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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?
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.
The new Mexican Official Standard, NOM-221-SCFI-2017 (IFT-011-2017 - Parte 1) is officially in effect. It is replacing the older standard DT-IFT-011-PART 1 (IMEI). NOM-221-SCFI-2017 which was applicable to mobile terminal equipment IMEI registration.
There is no new test procedure that goes along with the standard, it simply references Disposición Técnica IFT-011-2017 (Part 1). Current certificates are valid; however, products will need to follow the new standard should they be modified.
The standard DT-IFT-011-PART 2 for cellular bands remains the same.
New testing criteria is imminent for NOM safety certifications in 2019. NOM-019-SCFI-2017 will be replacing the previous version dated 1998 and also expands its field of application to include what has been covered under NOM-016-SCFI. Final decision has not been announced, and the documents, though already approved by the National Standardization Advisory Committee, are still pending publication by the legal department of the Dirección General de Normas (DGN).
There is a similar process concurrently with NOM-001-SCFI-2017
The actual date that this will be in force depends on the publications in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF).
2G Switch Off
Mexico states they are planning to switch off 2G mobile services as early as April of this year. 2G services are used by less than 1 percent of the 17 million subscribers of operators. This allows reallocation of the spectrum towards supporting the existing 4G LTE network and to increase the capacity of the existing 4G network. In fact the US firm said data traffic has surged by more than 240 percent since the start of 2017.
In the United States, 2G cellular service has been discontinued since January 1, 2017.
Mexico Publishes New Standard for Primary Power Units and Batteries on November 3, 2018 Mexican standard NOM-212-SCFI-2017: “Primary cells and primary batteries - Maximum permissible mercury and cadmium limits - Specifications, test methods and labelling” was published. The document came into force on September 28, 2019.
On June 3th, there will be a new customs law enforce, this change to the current law only banned the possibility to import products with a letter of exemption called “carta NOM”.
This announcement states that the change on the law will be enforce on March 1st, but there was a delay on the date to give opportunity to all importers to get the certificates for the products.
At present many products that require safety NOM certificate, or energy efficiency NOM certificate or telecom NOM certificate, are being imported with this “carta NOM” justifying that the product did not require to get NOM certificates because it was intended for the end user, or as if the products being imported were samples, or for professional use.
So, customs authorities decided to forbid importation with “carta NOM”. After June 1st, the applicable NOM certificates for all products will be mandatory to be shown in customs.
Another important change in the law is that after June 1st all NOM certificates will need to show the HS code, and this HS code shown in the certificate must be the same HS code with which the importer will do customs clearance for the product
So, at present all the valid NOM certificates that will be used by the importer in customs must be re-issued to include the HS code and they must make sure to use the correct HS code or the products will be stuck in customs until the certificate is revised.
So, at present all the importers that used to avoid certification for their products are now getting the NOM certificates urgently. The labs and NYCE are overwhelmed by the amount of workload. And NYCE not only has the workload of new certificates, but also of re-issuing all certificates to include the HS code.
The importers must have the NOM certificates issued to their company name in order to be valid for importation.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.
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