ACMA proposes amendments to EME arrangements

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019

ACMA proposes amendments to EME arrangements

The ACMA is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the electromagnetic energy (EME) arrangements to ensure requirements are appropriate for 5G equipment.

In a statement released 14 August, the ACMA said that it is “proposing to amend the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2014 to ensure equipment that will be operating on frequencies up to 6 GHz is tested in accordance with the latest international measurement standards and is compliant with labelling requirements for Australia’s EME standards”.

“The ACMA Standard usually automatically adopts such variations to the international standards, but minor changes to the titles of the international standards on this occasion mean that to avoid any doubt as to the application of those standards we propose to amend the ACMA Standard.”

The ACMA also said that it is “proposing to amend the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015 to ensure the EME arrangements for equipment and the EME licence conditions on transmitters operate as intended”.

The Authority said that the proposed amendments are intended to ensure that the “latest international test methodologies are adopted, and to avoid any doubt about the equipment arrangements, including device labelling requirements, and licence conditions”.

The consultation is open for submissions until close of business on 13 September 2019. Full details can be found here.

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