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International Regulatory Telecom and Safety Approval


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. ContactCSIA 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

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. Contact CSIA at (503) 489 8006 or for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.