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UAE TDRA Type Approval and Equipment Registration : A comprehensive Overview

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a hub for technological innovation and telecommunications advancements. As such, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has established a rigorous process for the type approval and equipment registration to ensure that all Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) comply with the nation’s technical standards and regulations.

This article serves as a detailed guide for our valued clients and partners, including equipment manufacturers and test labs, looking to navigate the UAE TDRA Type Approval/Equipment Registration process.

What is UAE TDRA Type Approval?

UAE TDRA Type Approval is a certification process that all Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) must undergo before being used, sold, or distributed within UAE. This approval verifies that the equipment meets the necessary technical standards and is safe for use within the telecommunications network in UAE.

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The Importance of UAE TDRA Equipment Registration

UAE TDRA Equipment Registration is a critical step that complements the type approval process. It involves registering the RTTE with TDRA, which is a requirement for dealers, importers, and manufacturers operating in the UAE.


Evolution of the UAE TDRA Type Approval/Equipment Registration Process

Initially, TDRA Type Approval process was primarily focused on basic compliance with international standards and ensuring that equipment did not interfere with local telecommunications services.

Over the past five years, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) of United Arab Emirates has introduced several new technical requirements for the type approval and equipment registration process.

These changes are part of the TDRA’s ongoing efforts to ensure that telecommunications equipment meets the latest standards for safety, compatibility, and performance.

Key Technical Updates in the UAE TDRA Type Approval/Equipment Registration Process

We are listing here some of the key updates introduced by UAE TDRA in the Type Approval/Equipment registration process below in recent years:

1.     Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)

One of the significant introductions by UAE TDRA is the Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) system. This allows manufacturers to self-certify their products for compliance with TDRA standards, simplifying the approval process for low-risk equipment.

2.     Risk-Based Classification

UAE TDRA has implemented a risk-based classification system for telecommunications equipment Type Approval regime. Devices are now divided into three schemes based on their risk level:

  • Scheme 1: Lowest risk, does not require technical test and it includes devices like SRDs, Bluetooth, NFC, RFID, Wifi only tablets etc.

  • Scheme 2: Medium risk, may require technical test and also known as General Equipment Registration. It includes devices like GPS Tracking devices, Sim based Radios, Wifi equipment, USB data modem, Telematics Control Units, modems etc.

  • Scheme 3: Highest risk, requires technical test. This scheme only includes Mobile Phones.

3.     Enhanced Security Measures

In response to growing cybersecurity concerns, TDRA has placed a greater emphasis on security features in telecommunications equipment. Manufacturers must now demonstrate that their products have robust security protocols in place to protect against unauthorized access and cyber threats with requirements such as emergency services readiness and Advanced Mobile Location (AML).

Enhanced Security measures as hallmark to the Latest TDRA Type Approval Process

4.     Environmental Standards

UAE TDRA has also incorporated environmental standards into its technical requirements, focusing on energy efficiency and the reduction of harmful substances in telecommunications equipment.

5.     Use of Recognized Test Labs

UAE TDRA has expanded its list of Recognized Test Labs (RTLs), allowing manufacturers to use test results from these approved laboratories to support their type approval applications.

6.     TDRA Conformity Mark

The introduction of the TDRA Declaration of Conformity Card (TAR Conformity Mark) provides a visible indication that products have passed the necessary Type Approval process and meet the TDRA’s technical standards.



Step-by-Step Process of our UAE TDRA Type Approval and Equipment Registration Service

Here is a detailed dive into our UAE TDRA Type Approval/Equipment registration service :

Step 1: Client Consultation

  • Understanding Your Needs: We start by comprehensively understanding the requirements and goals for your telecommunications equipment.

  • Technical Review: Our experts examine your equipment’s technical specifications to ensure alignment with TDRA standards.

Step 2: Pre-Approval Preparation

  • Documentation: We gather all necessary documents, including test reports, technical specifications, and user manuals, to streamline the approval process.

  • Compliance Check: An initial assessment is conducted to preemptively address any potential compliance concerns.

Step 3: Application Submission

  • Application Assistance: Our team aids in accurately completing the application form, detailing your equipment’s specifics and completes all applications submissions in-line with your reviews.

  • Document Submission: We attach all requisite documentation to the application, ensuring a comprehensive submission.

Step 4: Payment of Fees

  • Fee Calculation: We calculate the applicable service fees based on your equipment type and required services.

  • Payments: We handle all local payments to UAE TDRA for your Type Approval/Equipment Registration applications.

Step-by-Step Process of our UAE TDRA Type Approval and Equipment Registration Service

Step 5: TDRA Review

  • Application Monitoring: We diligently track the application status and promptly address TDRA inquiries.

  • TDRA Liaison: Acting as your representative, we engage with TDRA to resolve any issues during the review and provide them any additional requested information in consultation with you.

Step 6: Approval and Certification

  • Certificate Acquisition: We ensure you receive the official TDRA Type Approval certificate, marking your successful compliance.

Step 7: Post-Approval Support

  • Market Strategy: Our team provides strategic advice for market entry following type approval.

  • Regulatory Compliance: We offer ongoing support to ensure continued adherence to TDRA regulations.

Step 8: Re-approvals and renewals support

  • Re-Approvals support: Our team supports you with all of your TDRA re-approval requirements due to any material changes to your approved equipment.

  • Renewals Support : UAE TDRA’s Equipment registration is valid for three years. We proactively work with you and TDRA to ensure that your approved equipment gets re-approved and contains valid TDRA Type Approval/Equipment registration in-line with your UAE Market strategy.


UAE Customs Release Permit

Once your telecommunication equipment is approved by TDRA, all incoming Telecommunication equipment shipments require UAE TDRA’s customs release permit which can be easily applied and received by your local importer in UAE through this TDRA customs release permit service link. 


Why Opt for our Professional Assistance for UAE TDRA Type Approval/Equipment Registration?

Navigating the UAE TDRA Type Approval/Equipment Registration can be daunting due to the intricate details and specific requirements involved. By opting for our professional services, companies can benefit from:

  • Expert guidance through each step of the process

  • Access to highly trained technical and regulatory team focused on optimizing the most compliant yet shortest path to approvals

  • Tapping into a decade and a half long global experience and knowledge base of managing simple to highly complex approvals around the world

  • Assistance with the preparation and submission of accurate documentation

  • Liaison with the TDRA to address any queries or concerns

  • Streamlined process to save time and resources

  • Above all, optimizing the time to market with complete compliance to gain maximum benefits from the business plan





By entrusting us with the TDRA Type Approval process, you can navigate the complexities of UAE market entry with confidence. Our dedicated team is here to manage every step, guaranteeing a seamless and compliant experience. For additional information or specific inquiries, please feel free to contact us at for an obligation free consultation.



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