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India (MEITY) - Regulatory Overlap in Mandatory Testing Removed

May, 2022

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) carries out Compulsory Registration of specified goods (such as Laptops, wireless keyboards, PoS machines and other electronic equipment) under the ‘Electronics and Information Technology (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012’.

Department of Telecom (DOT) has specified ‘Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE)’ under Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2017 issued on September 5, 2017 for equipment capable of being used for telecommunications.

With increasing convergence of technology, regulatory overlap was noted regarding certain products such as smart watch, smart camera etc. Representations were also received from industries and industry associations regarding overlapping jurisdiction of DOT and MEITY. It was highlighted that such overlap is a deterrent for timely launch of new products. It also increases the compliance cost for the industry.

DOT in consultation with MEITY examined the issue and has now decided to exempt following products from the ambit of MTCTE regime:

i. Mobile User Equipment / Mobile handset (Mobile phone)

ii. Server

iii. Smart watch

iv. Smart camera

v. PoS Machine (Point of Sale Devices)

The exemptions on these widely used products will reduce the compliance burden and will enable the industry to roll out their products faster. It will reduce import delays.

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