International Regulatory Telecom and Safety Approval


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Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?

  • Country specific certification required

What is the lead time to obtain type approval?

  • 10-12 weeks

Are there any marking or logo requirements?

  • Yes

Is in country testing required or can we leverage existing FCC or CE test reports?

  • Many products do require in country testing. Contact CSIA for more details.

What are the types of equipment that would require approval in this country?

  • Most products using telecom technology such as WIFI, Bluetooth, cellular and satellite.

Do I need an in country local representative or local certificate holder?

  • A local certificate holder is required.

Type approval in Brazil synapse.

The regulatory agency in Brazil has many authorized CABs under it that perform the actual approval work  required for type approval in Brazil.

These OCDs are similar to the CABs in the USA that perform the FCC work required for FCC approval.
Information about your product is submitted to our OCD in Brazil.

The OCD in Brazil will determine which Category your product falls into.

   Category 1 – equipment used by the general public
        Requires more extensive EMC testing, user manual in Portuguese. Requires yearly review.

   Category 2 -  equipment outside definition of Category 1, which utilizes RF
        Usually requires manual in Portuguese. Requires review every 2 years.

   Category 3 -  higher technology equipment, such as network  interconnection equipment.
        User manual can be in English: Under Category III, there is no safety (Resolution 238) testing required for approval.  There are some EMC (Resolution 442) testing, but it’s minimal.

        The only time a review is required for a Category 3 product is if the company changes names or technology in the equipment.

For products with external power supplies they must be tested with the product. Some power supplies and products may also require approval by INMETRO.

INMETRO issues safety approvals in Brazil whereas ANATEL issues type approvals or homologation certificates.

Once the Category of your product has been established test requirements are issued.
Testing is completed at one of our authorized labs in Brazil.

The compliance package along with the test results are submitted by our OCD to ANTAEL for review and approval.

Brazil update

April 2024

This week (April 17th) ANATEL published the new Act 5155 with testing requirements for Mobile phone’s Chargers. This new act will come into force on October 14th, 2024, replacing the actual Act 5159.

Here are the main changes with the new Act 5155:

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Levels for Vehicular Chargers: Under the new Act, the ESD requirements for Vehicular Chargers have been refined. Specifically, ESD must now comply with Item 8.3 of ISO 10605/2008, with levels set at 6 kV (removed 2/4kV) for contact discharges and 8 kV (removed 4/6kV) for air discharges.

Streamlined Surge and Transient Immunity Testing: For Vehicular Chargers, Surge and transient immunity testing now only need to be applied in pulses 2a, 3a, and 3b, as per ISO 7637-2/2004, eliminating the requirement for pulses 2b.

Safety Tests on Wall Adapters: The new regulations stipulate that 22 normal samples of the adapter will be required for safety testing, ensuring robust assessment procedures.

Dimensional test for wall adapters’ Plug: Effective from January 1st, 2025, adapters will be mandatory to demonstrate compliance with the dimension specifications, as per item 9.1 of standard ABNT NBR NM 60884-1/2010 (Plugs and sockets for domestic and similar use) and Annex A of standard ABNT NBR 14136/2012 (Plugs and sockets for domestic and similar use up to 20A/250 V in AC current). If manufacturer wishes to already testing using Act 5155, this dimensional requirement will be optional for chargers homologated before Jan 1st, 2025.

New mechanical, electrical and thermal stresses testing for wall adaptor: 1,000 cycles of connection and disconnection to see if there is any deterioration that affects safety or prevents their subsequent use, withstand voltage (2000V) after the connection/disconnection cycle to check leakage current. Chargers must withstand mechanical testing such as Free Fall, Impact, Compression, Traction, and Abrasion tests without exhibiting safety-compromising deterioration.

As for Oct 14th, all renewal of wall adapters used for mobile phones, it will be necessary to update the CoC to the new Act 5155 doing the new safety testing. Vehicles chargers done according to Act 5159 will not need to repeat testing during the renewal.

April 2024

Recently ANATEL published the Act 2921, defining the new technical requirements for Personal Mobile Service Radio Frequency Repeaters with 4G LTE and 5G NR technology, which is already in force in Brazil.

This new regulation defines the new testing standards for 4G and 5G technologies, as below:

1)    LTE FDD tests will be carried out According to ETSI TS 136 143 V17.0.0 (2022-04):

a) 6. Output power
b) 7. Frequency Stability
c) 8. Out of band gain
d) Operating band unwanted emissions
e) Spurious emission
f) 13. Adjacent Channel Rejection Ratio (ACRR)

2) LTE TDD tests will be carried out According to ETSI TS 136 141 V15.4.0 (2018-10):

a) 6.2. Base station output power.
b) 6.4. Transmit ON/OFF power (TDD).

c) 6.5.1. Frequency error.
d) 6.6.1. Occupied bandwidth.
e) 6.6.2. Adjacent Channel Leakage power Ratio (ACLR).
f) 6.6.3. Operating band unwanted emissions.
g) Test requirements for Wide Area BS (Category B) e seus subitens no que for aplicável.
h) Transmitter spurious emissions.

3) 5G NR FR1 (Conducted tests) tests will be carried out According to ETSI TS 138.115-1 V17.0.0 (2023-01):

a) 6.2. Repeater Output Power.
b) 6.3. Frequency stability.
c) 6.4. Out of band gain.
d) 6.5.2. Adjacent Channel Leakage power Ratio (ACLR).
e) 6.5.3. Operating band unwanted emissions.
f) 6.5.4. Transmitter spurious emissions.
g) 6.9. Adjacent Channel Rejection Ratio (ACRR).
h) 6.10. Transmit ON/OFF power.

4) 5G NR FR1 (Radiated tests) tests will be carried out According to ETSI TS 138.115-2 V17.0.0 (2023-01):

a) 6.2. OTA Output Power.
b) 6.3. OTA frequency stability.
c) 6.4. OTA Out of band gain.
d) 6.5.2. OTA Adjacent Channel Leakage Power Ratio (ACLR).
e) 6.5.3. OTA Operating band unwanted emissions.
f) 6.5.4. OTA transmitter spurious emissions.
g) 6.8. OTA Adjacent Channel Rejection Ratio (ACRR).
h) 6.9. OTA transmit ON/OFF power.

ANATEL Public Consultation for Re-evaluation of the Regulation for Conformity Assessment and Approval of Telecommunications Products
​Public consultation No.13/2024 is published by ANATEL on February 29, 2024, for re-evaluation of the regulation for conformity assessment and approval of telecommunications products. 
After 3 years of practical application of the regulation, it was observed that certain issues have not been adequately addressed, which required a reanalysis of the points considered most critical.
As a result of the need to improve the regulation in question, studies were carried out by the Agency's technical committee, which resulted in the following topics of the Regulatory Impact Analysis Report, which is attached to this process.

Theme 01 - Infractions and Sanctions in the Conformity Assessment and Approval
Theme 02 - Legitimized to Homologation
Theme 03 - Homologation
Theme 04 - Treatment of Refurbished or Refurbished

End date for comments: April 15, 2024.

March 2024

On March 15, 2024, the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) published Act No. 2921 on Technical Requirements for Conformity Assessment of Personal Mobile Service Radio Frequency Repeaters with 4G LTE and 5G NR Technologies.

December 2023

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) has published supplementary instructions related to the operational procedure governing the conformity assessment of telecommunications products by certification. The primary aim is to establish uniformity in understanding and procedures among the Designated Certification Bodies (OCDs).

November 2023

​The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) has extended the validity period of the old technical and testing procedures used in the conformity assessment of chargers for cellular mobile phones, thereby extending the transitional period during which both the old and the new technical and testing procedures remain valid.

September 2023

This week ANATEL released the new Act 13011 (2023). This new act postponed the date for Act 5159 to become in force, giving more time for charger’s manufacturers to meet the Act 5159 requirements. Most concern from manufacturers was due to the new mechanical testing applied to the power plug that goes to the electrical AC mains socket.
Thus, until April 14th, 2024 charger manufacturers will be able to choose approving their charger by the Act 3481/2019 (Old Act) or by the Act 5159/2022 (New Act)..

January 2023

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) in Brazil published Ato No. 17087 on December 19, 2022, approving technical requirements for electrical safety in the conformity assessment of telecommunications products. This Act came into effect on December 27, 2022, and will become mandatory on December 27, 2023. Ato No. 950 of February 8, 2018 will be revoked on December 27, 2023.

January 2023

​Last week ANATEL published the new Act 17087. This Act will replace the Act 950 updating the electrical safety standard for telecom devices. It will become in force in 1 year (Dec 27th, 2023). The main changes are related to new marking requirements, small adjustment in the acoustic shock testing level, updated definitions and updated reference standards.
In general, the testing levels keeps the same, only Protection against Acoustic Shock had its level reduced. See below the summary of the main changes:
Includes the definition of End user and consumer of telecommunication service (General Public), herein treated as user: any person who uses and/or has contact with the product and who does not have specialized technical knowledge about the telecommunication equipment and who is only interested in the job of its functionalities and in the consumption of telecommunication services;

  • The Safety testing is applied to all telecommunication devices intended to be installed where the end user has direct, unrestricted and unlimited access to the equipment. Example: interior of buildings (residential and commercial), interior of vehicles or aircraft without restricted access;
  • Protection against Acoustic Shock testing level reduced from 1.5kV to 1.0kV. This testing is only applied to devices with that has an external telecommunications port (ex. PSTN, FXO port) and electroacoustic transducer intended to produce audible sound and intended for direct coupling to the user's ear;
  • Devices directly connected to the mains power (AC), the equipment marking must show the nominal voltage, current and/or power and frequency values. For those devices connected to the main power through an external power adapter sold with the equipment, the markings mentioned above must be shown on the power adapter label;
  • Devices powered by battery that allows its replacement by the end user must have the instructions to perform this procedure in its user manual;
  • The warning for Class I equipment (*) can now be inserted in the user manual, so manufacturer can choose to add it on the product label or in its manual. (*) Class I equipment: telecommunications equipment whose protection against electric shock is obtained through basic insulation and the connection of the equipment to the grounding system of the building where it is used.
  • Mobile phones sold without a power adapter; the user manual must contain a guideline alerting to use only power supplies homologated by Anatel.

October 2022

Last April ANATEL released the Act 5159 with new Mobile Phone charger requirements and it will become in force as for Oct 26th 2022. This act revokes the previous Act 3481, including some changes in the EMC testing for vehicle chargers, new mechanical testing for Wall Chargers’ Plugs and some others.

Last Friday (Oct 14th) ANATEL published the new Act 13423. This new act defines that the old Act 3481 will be revoked only on Oct 21, 2023 and the use of the new Act 5159 is optional until there.

Thus, from Oct 26th, 2022 to Oct 21st, 2023 charger manufacturers will be able to choose between the requirements approved by Act 3481/2019 (Old Act) or by the requirement approved by Act 5159/2022 (New Act).

The reasons why ANATEL decided to postpone the revoke of old act 3481 can be seen in Inform Letter nº 108.

Also in October the Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) published Ato 13423/2022 on September 21, 2022, which states that Ato 5159/2022 may be used beginning October 26, 2022, and extends the date of mandatory compliance to Ato 5159/2022 to October 21, 2023. Between October 26, 2022 and October 21, 2023, either Ato 3481/2019 or Ato 5159/2022 may be used. Beginning October 21, 2023, Ato 3481/2019 will be revoked and compliance with Ato 5159/2022 will be mandatory

Contact CSIA for further information on this change.

July 2022

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) of Brazil approved new technical requirements in the 3700 - 3800 MHz band for low-power terrestrial stations to promote the private usage of the 5G networks.


The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) of Brazil approved new requirements for the conditions of use in the Private Limited Service, Multimedia Communication Service, Fixed Commuted Telephone Service and in the Personal Mobile Service in the 28 GHz band.

June 2022

ANATEL published Act Nº 5159 that establishes the EMC and safety testing technical requirements for wired and wireless mobile phone chargers. This new act revokes Act 3481 and will be effective October 26, 2022. The act includes A/C portable chargers; D/C portable chargers; AC/DC inductive chargers, and – special-purpose USB interfaces (ports) for electrical power to electronic devices, without data transmission functionality, regardless of the type of electrical power supply.

March 2022

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) in Brazil published Ato No. 2271 on February 9, 2022. The purpose of this Act is to establish technical requirements for the conformity assessment of radiofrequency signal boosters used in Personal Mobile Service (SMP). Compliance with these technical requirements will be mandatory August 8, 2022, 180 days from the publication of the Act.

January 2022

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) has updated the technical requirements and assessment test procedures for restricted radiation radiocommunication devices and has included new devices allowed in Brazil.

Contact CSIA to see how these changes affect your products and importation into Brazil.

January 2022

Brazil Releases Requirements for 5G Base Station Testing.
The National Telecommunication Agency of Brazil (ANATEL) published Act №9435 on October 26, 2021. The Act updates Act №3153 on technical requirements for conformity assessment procedure of transceiver for radio base station. 

Contact CSIA for these testing requirements so you can pre-test your products before applying for ANATEL approval.

Brazil Issues Additional Requirements for Mobile Cell PhonesThe national telecommunication agency of Brazil ANATEL published Act № 10003 on November 29, 2021. The Act updates Act №3152 on technical requirements for conformity assessment procedure for mobile cell phones.

December 2021

Nov 29th, 2021 ANATEL published two new Acts as described below (see annex translated version):

Act 10002 – Updates the Act 3151 related to the technical requirements for Access Terminal Station (ETA = devices with WWAN function)
Act 10003 – Updates the Act 3152 related to the technical requirements for Mobile Phone

Summarizing, the main changes are:

  • Inclusion of technical requirements for 5G NR Frequency Range 2 (FR2) – Standalone & Non-Standalone inter-band & Intra-band non contiguos
  • Inclusion of technical requirements for NB-IoT NB2

Update of the reference standards:

Due to the standards updated, as shown above, now there are new combinations of 4G and 5G dual connectivity (EN-DC combinations). Because of those changes, ANATEL defined a 6 months period starting Nov 29th, 2021 for all manufacturers to present the testing report for the new EN-DC combinations from devices approved before this act.

November 2021

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) in Brazil has updated two technical requirements for conformity assessment of transceivers for radio base stations. ANATEL published Act 9435/21 on October 25, 2021, which updates the technical requirements laid out in Act 3153/20 from June 12, 2020. These updates include adding and changing requirements to enable 5G testing.

July 2021

The Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) issued Act 77 in January 2021 and it is now in effect. Act 77 established cybersecurity requirements for products with Internet connectivity, and it is now mandatory for manufacturers of equipment, and the local applicant, to submit a declaration letter for ANATEL’s review and provide cybersecurity support to users as needed. The letter must declare that the device meets basic cybersecurity requirements as defined in Act 77.

October 2020

Due to the continuous measurements against COVID-19 effect, ANATEL issued official letter 585/2020 extending renewal waiver requirements of photos and test reports, this will cover certificates expiry period from 6th of March 2020 until 31st of December 2020

September 2020

 ANATEL published last week the new Act 4776. This new act complemented and updated the Act 14448, considering:

the changes promoted in the radio frequency bands with usage restrictions and in the radio frequency bands usable by restricted radiation equipment with alternative emission limits, approved by Resolution No. 726, of May 5, 2020;
the advent of new technologies used in the 5 GHz and 70 GHz bands, providing access to new solutions, higher transmission rates and an increase in the efficiency of telecommunications services networks, in benefit of better experiences for users;
the technological evolution applied to devices embedded in vehicles for the assistance and protection of drivers and passengers;
the emergence of vehicle connectivity solutions to mobile communications networks in urban, rural and highway environments, for sending and receiving data and information to aid in driving traffic, traffic conditions and preventive maintenance of the vehicle.

We prepared the table below with a summary with the main changes for your reference.

See Act 4776 for full details.

October 2019

Last week (Oct 24th) ANATEL published the new Resolution nº 715 revoking the Resolutions 242 (2000) and 323 (2002). This is the new Regulation for Conformity Assessment and Homologation of Telecommunications Products in Brazil and it will be in force within 180 days from its publication date.

Here are the main changes:

Product Category List (I, II, III) will no longer exist and ANATEL will release new Technical Requirements per Product Type or Family of products. The technical requirements will define the conformity assessment models applicable to the type or family of telecommunications product, testing applicable, renewal definition, etc. ANATEL is working along with OCDs and LABs in this new technical requirements;

Technical rules (such as Manual, Warnings, Labeling, certification mark, certification validity, OCD designation rules, Renewals, MRA with foreigners CBs, Laboratory acceptance) will be defined in Operational Procedures that ANATEL will release in the next months;

Telecom devices used by Brazilian Army and using Military exclusive Frequencies will not need to be homologated by ANATEL;

Conformity Assessment Models – This new Resolution includes the possibility of new certification types, such as: Declaration of Conformity, Declaration of Conformity with testing, Type Test Certification, Type Test Certification  with periodic Maintenance and Type Test Certification with periodic maintenance and Factory Management System Evaluation. The certification model will be defined by ANATEL in the Technical Requirements and may be different depending the product type;

Market surveillance rules – ANATEL may issue an Operational Procedure for market surveillance, where it is intended that the samples will be collected in the market or in the factory unit;
In the case of imported telecommunications products intended for commercialization, the identification of the approval (ANATEL logo + ID number) must be made before the product enters in Brazil, except for the cases and situations defined in the Operational Procedure.

As you can see, most of the operational and technical changes will only be defined in the new documents (operational procedure and technical requirement) that ANATEL are working along with the OCDs. At this moment, it is not possible to know what will be the impacts, but ANATEL want to make things simple and easier. The annual Telecom forum will be realized in Nov 27th and ANATEL will discuss about this new Resolution with manufacturers, OCDs e Labs.

July 2019

Recently ANATEL published the Official Letter n° 25/2019 asking OCDs to inform all manufacturers and reinforce the importance to register the TAC (Type Allocation Code, composed by the first 8 digits of IMEI) for all devices with WWAN functions that will use the SMP (Portable Mobile Service), such as Mobile Phones, Tablets, Modules and all other terminal using WWAN. E3Tech translated the Letter n° 25/2019 for our clients. See annex for more details.

This registration will be made using the SIGA system (controlled by company called ABR Telecom) and according to ANATEL this register must be done only by the Brazilian Manufacturer or the Local Representative company in Brazil. SIGA (Sistema Integrado de Gestão de Aparelhos) is a centralized technological solution integrated with the SMP Providers (Carriers), whose purpose is to treat and combat the use of cloned, adulterated or uncertified IMEIs in the Mobile Operators' networks. TAC registration system link:

Chronological order to Register the TAC

Foreigner applicant request the device homologation in Brazil
Certification process is conducted until obtain the ANATEL homologation
Manufacturer request to GSMA (GSM Association) the registration and TAC list
Brazilian manufacturer or Local representative make the TAC registration in the SIGA
Manufacturer is allowed to be start the commercialization in Brazil

ABR Telecom will be responsible to confirm the TAC informed in the SIGA is register in the GSMA database as well. If not, ABR will inform ANATEL to take the necessary actions.

In order to proceed the TAC registration in the SIGA, we will need:
Model name (same listed in the ANATEL Certificate)
TAC list (all TACs that belong to the homologated model in Brazil must be registered)
ANATEL Homologation ID number
Homologation Date
Manufacturer's Code in the GSMA

March 2019

ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações  recently published an update to their current resolutions covering RFID. This update or act modifies RFID power restrictions defined in the regulations of technical requirements for conformity assessment of radio equipment of restricted radiation.

Contact CSIA for more information.

November 2018

On Nov 7th ANATEL sent an official letter to the OCDs with clarifications about EMC Test Procedures on Restricted Radiation Transceivers from Act 6.506/2018.

Here is a brief explanation about the most important items from this letter:

Changes to the Renewal Procedure: According to Item 4 of this letter, ANATEL is exempting already approved products from being tested for radiated emissions and RF irradiated immunity in the renewals. This means that only safety testing will be required for Category I and Category II devices installed in end user environment and radiated EMC will not be required in the renewal anymore (This is the same as before with Act 6506/2018).

 RF Radiated Immunity (IEC 61000-4-3) does not need to be applied to each WIFI technology as and from now on only needs to be done in the most complex modulation with largest BW/speed for each frequency band. This represents a great reduction in the testing fee for manufacturers. For example, considering WIFI 802.11 b/g/a/n/ac + Bluetooth (EDR+LE) + NFC device:

August 2018

New procedures for radiated emission and irradiated immunity tests for radio communication equipment published

ANATEL – National Telecommunications Agency has formalized the procedures for radiated emission and radiated immunity tests for radio communication equipment of restricted radiation, with the publication of Act No. 6506 on August 27, 2018.

    Act No. 6506     

Restricted radio communication equipment refers to those covered by Resolution 680 (former Resolution 506 with updates).

ANATEL granted all applicants for approvals a period of 30 (thirty) days for the transition of the processes in progress – whether new, maintenance, transfers and / or any update.

In practice:

Applications submitted in the Mosaico system until September 27, 2018: may or may not comply with the new test procedures.
Applications submitted in the Mosaico system from September 28, 2018: must comply with the new test.

August 2018

New regulations require ISO 9001:2015 certificates. 

1) IAF Resolution 2013-15 was approved by the IAF General Assembly in Seoul on 23 October 2013 and endorsed a transitional period of 3 years for the application of ISO 9001: 20015 as of its publication in English , September 15, 2015;

2) Certifications based on ISO 9001: 2008 will not be valid after September 15, 2018;

3) The term of validity of the certificates issued with -base in the norm ISO 9001: 2008, is until: September 14, 2018.

4) All existing certificates are valid until review time. At the next review an ISO 9001: 2015 as well as a sworn translation will be required.

So basically starting in September of this year manufacturers need an ISO 9001: 2015 instead of ISO 9001: 2008 for all new applications.

Existing certificates there is no action required until review time. Then an ISO 9001: 2015 along with a sworn translation will be required.

​June 2108

Starting in 2019 3G service will no longer be available. Manufacturers with 3G products operating in Brazil should be aware that starting in 2019 those products will no longer operate and you should begin upgrading all your products to 4G LTE.

As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contactCSIA for up to date information.

CSIA can also provide supporting services should your company not be able to meet country specific requirements such as a local representative, local certificate holder, translating documents into the native language, etc.

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