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Type approval in Brazil synapse.
The regulatory agency in Brazil has many authorized CABs under it that perform the actual approval work required for type approval in Brazil.
These OCDs are similar to the CABs in the USA that perform the FCC work required for FCC approval.
Information about your product is submitted to our OCD in Brazil.
The OCD in Brazil will determine which Category your product falls into.
Category 1 – equipment used by the general public
Requires more extensive EMC testing, user manual in Portuguese. Requires yearly review.
Category 2 - equipment outside definition of Category 1, which utilizes RF
Usually requires manual in Portuguese. Requires review every 2 years.
Category 3 - higher technology equipment, such as network interconnection equipment.
User manual can be in English: Under Category III, there is no safety (Resolution 238) testing required for approval. There are some EMC (Resolution 442) testing, but it’s minimal.
The only time a review is required for a Category 3 product is if the company changes names or technology in the equipment.
For products with external power supplies they must be tested with the product. Some power supplies and products may also require approval by INMETRO.
INMETRO issues safety approvals in Brazil whereas ANATEL issues type approvals or homologation certificates.
Once the Category of your product has been established test requirements are issued.
Testing is completed at one of our authorized labs in Brazil.
The compliance package along with the test results are submitted by our OCD to ANTAEL for review and approval.
The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) issued Act 77 in January 2021 and it is now in effect. Act 77 established cybersecurity requirements for products with Internet connectivity, and it is now mandatory for manufacturers of equipment, and the local applicant, to submit a declaration letter for ANATEL’s review and provide cybersecurity support to users as needed. The letter must declare that the device meets basic cybersecurity requirements as defined in Act 77.
Due to the continuous measurements against COVID-19 effect, ANATEL issued official letter 585/2020 extending renewal waiver requirements of photos and test reports, this will cover certificates expiry period from 6th of March 2020 until 31st of December 2020
ANATEL published last week the new Act 4776. This new act complemented and updated the Act 14448, considering:
the changes promoted in the radio frequency bands with usage restrictions and in the radio frequency bands usable by restricted radiation equipment with alternative emission limits, approved by Resolution No. 726, of May 5, 2020;
the advent of new technologies used in the 5 GHz and 70 GHz bands, providing access to new solutions, higher transmission rates and an increase in the efficiency of telecommunications services networks, in benefit of better experiences for users;
the technological evolution applied to devices embedded in vehicles for the assistance and protection of drivers and passengers;
the emergence of vehicle connectivity solutions to mobile communications networks in urban, rural and highway environments, for sending and receiving data and information to aid in driving traffic, traffic conditions and preventive maintenance of the vehicle.
We prepared the table below with a summary with the main changes for your reference.
See Act 4776 for full details.
Last week (Oct 24th) ANATEL published the new Resolution nº 715 revoking the Resolutions 242 (2000) and 323 (2002). This is the new Regulation for Conformity Assessment and Homologation of Telecommunications Products in Brazil and it will be in force within 180 days from its publication date.
Here are the main changes:
Product Category List (I, II, III) will no longer exist and ANATEL will release new Technical Requirements per Product Type or Family of products. The technical requirements will define the conformity assessment models applicable to the type or family of telecommunications product, testing applicable, renewal definition, etc. ANATEL is working along with OCDs and LABs in this new technical requirements;
Technical rules (such as Manual, Warnings, Labeling, certification mark, certification validity, OCD designation rules, Renewals, MRA with foreigners CBs, Laboratory acceptance) will be defined in Operational Procedures that ANATEL will release in the next months;
Telecom devices used by Brazilian Army and using Military exclusive Frequencies will not need to be homologated by ANATEL;
Conformity Assessment Models – This new Resolution includes the possibility of new certification types, such as: Declaration of Conformity, Declaration of Conformity with testing, Type Test Certification, Type Test Certification with periodic Maintenance and Type Test Certification with periodic maintenance and Factory Management System Evaluation. The certification model will be defined by ANATEL in the Technical Requirements and may be different depending the product type;
Market surveillance rules – ANATEL may issue an Operational Procedure for market surveillance, where it is intended that the samples will be collected in the market or in the factory unit;
In the case of imported telecommunications products intended for commercialization, the identification of the approval (ANATEL logo + ID number) must be made before the product enters in Brazil, except for the cases and situations defined in the Operational Procedure.
As you can see, most of the operational and technical changes will only be defined in the new documents (operational procedure and technical requirement) that ANATEL are working along with the OCDs. At this moment, it is not possible to know what will be the impacts, but ANATEL want to make things simple and easier. The annual Telecom forum will be realized in Nov 27th and ANATEL will discuss about this new Resolution with manufacturers, OCDs e Labs.
Recently ANATEL published the Official Letter n° 25/2019 asking OCDs to inform all manufacturers and reinforce the importance to register the TAC (Type Allocation Code, composed by the first 8 digits of IMEI) for all devices with WWAN functions that will use the SMP (Portable Mobile Service), such as Mobile Phones, Tablets, Modules and all other terminal using WWAN. E3Tech translated the Letter n° 25/2019 for our clients. See annex for more details.
This registration will be made using the SIGA system (controlled by company called ABR Telecom) and according to ANATEL this register must be done only by the Brazilian Manufacturer or the Local Representative company in Brazil. SIGA (Sistema Integrado de Gestão de Aparelhos) is a centralized technological solution integrated with the SMP Providers (Carriers), whose purpose is to treat and combat the use of cloned, adulterated or uncertified IMEIs in the Mobile Operators' networks. TAC registration system link: https://grupos.abrtelecom.com.br/tacfabricantes
Chronological order to Register the TAC
Foreigner applicant request the device homologation in Brazil
Certification process is conducted until obtain the ANATEL homologation
Manufacturer request to GSMA (GSM Association) the registration and TAC list
Brazilian manufacturer or Local representative make the TAC registration in the SIGA
Manufacturer is allowed to be start the commercialization in Brazil
ABR Telecom will be responsible to confirm the TAC informed in the SIGA is register in the GSMA database as well. If not, ABR will inform ANATEL to take the necessary actions.
In order to proceed the TAC registration in the SIGA, we will need:
Model name (same listed in the ANATEL Certificate)
TAC list (all TACs that belong to the homologated model in Brazil must be registered)
ANATEL Homologation ID number
Manufacturer's Code in the GSMA
ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações recently published an update to their current resolutions covering RFID. This update or act modifies RFID power restrictions defined in the regulations of technical requirements for conformity assessment of radio equipment of restricted radiation.
Contact CSIA for more information.
On Nov 7th ANATEL sent an official letter to the OCDs with clarifications about EMC Test Procedures on Restricted Radiation Transceivers from Act 6.506/2018.
Here is a brief explanation about the most important items from this letter:
Changes to the Renewal Procedure: According to Item 4 of this letter, ANATEL is exempting already approved products from being tested for radiated emissions and RF irradiated immunity in the renewals. This means that only safety testing will be required for Category I and Category II devices installed in end user environment and radiated EMC will not be required in the renewal anymore (This is the same as before with Act 6506/2018).
RF Radiated Immunity (IEC 61000-4-3) does not need to be applied to each WIFI technology as and from now on only needs to be done in the most complex modulation with largest BW/speed for each frequency band. This represents a great reduction in the testing fee for manufacturers. For example, considering WIFI 802.11 b/g/a/n/ac + Bluetooth (EDR+LE) + NFC device:
New procedures for radiated emission and irradiated immunity tests for radio communication equipment published
ANATEL – National Telecommunications Agency has formalized the procedures for radiated emission and radiated immunity tests for radio communication equipment of restricted radiation, with the publication of Act No. 6506 on August 27, 2018.
Act No. 6506
Restricted radio communication equipment refers to those covered by Resolution 680 (former Resolution 506 with updates).
ANATEL granted all applicants for approvals a period of 30 (thirty) days for the transition of the processes in progress – whether new, maintenance, transfers and / or any update.
Applications submitted in the Mosaico system until September 27, 2018: may or may not comply with the new test procedures.
Applications submitted in the Mosaico system from September 28, 2018: must comply with the new test.
New regulations require ISO 9001:2015 certificates.
1) IAF Resolution 2013-15 was approved by the IAF General Assembly in Seoul on 23 October 2013 and endorsed a transitional period of 3 years for the application of ISO 9001: 20015 as of its publication in English , September 15, 2015;
2) Certifications based on ISO 9001: 2008 will not be valid after September 15, 2018;
3) The term of validity of the certificates issued with -base in the norm ISO 9001: 2008, is until: September 14, 2018.
4) All existing certificates are valid until review time. At the next review an ISO 9001: 2015 as well as a sworn translation will be required.
So basically starting in September of this year manufacturers need an ISO 9001: 2015 instead of ISO 9001: 2008 for all new applications.
Existing certificates there is no action required until review time. Then an ISO 9001: 2015 along with a sworn translation will be required.
Starting in 2019 3G service will no longer be available. Manufacturers with 3G products operating in Brazil should be aware that starting in 2019 those products will no longer operate and you should begin upgrading all your products to 4G LTE.
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.
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