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Mexico Proposes New Standards for Radio Communication Systems, Lamp Controllers, Sanitary Appliances

The Mexican government is proposing new mandatory standards for radio communication systems, lamp controllers and sanitary appliances. Comments on these proposals are due by 12 November, 13 November and 25 November, respectively.

Radio Communication Systems
This proposal would establish technical specifications and test methods for domestically-produced and imported radio communication systems with spread-spectrum technology, specifically radio frequency-hopping and digital modulation devices operating in bands 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz and 5725-5850 MHz. The proposal would replace emergency regulation NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015, which has been in place since October 2015 but will expire on 20 October 2016 as required by law. If approved, it would enter into force 60 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

Like the emergency regulation, the proposal would require subject equipment to comply with the minimum specifications and limits and the test methods laid out in Technical Disposition IFT-008-2015 issued by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications. IFT-008-2015 includes a range of specifications and requirements, detailed test methods and language on the scope and goals of the standard, as well as references, definitions, abbreviations and provisions regarding conformance with international standards. The standard provides that conformity assessment must be carried out by an accredited and approved party in accordance with the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardisation and any regulations thereof. The goal of this standard is to protect consumers from potentially negative safety, health and economic effects derived from the inadequate performance of these products.

Lamps Controllers
This proposal would set new safety requirements and test methods for artificial light controllers intended for general lighting purposes, including controllers for indoor, outdoor and public lighting use. Also included within the scope are controllers for gas discharge, light-emitting diode, semiconductor and other solid state artificial light sources, as well as lamp adaptors. Excluded from the scope are voltage transformers for halogen (dichroic) and/or LED lamps. The proposal would establish general requirements as well as requirements regarding electric shock prevention, temperature increases, dielectric voltage resistance, insulation resistance, thermal protection, basic impulse insulation level, power factor, line current, abnormal condition for controllers, sampling, test methods, commercial information and conformity assessment. These provisions would apply 180 days from the date of issuance of a final rule in Mexico’s official journal.

Sanitary Appliances
This proposal would establish minimum specifications for sanitary appliances and accessories thereof to ensure the appropriate hydraulic and airtight operation and efficient water use of these products. The scope of this proposal comprises toilets, urinals, sinks, intake and discharge valves, flow metres and sealing stamps for sanitary use. Excluded from the scope are covers, seats and parts not involved in the hydraulic operation of toilets and urinals; latrines; land and marine vehicle toilets; bidets; and training toilets that operate without water. The proposal includes definitions; specific requirements for toilets, urinals, sinks, intake and discharge valves and sealing stamps, and flow metres; labelling, marking and warranty requirements; requirements for environmentally friendly sanitary appliances; and conformity assessment provisions. The new requirements would apply 60 days from the date of issuance of a final rule in Mexico’s official journal.

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