COVID-19 Global Impact

PCS are taking the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus very seriously and are working in line with the guidance and instruction of both Kiwa UK and the UK Government.

In this respect, we have implemented the necessary policies to protect our staff, minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection internally, and to safeguard our business operations for our customers.

With many global regulators now either closing completely or operating with reduced staff, it is inevitable that Type Approval lead-times will increase in some countries.

We will continue to monitor for the latest developments and will inform customers of any further news.

Please see below the impact known thus far:

Country

Regulator

Regulator office closed?
Y/N

Closure dates

Staff working remotely or with skeletal staff only?

Additional comments

Algeria

ANF

N

N/A

Y

Regulator have resumed business; however, delays are to be expected due to reduced staffing.

Algeria

ARPCE

N

N/A

Y

Regulator have resumed business; however, delays are to be expected due to reduced staffing.

Andorra

ANDORRA TELECOM SAU

Y

Until further notice

Y

 

Angola

INACOM

N

N/A

Y

 

Argentina

ENACOM

Y

Until 17 Jul

Y

ENACOM and laboratory facilities will remain closed, maintaining remote working with limited operation.

 ENACOM has extended the validity of Approval certificates which have an expiry date between 16th March 2020 and 30th June 2020, by a period of 60 calendar days.

Armenia

CJSC

N

N/A

Y

 

Azerbaijan

AZINTELECOM (RF)

N

N/A

Y

 

Bahamas

URCA

Y

31 Mar - TBC

Y

 

Bermuda

RAB

N

N/A

Y

 

Belize

PUC

N

N/A

Y

 

BES

Ministerie van Economische Zaken

N

N/A

Y

 

Bolivia

ATT

N

N/A

Y

 

Botswana

BOCRA

N

N/A

Y

 

Brazil

ANATEL

N

N/A

N

Provision of photos and test reports can be temporarily waived in the renewal maintenance processes. This measure will apply to Certificates of Conformity that will expire until 30 September 2020

Cape Verde

ARME

N

N/A

Y

 

Congo

ARPCE

N

N/A

Y

 

Cayman Islands

OfReg

Y

06 Apr –

 TBC

Y

 

Central African Republic

ARCEP

N

N/A

Y

 

Chad

ARCEP

N

N/A

Y

 

Chile

SUBTEL

N

N/A

Y

 

Curacao

Bureau Telecommunicatie & post

Y

16 Mar - TBC

N

 

Djibouti

MCPT

N

N/A

Y

 

Dominican Republic

INDOTEL

N

N/A

Y

 

DRC

ARPTC

N

N/A

Y

 

Ecuador

ARCOTEL

N

N/A

.

Ethiopia

ECA

N

N/A

 

El Salvador

SIGET

Y

22 Mar - TBC

N

 

Eswatini

Esccom

Y

27 Mar – TBC

Y

 

Gabon

ARCEP

N

N/A

Y

 

Guinea

ARPT

N

 N/A

Y

 

Grenada

NTRC

Y

26 Mar - TBC

Y

 

Guatemala

SIT

N

N/A

Y

 

Guyana

TAG

N

N/A

Y

 

Honduras

CONATEL

Y

08 Jul –

TBC

N/A

Regulator closed again as a procurement measurement for COVID-19

India

BIS

N

 N/A

Some Regulator staff will be working remotely, labs will operate with reduce staff. Online applications will be accepted 

India

WPC

N

N/A

Y

Partial Authority re-opening with a limited number of WPC staff reviewing applications. Delays expected due to closure backlog.

Indonesia

SDPPI

Y

16 Mar - TBC

Y

One local lab is partially re-opening. Delays on testing expected due to backlog

Iraq

CMC

N

N/A

Y

Authority currently working two days a week.

Ivory Coast

ARTCI

N

N/A

Y

 

Jordan

TRC

N

N/A

Y

Regulator have resumed business; however, delays are to be expected due to reduced staffing

Kenya

CAK

N

N/A

Y

 

Kuwait

CITRA

N

N/A

Y

Authority has reopened but the Type Approval office remains closed; new applications can be submitted via the online portal; however, reviews won’t take place

Lebanon

MoT

N

N/A

Y

Regulator have resumed business as normal. Delays expected due to backlog.

Lesotho

LCA

Y

30 Mar – TBC

Y

 

Liberia

LTA

Y

10 Apr – TBC

Y

 

Libya

CIM

N

N/A

Y

 

Mali

AMRTP

N

N/A

Y

 

Mexico

IFT

N

N/A

Y

Authority partially reopened from 30-Jun. Regulator accepts copies of applications via email. Delays expected due to backlog.

Niger

ARCEP

N

N/A

Y

 

Nicaragua

TELCOR

N

N/A

Y

 

Nigeria

NCC

N

N/A

Y

 

Oman

TRA

N

N/A

Y

 

Pakistan

PTA

N

N/A

Y

 

Papa New Guinea

NTCA

N

N/A

Y

 

Panama

ASEP

Y

16 Mar – 31 Jul

Y

Regulator has re-closed- Some Regulator staff will be working remotely

Paraguay

CONATEL

N

N/A

Y

 

Peru

MTC

Y

16 Mar - 31 Jul

Y

Regulator facilities closed. Type Approval certificates being issued, however LoNA applications remains on hold.

Philippines

NTC

N

N/A

Y

 

Qatar

CRA

N

N/A

Y

 

Russia and EAC

CBs and labs

N

N/A

Y

For any renewals or annual factory inspection for existing EAC Certifications, the factory inspection can be postponed by 6 months, or conducted within 3 months of factory location country being out of COVID-19 quarantine.

Russia

FAC

N

N/A

Y

Regulator facilities have resumed business with submission of applications accepted via post. Delays expected due to reduced staffing.

Russia

FSS

N

N/A

Y

Regulator facilities have resumed business with submission of applications accepted via post. Delays expected due to reduced staffing.

Rwanda

RURA

N

N/A

Y

 

Samoa

Office of the Regulator

N

N/A

Y

 

Sierra Leone

NATCOM

N

N/A

Y

 

Solomon Islands

TCSI

N

N/A

N

Applications on hold – new Type Approval Regulation in process

South Africa

ICASA

N

N/A

Y

 

South Africa

NRCS

N

N/A

Y

Delays expected due to backlog.

South Africa

SABS

N

N/A

Y

 

St. Lucia

NTRC

Y

23 Mar – TBC

Y

 

St. Maarten

BTP

Y

17 Mar - TBC

Y

 

Suriname

TAS

N

N/A

Y

 

Tajikistan

NAS

N

 N/A

Y

 

Thailand

TISI

N

N/A

Y

Regulator have resumed business as normal, but factory inspections are suspended until further notice.

 

If importers need to import goods urgently during this time, TISI can issue a temporary license (lot by lot). For temporary license, local testing will still be required, but TISI will exempt factory inspection.

Trinidad and Tobago

TATT

N

N/A

Y

 

Turkey

BTK

N

N/A

Y

 

Tunisia

CERT

N

N/A

Y

 

Turks and Caicos

TCI

N

N/A

Y

 

UAE

TRA

N

N/A

Y

Paperwork applications will be processed as normal. For sample required such as mobile phones, approval will be granted first without sample submission, but screenshots of Emergency Alert setting and IMEI number must be uploaded for review. Samples may still be required later.

Uruguay

URSEC

N

N/A

Y

 

Uzbekistan

UzStandart

N

N/A

Y

 

Venezuela

CONATEL

Y

13 Mar – 11 Jul

N

 

Vietnam

MIC

N

N/A

Y

 

Zimbabwe

POTRAZ

 Y

30 Mar –

TBC

Y