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Bhutan/BICMA Type Approval Process

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) is the regulator responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of ICT equipment used in Bhutan. They have established detailed Type Approval regulations for radio and telecommunications equipment to ensure interoperability and safety.

The main objectives of these regulations are to ensure that ICT apparatus are interoperable and can be interconnected with any communications networks, and that they do not cause any damage to public telecommunications networks or public health. Additionally, the regulations aim to promote and assure the quality of ICT equipment and to identify applicable technical standards.

BICMA is responsible for maintaining recognized standards for the Bhutan Type Approval process, and for recognizing test reports and data obtained from laboratories that are members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) for the issuance of Type Approval Certificates. They may also accept test reports and compliance certificates issued under bilateral or multilateral mutual recognition agreements.

All ICT equipment intended for use in Bhutan must be Type Approved by BICMA or specified as exempt in their regulations. The exempt equipment includes equipment such as mobile phones, telephone handsets, wireless data modems, wireless equipment embedded in personal computers with output power less than 100mW,, CCTV, cordless audio devices, amateur radio equipment, GPS, satellite dishes, remote car keys, vehicle tracking systems, security devices, remote control, access control, alarms and movement detectors.

The process for obtaining a BICMA Type Approval Certificate includes submitting an application along with a valid Business License, a Declaration of Conformity from the manufacturer, test reports from internationally accredited labs recognized by BICMA, and proof of interconnection with the National Telecommunications Network. International applicants must also submit a copy of the proof of payment. It is to be noted that BICMA does not require any samples submitted with the Type Approval application.

In Bhutan, the type Approval for any particular RTTE (Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment) shall be valid for one time only, provided no modifications have been made to the approved RTTE. A new Type Approval must be obtained if there are changes to the manufacturing brand name, product name, model number, functions, or any other information submitted to the Authority.

BICMA may revoke Type Approval if significant evidence is found that the RTTE interferes with the operation of any licensed communications network, constitutes a public hazard, or if the information submitted is found to be counterfeit or false.

The BICMA Type Approval Certificate Holder must maintain a list of equipment sold or installed, and ensure that the equipment is not modified in a way that affects the information submitted to BICMA. The Authority may seek this information as needed. The Certificate Holder is also responsible for any damages caused by the equipment, and must submit annual reports to BICMA.

BICMA shall also ensure that the ICT apparatus do not cause any damage to the public telecommunications network and public health, and do not generate electromagnetic disturbance exceeding the prescribed internationally accepted level. This is done by reviewing the standards periodically and updating them as per the provision of the Act. Additionally, they shall take the necessary steps to identify the applicable technical standards, including those promulgated by International standard organization and Regional standards organization.

Overall, the goal of Bhutan Type Approval rules and regulations is to ensure that all ICT equipment used in Bhutan are safe, high quality and comply with the international standards. This is done by ensuring that the equipment undergoes a thorough Type Approval process, and that the Authority maintains and enforces strict standards for the equipment. By doing so, the Authority aims to ensure the smooth functioning of the telecommunication network and the safety of the public.

Please feel free to contact us at for any inquiries related to any aspect of your equipment’s Bhutan Type Approval.

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