India Telecom TEC Certification Service
TEC is the Telecommunication Engineering Center under the Department of Telecommunications. TEC certification has been a voluntary process since 1991, and as per TEC announcement No. 10-1/2017-IT/TEC/ER is slated to become mandatory in 2019 for products such as servers, LAN switches, routers, remote access servers, network security systems, etc. being sold into India market. Products under TEC are required to meet electromagnetic compatibility (EMC/EMI), and safety testing is under consideration.
The TEC certification process requires testing of samples to be performed in India and a report generated from an authorized TEC lab. The report generated by the authorized lab must be submitted to TEC for review and approval. This task must be handled by the company’s Authorized Indian Representative (AIR). Upon acceptance, TEC will issue a certificate and an ID number associated with the factory producing the product. The ID number issued by TEC must be marked on the product.
An important distinction to be made between TEC approval process and other international approval processes, including BIS and WPC, is that TEC only allows up to 10 models per certificate. Applicants should be mindful about this limitation when preparing for TEC certification.
The TEC certificate and ID numbers are issued to the factory that builds the product instead of the applicant or brand owner applying for approval. An Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) must be established in India for TEC registration. If the applicant or factory has a representative office in India, this office must take the responsibility of AIR. If there is no existing representation India, another legal entity within India can be nominated as the AIR.