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Indonesia: SDPPI Announces the official implementation of SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) for Mobile Telecommunication devices.

On March 21st, 2024  SDPPI announced the official implementation of SAR limits for Mobile Telecommunication devices in accordance with Decree Number 177 of 2024. 

With this new regulation, local testing becomes a requirement for telecommunications devices and tablet computers used in Indonesia.

SAR will be applicable for devices that are used at a distance of less than 20 cm from the body and have a radiated transmit power of more than 20 mW.

The regulation stipulates the following: 

1.  Every application for a telecommunications equipment certificate for mobile telecommunications equipment and tablet computers must comply with the SAR limitation provisions as stated in Decree of the Minister of Communication and Information Number 177 of 2024, starting from April 1st, 2024, for head testing and August 1st 2024 for torso and limb testing.

2.  If the Local Lab has not been able to issue the SAR test report (due to the long lead times), applicants for mobile phone and tablet computer devices certification can attach a statement letter from the local lab which includes information on the date of publication of the SAR test report. ( Statement letter that the SAR testing is still in process )

3.  The SAR test report for each statement letter from the local lab must be submitted to SDPPI no later than 14 calendar days from the date of issuance of the SAR test report as stated in the statement letter from the local lab.

(SAR test report must be submitted to SDPPI within 14 calendar days after issuing)

4.  The provisions referred to in point 2 are valid for a maximum of 2 (two) years from the date the obligation to fulfill the SAR limits begins to take effect.

(Using statement letter from the lab only valid for 2 years from the date the obligation to fulfill the SAR limits, after 2 years must attach SAR test report )

With this announcement, SDPPI expects to generate trust among consumers of the devices placed in their market. 

Type Approval Impacted? Yes
Spectrum Impacted? No
Imports Impacted? No


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