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Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?
What is the lead time to obtain type approval?
Are there any marking or logo requirements?
Is in country testing required or can we leverage existing FCC or CE test reports?
What are the types of equipment that would require approval in this country?
Do I need an in country local representative or local certificate holder?
The Ministere des Postes, Télécommunication et Nouvelle Technologie de l'Information et de la Communication (MPT-NTIC) has issued a decree establishing the creation, organization and operation of a new telecommunications authority called, Autorité de Régulation des Postes, des Télécommunications et des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication du Congo (ARPTIC).
From now on, the CIF value is added to all equipment subject to approval in the DRC. This is an interministerial decree between the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and NICTs and the Ministry of Finance promoting new taxes and fees in force in the field of telecommunications; in particular that of the CIF value of the equipment. Note that the tax is 5% of the cost price or the CIF value of the equipment) and is added to the cost of the product approval.
New marking requirements were released today.
Approval number and date
Identification of the model & batch or serial number
Manufacturer or supplier identification
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) regulator, Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo (A.R.P.T.C.), is revising the type approval validity period.
Already-approved devices are valid until expiration. Currently, certificates are valid for 10 years. Following are the revisions:
Type Approval certificates for any radio module are valid for two years.
Type Approval certificates for equipment—such as printers, computers, tablets, and car audios—are valid for three years.
Type Approval certificates for devices connected to public networks are valid for five years.
The Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecommunications du Congo (ARPTC), which is the regulatory authority in Democratic Republic of Congo, has resumed the processing of type approval applications. This service was put on hold for earlier in the year. The agency does expect some delays while due to the backlog of applications but that should be a temporary situation.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contactCSIA for up to date information.
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