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COVID-19 Regulatory Updates for Product Certification

Up-to-date information on regulatory changes, deviations, exceptions and extensions that may impact access to your target markets

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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 Dec. 15, 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 Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays ARPCE - ANF - Current delays occuring with the  transportation of samples and backlog
Angola INACOM (Wireless) INACOM Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays expect minor delays only. 
Antigua and Barbuda MBT (Wireless) MBT Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Still recovering from recent tragic events
Armenia AZINTELECOM (Wireless) AZINTELECOM Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued as normal Back to normal, working remotely, not expecting delays but however they are many requirements and restrictions.
Bolivia ATT (Wireless) ATT Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Limited capacity - Can be issued, expect delays 
Botswana BOCRA (Wireless) BOCRA Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Canada ISED (Wireless) ISED Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays ISED - Delays are expected for equipment certification
Comoros ANRTIC (Wireless) ANRTIC Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays  
Congo DRC (Wireless) DRC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Staff only processing Type Approvals on Friday. There have also been internal authority changes that may cause additional delays. Expect significant delays.
Costa Rica SUTEL (Wireless) SUTEL Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays SUTEL - Issuing certificates, with only slight delays. 
Curacao BTP (Wireless) BTP Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays  
Custom Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan) EAC Mark (Safety, EMC, RoHS) ROSTEST (Russia)
RCAC (Russia)
ELMAS (Russia)
Bellis (Belarus)
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  Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Indotel is working but with a smaller staff in the office
Egypt TRA (Wireless) TRA Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays  
Equatorial Guinea ORTEL (Wireless) ORTEL Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are 1-2 weeks due to the absence of many officials.
Gabon ARCEP (Wireless) ARCEP Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays ARCEP - some delays are expected
Grenada NTRC (Wireless) NTRC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Only accepted E-mail applications.
Guatemala SIT (Wireless) SIT Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued as normal  Working remotely, not expecting delays.
Guinea Bissau ARN (Wireless) ARN Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays ARN is accepting applications by email, however the processing of applications internally is a paperwork process and therefore delays are expected
Honduras CONATEL (Wireless) CONATEL Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays CONATEL is still operating with limited staff (about 20%) currently and taking appointments in which our local agent may submit applications.  We expect continued delays under the internal process are back to normal
India TEC (Wireless) TEC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Operating remote with limited capacity, goverment offices are functioning but with delays. Virtual meetings with authorities.
India WPC (Wireless) WPC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Operating remote with limited capacity, goverment offices are functioning but with delays. Virtual meetings with authorities.
Jordan TRC (Wireless) TRC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays  The type approval delay can be expected.
Kenya CA (Wireless) CA Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Kuwait CITRA (Wireless) CITRA Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Kuwait PAI (Safety, EE) PAI Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Lebanon MPT (Wireless) MPT Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Still recovering from recent tragic events
Madagascar ARTEC (Wireless) ARTEC Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Malawi MACRA (Wireless) MACRA Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Malaysia MCMC (Wireless) MCMC Working Remote December 2020 Can be issued, expect delays SIRIM officer work from home until further notice.

All certifications slightly effected especially those that required sample or onsite audit will be slightly delay.

Testing services continue but with minimum staff , experience delays.
Mauritania ARE (Wireless) ARE Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays ARE is working with reduced working hours, therefore delays are expected. 
Mauritius ICTA (Wireless) ICTA Back To Normal 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 Undefined Can be issued, expect delays The Authority and test lab are back to normal.  However, delays are expected with testing until the lab works through the backlog of samples pending testing. 
Nepal NTA (Wireless) NTA Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Niger  ARCEP (Wireless) ARCEP Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Nigeria NCC (Wireless) NCC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Pakistan PTA (Wireless) PTA Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays PTA is operating with reduced working hours, therefore minor delays are expected. 
Papua New Guinea NICTA (Wireless) NICTA Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays NICTA is working with reduced staff, therefore delays are expected. 
Paraguay CONATEL (Wireless) CONATEL Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Still big impact, limited capacity, can be issued, not expecting delays.
Peru MTC (Wireless) MTC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Working remotely with minor delays.
Russia Minsvyaz (Wireless) Minsvyaz Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
South Africa Letter of Approval (Safety) NRCS Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Currently operating with staff on a rotational basis and 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 turn around time on their backlog.  Please assume at least an additional 30 day backlog. (TAT 90 working days + 30 working days).
St. Lucia NTRC (Wireless) NTRC Back To Normal Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Suriname TAS (Wireless) TAS Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Tunisia CERT (Wireless) CERT Limited Capacity Undefined Can be issued, expect delays the Government has started to relax restrictions.  CERT is currently operating with limited staff, and is accepting new applications.  
Turkey BTK (Wireless) BTK Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays BTK - regulator office still not close. No major delays
Uganda UCC (Wireless) UCC Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Ukraine UkrTest (Safety) UkrTest Limited Capacity December 2020 Can be issued, expect delays Not back to normal, not expecting delays, quarantine measures until december 31. 
Venezuela CONATEL (Wireless) CONATEL Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Zambia  ZITCA (Wireless) ZITCA Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog
Zimbabwe POTRAZ (Wireless) POTRAZ Working Remote Undefined Can be issued, expect delays Delays are expected due to backlog

Authorities resuming operation status with minimal to no impact:

Country/Bloc  Regulation Scheme Certification Body Operating Status Additional Considerations
Argentina S Mark (Safety) UL Argentina Working Remote  
Aruba DTZ (Wireless) DTZ Back To Normal  
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 Back To Normal  
Azerbaijan MCHT (Wireless) MCHT Back To Normal  
Bahamas URCA (Wireless) URCA Working Remote  
Bahrain TRA (Wireless) TRA Back To Normal Resume work from 5/7. No impact so far. 
Barbados TU (Wireless) TU MISST Back To Normal employees from Authority working from home, but certificates being issued normally so far. 
Belize PUC (Wireless) PUC Back To Normal  
Benin  ARCEP (Wireless) ARCEP Back To Normal  
Bermuda RAB (Wireless) RAB Back To Normal  
Brazil ANATEL (Wireless) ANATEL Working Remote • It allows surveillance and/or renew be completed with declarations only. The pictures, test reports and other items are not required.
• This extraordinary exception for maintaining certification applies only for products whose validity certificate of compliance expires between Mar 6, 2020 and Dec 31, 2020.
Brazil INMETRO (Safety, EE) UL Brazil Working Remote  
British Virgin Island TRC (Wireless) TRC Back To Normal  
Brunei AITI (Wireless) AITI Back To Normal  
Cambodia ISC Mark (Safety) ISC Back To Normal  
Cambodia  TRC (Wireless) TRC Back To Normal  
Cayman Islands OfReg (Wireless) OfReg Back To Normal  
China CCC/CQC (Safety, EMC) CQC Back To Normal  
China SRRC (Wireless) SRRC Back To Normal  
Colombia CRC (Wireless) CRC Working Remote  
Colombia RETIE, RETILAP, RETIQ (Safety, EE) UL Colombia    
Commonwealth of Dominica NTRC (Wireless) NTRC Back To Normal  
Costa Rica INTE (EE) UL Mexico Working Remote For cellular applications the local lab staff are working remotely,besides the staff required to run testing
Ecuador ARCOTEL (Wireless) ARCOTEL Working Remote  
El Salvador SIGET (Wireless) SIGET Back To Normal  
European Union (EU) D Mark (Safety)
ENEC/ENEC + (Safety)
GS Mark (Safety)
UL Denmark    
Fiji TAF (Wireless) TAF Back To Normal  
French Polynesia ANFR (Wireless) ANFR Back To Normal  
Ghana NCA (Wireless) NCA Working Remote  
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.
Guyana NATA (Wireless) NATA Working Remote  
Hong Kong WSD (Water) WSD Back To Normal  
India BEE (EE) BEE Working Remote Operating remote with limited capacity, goverment offices are functioning but with delays. Virtual meetings with authorities.
India BIS Registration (Safety) BIS Working Remote Operating remote with limited capacity, goverment offices are functioning but with delays. Virtual meetings with authorities.
Indonesia MOE (EE) MOE   BACK TO NORMAL, for local customers, overseas customers have a challenge on factory inspection. Can be issued/Expecting delays.
Israel MOC (Wireless) MOC Back To Normal  
Israel SII (Safety) SII Back To Normal  
Ivory Coast ARTCI (Wireless) ARTCI Back To Normal  
Japan PSE, S Mark (Safety) UL Japan Back To Normal  
Japan JRL/JBTL (Wireless) UL Japan Back To Normal  
Jordan JSMO Approval (Safety) JSMO Back To Normal  
Laos MPT (Wireless)   Back To Normal  
Lesotho LCA (Wireless) LCA Back To Normal  
Liberia LTA (Wireless) LTA Back To Normal  
Malaysia SIRIM Mark (Safety) SIRIM Limited Capacity  
Mexico NOM (Safety, EE) UL-Mexico Back To Normal 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 Back To Normal IFT has reopened their office July 1, 2020 and the submission through electronic path per instructions shared previously remains as an alternative.
Middle East (GSO) Countries Gulf Conformity Marking (Safety) UL Denmark & USA Back To Normal G-mark Renewals:   the validity of certificates expiring between March and June 2020 has been extended for 3 additional months.
Mongolia CRC (Wireless) CRC Back To Normal  
Morocco ANRT (Wireless) ANRT Working Remote The staff of ANRT is divided to two groups A and B.
Monday : Group A is at work and Group B works from home.
Tuesday : Group B is at work and Group A works from home.
Mozambique INCM (Wireless) INCM Working Remote  
Myanmar MPT (Wireless)   Back To Normal  
Namibia CRAN (Wireless) CRAN Back To Normal  
New Caledonia ANFR (Wireless) ANFR Back To Normal  
Oman Oman EER (Energy Efficiency) DGSM    
Oman TRA (Wireless) TRA Back To Normal  
Pakistan NEECA (EE) NEECA    
Panama DGNTI (EE) UL Mexico    
Panama ASEP (Wireless) ASEP Back To Normal ASEP has resumed activities and is currently accepting new applications and issuing type approvals. 
Peru Energy Efficiency Labeling (EE) UL Mexico   Still big impact, working remotely with minor delays.
Qatar CRA (Wireless) CRA Back To Normal  
Rwanda RURA (Wireless) RURA Back To Normal  
Saudi Arabia SABER (Safety, EE, Gas) UL SASO CABs    
Saudi Arabia CITC (Wireless) CITC Back To Normal  
Saudi Arabia Saudi Quality Mark (Safety, Performance)
SASO IECEE Recognition (Safety)
SASO Back To Normal  
Serbia RATEL (Wireless) RATEL Back To Normal  
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 Working Remote  
South Africa Certificate of Compliance (EMC) SABS    
South Africa ICASA (Wireless) ICASA Back To Normal  
South Korea KC (Safety) KTL, KTC, KTR Back To Normal  
South Korea KC (EMC/Wireless) RRA Back To Normal  
St Kits and Nevis NTRC (Wireless) NTRC Back To Normal  
St. Marteen BTSM (Wireless) BTSM Working Remote  
Swaziland/Eswatini SCC (Wireless) SCC Working Remote  
Taiwan BSMI (Safety) BSMI Back To Normal  
Taiwan NCC (Wireless) NCC Back To Normal  
Tajikistan CS (Wireless) CS Back To Normal  
Tanzania TCRA (Wireless) TCRA Back To Normal  
Thailand EGAT (EE) EGAT    
Thailand NBTC (Wireless) NBTC Back To Normal  
Thailand TISI Mark (Safety) TISI Back To Normal  
Tonga MIC (Wireless) MIC Back To Normal  
Trinidad and Tobago TATT (Wireless) TATT Back To Normal  
Turks and Caicos TCI (Wireless) TCI Back To Normal  
United Arab Emirates ECAS/ECM (Safety, EE, RoHS) UL UAE Back To Normal  
United Arab Emirates TRA (Wireless) TRA Back To Normal 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.
Uzbekistan STZ (Safety) STZ Back To Normal  
Vietnam  CR (Safety) CR Back To Normal  
Vietnam  MIC (Wireless) MIC Back To Normal  
Vietnam  MOIT - EE MOIT    
Vietnam  VTNA (Safety) VTNA Back To Normal  
Yemen MT&IT (Wireless) MT&IT Back To Normal  
Indonesia SNI Mark (Safety) UL Indonesia Back To Normal Certification process is normal specifically for  application that factory location in Indonesia. About factory location in overseas, process is pending due to authority request to conduct the onsite factory inspection while the travel to other country remain restricted
Surveillance activity remain active.
Chile SEC Mark (Safety, EE) SEC Back To Normal Back to normal (may have some staff working remotely, but projects are moving)
Argentina ENACOM (Wireless) ENACOM Back To Normal There are no delays with ENACOM or testing labs based on COVID. They should be on the table of no/little delays
Philippines  BPS (Safety) BPS Back To Normal BACK TO NORMAL, issued without delays, no impact.
Philippines  NTC (Wireless) NTC Back To Normal BACK TO NORMAL, issued without delays, no impact.
Malaysia ST CoC (Safety, EE, Gas) ST Back To Normal BACK TO NORMAL, operating remote / limited capacity, can be issued expecting delays.
Indonesia #VALUE! SDPPI Back To Normal BACK TO NORMAL, for local customers, overseas customers have a challenge on factory inspection. Can be issued/Expecting delays.
Hong Kong EMSD (Safety, EE, Gas) EMSD Back To Normal BACK TO NORMAL, operating remote with limited capacity. Can be issued/expect delays. Minimal/ No impact
Comoros ANRTIC (Wireless) ANRTIC Back To Normal Back to normal - Issued without delays
Indonesia SNI Mark (Safety) UL Indonesia Back To Normal Certification process is normal specifically for  application that factory location in Indonesia. About factory location in overseas, process is pending due to authority request to conduct the onsite factory inspection while the travel to other country remain restricted
Surveillance activity remain active.
Chile SEC Mark (Safety, EE) SEC Back To Normal Back to normal (may have some staff working remotely, but projects are moving)
Argentina ENACOM (Wireless) ENACOM Back To Normal There are no delays with ENACOM or testing labs based on COVID. They should be on the table of no/little delays
Philippines  BPS (Safety) BPS Back To Normal Back to normal, issued without delays, no impact.
Philippines  NTC (Wireless) NTC Back To Normal Back to normal, issued without delays, no impact.
Malaysia ST CoC (Safety, EE, Gas) ST Back To Normal Back to normal, operating remote / limited capacity, can be issued expecting delays.
Ethiopia ETA (Wireless) ETA Back To Normal Back to normal - Issued without delays
Libya ACI (Wireless) ACI Back To Normal Back to normal - Issued without delays
Hong Kong WSD (Water) WSD Back To Normal Back to normal, operating remote with limited capacity. Can be issued/expect delays. Minimal/ No impact
Hong Kong EMSD (Safety, EE, Gas) EMSD Back To Normal Back to normal, operating remote with limited capacity. Can be issued/expect delays. Minimal/ No impact
Iraq ISIRI (Wireless) ISIRI Back To Normal Back to normal - Issued without delays
Malaysia ST CoC (Safety, EE, Gas) ST CoC Back To Normal Back to normal, operating remote / limited capacity, can be issued expecting delays.
Sri Lanka TRCSL (Wireless) TRCSL Back To Normal Back to normal with limited capacity and minor delays.

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