The regulatory landscape is changing rapidly and staying on top of market entry requirements is more challenging than ever before. With new information emerging daily, having the most current insights can help you better manage product certifications and approvals in uncertain times.
Visit this page frequently to learn the current status for:
- Current operational status of certification bodies and authorities
- Regulatory deviations, exceptions or extensions in place due to the pandemic
- Contact details to access information about smaller markets and specific certification status
Updates will be made frequently and as quickly as information can be obtained from regulators. If you have questions on specific projects or for countries not listed here, please contact your UL project handler or contact us to reach one of our experts.
*Updated August 6, 2020
Authorities experiencing delays or full shutdown:
|Country/Bloc||Regulation Scheme||Certification Body||Operating Status||Closure Timeframe||Certificate Issuance Status||Additional Considerations|
|Algeria||ARPCE or ANF (Wireless)||ARPCE or ANF||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently operating at 50% capacity; therefore expect continued delays.|
|Angola||INACOM (Wireless)||INACOM||Limited Capacity||August 2020||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently operating at 50% capacity until August 9; therefore expect continued delays.|
|Antigua and Barbuda||MBT (Wireless)||MBT||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Partial lockdown. Under checking.|
|Argentina||ENACOM (Wireless)||ENACOM||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||We expect 2-4 weeks delays with all pending certificates. ENACOM has also issued RESOL-2020-461-APN-ENACOM#JGM that extends type approval certificates with expiration dates between March 16 – June 30 by 60 days past the original expiration date.|
|Armenia||AZINTELECOM (Wireless)||AZINTELECOM||Working Remote||August 2020||Can be issued, expect delays||AZINTELECOM - applications are being received remotely - delay is expected.|
|Aruba||DTZ (Wireless)||DTZ||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently operating at 25% capacity; therefore expect continued delays.|
|Belize||PUC (Wireless)||PUC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Bolivia||ATT (Wireless)||ATT||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Shorten working hours to 4 hours per day; therefore expect continued delays.|
|Brunei||AITI (Wireless)||AITI||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Canada||ISED (Wireless)||ISED||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Chile||SEC Mark (Safety, EE)||SEC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||UL's Partner Lab is still operating, non-essential staff are working remotely|
|Colombia||CRC (Wireless)||CRC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Colombia||RETIE, RETILAP, RETIQ (Safety, EE)||UL Colombia||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Comoros||ANRTIC (Wireless)||ANRTIC||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Congo||DRC (Wireless)||DRC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||ARPTC staff are working remotely and only spending time on type approval matters on Fridays; therefore expect significant delays. In addition there are also internal authority changes that may also cause additional delays.|
|Costa Rica||SUTEL (Wireless)||SUTEL||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently operating at 20% capacity; therefore expect continued delays.|
|Curacao||BTP (Wireless)||BTP||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Custom Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)||EAC Mark (Safety, EMC, RoHS)||ROSTEST (Russia)
|Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Russian Ministries have suspended inspection requirements for maintenance of existing certificates until September 17, 2020 and are recommending remote inspections, when possible, or batch certifications for new projects. Certifiers in Belarus can still proceed with CIG-023 Inspection reports that are less than one year old
For any renewals or annual factory inspection for existing EAC
Certifications, the factory inspection can be postponed by 6
months, or conducted within 3 months of factory location country
being out of COVID-19 quarantine.
|Dominican Republic||INDOTEL (Wireless)||INDOTEL||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently working in small groups at the office; therefore expect delays.|
|Ecuador||ARCOTEL (Wireless)||ARCOTEL||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Egypt||TRA (Wireless)||TRA||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|El Salvador||SIGET (Wireless)||SIGET||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Equatorial Guinea||ORTEL (Wireless)||ORTEL||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Ethiopia||ETA (Wireless)||ETA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Fiji||TAF (Wireless)||TAF||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Gabon||ARCEP (Wireless)||ARCEP||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Ghana||NCA (Wireless)||NCA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Grenada||NTRC (Wireless)||NTRC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Accepting electronic application; however delays expected.|
|Guatemala||SIT (Wireless)||SIT||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Accepting electronic application; however 2 weeks delays is expected.|
|Guinea Bissau||ARN (Wireless)||ARN||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Honduras||CONATEL (Wireless)||CONATEL||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Hong Kong||EMSD (Safety, EE, Gas)||EMSD||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||- Registration and Permit Office at its Kowloon Bay headquarters will continue to be closed until further notice. During the period, the public can still drop their applications, with cheques for payment within office hours (on Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.15pm) at the collection box located on ground floor at the EMSD headquarters, 3 Kai Shing Street, Kowloon Bay. However, the EMSD appeals to the public to minimise visiting its headquarters in person unless necessary, and consider submitting their applications, with cheques for payment to the above mentioned address by post. Applicants would be notified on the results by phone or mail.|
|India||TEC (Wireless)||TEC||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays||- All Government offices have been opened, the officer still working from home partially.
- All test labs are opened with limited man power.
|India||WPC (Wireless)||WPC||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Indonesia||SDPPI (Wireless)||SDPPI||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||split testing and certification during Covid-19.
• Test labs - operating at 50% capacity, lists of accredited foreign testing laboratories for HKT and non-HKT are now consolidated into one, under Annex I & II of Decision No. 124 of 2020.
• SDPPI Authority - No backlog, assume normal TAT
|Indonesia||SNI Mark (Safety)||UL Indonesia||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||All new applications being deferred.
just extent the Large Scale of Social Restriction with June as transition period. Within this period , government will allow offices to operate with 50% manpower working in the office.
|Kenya||CA (Wireless)||CA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Kuwait||CITRA (Wireless)||CITRA||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays||CITRA is back to work but expecting significant delays due to the backlog of applications and only 1 signatory|
|Lebanon||MPT (Wireless)||MPT||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays||Delays are expected due to backlog|
|Lesotho||LCA (Wireless)||LCA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Started issuing certificates as of August; however expect delay|
|Liberia||LTA (Wireless)||LTA||Working Remote||July 2020||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Libya||ACI (Wireless)||ACI||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently working 2 days a week, therefore delay is expected.|
|Madagascar||ARTEC (Wireless)||ARTEC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Malawi||MACRA (Wireless)||MACRA||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Malaysia||MCMC (Wireless)||MCMC||Limited Capacity||August 2020||Can be issued, expect delays||Currently under Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until August 31.|
|Malaysia||ST CoC (Safety, EE, Gas)||ST||Working Remote||August 2020||Can be issued, expect delays||Consignment testing has resumed with limitations; therefore delays expected. No factory audits for foreign factories until the travel ban is lifted.|
|Mauritania||ARE (Wireless)||ARE||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Mexico||CONUEE (Energy Efficiency)||CONUEE||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Moldova||BTSM (Wireless)||BTSM||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays||Restrictions lifted on May 15, and the lab and certification body are working as normal. Delays are expected with testing until the lab works through the backlog of samples pending testing.|
|Namibia||CRAN (Wireless)||CRAN||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Nepal||NTA (Wireless)||NTA||Back To Normal||Undefined||Can be issued as normal||NTA - reopened on 15th June and they are now reviewing applications again albeit with some delays due to work backlog.|
|Niger||ARCEP (Wireless)||ARCEP||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Minor delays are expected|
|Nigeria||NCC (Wireless)||NCC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Minor delays are expected|
|Pakistan||PTA (Wireless)||PTA||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Authority open with reduce staff|
|Papua New Guinea||NICTA (Wireless)||NICTA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||NICTA - Delays in processes of application / Processing of type approval fee will be affected.|
|Paraguay||CONATEL (Wireless)||CONATEL||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||CONATEL staff are accepting applications and issuing approvals. Delays are expected|
|Peru||MTC (Wireless)||MTC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||MTC - is currently open only half time and operating with limited staff. expecting delays|
|Philippines||PS Mark||BPS||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||NTC - Please be informed that the NTC Office has resumed operation and is now accepting applications but
they still have limited capacity. Most applications will be delayed 1-2 weeks
|Philippines||NTC (Wireless)||NTC||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Russia||Minsvyaz (Wireless)||Minsvyaz||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Minor delays are expected|
|Rwanda||RURA (Wireless)||RURA||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays||Authority has resumed business and sample shipments are now being cleared by customs.|
|South Africa||Letter of Approval (Safety)||NRCS||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||Working remotely, staff on rotational basis. Not fully operational. Completing the evaluation (obtain certificate # and model registered on-line), but issuing physical certificates is delayed. Importer will need physical copy in order to import. NRCS is not giving any clear TAT on their backlog. Main Admin person out for 3 weeks which stopped issuance of physical certificates (supposed to return to work week of July 6). Need to assume at least an additional 30 day backlog. (TAT 90 working days + 30 working days).
o Packages submitted Jan/Feb: Physical certificate copies issued
o Packages submitted March - mid-April: Pending Physical copies of certificates, evaluation has been completed
o Packages submitted April-early June – assigned, but pending evaluation and certificates
o Packages submitted mid-June and after = has not been assigned as of July 3
|St. Lucia||NTRC (Wireless)||NTRC||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||The Commission is currently open two (2) days a week. The applications process period is now three (3) months vs. six (6) weeks before COVID.|
|St. Marteen||BTSM (Wireless)||BTSM||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Suriname||TAS (Wireless)||TAS||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Tajikistan||CS (Wireless)||CS||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Tanzania||TCRA (Wireless)||TCRA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Thailand||NBTC (Wireless)||NBTC||Back To Normal||N/A||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Tunisia||CERT (Wireless)||CERT||Limited Capacity||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Turkey||BTK (Wireless)||BTK||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Turks and Caicos||TCI (Wireless)||TCI||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Uganda||UCC (Wireless)||UCC||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays||UCC is once again issuing certificates, delays expected due to the backlog of applications.|
|Ukraine||UkrTest (Safety)||UkrTest||Working Remote||July 2020||Can be issued, expect delays||Partial UkrTEST workers work from home, delay is expected.|
|Venezuela||CONATEL (Wireless)||CONATEL||Full Shut Down||August 2020||No certificates being issued|
|Zambia||ZITCA (Wireless)||ZITCA||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
|Zimbabwe||POTRAZ (Wireless)||POTRAZ||Working Remote||Undefined||Can be issued, expect delays|
Authorities resuming operation status with minimal to no impact:
|Country/Bloc||Regulation Scheme||Certification Body||Additional Considerations|
|Argentina||S Mark (Safety)||UL Argentina||No delays are expected. ENACOM has also issued RESOL-2020-461-APN-ENACOM#JGM that extends type approval certificates with expiration dates between March 16 – June 30 by 60 days past the original expiration date.|
|Australia||ACMA (EMC)||ACMA (EMC)||1) ACMA can help as following detail
- Customer can defer renewal fees by up to 12 months from the expiry of the license.
- Customer can pay by installments.
2) ACMA has already delayed consultation processes for non-urgent matters such as the review of the Radiocommunications Act prohibitions/exemptions framework.
|Australia & New Zealand||ANZ Certification (Safety)||UL New Zealand||Office open with limited staff onsite - remaining staff working remote.|
|Barbados||TU (Wireless)||TU MISST|
|Brazil||ANATEL (Wireless)||ANATEL||ANATEL allowing for renewal applications without updated test reports and photos for certificates expiring in the time period of March 6 – September 30 (previously June 30). TAT has been shortened due to Covid (~15 days vs. 40 days)|
|Brazil||INMETRO (Safety, EE)||UL Brazil||No backlog, assume normal TAT|
|British Virgin Island||TRC (Wireless)||TRC|
|Cambodia||ISC Mark (Safety)||ISC|
|Cayman Islands||OfReg (Wireless)||OfReg|
|China||CCC/CQC (Safety, EMC)||CQC|
|Commonwealth of Dominica||NTRC (Wireless)||NTRC|
|Costa Rica||INTE (EE)||UL Mexico|
|European Union (EU)||D Mark (Safety)
ENEC/ENEC + (Safety)
GS Mark (Safety)
|French Polynesia||ANFR (Wireless)||ANFR|
|Global||IECEx Scheme (Hazardous Locations)||All UL NCBs (National Certification Body)|
|Global||IECEE CB Scheme (Safety)||All UL NCBs (National Certification Body)||Remote assessment option is available for active CTF (Customer Testing Facilities) Stage 2 or 3 customers with validation of Live Stream Video when capability is audited remotely.|
|Hong Kong||WSD (Water)||WSD|
|India||BEE (EE)||BEE||All Government offices have been opened, the officer still working from home partially.
All test labs are opened with limited man power.
- BEE decided to extend the deadline for payment of labelling fee due for FY 19-20 till 30 June 2020 due to COVID-19 situation.
|India||BIS Registration (Safety)||BIS||All Government offices have been opened, the officer still working from home partially.
All test labs are opened with limited man power.
|Ivory Coast||ARTCI (Wireless)||ARTCI|
|Japan||PSE, S Mark (Safety)||UL Japan|
|Japan||JRL/JBTL (Wireless)||UL Japan|
|Jordan||JSMO Approval (Safety)||JSMO|
|Kuwait||PAI (Safety, EE)||PAI|
|Malaysia||SIRIM Mark (Safety)||SIRIM||the Government has implemented a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until August 31. SIRIM staff will be working with 50% staff at their office and the rest of the staff working remotely, and we do not expect delays moving forward. MCMC/SIRIM semi work from home Extended until 9th June.
Testing service resume on 14th May but Movement order extend until 9th of June. For SIRIM will be working remotely. All online application still be able to apply.
|Mexico||NOM (Safety, EE)||UL-Mexico||Mexican secretariat of Economy is temporatily allowing the imporatoin of products without Mexian Certification needing to be presented at Customs. The application number provided by the Certification Body (CB) to demonstrate applications are in process will be enough to allow the importation of such products. Mexican CBs will be required ot provide any application numbers to Mexico's Customs System for validation and to facilitate this process.
UL Mexico can continue to provide NOM certificates for electrical safety and/or provide application numbers to DGN for temporary importation.
Local labs are working with limited capacity, so expect delays if in-country testing is needed.
|Mexico||IFT (Wireless)||IFT||Test labs are open with 20% capacity. Large backlogs are at the Mexican test labs. Turn around time is now ~6 weeks (vs. 2-3 weeks). IFT Authority - turn around time has been shortened due to Covid (~12 days vs. 45 days) (NOTE: Due to Covid, IFT opened electronic submissions and are not requiring packages to be delivered in hard copies. Once IFT fully opens, hard copy packages must be submitted within 20 working days)|
|Middle East (GSO) Countries||Gulf Conformity Marking (Safety)||UL Denmark & USA||G-mark Updates: certification updates due to expiry of standards can be postponed until 31st March 2021.
G-mark Renewals: the validity of certificates expiring between March and June 2020 has been extended for 3 additional months.
for certificates expiring before 31st March 2021 the renewal can be done submitting existing test reports, with no updates, on based of a declaration from the manufacturer that the product is unchanged.
|New Caledonia||ANFR (Wireless)||ANFR|
|Oman||Oman EER (Energy Efficiency)||DGSM|
|Pakistan||NEECA (EE)||NEECA||Lockdown end in Pakistan and all government office have been opened.|
|Panama||DGNTI (EE)||UL Mexico|
|Peru||Energy Efficiency Labeling (EE)||UL Mexico|
|South Africa||Certificate of Compliance (EMC)||SABS||No backlog, assume normal TAT|
|South Africa||ICASA (Wireless)||ICASA||No backlog, assume normal TAT|
|Saudi Arabia||SABER (Safety, EE, Gas)||UL SASO CABs||SASO extended the validity period an additional 3 months for Product COCs expiring in March, April or May of 2020 without any additional Conformity Assessment needed.
Flexible Implementation of Factory inspections and Surveillance have been applied where they can be performed at a later stage during the validity period of the Product COC.
Certification delivery may be delayed due to Authorities Working from Home.
1- Starting from April 15, 2020, SABER shipment CoC fees will be 350 SAR instead of 500 SAR
2- When a Factory audit is required, the Conformity assessment body shall issue the Certificate of conformity of the local/imported product through SABER in accordance with the applicable technical regulation and shall postpone the factory visit for all applications submitted during the following months (April, May, June, July) of 2020.
The conformity assessment body shall request the applicant a letter of commitment that the factory audit will be carried out once defined by SASO in the future
In addition, SASO has announced acceptance of Energy Efficiency test reports which are not older than 5 years.
The submitted test reports must be in compliance with the relevant standards and all other requirements
|Saudi Arabia||CITC (Wireless)||CITC|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Quality Mark (Safety, Performance)
SASO IECEE Recognition (Safety)
|Singapore||NEA (EE)||NEA||No impact on NEA EE registration. Testing in Singapore is not available|
|Singapore||SAFETY Mark (Safety) WELS||UL Singapore|
|Singapore||IMDA (Wireless)||IMDA||Office open with limited staff onsite - remaining staff working remote.|
|South Korea||KC (Safety)||KTL, KTC, KTR|
|South Korea||KC (EMC/Wireless)||RRA|
|Sri Lanka||TRCSL (Wireless)||TRCSL|
|St Kits and Nevis||NTRC (Wireless)||NTRC|
|Thailand||TISI Mark (Safety)||TISI||The TISI license of imported product will still be impacted because the TISI auditors are not allowed to travel to any overseas manufacturers. If importation of a product is needed, a TISI temporary Batch certificate is available now.|
|Tonga||MIC (Wireless)||MIC||National lockdown eased. Under monitoring.|
|Trinidad and Tobago||TATT (Wireless)||TATT|
|United Arab Emirates||ECAS/ECM (Safety, EE, RoHS)||UL UAE||Initial and annual audits may be done via remote assessment during April 2020 (but may be extended);
ESMA reserve the rights to join the remote assessment
Due to the global pandemic COVID-19 and as per government issued directives, The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has announced for the following initiatives:
1- All ECAS & EQM certificates and licenses expiring on March, April or May will be extended until June 30, 2020
2- CB Test reports and Test certificates can be accepted up to 5 years for any new/renewal ECAS CoC (Type approval) applications and EQM
3- RoHS Test reports can be accepted up to 5 years for any new/renewal ECAS and EQM applications
4- RoHS test reports more than 3 years can be submitted for certification with the submission of a declaration stating that revised/updated test reports will be provided
5- RoHS test reports only covering 6 hazardous substances (1st phase): (The same test reports can be submitted with the addition of a declaration for the next 4 hazardous substances (2nd phase) and a declaration stating that revised/updated test reports will be provided).
6- Any required assessment for new certification, recertification, or surveillance can be postponed or done remotely whenever is possible.
|United Arab Emirates||TRA (Wireless)||TRA||Paperwork applications will be processed as normal. For sample required such as mobile phones, approval will be granted first without sample submission, but screenshots of Emergency Alert setting and IMEI number must be uploaded for review. Samples may still be required at a later date.|
|Vietnam||MOIT - EE||MOIT|