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This instrument amends the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2014 to ensure that appropriate test methods for compliance with the Standard are specified for devices operating above 6 GHz.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Registered 14 Apr 2020
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR12-May-2020
Tabled Senate12-May-2020
To be repealed 13 Aug 2020
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

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Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation — Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1)

 

The Australian Communications and Media Authority makes this instrument under subsection 162(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Dated: 9 April 2020

 

Nerida O’Loughlin

[signed]

Member

 

Linda Caruso

[signed]

Member/General Manager

 

Australian Communications and Media Authority

 

 

 


 

1  Name

                   This is the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation — Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1).

2  Commencement

                   This instrument commences at the start of the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Note:    The Federal Register of Legislation may be accessed free of charge at www.legislation.gov.au.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under subsection 162(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

4  Amendments

                   The instrument that is specified in Schedule 1 is amended as set out in the applicable items in that Schedule.

 


Schedule 1—Amendments

                         (section 4)

Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation — Human Exposure) Standard 2014 (F2014L00960)

1  Subsection 5(1) (after the definition of IEC 62209-2)

Insert:

            IEC TR 63170 means:

(a)    IEC TR 63170:2018 – Measurement procedure for the evaluation of power density related to human exposure to radio frequency fields from wireless communication devices operating between 6 GHz and 100 GHz, published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); or

(b)   if a later document published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is expressed to replace the document mentioned in paragraph (a) – the later document.

Note         IEC TR 63170 may be obtained for a fee from a Standards Australia distributor listed on the Standards Australia website  (https://www.standards.org.au/search-for-a-standard) or can otherwise be made available for viewing on prior request at an ACMA office, subject to licensing conditions.

2  Paragraph 6(2)(f)

Omit “subsections 9(1), 10(1) or 11(1)”, substitute “subsections 9(1), 9B(1), 10(1), 10A(1) or 11(1)”.

3  Subsection 8(1)

Omit “section 9, 10 or 11”, substitute “section 9, 9B, 10, 10A or 11”.

4  Subsection 8(2)

Omit “section 9, 10 or 11”, substitute “section 9, 9B, 10, 10A or 11”.

5  Section 9 (heading)

After “proximity to the human ear”, insert “ – 300MHz to 6GHz

6  Section 9A (heading)

After “proximity to the human ear”, insert “ – 300MHz to 3GHz

7  After section 9A 

Insert:

9B     Measurement methods for performance standards: aware user device or non‑aware user device in close proximity to the human ear – 6GHz to 100GHz

(1)     Subject to section 9C, this section applies to an aware user device or non‑aware user device to which this Standard applies that:

(a)    is designed to be used or held with the radiating part of the aware user device or non‑aware user device in close proximity to the human ear; and

(b)   transmits on a frequency above 6GHz but less than or equal to 100GHz.

(2)     The measurement methods to determine if the aware user device or non-aware user device meets the standard for performance in subsection 8(1) or 8(2) are the measurement methods identified in IEC TR 63170.

(3)     A test report must comply with the requirements in IEC TR 63170 which contained the measurement methods identified in accordance with subsection (2).

Note           In circumstances where a device transmits on frequencies between 300MHz to 6GHz (inclusive) and above 6GHz but less than or equal to 100GHz, both sections 9 (subject to section 9A) and 9B may apply.

9C     Transitional arrangements for measurement methods for performance standards: aware user device or non‑aware user device in close proximity to the human ear – 6GHz to 100GHz

(1)     This section applies to an aware user device or non‑aware user device to which this Standard applies that:

(a)    is designed to be used or held with the radiating part of the aware user device or non‑aware user device in close proximity to the human ear; and

(b)   transmits on a frequency above 6GHz but less than or equal to 100GHz; and

(c)    was either:

(i)         manufactured or imported not later than 3 months after the commencement of the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1); or

(ii)        altered or modified in a material way not later than 3 months after the commencement of the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1).

(2)     This Standard does not set a measurement method to determine if an aware user device or non-aware user device to which this section applies meets the standard for performance in subsection 8(1) or 8(2).

8  Section 10 (heading)

After “from the human body”, insert “ – 30MHz to 6GHz”.

9  After section 10 

Insert:

10A   Measurement methods for performance standards: aware user device or non–aware user device 20cm or less from the human body– 6GHz to 100GHz

(1)     Subject to section 10B, this section applies to an aware user device or non‑aware user device to which this Standard applies that:

(a)    is designed to be used or held with the radiating part of the aware user device or non‑aware user device in close proximity to the human body but not more than 20cm from the human body; and

(b)   transmits on a frequency above 6GHz but less than or equal to 100GHz; and

(c)    is not mentioned in subsection 9B(1).

(2)     The measurement methods to determine if the aware user device or non-aware user device meets the standard for performance in subsection 8(1) or 8(2) are the measurement methods identified in IEC TR 63170.

(3)     A test report must comply with the requirements in IEC TR 63170 which contained the measurement methods identified in accordance with subsection (2).

Note           In circumstances where a device transmits on frequencies between 30MHz to 6GHz (inclusive) and above 6GHz but less than or equal to 100GHz, both sections 10 and 10A (subject to section 10B) may apply.

10B   Transitional arrangements for measurement methods for performance standards: aware user device or non‑aware user device 20cm or less from the human body – 6GHz to 100GHz

(1)     This section applies to an aware user device or non‑aware user device to which this Standard applies that:

(a)    is designed to be used or held with the radiating part of the aware user device or non‑aware user device in close proximity to the human body but not more than 20cm from the human body; and

(b)   transmits on a frequency above 6GHz but less than or equal to 100GHz; and

(c)    is not mentioned in subsection 9B(1); and

(d)   was either:

(i)         manufactured or imported not later than 3 months after the commencement of the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1); or

(ii)        altered or modified in a material way not later than 3 months after the commencement of the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1).

(2)     This Standard does not set a measurement method to determine if an aware user device or non-aware user device to which this section applies meets the standard for performance in subsection 8(1) or 8(2).