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SRRC Certification for telecommunication products in China
Devices from the telecommunications sector that use radio technologies (Wi-Fi, WLAN, NFC, Bluetooth, etc.) may require SRRC (State Radio Regulation of China) registration in China. Products that are equipped with radio transmitters and use specific frequency bands require an SRRC certificate. Devices that only have a receiving function do not fall under the SRRC certification requirement. The authority responsible for issuing the SRRC certificate is the State Radio Monitoring and Testing Center (SRTC).
SRRC tests must be conducted at a testing laboratory in China accredited by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This authority emerged from the Ministry of Information Industry in 2008 and is responsible for the supervision and development of information technologies.
After completion of the SRRC certification, products can be imported into China. It is mandatory to affix the label with a CMIIT (Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) ID on it. This is the ID that the manufacturer receives as part of the SRRC certification process so that the products can be imported into China or sold on the Chinese market.
Examples for SRRC-Relevant Products
Whether a product requires SRRC/NAL or not depends on whether it is equipped with Bluetooth and/ or Wi-Fi functions. For example, the following products may fall under this category:
- Printers with Wi-Fi function
- Bluetooth headphones
- Wireless Modems
- Measuring devices if they use a wireless function
- Smart home systems
SRRC Approval Procedure
Preparation and review of application documents
Submission of the application
Tests in China
Issuance of the SRRC certificate
SRRC testing must be conducted in a Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT) accredited testing laboratory in China. SRRC testing is an important part of SRRC registration. For the test, the devices are connected to a test station.
The objective of the SRRC test is to determine the core parameters of the telecommunication products such as frequency, frequency band, transmission power, frequency tolerance, occupied bandwidth (or spectral characteristic of the signal) and parameters of the frequency spectrum such as out-of-band emissions (OoB) and spurious emissions (SPU). It is important to note that the parameters resulting from the test must match the parameters specified in the application documents. Otherwise, the application may have to be resubmitted.
Market Surveillance in China
After obtaining the SRRC certificate, applicants need to upload sales/purchase contracts within 6 months into the SRRC online system.
MIIT will conduct random checks in China. The manufacturer, which is randomly chosen, will receive an email notification from MIIT. Then the manufacturer needs to send the sample to one of the 7 designated laboratories in China for testing.
SRRC Registration Application Documents at a Glance
- Application form
- ISO 9001 Certificate
- Business License
- Material BOM (only a rough overview)
- Copy of identification of the managing director
- Photos of the product
- Cooperation agreement
- Company profile
- Example of a nameplate
- Product manual
- Circuit diagram
- Information on test methods
All documents must be submitted in Chinese, signed and stamped.
SRRC Marking – The MIIT Label
Products with SRRC certification must be marked with a MIIT label (see example below):
The CMIIT ID is composed as follows:
Year/Device type/Place of manufacture/Numbering
Challenges during the SRRC Certification Process
The major challenge in SRRC and NAL certification is the preparation of the application documents. All documents must be submitted in the designated form, 100% correct and in Chinese. The Business License must be submitted in Chinese as well.
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SRRC/NAL Certification Overview
|Validity of the certificate||5 years|
|Certification period||3-4 months|
|Marking||Products must be marked with a MIIT label|
|Factory audit required?||No|
|In-country representative required?||For SRRC: No
For NAL: Yes (for example a subsidiary in China)
SRRC Certification FAQ
Products that have the following radio standards/mobile standards are most likely to fall under SRRC: Bluetooth, Wifi.
After reviewing the exact frequency ranges, the scope of certification can be determined.
We generally recommend having every product from the telecommunication sector checked for certification requirements. Products from the IoT area may also need additional certifications such as CCC.
Product testing for the SRRC type approval usually takes 6-8 weeks. For more urgent projects, there is an express mode that takes 5-6 weeks. Since many application documents are required and they all need to be submitted in Chinese as well, a total processing time of at least 12-14 weeks, or 10-12 weeks in express mode, should be expected.
The license is valid for 5 years. After that, a new license must be applied for.
We recommend you check the relevant product standards and Chinese regulations. We will be happy to support you if you have any questions.
The SRRC process does not include an audit. Certification simply consists of application and supporting documentation to be submitted and product testing in a Chinese laboratory.
No. The Chinese authorities will not contact you. Changes in the regulations are often only published on the authorities’ websites in Chinese. However, SRRC license holders are obliged to inform themselves regularly about changes. We are happy to assist here.
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