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Brazil: ANATEL Regulatory changes FAQ

Questions and answers related to the ANATEL regulatory changes.

Where can I find the scope listed for telecom products?

This is given in Act 2222/2020.

For implementation of Resolution 715, you mentioned the October time frame. Is there a specific day in October when this Resolution becomes mandatory?

Not yet. October 2020 is an estimated date.

Does the new resolution apply to products already certified by ANATEL?

Yes, but probably no action for previous certificated products will be necessary until the renewal process.

Does this this also cover medical X-RAY devices with Wi-Fi modules?

Yes, it covers X-Ray devices. However, in this case it probably covers the homologate RF module only.

What is the surveillance requirement for industrial devices incorporating Wi-Fi/Bluetooth?

In general, the requirement for industrial devices that incorporate RF devices has no test, just a documentation process.

Will it be applicable for gensets that are placed for telecom industries?

It will be applicable only where a battery’s nickel-cadmium lead-acid is part of the gensets.

Do low-power wireless (BT, Radar) devices on industrial instruments apply to ANATEL regulations?

Yes, they are considered intentional transmitters: they are restricted radiation transceivers or equipment. 

Will this apply to telecom products used in gas stations?

Yes, if those products have a telecommunication feature. As stated in our webinar, the ANATEL homologation could be granted through module approval.

What are the regulations for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)?

There are no ANATEL-specific requirements for EVSE at this point.

What is the definition of an end user?

An end user is anyone to whom a covered product is sold in Brazil, including people without specific technical knowledge. For this reason, the manual in Portuguese is requested and considered as the most critical in terms of safety.

You mention "no other certification Mark bear," could you clarify that?

ANATEL has established that if the product can be marked for FCC, CE etc., it must also bear the ANATEL label. That said, for cases where the product is small and NO OTHER approval mark like FCC, CE etc. bear on the product, it is exempt from the ANATEL label on product as well.

Brazilian safety regulations are based on IEC 60950, which is being withdrawn. Is there a plan or time schedule for Brazil to convert to IEC 62368? If our product is evaluated to IEC 62368, is that sufficient?

Currently we are working with ANATEL to update safety requirements per Act 950 that is based on IEC 60950-1 and IEC 62368-1. It is under consideration but we cannot confirm by when it will be published and/or effective.

Are there any exemptions for items under a certain voltage (i.e., under 20 volts)?

No exemption exists for ANATEL homologation due to ratings, but tests can be waived due to ratings. Perhaps, for products powered by batteries with voltage less than 5 Vcc, dielectric and temperature rise tests per Act 950 (safety) does not apply.

When is e-label possible?

Currently using e-label is already possible.

Could e-label replace physical label?

As we stated in our webinar, e-label can replace physical label. However no restriction per regulation applies to both e-labels and physical labels. In addition, it is important to know products that use e-label and are intended for end users need to have a physical label on package.

Besides checking/confirming frequencies during surveillance, what other things will they be checking? Also, from where will they be getting surveillance samples? The manufacturer, reseller or somewhere else?

Surveillance is intended to check if the product remainS in compliance. From A manufacturing perspective, declaration and new photos are required. From a testing perspective, only safety tests are repeated for those products intended for end users. The sample is provided by the manufacturer or legal representative. Regarding market surveillance proposed by ANATEL through Res. 715/2019 which still require a specific operational procedure, we do not have a clear picture since it is under consideration but we can expect:

  • Samples selected from the local market
  • Tests such as EMC and functional (including frequencies check)
How does ANATEL list products that are only meant to be sold to other businesses. For example, RFID printers that are used only in factories?

In general, the test plan covers only functional and EMC emission tests.

Could you explain more about the firmware? If special firmware is needed to put the device into test mode, but has no impact on the performance, would it be listed on the certification?

Only firmware that impacts product compliance to ANATEL requirements should be listed.

If the product has FCC or other EMC certification, will it benefit for applying ANATEL?

This will not eliminate any test, but is good to know that a product has a good chance to be approved on test, since the tests in Brazil are based on international standard like FCC and CISPR-22 as well as IEC 61000-4-X for EMC.

If we already have an FCC-certified product and we wish to export to Brazil, does ANATEL offer a CB Scheme to certify the products we have? Or do we have to redo physical testing with ANATEL?

It is necessary to redo the tests in Brazil.

Is industrial telecommunications equipment sold B2B (business to business) in scope of this resolution? What is the definition of "telecommunications" equipment?

Telecommunication products are all products defined in the ANATEL families list (ACT 2222/2020). Basically it applies to any product that is connected to a telecommunication network, has intentional RF transmission, or is used in telecommunication infrastructure. IP networks, such as mobile networks, are considered in scope as well.