The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: RSS-102, issue 6, “Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Compliance of Radiocommunication Apparatus (All Frequency Bands)”. This issue presents a new architecture that reformats RSS-102 as a series of standards.
RSS-102 and its companion documents set out the requirements, measurement and simulation techniques to be employed for evaluating RF exposure compliance of radiocommunication apparatus (Category I and Category II equipment) that are designed to be used within the vicinity of the human body. This standard applies to:
- radiocommunication apparatus having an integral antenna,
- systems requiring licensing with detachable antennas offered with the transmitters, or
- licence-exempt transmitters with detachable antennas, as defined in RSS-Gen.
The requirements within RSS-102 also apply to wireless power transfer (WPT) source subassemblies, including Type 1, which are classified as interference-causing equipment.
Within RSS-102 issue 6, besides the structural changes, the following key changes and additions are being proposed:
- New exemption limits for nerve stimulation (NS)
- New exemption limits for absorbed power density (APD)
- Revised exemption limits for specific absorption rate (SAR)
- New requirements to assess compliance of hand SAR during voice calls
- Revised maximum separation distance for SAR
- New requirements for sensor validation
In addition to RSS-102 issue 6, the Department is also concurrently issuing the following documents as part of this consultation:
- RSS-102.SAR.MEAS issue 1 – Measurement procedure for assessing specific absorption, replaces, in part, SPR-001, SPR-004 and SPR-APD
- RSS-102.NS.MEAS issue 1 – Measurement procedure for assessing nerve stimulation, replaces, in part, SPR-002
- RSS-102.NS.SIM issue 1 – Simulation procedure for assessing nerve stimulation, replaces, in part, SPR-002
- RSS-102.IPD.MEAS issue 1 – Measurement procedure for assessing incident power density, replaces SPR-003
- RSS-102.IPD.SIM issue 1 – Simulation procedure for assessing incident power density, replaces SPR-003
Comments are due no later than September 1, 2023.