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Global Guide to Radio-Frequency (RF) Equipment Regulation:
Your Comprehensive Guide for Ensuring Connected Devices Comply in the Age of the Internet of Things (IoT)
Published by: The CommLaw Group, December 2015
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Businesses of all kinds are rapidly realizing that new value is to be had by connecting traditional products to the Internet. The Internet of Things (“IoT”) (i.e., physical devices that can connect to the Internet wirelessly) is everywhere — in cars, in household appliances, even our bodies. We are in the midst of new developments that offer tremendous market potential. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) estimates that by 2020 more than 50 billion connected devices will be part of the IoT.
The exponential growth of IoT is the result of manufacturers adding wireless modules into all manner of products, which subjects those products to radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment regulation by countries all over the world. In all nations, regulatory authorities can, and often do, impose significant penalties on manufacturers, importers, and other responsible parties that supply noncompliant RF products to the market. Ignorance of the regulations is no excuse.
Accordingly, we have prepared this Guide, which provides high-level regulatory overviews of RF equipment regulations and compliance requirements in many parts of the world. The current Guide summarizes RF equipment regulatory requirements in: the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK), India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan. Virtually all devices that radiate RF energy and are manufactured, imported, and/or marketed in the subject nations are subject to stringent rules. The country summaries in this Guide provide valuable information concerning the pertinent RF equipment regulations in each country (or, in the case of the European Union, region). But, the country-specific rules are varied and complex. Accordingly, this Guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
The crux of all RF equipment rules is to ensure that proper safeguards are in place to prevent RF devices from causing harmful interference to other devices and communications operations in general. As such, each nation enforces rules to ensure that RF devices are properly tested for conformity with the applicable technical standards, authorized, and labeled before they are imported or marketed therein.
Failure to comply with the applicable regulations could result in substantial fines, equipment confiscation, and even in some cases, the banning of a company’s products from the market. Therefore, all potentially responsible parties should ensure that their equipment is in compliance with the applicable regulations at all times.
The information in this Guide will help the responsible parties understand and comply with applicable regulations. But, the compliance process itself is quite complex and time-consuming. Accordingly, enlisting the services of an experienced and efficient legal counsel or consultant for support through the necessary regulatory procedures is highly recommended. This Guide is current as of the date of publication. Because all the rules described herein are subject to change, we advise regular review of the respective regulatory agency’s rules and updates. Subsequent editions of this Guide will include regulatory updates in the subject countries, and include additional country summaries.
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This report is aimed mainly at RF equipment manufacturers. However, if you are an end user deploying RF equipment, including passive or active RFID readers, in a facility overseas, you need to understand the regulations involved. Systems integrators and importers (distributors or value-added resellers) will also find the information in this report to be useful.
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