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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?

  • 4-5 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 representative is required.

Vietnam Updates

November 2023

The Bộ Thông tin và Truyền thông (MIC) has temporarily suspended the enforcement of a series of technical regulations to facilitate certification of conformity and announcement of conformity while domestic testing labs do not meet the requirements specified.

August 2023

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has issued draft circulars on the planning of the 2100 and 3500 MHz frequency bands for their use in 4G/5G mobile networks.

April 2023

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam issued QCVN 132:2022/BTTTT “National technical regulation on electrical safety requirements for telecommunication and information terminal equipment,” which will be mandatory starting January 1, 2024.

March 2023

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has published a Draft Circular to replace the current list of unsafe products and goods subject to Type Approval or Declaration of Conformity; also adding new standards.

Contact CSIA to see if your products are affected by these rule changes.

March 2023

The Ministry of Information and Communications published a draft circular to replace Circular 02/2022/TT-TT-BTTTT. The draft circular is expected to be valid starting 2023-07-01.

The main changes in the draft circular include new standards added by MIC including:

a) QCVN 130:2022/BTTTT (RF/EMC standard for wireless audio products)
b) QCVN 131:2022/BTTTT (RF standard for EUTRA NB-IoT)
d) QCVN 18:2022/BTTTT (76-77 GHz Radar, 5G, etc.)
e) QCVN 65:2013/BTTTT is revoked and replaced by QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT
f) NFC 13.56 MHz, SRD 5.8 GHz is now in Annex 2 (will fall under declaration of conformity only)

Type approval certificates must be updated to the new standard and new test reports for the new safety or EMC standards are required.

January 2023

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam published Decision 2125/QĐ‑BTTTT on November 21, 2022, which adjusts the HS Codes of some products on the List of Goods Subject to CoC and DoC effective December 1, 2022. HS Codes changed include products such as:

  • Mobile phones
  • LPWAN devices
  • Lithium batteries (for laptops, mobile phones, and tablets)
  • Terrestrial Mobile Radio Equipment with integral/removable antenna for analog voice and data
  • Radio transceivers that use spread spectrum modulation in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band with equivalent isotropic radiated power of 60 mW or greater (only for UAV/Flycams, Wi‑Fi devices maintain the same HS Code)

July 2022

Three new rule go into affect in July 2022. They are as follows:

QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT: Radio Access Equipment Operating in the 5GHz Band
Shall take effect from May 1, 2022 and enforced (replace QCVN 65:2013/BTTTT) from July 1, 2023. Companies and manufacturers can apply for QCVN 65:2021 on a voluntary basis from May 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023
Transmit power limit will depend on whether or not the product has “transmit power control” (TPC) function
Based on EN 301 893 V2.1.1 (2017-05)

QCVN 123:2021/BTTT: Short Range Device (SRD) – Radio Equipment to be Used in the 40 GHz – 246 GHz Frequency Range
Shall take effect from July 01, 2022
Based on EN 305 550-1 V1.2.1 (2014-10) for test method and EN 305 550-2 V1.2.1 (2014-10) is for limits.

QCVN 124:2021/BTTTT: Radar Equipment Operating in the Frequency Range 76 GHz – 77 GHz for Ground-Based Vehicle
Shall take effect from July 01, 2022
Based on EN 303 396 V1.1.1 (2016-12) for test method and EN 301 091-1 V2.1.1 (2017-01) is for limits.

June 2022

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam published new national standards in 2021, and the following standards will come into effect on July 1, 2022: QCVN 123:2021/BTTTT – National technical regulation on Short Range Device (SRD) – Radio equipment to be used in the 40 GHz to 246 GHz frequency range; QCVN 124:2021/BTTTT – National technical regulation on Radar equipment operating in the frequency range 76 GHz to 77 GHz for ground-based vehicle.

May 2022

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) published QCVN 18:2022/BTTTT, which will replace QCVN 18:2014/BTTTT and come into effect on July 1, 2023. The new standard will be applied to 5G NR devices, LPWAN devices, and Radar (above 40 GHz) such as Vehicle Radar in the 76-77 GHz band.

March 2022

The Vietnam MIC has recently published a Draft Circular regulating products which are mandatory for Type Approval Certification and Declaration of Conformity. The above-mentioned Circular is supposed to replace Circulars 01/2021/TT-BTTTT and 11/2020/TT-BTTTT. The Draft Circular may take effect on 01 July 2022 and local labs will be able to test products in accordance with new standards from May/June 2022.As soon as the Circular has been officially issued, MIC will also provide instructions for the Type Approval Certification and Declaration of Conformity when local labs cannot perform tests in compliance with any standards.

January 2022

Vietnam determines Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus ListThe Ministry of Information and Communications of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (MIC) issued a new Circular 08/2021/TT-BTTTT. The document prescribes the list of licence-exempt radio equipment as well as the technical and operating conditions. 

November 2021

MCI Issues New Standards for 76-77 GHz Radar
The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam has issued Circular 09/2021/TT-BTTTT, which includes the new standard QCVN 124:2021/BTTTT for radar equipment for ground-based vehicles that use the 76-77 GHz frequency band. This standard will come into effect on July 1, 2022, at which point a declaration of conformity for radar devices operating in the 76-77 GHz band will be mandatory.

MIC Issues New Standard for 5 GHz Devices
The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam has issued Circular 11/2021/TT-BTTTT, which includes the new standard QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT for 5 GHz devices in Vietnam. The new standard QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT will come into effect on May 1, 2022, but it will be mandatory starting July 1, 2023. 5 GHz devices may be imported using type approval certificates under either QCVN 65:2013/BTTTT or QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT until July 1, 2023, at which point type approval certificates for 5 GHz devices must be updated to QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT to ensure a smooth importation process. At this time local labs in Vietnam have not been accredited to test QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT, and the Vietnam Approval Authority has not yet issued type approval certificates under the new standard.

MIC Issues New SRD Technical Regulation

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam has issued Circular 10/2021/TT-BTTTT, which includes new technical regulation QCVN 123:2021/BTTTT: National technical regulation on Short Range Device (SRD) – Radio equipment to be used in the 40 GHz to 246 GHz frequency range

October 2021

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) put into effect the technical regulations for Radar equipment for ground based vehicles operating in the band of 76-77 GHz. This new National Standard takes effect immediately. More information will be provided in November.

May 2021

Over the course of the last six months, the Ministry of Communications (MIC) released new testing standards of various technologies. This may affect manufactures ability to obtain approval in Vietnam depending on what test standards their products test reports have listed. Contact CSIA for a review of your current test reports to confirm if they are sufficient for entry into the Vietnam market place.

October 2019

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam has issued document 2902/BTTTT-KHCN for clarification on the implementation of Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT, which has been in effect since September 1, 2019.  

The main points described in the document 2902/BTTTT-KHCN are listed below.

A CISPR 32:2015 test report can replace a QCVN 118:2018/BTTTT report.
Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz Zigbee, and wireless devices with output power less than 60 mW are exempt upon confirmation.

To summaries BT and 2.4GHz products that operate below 60 mW output power no longer require type approval.

A letter of exemption is available. Contact CSIA for more information.

March 2019

Product Quality Inspection Registration" (PQIR)

New import process for Vietnam – for importers
Vietnam MIC to terminate Circular 18/2014/TT-BTTTT Regulation On Import Permit of Radio Devices

June 27, 2018, Vietnam MIC has released the Decision No.823/QD-BTTTT to terminate Circular No.18/2014/TT-BTTTT - Regulation on import permit of Radio devices.
From May 31, 2018, import permit for radio devices have been officially terminated.

Vietnam MIC will release a new Circular replacing Circular No.18/2014/TT-BTTTT sometime around October 2018.
This new Circular will regulate the importation of radio device. We assume the requirement on providing TA/ADoC to clear custom will be stated in this new Circular.

Regulation on import permit has been terminated and replaced by "Product Quality Inspection Registration" process.  
Regulated by Circular 18/2014/TT-BTTTT of MIC Vietnam, radio and telecommunications devices are subjected to import license / permit of MIC Vietnam.
In order to obtain MIC Vietnam import license / permit, applicant has to submit to VNTA an application dossier including MIC Type Approval Certificate, commercial contract, commercial invoice, product specifications. This means importer has to obtain Type approval certificate for radio product before applying for MIC Vietnam import permit.

Contact CSIA for more information on the new PQIR import process for Vietnam.

August 2018

​Effective July 1, 2018, Vietnam’s Authority Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) published Circular No. 04/2018/TT-BTTTT listing products requiring Type Approval Certificate (TAC) and/or Declaration of Conformity (DoC), and official guide No. CV 1551/BTTTT-KHCN to this Circular. Note that Circular No. 04/2018/TT-BTTTT replaces Circular 42/2016/TT-BTTTT). Changes to the new Circular are as follows:

New EMC standard QCVN112 (harmonized with EN301489-17) replaces QCVN18 for the following equipment:

Radio equipment operating in 2.4 GHz band using spread spectrum modulation with output power above 60mW;
Radio access equipment operating in 5 GHz band;
High data rate radio access transmitters and transceiver operating in the 60 GHz band.

Lithium batteries for laptops, mobile phones and tablets are subject to compliance to item 2.6 - Safety requirements of QCVN 101:2016/BTTTT, or IEC 62133.

It should be noted that TACs and DoCs issued before July 1, 2018 remain valid until their expiration dates.

July 2018

Under regulations set forth in Circular No. 04/2018/TT-BTTTT (replacing Circular No. 42/2016/TT - BTTT), BT and WLAN products with output power less than 60 mW will now be subject to Type Approval in Vietnam. This new regulation will take effect July 1, 2018. Previously obtained exemption letters will no longer be valid and certificates will be required. Type Approval Certificates obtained under Circular No. 42/2016/TT - BTTT will be valid until the expiration date listed on the certificate. Please contact us for more details or a copy of the circular.

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 for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.