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SDPPI Opened Public Consultation Regarding SAR Testing Implementation

-SAR Testing Implementation-

Dear Customers and Friends,

Previously we have published an announcement regarding the timeline of SAR test implementation as a telecommunication equipment certification requirement in SDPPI. Right after this post is airing, many questions come to us especially to confirm about whether we can use SAR report from foreign laboratories or not, and if not, which local lab is available to perform SAR testing. For these questions, we can assure you that there’s still no clear answer, but this new post from SDPPI might give you a little hint.

On August 28th 2023, SDPPI published an official announcement to open public consultation regarding SAR testing implementation as a requirement of telecommunication equipment certification. Some points that we can highlight from this announcement are:

  1. Minister of Communication and Informatics Decree regarding SAR Limit on Telecommunications Equipment is currently being drafted . This upcoming decree will include SAR limits, SAR test method and standards, types of equipment which will be subject to SAR test, timeline of SAR testing implementation, as well as certification schemes.
  2. The reference for SAR limit in Indonesia will refer to the following references:
    • International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Guideline 1998;
    • ICNIRP Guideline 2020 for testing equal to or greater than six minutes; or
    • ICNIRP Guideline 2020 for testing under six minutes.
  1. In fulfilling SAR testing obligations as certification requirement, the test methods in the regulations that are still being drafted refer to the following standards:
    • IEC/IEEE 62209-1528, EN 50360 or equivalent (IEC 62209-1) for heads; and E
    • N 50566 or equivalent (IEC 62209-2) for torso parts.
  2. The Directorate General of SDPPI wants to ensure that telecommunication equipment used at least 20 cm from the body, and has a transmit power of more than 20 mW, is safe and does not have a negative impact to the public health. Therefore, SAR testing obligation as a certification requirement will apply to the following devices:
NoDevicesBody PartEffective Date
1Cellular PhoneHeadDecember 1st 2023
Torso/Body and LimbAugust 1st 2025
2Handheld ComputerHeadAugust 1st 2024
Torso/Body and LimbAugust 1st 2025
3Tablet ComputerHeadAugust 1st 2024
Torso/Body and LimbAugust 1st 2025
4Virtual Reality DevicesHeadAugust 1st 2024
Torso/Body and LimbAugust 1st 2025
5LaptopHeadAugust 1st 2024
Torso/Body and LimbAugust 1st 2025
6Wearable Devices (if transmit power is more than 20 mW)HeadAugust 1st 2024
Torso/Body and LimbAugust 1st 2025

In this transition of SAR testing implementation, a special scheme for telecommunications equipment certification will be implemented. This scheme will be valid for a period of 2 years from the implementation date of the SAR testing obligation as stated in the table above. The scheme is as follows:

  1. In applying telecommunications equipment certificate, the applicant must attach/submit:
    • a. SAR Test Report; or
    • b. [If we have applied for SAR test in BBPPT (SDPPI Lab) but testing is still not carried out because of queue, we can submit] a statement letter from the Domestic Testing Lab [BBPPT] conveying the information about SAR Report Issuance Date [some kind of estimation].
  2. Telecommunications equipment certification applicant who use statement letter from the Domestic Testing Lab [BBPPT or SDPPI Lab] as mentioned on number 1 letter b above, are required to submit SAR Test Report not later than 14 (fourteen) calendar days from SAR report issuance date as stated in the statement letter.
  3. In the event that until the deadline as stated in number 2, the applicant of telecommunications equipment certification:
    • does not submit a SAR Test Report (LHU) without an acceptable reason; or
    • submit a Test Report but does not comply with the SAR limits regulated in the Ministerial Decree,

will be subject to sanctions in accordance with the provisions of statutory regulations.

4. Telecommunications equipment certificate holder who are subject to sanctions for revocation of certificates are obliged to withdraw all telecommunications equipment that have been traded or used by the public.

From the information above, we can imply that SDPPI does not accept SAR report from foreign test Lab. Instead, they will oblige to do SAR Test in local lab. And although it’s still not official yet, we heard that BBPPT/SDPPI Lab will open its SAR test service prior to the the SAR test obligation for mobile phone products in December 1st 2023. And if this SAR opening caused a long queue, applicants can request statement letter from the lab that includes estimation of SAR report issuance date, and use it to replace SAR test report so the certificate can be issued before the actual SAR report is available. However, SAR report must be submitted within 14 days from the estimation date mentioned on statement letter.

In order to make the implementation of SAR testing going well, SDPPI invite stakeholders, including telecommunications equipment vendors, testing laboratories, academics and the general public to provide input toward the SAR test implementation plan. Feedback is expected to be submitted within the next 14 days from August 28th 2023 (before September 11th 2023). If you want to participate, you can send an email to the following adress:

Attn. to: Direktorat Standardisasi Perangkat Pos dan Informatika
Direktorat Jenderal SDPPI Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika
Address: Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat Nomor 17 Jakarta 10110

That’s all we need to announce, should you have any questions about it, feel free to let us know.