International Regulatory Telecom and Safety Approval

South Africa

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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?


  • 6-8 weeks


Are there any marking or logo requirements?


  • Yes


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


  • We can leverage your CE Mark test reports as part of the application process. 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 representative is required.


South Africa consist of 3 potential approvals.

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
This telecom approval is directed at products with telecom technology.
These technologies include WIFI (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth, Cellular (GSM, UMTS, CDMA, LTE), Satellite, etc.

As stated above a local representative, a legal entity in the country, is required to submit the documents.
Should the client not have a source in South Africa to fulfill that role, CSIA can provide that service.

In most cases we can leverage your CE (R&TTE, now RED directive) test reports as part of the approval process and avoid in country testing. We require RF, EMC and Safety reports on the product.
ICASA is typically very busy and while published lead times are around 4 weeks they usually are closer to 8 weeks out.

Once the certificate is issued an application to print your own labels is required. For this application we require an example of your label showing the ICASA local and certificate number.

For all products except cellular the approval is valid indefinitely. Cellular products require renewal each March.

Modular approval is allowed however SABS EMC approval is required for all products that don’t hold ICASA approval certificates. So if you apply for ICASA approval of the RF module, SABS EMC approval will be required for each host product (end product that the module goes in). We feel the best strategy is to apply for ICASA approval for each end product instead of ICASA and SABS.

Contact
CSIA for more information on this type approval process.

 
(SABS) South African Bureau of Standards 
SABS is required for any device with an electrical component. This is a safety approval.

If a product requires ICASA certification it is usually if not always exempt from the SABS  process because EMC and low-voltage reports as well as supporting documentation are provided to ICASA. So for a wireless device ICASA is taking the place of SABS as well as certifying the radio/telecom aspects.

As stated above a local representative, a legal entity in the country, is required to submit the documents.
Should the client not have a source in South Africa to fulfill that role, CSIA can provide that service.

Starting in late 2016 SABS now requires in country testing. Cost cannot be provided until we submit but CSIA may be able to give you an idea of cost based on your product prior to submitting.
Also products that require SABS CoC requires SABS factory inspection (ISO9001 and CIG023 not accepted). Products that require a SABS EMC do not require the SABS factory inspection.

Once issued the SABS certificate is valid for 3 years at which time a renewal is required.

Contact
CSIA for more information on this approval process.

 
(NRCS) National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications
NRCS is required for any device that plugs into the mains.

In most cases we can leverage your CE or CB test reports as part of the approval process and avoid in country testing.
While NRCS has published lead times are around 4-6 weeks they usually are closer to 8 -10 weeks to process the applications.

As stated above a local representative, a legal entity in the country, is required to submit the documents.
Should the client not have a source in South Africa to fulfill that role, CSIA can provide that service.

As with the SABS approval the NRCS approval is valid for 3 years at which time a renewal is required.

Contact
CSIA for more information on this approval process.

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  quotes@csiassoc.com for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.