Starting 30 November 2016, wideband data systems will have to comply with the updated EN 300 328. This includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products, making it a change that impacts many manufacturers.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) already announced version 1.9.1 back in February 2015, but not all products are compliant at this moment. How many products are affected, is not exactly known, but the standard impacts all wideband data systems operating in the 2.4GHz ISM band.
From December onwards, version 1.8.1 is no longer valid. This also means that certification based on the, by then, outdated standard will be obsolete.
What does this mean for manufacturers? First of all, to sell these products in Europe after the transition date, the Technical Construction File and Declaration of Conformity will have to be changed.
Updating files alone may not be enough though. In some cases, retesting is also required since the new standard imposes several technical differences. For example, test procedures for spurious emissions and definition of dwell time were modified. The new or modified elements need to be addressed in order to show compliance with the telecommunications standard.
Consequently, in a mere week all products certified under version 1.8.1 are no longer valid to be sold on the European market without additional documentation. This could have a significant impact on your business. Just imagine not being able to sell any Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices while waiting for the proper documents.
What to do?
So, if you haven’t done so already, we strongly advise to start refiling and retesting your affected products. Alternatively, contact (link) Certification Experts to speed up the process. At this point, immediate action is required.
Read the entire standard on the ETSI website.