Essential Requirements (ER) & Modifications
There are certain types of telecom equipment for which there are no applicable Essential Requirements (ER). Some examples are Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRS) and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) products, IP Based Video Conferencing Equipment, Legacy Switches, Layer 7 and Layer 8 Switches. For such equipment an application will need to be made to request a provisional ER based on the product’s technical specifications. If the product has been successfully tested as per the requirements of Provisional ER, TEC will issue the Provisional Certificate valid for two years. During this provisional approval period the product’s technical specifications will be further reviewed in order to create a final ER. Once completed, TEC will ask the applicant to have the product tested against the final ER. Upon successful completion of testing and uploading of test reports to TEC’s portal, a certificate will be issued for an additional three years; amounting to a total five-year validity period.
TEC has received requests for modifications and removal of some test parameters included in some of the ERs. TEC has decided that there will be a time-limited exemption from submission of test reports for specific parameters and this may be granted to all manufacturers, provided the request is made by the manufacturer to TEC in advance and is approved prior to submission of the application. The reasons for seeking an exemption may include:
- A test report from an international accredited lab is not available because the product is not typically tested for the parameter in question or there is no international accredited lab to test that parameter.
- The product is manufactured in India and there is no accredited and designated lab in India to test that product.
- The product does not comply with specific limits, test voltages and procedures prescribed in the ERs.
- For any reason other than those listed above, a clear description of the request for exemption must be made.
Products for which exemptions are allowed will be issued a provisional certificate valid for a period of two years.. Before expiration of the provisional certificate, the manufacturer must get the product tested and the report must be submitted with the exempted parameters. After the report is submitted, the certificate can be extended for the remaining validity period of five years total.