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Taiwan is a country that is well-known for its technological advancements. The country has been able to maintain a high level of quality in its products through strict regulations and certifications. One of the most important certifications in Taiwan is the NCC certification.

What is NCC?

National Communications Commission (NCC) Logo
▲ National Communications Commission (NCC) Logo.

There are two Chinese Taipei organizations that regulate aspects of telecommunications equipment:   

  • National Communications Commission (NCC – formerly DGT) 
    The NCC regulates the telecommunications/radio, information and broadcasting sectors.
  • Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    The BSMI is the authority responsible for standardization, metrology and product inspection.  BSMI regulates EMC for telecommunications products.   

This guidance covers the requirements for designation to NCC only.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) is a government agency responsible for regulating the telecommunications, broadcasting, and postal sectors in Taiwan. Established in 2006, the NCC plays a vital role in ensuring that these industries operate in a fair and transparent manner, while also protecting the interests of consumers and promoting innovation and competition.

What is NCC certification?

NCC certification, also known as the NCC Type Approval. The NCC type approval ensures the verification of the minimum legal requirements for radio technology products in the Taiwanese market. All telecommunications products and other electronic products in the field of radio technology must meet regulatory and technical requirements in Taiwan to be approved for use in the market. The National Communications Commission (NCC) of Taiwan was established on February 22, 2006 and was originally part of the Directorate General of Telecommunications (DGT) in Taiwan. It is the designated authority for the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting services in Taiwan.

The NCC sets the regulations for NCC registration and is responsible for regulating the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, maintaining a level playing field in the communications industry, and protecting consumers. As an independent authority, the NCC regulates licenses, radio frequencies and spectrum, program content, communications standards and specifications in Taiwan.

Selling or importing equipment without the NCC type approval is subject to a fine ranging from 30,000 to 300,000 Taiwan dollars. In addition, unapproved products will be confiscated upon importation into Taiwan.

Key features and importance of NCC certification

  • Compliance with technical standards: NCC certification ensures that electronic devices comply with the technical standards set by the government. This includes specifications related to radio frequency emissions, electromagnetic compatibility, and safety guidelines. By adhering to these standards, manufacturers can guarantee that their products will function properly and not cause interference with other devices.
  • Consumer protection: NCC certification serves as a measure to protect consumers from potentially unsafe or substandard electronic products. The certification process includes rigorous testing and evaluation of devices, ensuring that they meet quality and safety requirements. By purchasing products with NCC certification, consumers can have confidence in their reliability and safety.
  • Market access: NCC certification is a prerequisite for electronic products to enter the Taiwanese market. Without this certification, manufacturers cannot legally sell their products in Taiwan. By enforcing this requirement, the NCC ensures that only compliant and safe devices are available to consumers, fostering a trustworthy marketplace.
  • Mitigating interference: the NCC certification process includes testing for electromagnetic compatibility, ensuring that electronic devices do not interfere with each other or with critical communication systems. This is particularly important in today’s interconnected world, where multiple devices coexist in close proximity. By reducing interference, NCC certification helps maintain the integrity and reliability of communication networks.
  • Regulatory compliance: NCC certification ensures that manufacturers and importers follow the necessary regulatory procedures. This includes submitting documentation, test reports, and other relevant information to demonstrate compliance. By enforcing regulatory compliance, the NCC promotes transparency and accountability within the electronic industry.

Which products require NCC certification?

All the products that can be connected to the public communication network and products that emit radio frequencies require approval and NCC registration before they can be imported into Taiwan. Products that fall under the NCC type approval requirement are mainly telecommunication devices used in the Global Mobile System (GMS), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile communication standards, as well as wireless devices (such as computer keyboards, computer mouse, etc.) and other products with Bluetooth functions. Transceiver system devices used for radio frequency identification (RFID) are also affected by NCC certification.

Technical specifications have been defined by the authority for the following areas, which must be complied with:

  • Low-Power Radio Frequency Device
  • Telecommunication terminals for mobile communication | for ISDN | for DS1 | POTS Splitter for ADSL & VDSL | for Fiber Optics Network | for 2.4 GHz-Radio Frequencies | for Public Switched Telephone Network | for 1880-1895MHz Wireless Private Branch Exchange
  • Terminal Equipment for Fixed Communications Multimedia Content Transmission Platforms
  • Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) Microwave Base Station RF Equipment
  • Personal Locator Beacon
  • Satellite Small Earth Base Station
  • Microwave Base Station RF Equipment
  • Mobile Broadband Base Station Radio Frequency Equipment
  • 1.6GHz and 2.4GHz Satellite Personal Communications Networks Mobile Earth Stations

The NCC authority divides products into Controlled Telecommunication Radio-Frequency Devices (CTRFD), which is radio frequency equipment used in telecommunications, and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE).

If a product only has receiving functions and does not transmit itself, it does not require NCC registration.

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NCC approval marking

Once you have passed the NCC certification process and received the NCC Type Approval Certificate, it is mandatory to display the NCC logo along with an ID number and model number.

NCC Approval Marking
▲ NCC approval marking.

CC: A fixed Code (depending on equipment type)

XX: Recognized Certification Body (RCB)

xx: Year

YY: Equipment Type

yyy: Number (001-999)

Z: Serial Number

z: Inspection Type (T for Type Approval or C for Declaration of Conformity)

W: Checked code

How can I identify if a product has Taiwan NCC certification?

Products with Taiwan NCC certification will typically display the NCC logo or mark on their packaging or labeling. This logo indicates that the product has undergone the necessary testing and meets the regulatory requirements set by the National Communications Commission.

A Sample of NCC Mark
▲ A Sample of NCC Mark.

How long does it take to obtain NCC certification?

The time it takes to obtain NCC certification varies depending on the product, the complexity of the tests, and the workload of the NCC. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

How much does NCC certification cost?

The cost of NCC certification varies depending on the product and the tests that need to be conducted. Generally, the cost ranges from NT$3,000 to NT$10,000.

What is the validity of NCC certification?

NCC certification is valid for 5 years. After 5 years, businesses must renew their certification.

NCC approval process

The approval procedure distinguishes between products for commercial sale and products for private use. For products that are used privately, a decision is only made at the time of application as to whether inspection or test reports are to be submitted. It is important to note that there is an import limit for privately used devices. For all devices imported for commercial use, testing is mandatory for NCC certification.

The application for NCC type approval is submitted to a Recognized Certification Body. The certification bodies are commissioned by the National Communications Commission (NCC) authority for CTRFD devices and by the Directorate General of Telecommunications for TTE devices.

The most common devices that are approved are low-power, high-frequency devices. For these products, it must first be checked whether the frequency band to be used is open. This can be checked in the relevant technical regulations for the products mentioned. We will be happy to assist you in this process.

What are the steps involved in obtaining the NCC Certification?

Manufacturers or importers must submit an application to the National Communications Commission and provide the necessary documentation, including test reports and technical specifications. The product will then undergo testing and evaluation to determine compliance with the required standards. Specifically:

  1. Preparing the sample and required documents.
  2. Testing your products  in accredited testing laboratory to ensure that they meet the necessary standards.
  3. Test report issued.
  4. Application at recognized certification bodies.
  5. Equipment conformity assessment.
  6. Waiting for the certificate of approval to be issued.

Prior to application, testing must be performed at an accredited test laboratory in Taiwan. Only after passing the tests in accordance with the relevant technical regulations can the application for an NCC certificate be submitted to a recognized certification body. For the application by the manufacturer, no representative office in Taiwan is necessary, however, there are also some conditions to be observed for the application, which is described below.

Unless the application for NCC approval is made by a person or company in Taiwan, the application can only be made by the foreign manufacturer. After receiving the certificates, certain devices are to be listed on a platform of the authority. The import of the products can only be done by persons or companies in Taiwan selected by the manufacturer and registered with NCC, or by the manufacturer itself.

Can products with foreign certifications be sold in Taiwan?

Products with foreign certifications can be sold in Taiwan if they meet the technical standards set by the NCC. However, businesses must still obtain NCC certification for their products to be sold in Taiwan.

Are there different types of NCC certification?

 

Yes, there are different types of NCC certification depending on the specific category of the electronic product. These categories include wireless communication devices, radio equipment, and telecommunications terminal equipment. Each category may have its own set of technical standards and requirements.

How can GTG assist you with NCC?

If you are looking for a company that can assist you with obtaining the NCC certification, GTG is the right choice. GTG is a company that specializes in providing certification services to businesses. We can assist you with obtaining the NCC certification by providing you with the necessary information and guidance. We will help you prepare the required documents and ensure that your products meet the necessary standards.

Why the biggest company choose GTG?

  • Firstly, we have a team of experts who are knowledgeable about the certification process and can guide you through it.
  • Secondly, we can help you save time and money by ensuring that your products meet the necessary standards before applying for the certification.
  • Finally, we can provide you with ongoing support and assistance to ensure that you maintain compliance with the NCC regulations.

GTG is a trusted and reliable certification company that has years of experience in providing certification services to businesses. Contact us today and maintain compliance with regulations!

FAQs on NCC certification

Q: How can I best prepare myself for the NCC registration process?

A: For the NCC approval process, you must provide technical documentation, such as a user manual or instruction manual in English and technical drawings.

It is also helpful to review the NCC technical regulations. We will be happy to help you if you have any questions.


Q: Which factories need to be audited during the NCC certification process?

A: A factory inspection is not required as part of the NCC certification process.


Q: After certification, how do I have to mark my products?

A: The NCC logo, along with the NCC identification number, must be affixed or printed on the body of the device in appropriate proportion. There are no color or size requirements.


Q: Do the authorities inform NCC approval certificate holders about changes in the regulatory system?

A: No, the certificate holder is obliged to do his own research to be up to date. The applicant must ensure that the products are compliant according to the latest regulations. We are happy to assist you here.

Sources: Our guidance and/or articles are written in part based on publicly available information, and our own practical experience relating to product testing, compliance and certification. These are some of the primary sources we use:
  1. https://www.ncc.gov.tw/english/
  2. https://www.china-certification.com/en/ncc-certification/
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