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Sri Lanka/TRCSL Type Approval Process - Requirements, Categories, Applicable standards and More

As per the Radio And Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval Rules 2020 from TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA (TRCSL), all RTTE which is to be imported, marketed, manufactured or used in Sri Lanka has to go through TRCSL Type Approval process.


TRCSL Type approval ensures both the performance and health of the network as well as ensures that only approved and quality RTTE is used for all telecommunication services in Sri Lanka.






So with this background, let’s dive deep into the TRCSL Type Approval process by answering the following key questions:


1- Who Can apply for TRCSL Type Approval ?

2- What are the requirements for Sri Lanka/TRCSL Type Approval process ?

3- Are there any sample submission requirements along with TRCSL Type Approval application?

4- How many types of Type Approval applications are allowed by TRCSL ? and what are the requirements for each category ?

5- Are there any fast track application processing routes allowed by TRCSL ?

6- What are the lead times for each category of TRCSL Type Approval process ?

7- Are there any specific international testing standards to which the RTTE testing should adhere to ?

8- Are there any prescribed test labs which are accepted by TRCSL for testing ?

9- What are the TRCSL Type Approval labeling requirements ?

10- What is the validity of TRCSL Type Approval Certificate ?


Below are all of these questions discussed one by one:


1- Who Can apply for TRCSL Type Approval ?

In order for an entity to apply for Sri Lanka/TRCSL Type approval, the entity needs to be a local one registered in Sri Lanka and should have a valid vendor license issued from TRCSL. Please note that TRCSL does not accept type approval applications from entities who do not possess a valid vendor license from TRCSL.



2- What are the requirements for Sri Lanka/TRCSL Type Approval process ?

All Sri Lanka/TRCSL RTTE Type approval applications need to have the below items in order for TRCSL to review the Type Approval application:

  • Dully filled TRCSL Type Approval application form

  • Technical Specification Sheet(Issued by Manufacturer)

  • DoC (Declaration of Conformity)

  • User Manual

  • Lab Test Reports (EMC, RF, Safety & Health)

  • Circuits Diagrams

  • PCB Layouts

  • Device Photos

  • One Device Sample

  • TRCSL Type Approval Fees


3- Are there any sample submission requirements along with TRCSL Type Approval application?

Yes, with each Radio And Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval application, one sample is compulsorily required by TRCSL.


4- How many types of Type Approval applications are allowed by TRCSL ? and what are the requirements for each category ?

TRCSL allows two type of Type Approval applications :

A- Standard Type Approval : This category of Type Approval refers to device approval applications which previously have not been approved by TRCSL.

B- Simplified Type Approval : In-case the RTTE is already approved by Commission then the RTTE Type Approval by TRCSL will be categorized under Simplified Type Approval.

Please note that all importers of all RTTE in Sri Lanka are required to have Type Approval on their name issued by TRCSL.


5- Are there any fast track application processing routes allowed by TRCSL ?

Yes, TRCSL allows fast track application processing routes for both the Standard Type Approval and Simplified Type Approval categories. These fast track routes significantly cut down the lead time for TRCSL Type Approval. Please contact us at info@nanotechsol.com for any inquiries related to the fast track RTTE TRCSL Type Approval.


6- What are the lead times for each category of TRCSL Type Approval process ?

A standard or simplified type approval application under normal processing route has a lead time of 30-35 working days. This lead time gets slashed by up to 60% in-case of Fast track processing route i.e. it becomes 10-15 working days.


7- Are there any specific international testing standards to which the RTTE testing should adhere to for Sri Lanka/TRCSL Type Approval Applications ?

Yes, TRCSL accepts the following international bodies test standards for the RTTE testing:

• ETSI- European Telecommunications Standards Institute

• IEC- International Electro-technical Commission

• ITU- International Telecommunications Union


8- Are there any prescribed test labs which are accepted by TRCSL for testing ?

Yes, TRCSL accepts testing performed by any recognized test lab which is accredited by International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).


9- What are the TRCSL Type Approval labeling requirements ?

TRCSL requires all Type Approved RTTE in Sri Lanka to have TRCSL approved labels placed on them. These labels are purchased from TRCSL at an additional fee on top of the Type Approval fees. These permanent labels are required to be fixed on the RTTE packaging.


10- What is the validity of TRCSL Type Approval Certificate ?

All type approval certificates issued for all RTTE equipment by TRCSL remain valid for a period of four years given the RTTE maintains the same technical specifications on which it was approved by TRCSL.


The above has been a detailed view of the key questions and concerns regarding TRCSL/SRI LANKA Type Approval process. We hope that this overview has given you a baseline understanding regarding RTTE Type Approval in Sri Lanka. Please feel free to contact us at info@nanotechsol.com for any additional questions related to Sri Lanka/TRCSL Type Approval.



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