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What is WPC Certification for India?
The Indian WPC certification was introduced for consumer protection and is a radio license regulating control approval. WPC stands for Wireless Planning & Coordination, which is the national broadcasting authority in India and is part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It was established in 1952 and is headquartered in New Delhi, with additional regional offices in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati.
The main tasks of the WPC are to issue radio licenses and to allocate and monitor the frequency spectrum.
In addition, WPC is responsible for WPC Equipment Type Approval (ETA) certification and other radio approvals.
Approvals issued by WPC include:
- Equipment Type Approval (ETA)
- Type Approval
- Experimental Approval
- Dealer and non-Dealer Possession Licenses (DPL and NDPL)
- Import license for the import of radio equipment
Which Products Require WPC ETA Approval?
WPC approval is mandatory in India for all wireless devices, such as those using WiFi, ZigBee, Bluetooth, etc. Some of the products subject to WPC India can be found in the following categories:
- Radio devices
Manufacturers must find out in advance exactly which frequencies they are allowed to use. Only frequencies on unlicensed bands are allowed. Also, the frequency ranges can not exceed the specified limits under any circumstances.
WPC Certification Process
Preparation of the application documents
RF tests in an accredited laboratory in India
Application through submission of documents and test reports
Issuance of the certificate through WPC
The WPC certification process is relatively simple compared to other types of certification and can usually be completed within 1 to 2 months. RF (Radio Frequency) test reports must be submitted after registration. These tests must have been performed by an accredited testing laboratory. Previously it was possible to have the tests performed abroad and submit the corresponding test reports. However, since the beginning of 2021 foreign test reports are no longer accepted and tests must be carried out in India. A factory inspection is not required for the WPC (ETA) approval.
New WPC licenses must be issued in the event of product changes!
A WPC license is valid for the entire product lifetime. In the event of a product change, a new WPC India license must be applied for.
Product changes requiring a new WPC:
- Change to the product configuration
- Change to the structure of the product (e.g. adding another wireless module)
- Changes to a core “Key Component” (e.g., a wireless component)
It is also possible that an update to the WPC regulations means that your license will be required to be updated to new standards or regulations. Hiring a service provider to inform you of changes can be very helpful in maintaining compliance.
Marking the WPC Approval
Products that have WPC ETA approval are not subject to any special marking requirements.
AIR (Authorized Indian Representative)
The application for WPC certification must always be submitted by an
Authorized Indian Representative (AIR). The AIR is a representative in India authorized by the manufacturer who will act as a contact for the authorities and is responsible for submitting applications.
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WPC Certification Overview
|Validity of the certificate||Lifetime of the product|
|Certification duration||Typically 4-8 weeks|
|Marking||No specific marking requirements|
|Factory audit required?||No|
|Representative in the country||AIR (Authorized Indian Representative) required|
|Follow-Up Process||Not required|
Most wireless products that can receive and transmit signals require WPC. This includes devices that use Bluetooth and WiFi technology, cell phones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches and their accessories.
The certification period is usually 1-2 months.
The WPC ETA license does not lose its validity. It remains valid as long as the product does not change.
Radio Frequency (RF) tests are required for the license. We recommend to check the relevant product standard and familiarize yourself with the Indian regulations.
An audit is not required for the WPC ETA license.
There are currently no specific product labeling requirements for WPC ETA-approved products.
No. Information is provided in English on the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing website. Companies are required to keep up to date with current regulations and changes themselves. Hiring a consulting firm to monitor changes is the simplest option to maintain continued compliance.
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