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ICASA Releases Conformity Assessment Framework

March 2, 2020

Independent Communications Authority

The Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorisation has been released.

The Independent Communications Authority published the Framework in Government Gazette 43047.

The Framework was published for comment at the end of 2018.

ICASA describes the current Type Approval process as inadequate as “it does not categorise equipment neither does it have in place risk profiles for different products to develop and implement different mechanisms of conformity assessment”.

The aim of the Framework is to “prescribe conformity assessment approaches for equipment authorisation to improve the efficiency of product placement in the market”.

The Framework applies to any type of electronic communications equipment or electronic communications facility, including radio apparatus, used or to be used in connection with the provision of electronic communications.

The Framework focuses on regulations; Conformity Assessment approaches that are consistent with the equipment classification; regulated standards; market surveillance and enforcement; and MoUs and MRAs for a strong coordination across relevant agencies.