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Indonesia – Soliciting Input regarding the Enforcement of Obligations for SAR Testing of Telecommunications Equipment as a Certification Requirement
September 6, 2023

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in Indonesia, through the Directorate General of Resources and Equipment of Post and Information Technology (SDPPI), is seeking input on the enforcement of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing as a certification requirement for certain telecommunications equipment used in the country. SAR measures the amount of electromagnetic radiation absorbed by the human body when using such equipment. A Draft Decree of the Minister of Communication and Informatics is being drafted to establish SAR limits, test standards, applicable equipment, and certification schemes, with reference to international guidelines.

Devices subject to SAR testing include cell phones, handheld computers, tablet computers, virtual reality devices, laptops, and certain wearable devices. Implementation of these obligations will be phased in for different device types and body parts, starting from December 1, 2023.

Input from stakeholders has been gathered twice in 2023, and it will be considered in the policy development process. A special certification scheme will be applied for telecommunications equipment during the transition period, valid for two years from the implementation of SAR testing obligations. Failure to comply with SAR limits or report SAR test results may result in sanctions.

Stakeholders, including telecommunications equipment vendors, testing labs, academics, and the general public, are invited to provide input on the plan for implementing mandatory SAR testing of telecommunications equipment. Feedback can be submitted electronically or in writing to the Directorate of Standardization of Post and Information Technology Equipment at the provided address and email within 14 days of the announcement, until Sep. 11th.

Type Approval Impacted? Yes (this is a new process to develop to be able to comply fully with SDPPI regulations.)
Spectrum Impacted? No
Imports Impacted? No
Standards: No
Product Impacted?

  • Cell phone;
  • Handheld Computers;
  • Tablet Computers;
  • Virtual Reality Devices ;
  • Laptops;
  • Wearable devices (if the transmit power is > 20mW), for example: Smartwatches, body-mounted industrial devices, etc

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