EMC Test for SDDPI Approval in Indonesia

The talks about mandatory EMC certification for various wireless products has been going on in Indonesia since September of 2018. In fact, as the new regulations came from SDDPI in August the issue of EMC certification was in circulation. However, because of lack of proper clarification from SDDPI the issue has been very confusing with respect to the type of devices that need EMC certifications and those that don’t. In September a notification from SDDPI somewhat cleared the confusion and a list of products was releases according to which wireless products such as mobile phones and tablets had to submit an ERC test report while they were applying for SDDPI certification. But this list was still not cleared and it was not clearly mentioned which products needed this test and which did not.

After some time, another notification came from the SDDPI officers that stated that EMC test results will be mandatory for only the devices which require EMC tests within their local regulatory bodies. For example, if any device based on Bluetooth technology requires an EMC test to pass the local regulatory body then that product must submit an EMC test report to SDDPI for certification. But even after that when the SDDPI regulations were checked we found out that it was very ambiguous and with a lot of concrete information missing. There was no mention of any specific EMC standard. The only thing that was mentioned was that the measurement results from the EMC test should exceed the level where they become electromagnetically harming for the human body. So once again the regulations were not clear and a lot of confusion was in the minds of people who were looking to get their devices certified by SDDPI in Indonesia.

In the middle of all this confusion, another notification came from SDDPI which stated that any electronic wireless device that is being used in close proximity had to go through the obligatory EMC testing to get the SDDPI certificate. These devices include mobile phones, laptops, tablets, mobile computers, watches, wearable devices, earphones etc. These are all the devices that if they have a high electromagnetic rating, they can harm the human body. As soon as this notification came people thought that they have a clearer vision now about the whole certification fiasco but once again they were proved wrong by the SDDPI officers. The information was changed suddenly before any confirmation of the previous news. This is the latest information that has been communicated by the SDDPI officers and is considered to be the final form of regulation of EMC testing for wireless devices for SDDPI certification. According to the latest information that was released in October, EMC testing was applied mandatory on all the wireless devices except Module, Base Station Transceiver (BTS) and Microwave Antenna. Other than the three devices mentioned before any other wireless device that is planning to apply to SDDPI for certification has to go through the mandatory EMC testing.