After 7 years of intensive work, IEC TC106 MT1 has finalized its maintenance of IEC 62209-1 standard, MEASUREMENT PROCEDURE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATE OF HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIO FREQUENCY FIELDS FROM HAND-HELD AND BODY-MOUNTED WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES – Part 1: Devices used next to the ear (Frequency range of 300 MHz to 6 GHz). After translation to French and FDIS voting, the standard is expected to be published by IEC late 2015 or early 2016.

According to Dr. Jafar Keshvari, chairman of IEC MT1, with the amendments in the standard, new technologies such as higher band WLAN operating modes at higher frequencies can be assessed for EMF compliance, introduction of the fast SAR and test reduction techniques will save money for industry and other test labs performing the SAR measurement, scientifically justified procedures will give confidence to the governmental agencies like FCC and IC to apply the standard for SAR compliance evaluation for devices used close to the head. Another important progress is the referenced ITU guides to IEC and IEEE Head and Body SAR standards which ensures the globally harmonized protocol for head SAR measurement assessment.

Next major step in this field will be the combination of body and head SAR compliance assessment standards as a single SAR assessment standard which will be a dual logo IEEE/IEC standard, a globally harmonized SAR assessment standard, expected to be ready by the end of 2016.