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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?
Type approval in UAE synapse
In order to apply for a type approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE the manufacturer should have a Dealer Registration.
If you do not currently have a Dealer Registration for UAE, CSIA can obtain one for you.
During this process CSIA will set the manufacture us with their own log in on the TRA website so that, if you require an import permit in addition to the type approval, your local importer can access the site and apply for the import permit.
Once you have the Dealer Registration CSIA can apply for type approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) for your products.
Be aware that products that utilize and embedded SIM chip may not be allowed in UAE and may not qualify for type approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). There are some exceptions especially if the information sent and received by the device is routed through and for use by a local operator.
If the product contains cellular technology you may be requested to provide a list of IMEI approved devices and a declaration of IMEI security. (IMEI is a unique identifier for each cellular device, typically found behind the battery).
Should you need to import your products for field trials prior to obtaining a Dealer Registration or type approval from TRA there is a process to be followed.
-The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) would need to be notified in advance that the equipment is going to be imported
-The equipment will be stopped at customs
-The Customs Authority will contact the TRA
-TRA will issue a No Objection Letter
-One is given permission to import the equipment with certain conditions: the equipment must be exported by a certain date; the number of units may be restricted; the location of use may be restricted; the equipment cannot be sold etc.
-If the equipment uses radio spectrum, then spectrum authorization must be obtained separately and in advance
CSIA provide assistance with the field test units process.
In terms of lead time, once the units get into customs, approximately 3-4 weeks to get the No Objection Letter from TRA.
The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MOIAT) developed the National Standards Technical Requirements for Electric Vehicles (UAE.S 2698: 2023). The standard will be applicable to all electric vehicles with a speed of more than 25 km/h.
The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that devices that support only 2G technology will not be able to be sold in UAE markets starting June 2022.
UAE is continuing work on their re-branding to become TDRA (they added the word “Digital” in the middle). As published on their website – any previous documentation, regulations, etc. will remain in force since TRA will be considered interchangeable for TDRA for the agency’s legal purposes.
UAE: New Regulation for UWB and SRD
The Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority (TRA) in UAE released a new
version for Ultra Wide Band and Short Range Devices regulation. The new version
4.0 dated by 21 December 2020 has been officially released and published by TRA
to replace the old version 3.0 from 12 December 2018.
The new version includes updated regulations, additional restrictions and more
flexibilities for the compliance of UWB and SRD in UAE.
Contact CSIA for more details on these changes in UAE.
Starting in 2021 all new vehicles models produced must have an E-Call system according to the UAE.S 5019:2018 standard requirements. To get a TRA certificate the E-Call system must meet not only UAE.S 5019:2018 requirements but also standards related to electrical safety, EMC requirements, and R&TTE requirements.
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology reminds manufacturers that starting December 20, 2020 audio/video and IT/office products are subject to Low Voltage Equipment (LVE) Regulations and should meet the requirements of IEC 62368-1:2014 (2nd Edition) or IEC 62368-1:2018 (3d Edition).
On June 17, 2020, United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed that the old label requirement on the product nameplate has been eliminated and replaced with the new Conformity Card per the Telecommunications Equipment Type Approval Regime V2.0. This mandates the product packaging and retail display to be marked with the TRA Declaration of Conformity Card (Type Approval Regime Conformity Mark) label.
The agency responsible for Energy Efficiency Program, Emirates Standards and Metrology Authority (ESMA) is expanding its program by updating the energy efficiency requirements for television sets.
As of January 28, 2019 the UAE Cabinet of Ministers enacted the Decision No. 12/2019 regarding the mandatory application of Standard UAE.S 5010-8:2019 “Labeling, Energy Efficiency Label for Electrical Appliances, Part 8: Television Sets”.
The goal of this new standard is to set minimum energy efficiency standards for television sets in order to reduce the overall power consumption of the TV sets by up to 50%.
All television sets must be certified according to the above mentioned standard and affix an EESL (Energy Efficiency Standardization and Labeling Program) label before importing into the UAE market.
Manufacturers have until August, 14, 2019 to comply with this new standard.
The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE has introduced a new requirement applicable to all mobile phones, the Calling Name Presentation Feature (CNAP).
Effective August 15th, 2019, CNAP applies to both new devices, as well as mobile phones already on the UAE market. Please note that last point as phone, even those already approved and operating in UAE will need to meet this new requirement.
The Technical Specifications listed below published by 3GPP and ETSI illustrate the technical and behavioral aspects of mobile phones in order to present the calling name. In order to introduce and sell these devices in UAE, mobile manufacturers and suppliers in the UAE must meet the following requirements:
ETSI TS 122 081
Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Line Identification supplementary services; Stage 1
ETSI TS 122 096
Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Name identification supplementary services; Stage 1
ETSI TS 123 096
Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Name identification supplementary services; Stage 2
ETSI TS 124 096
Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Name Identification supplementary services; Stage 3
ETSI TS 124 080
Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Mobile radio interface layer 3 supplementary services specification; Formats and coding
ETSI TS 124 196
Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; 5G; Enhanced Calling Name (eCNAM)
ETSI TS 122 173
Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS) Multimedia Telephony Service and supplementary services; Stage 1
During local testing, checks will be conducted for mobile phone Type Approval applications to ensure these requirements are met.
For devices already on the market, registered dealers have been alerted of these new requirements and will have already provided the TRA directly with software update details.
UAE: RoHS certificate required for all EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) stated the implementation of the new RoHs
regulations for UAE to cover all EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
RoHs (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) regulations intention is to control or limit presence of the following
hazardous substances on electrical and electronic devices:
1. Lead (Pb
2. Mercury (Hg)
3. Cadmium (Cd)
4. Hexavalent chromium (Vi)
5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
6. Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDE)
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7. Bis (2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
8. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
9. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
10. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
Based on the latest news we have received from ESMA, they have revised the RoHS regulations stating that
no test reports are required for RoHS certification. The manufacturer’s declaration of compliance with RoHS
requirements would replace the test report.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contact CSIA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.