Asia Pacific Electrical Testing
As of March 1, 2013, the RCM mark will be the only mark to indicate compliance with the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) regulatory arrangements for telecommunications, radio, EMC and electromagnetic energy (EME).
All new devices that are physically labeled for the first time from March 1, 2013 will need to be labeled with the RCM. The use of the C-Tick and A-Tick marks on all legacy products will be phased out by March 1, 2016.
MET is accredited by A2LA or NVLAP to test to the following standards for Australia & New Zealand:
- AS/NZS CISPR 15 Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment
- AS/NZS CISPR 22 (2004): Information technology equipment – Radio disturbance characteristics – Limits and methods of measurement
- AS/NZS CISPR 22, 3rd Edition (2006): Information technology equipment – Radio disturbance characteristics – Limits and methods of measurement
- AS/NZS 1044 Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical motor-operated and thermal appliances for household and similar purposes, electric tools and similar electric apparatus
- AS/NZS 2279.1 (2000): EMC Part 3-2: Limits – Limits for harmonic current emissions (equipment input current <= 16 A)
- AS/NZS 2279.3 (2001): EMC Part 3-3: Limits – Limitations of voltage changes, voltage fluctuations and flicker, in public low-voltage supply-systems, for equipment with rated current <=16 A per phase and not subject to conditional connections
- AS/NZS 4268 Radio equipment and systems – Short range devices – Limits and methods of measurement
- AS/NZS 4281 Radiocommunications requirements for cordless telephones operating in the 1.7 MHz and between 30 and 41 MHz frequency bands
- AS/NZS 4295 Analogue speech (angle modulated) equipment operating in land mobile and fixed services bands in the frequency range 29.7 MHz to 1 GHz
- AS/NZS 4355 Radiocommunications equipment used in the handphone and citizen band radio services operating at frequencies not exceeding 30 MHz
- AS/NZS 4365 Radiocommunications equipment used in the UHF citizen band radio service
- AS/NZS 4771 Technical characteristics and test conditions for data transmission equipment operating in the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands and using spread spectrum modulation techniques
- AS/NZS 60950 Information Technology Equipment
- AS/NZS 60950-1 Information Technology Equipment General Requirements
|A-Tick – Legacy Only||C-Tick – Legacy Only||RCM – Current|
MET also performs telecom testing to PTC 200, PTC 220, TNA 134 (ISDN) for New Zealand, and to these standards for Australia:
- AS/ACIF S002
- AS/ACIF S003
- AS/ACIF S016
- AS/ACIF S041.1
- AS/ACIF S041.2
- AS/ACIF S043.1
- AS/ACIF S043.2
- AS/CA S002
- AS/CA S003.1
- AS/CA S003.2
- AS/CA S003.3
China is home to MET Laboratories’ largest foreign office. Asia is an important and growing market for MET customers. For manufacturers seeking to access the China or Taiwan market, MET can help with safety and EMC testing for the BSMI mark (Taiwan) or safety and EMC testing for the CCC mark (China).
For Asian manufacturers seeking to access the North American market, MET’s China office provides product safety evaluation and testing services.Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, MET’s product safety engineers evaluate manufacturing facilities and team with local partner test labs for product safety testing. Compliance is required to access the North American marketplace, and the MET mark is a growing alternative to UL. To find out more, visit the MET China website that is dedicated to helping China manufacturers gain North American NRTL safety certification.
MET has Recognized Testing Agency (RTA) status with Hong Kong’s OFTA (Office of Telecommunications Authority). MET’s three locations in Maryland and California are approved to conduct evaluation tests of analog (HKTA 2011) and digital (HKTA 2017) wire-line equipment against HKTA specifications under the Hong Kong Telecommunications Equipment Evaluation and Certification (HKTEC) Scheme.
MET also performs telecom testing to ADSL01 & PSTN01 for Taiwan, and analog testing to YD/T 514-1998 for China.
MET can help manufacturers selling in India to attain the ISI mark or CB Scheme certification.
Mandatory Safety: Yes
Mandatory EMC/TEL: Yes
MET performs telecom testing to IR/FAX-01 & S/INT-2 W/02 (Analog) for India.
Not all product categories are subject to regulatory compliance in India.
MET Labs can help Japanese companies access the North American market, and North American companies access the Japanese market.
For electronic manufacturers seeking to enter the Japanese market, MET Labs can help attain the VCCI Mark for EMC. MET’s facilities are registered in accordance with the Rules for the Voluntary Control Measures, provided by The Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment (VCCI), to test Information Technology Equipment to the Technical Requirements under V-3/2011.04.
For Japanese telecom approvals, MET tests to JATE 1.5M, 2M & Analog.
For product safety certification, MET partners with COSMOS, a Japanese-accredited Authorized Assessment Body that has been approved by MET to perform testing which can lead to MET safety certification for the US and Canadian market.
COSMOS will also perform the required factory follow-up inspections in Japan.
Under phase I of the APEC TEL MRA, MET is a recognized CAB – a designated foreign lab performing EMC KC testing for the Korean marketplace. Korea’s Radio Research Laboratory (RRL) will accept MET testing and reports and will issue certificates to customers that submit MET test reports.
MET has signed an MoU with these Korean laboratories:
- Korea Testing & Research Institute (KTR)
- EMC Research Institute (ERI)
- Korea Electrical Testing Institute
- Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL)
These MET partners will allow Korean-based manufacturers requiring safety certifications for North America to gain it locally.
Conversely, North American-based customers can attain market access in Korea by working with MET. These partnerships will give manufacturers the ability to reduce certification costs while improving their time to market.
n February 2013 the national Russian certification system GOST R and national Russian technical regulation “On Safety of Machinery Equipment” were withdrawn.
Simultaneously, the new Customs Union Technical Regulation (CU TR) for most electrical products was enforced in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
Earlier issued GOST R certificates will be valid until March 15, 2015. After that, the new EAC mark must be used.
The Common Production Mark will be used for marking of products in the Customs Union (CU) and Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC or EurAsEC). The Customs Union is made up of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. EAEC countries include the CU countries, plus Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The Mark is analogous with the European Union’s CE mark for product safety.
Of note: There are a number of changes in the CU TR for manufacturers of mass-produced products.
Here are a couple of the most significant:
- The certification applicant must have a formal relationship (contract) with a Russian representative legal entity. With GOST, this was not required.
- Mandatory factory audits are performed by a Russian certification body. With GOST, a test lab could do this.
MET partners with Russian ELMAS Group for market access to Russia and CIS Countries. ELMAS is a Russian-accredited Authorized Assessment Body and can provide product certification services for any North American company planning to access the Russian Federation (RF) market.
MET can help manufacturers selling in Singapore to attain the PSB mark or CB Scheme certification.
Mandatory Safety: Yes
Mandatory EMC/TEL: Yes TEL only
MET performs telecom testing to IDA TS ADSL & IDA TS PSTN for Singapore.
Not all product categories are subject to regulatory compliance in Singapore.
MET is one of only five labs recognized by Vietnam as part of the MRA relationship with NIST. MET’s EMC test reports can be used to validate compliance to the applicable Vietnamese TNC standards.
MET can help manufacturers selling in Vietnam to attain the Vietnam quality mark or Ministry of Information and Communication approvals.
Mandatory Safety: Yes
Mandatory EMC/TEL: Yes
Not all product categories are subject to regulatory compliance in Vietnam.