist of validating the cellular bands in which the device will operate nationally via conducted testing. Contact CSIA for a table that shows the cellular bands to be validated.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contactCSIA for up to date information.
CSIA can also provide supporting services should your company not be able to meet country specific requirements such as a local representative, local certificate holder, translating documents into the native language, etc. Contact CSIA at (503) 489 8006 or email@example.com for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.