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What is the NCC approval?
The NCC type approval ensures the verification of the minimum legal requirements for radio technology products in the Taiwanese market. All telecommunications products and other electronic products in the field of radio technology must meet regulatory and technical requirements in Taiwan to be approved for use in the market. The National Communications Commission (NCC) of Taiwan was established on February 22, 2006 and was originally part of the Directorate General of Telecommunications (DGT) in Taiwan. It is the designated authority for the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting services in Taiwan.
The NCC sets the regulations for NCC registration and is responsible for regulating the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, maintaining a level playing field in the communications industry, and protecting consumers. As an independent authority, the NCC regulates licenses, radio frequencies and spectrum, program content, communications standards and specifications in Taiwan.
Which products require NCC approval?
All the products that can be connected to the public communication network and products that emit radio frequencies require approval and NCC registration before they can be imported into Taiwan. Products that fall under the NCC type approval requirement are mainly telecommunication devices used in the Global Mobile System (GMS), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile communication standards, as well as wireless devices (such as computer keyboards, computer mouse, etc.) and other products with Bluetooth functions. Transceiver system devices used for radio frequency identification (RFID) are also affected by NCC certification.
Technical specifications have been defined by the authority for the following areas, which must be complied with:
- Low-Power Radio Frequency Device
- Telecommunication terminals for mobile communication | for ISDN | for DS1 | POTS Splitter for ADSL & VDSL | for Fiber Optics Network | for 2.4 GHz-Radio Frequencies | for Public Switched Telephone Network | for 1880-1895MHz Wireless Private Branch Exchange
- Terminal Equipment for Fixed Communications Multimedia Content Transmission Platforms
- Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) Microwave Base Station RF Equipment
- Personal Locator Beacon
- Satellite Small Earth Base Station
- Microwave Base Station RF Equipment
- Mobile Broadband Base Station Radio Frequency Equipment
- 1.6GHz and 2.4GHz Satellite Personal Communications Networks Mobile Earth Stations
The NCC authority divides products into Controlled Telecommunication Radio-Frequency Devices (CTRFD), which is radio frequency equipment used in telecommunications, and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE).
If a product only has receiving functions and does not transmit itself, it does not require NCC registration.
NCC Approval Process
The approval procedure distinguishes between products for commercial sale and products for private use. For products that are used privately, a decision is only made at the time of application as to whether inspection or test reports are to be submitted. It is important to note that there is an import limit for privately used devices. For all devices imported for commercial use, testing is mandatory for NCC certification.
The application for NCC type approval is submitted to a Recognized Certification Body. The certification bodies are commissioned by the National Communications Commission (NCC) authority for CTRFD devices and by the Directorate General of Telecommunications for TTE devices.
The most common devices that are approved are low-power, high-frequency devices. For these products, it must first be checked whether the frequency band to be used is open. This can be checked in the relevant technical regulations for the products mentioned. We will be happy to assist you in this process.
NCC Certification Product Testing and Application Submission
Test in accredited testing laboratory
Application at recognized certification bodies
Equipment conformity assessment
Issue certificate of approval
Prior to application, testing must be performed at an accredited test laboratory in Taiwan. Only after passing the tests in accordance with the relevant technical regulations can the application for an NCC certificate be submitted to a recognized certification body. For the application by the manufacturer, no representative office in Taiwan is necessary, however, there are also some conditions to be observed for the application, which is described below.
Unless the application for NCC approval is made by a person or company in Taiwan, the application can only be made by the foreign manufacturer. After receiving the certificates, certain devices are to be listed on a platform of the authority. The import of the products can only be done by persons or companies in Taiwan selected by the manufacturer and registered with NCC, or by the manufacturer itself.
NCC Approval Marking
Once you have passed the NCC certification process and received the NCC Type Approval Certificate, it is mandatory to display the NCC logo along with an ID number and model number.
CC: A fixed Code (depending on equipment type)
XX: Recognized Certification Body (RCB)
YY: Equipment Type
yyy: Number (001-999)
Z: Serial Number
z: Inspection Type (T for Type Approval or C for Declaration of Conformity)
W: Checked code
Selling or importing equipment without the NCC type approval is subject to a fine ranging from 30,000 to 300,000 Taiwan dollars. In addition, unapproved products will be confiscated upon importation into Taiwan.
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NCC Certification OVerview
|Validity of the Certificate||No Expiration Date|
|Certification Estimated Timing||2-6 months, depending on the type of product and duration of the product tests|
|Marking||All approved products must be marked with the "Approval Label" (approval mark)|
|Factory Audit Required?||No|
|Representative in the country||No|
|Follow-Up Process||Currently, there is no further process, and the certificate is valid until the manufacturer cancels the certificate or closes production.|
NCC Certification FAQ
NCC type approval mainly applies to low power telecommunication and high frequency equipment. To check if a product needs NCC type approval, we recommend asking the NCC directly. We will be happy to support you.
The NCC type approval process usually takes between 2-6 months depending on the product.
The NCC type approval has no expiration date.
For the NCC approval process, you must provide technical documentation, such as a user manual or instruction manual in English and technical drawings.
It is also helpful to review the NCC technical regulations. We will be happy to help you if you have any questions.
A factory inspection is not required as part of the NCC certification process.
The NCC logo, along with the NCC identification number, must be affixed or printed on the body of the device in appropriate proportion. There are no color or size requirements.
No, the certificate holder is obliged to do his own research to be up to date. The applicant must ensure that the products are compliant according to the latest regulations. We are happy to assist you here.