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Understanding ETA Certification: Module Test Reports for “Restricted Items”

Question: Is Module test report accepted to obtain ETA Certificate for the host product for devices which fall under “Restricted Items” category? (e.g., Drones/Radars)

Answer: No


For “Restricted Items” module test reports will not be  accepted to obtain ETA Certificate for the host product.

For ETA SD module test reports are allowed to obtain ETA Certificate for the host product. However in case of any discrepancy found during scrutiny process which will happen post submission WPC will cancel the approval/ETA Certificate and the applicants/Importers cannot proceed with the shipment process.

Key Details:

Restricted Items Clarification:

Devices such as Drones and Radars, falling under the “Restricted Items” category, have stringent approval processes.

ETA SD Module Test Reports Exception:

It’s important to note that for ETA SD (Specific Absorption Rate Derivation) modules, test reports are allowed to obtain an ETA Certificate for the host product.

Scrutiny Process and Cancellation:

Post-submission, a scrutiny process occurs. If any discrepancy is found during this stage, WPC (Wireless Planning & Coordination) has the authority to cancel the approval/ETA Certificate.
ETA SD Module Test Reports Caution:
While ETA SD module test reports are accepted, applicants and importers must be cautious. Any discrepancies discovered during the scrutiny process can lead to the cancellation of the approval/ETA Certificate, preventing the shipment process.

In conclusion, for devices classified as “Restricted Items,” Module test reports are not accepted for obtaining an ETA Certificate for the host product. Understanding the nuances of the approval process and ensuring compliance with the specified standards is crucial for a successful ETA Certification.

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Praveen Rao

CEO & Technical Director, C-PRAV Group: Australia, New Zealand, India & Canada 

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Professional engineering experience of 30+ years with technical and managerial skills obtained from professional degree, courses, and hands-on experience, while working with organizations and companies involved in Design & Development, Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC). 

Management of electrical/electronic products & systems Testing and Certifications for Global markets in Consumer, Industrial, IT, Telecom, Defence, Medical, and Automotive Industries. Overall advisory for Standards, Regulations, Testing and Certifications for Global Market Access (GMA). 

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  • NATA & IANZ Authorised Technical Assessor (current)
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  • NATA Technical Assessors Advisory Committee (current) 
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  • Represent Australia in International Standards committees like IEC, CISPR, IEEE 
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