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 Mexico synapse
Mexico has two main approval bodies.
IFETEL (formerly COFETEL) and NYCE.
Most telecom products that require type approval in Mexico will fall into two categories.
Provisional approval and IFT 008/NOM 208 approval.
Provisional approval in Mexico is for products that operate outside the 900 MHz, 2.5 GHz and 5.0 GHz range.
Typically we can use your FCC test reports as part of the approval process. The user guide can be in English.
Once we submit the application for type approval (provisional) to IFETEL it typically takes 6-8 weeks for IFETEL to issue a provisional certificate.
One year later we can apply for a permanent certificate. The certificate number remains the same so no update to you label is required.
This permanent type approval certificate for Mexico is valid indefinitely.
Telecom products that operate in the 900 MHz, 2.5 GHz and 5.0 GHz range require a type approval certificate from IFETEL (IFT 008) and from NYCE (NOM 208).
The certificate that NYCE issues is called a PEC certificate and a copy of this certificate must accompany every shipment into Mexico.
The user guide must be in Spanish and there is a safety phrase that is required to be placed in the guide.
The IFETEL IFT 008 certificate is valid indefinitely.
The NOM 208 certificate the products will be selected at random for surveillance/inspection. The surveillance/inspection includes re-test of a new sample. The selection of the random follow up visits (verification) is made yearly on April. A product which is assigned to an inspection one year, won’t be assigned the next year but the following year it returns to the random selection. Basically at some point once every two years your product will be called for inspection. This is a lifetime process.
There are also several different safety specific approvals, such as NOM 019 or NOM 001, required in Mexico for products that operate on more than 24V.
CSIA can assist you with any type approval or safety approval projects in Mexico as well as Energy Efficient certificates.
All of the processes above require either a local representative (for the type approval process IFT 008/NOM 208) or a local certificate holder for the safety approvals (NOM 019, NOM 110). CSIA can provide these services as well.
There is a new process for mobile cellular products with voice call capabilities.
This is called NOM-221 and subcategory DT-IFT-011.
DT-IFT-011 has two parts. .
Part 1 is for cellular products that have IMEI registration and does not require lab tests. These products would also require Part 2. Part 2 does require in-country testing.
Part 2 is for cellular products that do not have IMEI numbers.
Note that NOM 221 is not in affect yet however DT-IFT-011 is. When NOM 221 becomes fully implemented if you already have DT-IFT-011 you do not need further approvals as the DT-IFT-011 will cover you for NOM 22
As part of the application to get this certificate, we will have to submit to NYCE, a list of the IMEIs of all the products that will be sold in Mexico. This list must comply with the format included in IFT-011-2017 (attached).
Also IFT-011 says that if the mobile (cellular) device has FM receiver, certification body (NYCE) will check that the cellular devices do not use mobile frequencies to reproduce FM radio signal. Cellular devices must reproduce FM radio signals without spending data from GPRS neither WIFi. They must have an FM radio receiver.
Contact CSIA for more information on this new process.
WWAN Local Testing to be Introduced for Mobile Terminal Devices
On January 3, 2018, Mexican Regulator, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), issued technical disposition IFT-011-2017, part 2, stating that WWAN local testing requirements will be implemented in Mexico within 90 days and are expected to be in force as of April 3, 2018. This new requirement affects only new Type Approval applications for terminal devices with cellular technology. Also note as follows:
Devices which already have a permanent or provisional approval in place are not affected (any provisional certificates can be renewed under the original standard they were approved to).
IFT-011-2017 part 2 is only applicable to host devices, and is not applicable to modules.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contactCSIA for up to date information.
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