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    June 24, 2021

    Brazil’s ANATEL extends the simplified certification renewal process

    Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) has extended the simplified homologation certification renewal process as of 6 May 2021. Due to the continued state of public health emergency of concern from the coronavirus, the agency has extended the term established in item 1 of Official Letter 646/2020 / ORCN / SOR-ANATEL, which is valid until 31 December 2021. This applies only to existing ANATEL homologation certificates that are in the process of being renewed.

    What’s Changed? 

    In 2020, the certification process was simplified due to COVID-19’s severe impact across the globe, temporarily suspending the requirement to supply test reports and corresponding product photos during the renewal process. These temporary measures have been extended until the end of 2021.  

    Renewals are still required before the expiration date shown on the certificate when it was originally issued. This temporary change in policy only represents a relaxation of the original requirements.  

    ANATEL’s origination and importance 

    ANATEL was created in 1997 and is primarily responsible for approving products used in telecommunications to meet quality and safety standards and regulated technical functionality. Nearly any product that transmits radio frequency or is connected to the public telephone network and phones using lithium batteries must be approved by this agency. This certification and approval process guarantees the consumer that their continued use of these products meets all relevant quality and safety regulations.  

    ANATEL’s product certification follows the Regulation on Certification and Approval, which was approved by Resolution No. 242/2000, which states that the issuance of the homologation document is a mandatory prerequisite for the commercialization and use of telecommunication products throughout Brazil. This means that the consumer can only use products that ANATEL has successfully approved.  

    Approval process for new certifications

    ANATEL’s standard and regulated procedure require this specific certificate for telecommunications products to be issued by a Designated Certification Body (OCD) that has been created by the regulatory agency itself.  

    This Designated Certification Body partners with your organization to conduct the entire ANATEL certification process, also known as the Telecommunications Product Conformity Assessment, and is able to issue the Certificate of Conformity at the end of the process. This certification is required in order to bring the product to market.  

    How Nemko Can Help 

    Certifying products in ANATEL is often a complex and technical process that requires in-depth knowledge and external resources. Nemko can help to certify your products for the Brazilian market at a Brazilian testing laboratory.

    Nemko is able to manage the entire certification process from testing to certification, all thanks to our extensive network.   

    Please send us an email at for more information. 

    Tom Tidwell

    Tom Tidwell is a NARTE certified EMC Laboratory Engineer with over 25 years of direct experience in Wireless, Telecommunications, EMC, and worldwide market access. His experience includes numerous wired and wireless protocols and technologies. He is responsible for Nemko’s telecom international approvals. Tom is...

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