The Network Access License (NAL) Approval is a mandatory requirement for telecom products covered by the NAL product categories announced by China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII). MII governs the Measures for Administration of Interconnection of Public Telecommunications Networks in China, which administers the country's telecommunications certification regime.
On June 25, 2001, the first product category of NAL Approval was released. It regulates 28 types of telecom products that are divided into the two main groups of regular equipment and high-end equipment. All regulated telecom products must obtain the NAL Approval before entering the China market. MII's NAL Certification Center is currently the only authorized certification organization to process NAL Approval applications.
In China, there are only 14 laboratories designated by MII to perform testing for the NAL Approval, and each of which focuses on specific types of products. It is important to note that not all of these labs have the accreditation of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA). This is because CNCA and MII are administering two different certification systems.
Types of NAL Approval application
There are four main types of NAL approval application:
• New application for regular equipment;
• New application for high-end equipment;
• Equipment modification; and
• Certificate renewal application.