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?
Type approval in Japan synapse
Radio equipment used in Japan are required to obtain type approval. These wireless products would fall under the RF approval scheme. Note that these approvals are no longer issued only by TELEC but can also be issued by authorized private certifications bodies or CABs. Testing can also be performed outside Japan by authorized test labs however those reports would need to be submitted to an authorized CAB in Japan for review and translation to Japanese.
Telecommunications terminal equipment is also required to obtain a type approval in Japan. These terminal equipment products would fall require Telecom approval.
As with RF approvals under TELEC the Telecom certifications are no longer issued by JATE alone as they can also be issued by authorized private certifications bodies or CABs. As with RF approvals testing can also be performed outside Japan by authorized test labs however those reports would need to be submitted to an authorized CAB in Japan for review and translation to Japanese.
VCCI mark is another approval available in Japan. The VCCI Mark is typically obtain by the manufacturer directly using the VCCI website. While this is a voluntary approvals most companies selling their products in Japan choose to obtain this mark. Many in Japan feel that the consumer will look for this mark on the products they buy to assure them that quality standards have been met.
RF approvals are for products that use radio frequency. It does not matter if they are connected to the Public Network or not.
Telecom approvals that are directly or indirectly connected to the Public Network. Example of indirect would be a car radio with hands free BT where the BT connects to the cell phone that connects to the network. In this case the car radio would need RF and Telecom approval.
For a product with Ethernet connections, a Telecom certification would be for the Ethernet interfaces only if it can connect to public Ethernet services such as cable TV networks.
If the Ethernet ports can only connect to local LANs, or to the network behind a certified router/gateway, it doesn't require Telecom certification.
GSM is no longer allowed in Japan.
For IP phones have a new scheme as of 2012 and do require approval.Radios used on foreign military bases such as a radio used on a US military base in Japan For foreign devices used by non-Japanese citizens on an US military base in Japan, the radio law does not apply, and the administration of the base should have some kind of agreement with the local bureau of telecommunications.
Japan releases Ordinance No. 27. (Proposal of Amendment to Ministerial Ordinance Made)
On July 11th, 2019, the Japanese Regulator, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), released Ordinance No. 27, an amendment to part of the Radio Law Enforcement Regulations.
The amendments include a revision of the technical conditions to allow for IEEE 802.11ax and the addition of channel 144 (5710 MHz).
These amendments were made in an effort to introduce next generation WLAN – IEEE 802.11ax.
If manufacturers would like to add support for 802.11ax to existing certifications, manufacturers may be able to retain the certification ID if the function is added using a software update.
In addition, MIC is proposing an amendment to the ministerial ordinance to enable the use of 5G effective December 2019.
Amendments have been made to the Regulations for Enforcement of the Radio Act and the Regulations for Radio Equipment Concerning Technical Regulations Conformity Certification of Specified Radio Equipment.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contact CSIA for up to date information.
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