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Key Updates in the 2024 MTCTE Procedures for Telecommunication Equipment Certification

4. July 2024

The Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) of India has issued a new version of the procedures for mandatory testing and certification of telecommunication equipment. This updated document, known as “Procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE)” version 3.0, was released in April 2024 and replaces the previous TEC 93009:2021 guidelines. Telecommunications products generally require TEC certification in order to be approved for import and sale in India.

A summary of some of the most notable changes in the document “Procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE)” version 3.0:

  1. Acceptance of BIS Certifications: Valid certificates or test reports issued by BIS or BIS-recognized labs against safety requirements are now accepted under MTCTE.
  2. Certificate Validity Extension: The validity of the regular MTCTE certificate has been extended from 5 years to 10 years.
  3. Revised labelling requirements
  4. Updated Definitions
  5. Source Approval Certificates: Acceptance of Source Approval Certificates (SAC) under MTCTE is now formalized.
  6. End of Life/End of Sale Clarifications: Clarifications regarding end-of-life and end-of-sale for whole unit warranty replacement products are provided.
  7. Test Reports from CABs: Acceptance of test reports from Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) designated for Generic Requirements (GR) and Interface Requirements (IR) for the parameters of Essential Requirements (ER) under MTCTE.
  8. Witness Testing Requirements: The mandate for NABL accreditation for witness testing by RTEC has been removed.
  9. Provisional Certificates: Issuance of provisional certificates has been removed from the procedures.

These changes aim to streamline the certification process, extend the validity period of certificates, reduce costs for government institutions, and update various procedural and technical requirements.

The TEC certification has been mandatory since April 2019. Every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products. See the list of TEC standards here.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone (Europe: +49-69-271 37 69 261, US: +1 773 654-2673).

For more information about TEC certification, please refer to our free brochure “TEC Certification Made Easy“.

MPR Author

About the author: Louis Gogger is Managing Director of MPR International GmbH
Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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