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Botswana BOCRA start issuing Type Approval Certificates for exempted device

Botswana BOCRA informed that they started issuing Type Approval Certificates for exempted products since January 2024. 

These exempted devices must pass the verification and validation of the Type Approval process.


Applications will be processed by Technical Engineers to determine if the said equipment fits the exemption criteria or not.








Botswana BOCRA started enforced the new type approval guideline and issued a TYPE APPROVAL EXEMPTION


Botswana BOCRA started enforced the new type approval guideline issued on 27th February and issued a TYPE APPROVAL EXEMPTION LETTER on 1st August which empowered to direct and guide when there are telecommunications equipment’s which are to be exempted from Type Approval. The following equipment be exempted from type approval:


i. Personal Computers, laptops, Tablets, IoT etc. (embedded with Wi-Fi transceivers, Bluetooth transceivers, with the provision that the Wi-Fi transceiver, Wi-Fi5 CERTIFIED™;


ii. Receive only Equipment (FM/MW/SW Radios, Television, Satellite decoders, Set-top Boxes);


iii. Vehicle embedded RTTE (Blue tooth, navigation, remote sensors, Car Keys etc), should however ensure that RTTE operate in the appropriate frequency bands;


iv. And GMPCS Mobile Satellite Terminals with “ITU” mark.



The official link of TYPE APPROVAL GUIDELINES, 2023 as below:








Botswana BOCRA Certificates Validity 



From recent communication with Botswana Regulatory Authority, we have learned of the following change:


Certificate Validity:


BOCRA Certificates are valid for unlimited period for applications submitted from July 1, 2020. Authority is yet to publish a formal notification for further details and implication of the move. All past issued certificates that expired or about to expire still need to submit for renewal to get the lifetime validity certificates.


We are continuing to gather more details about the above and will update as soon as possible.












Botswana BOCRA has started implementing their new type approval regulation


It is confirmed that BOCRA has started implementing their new regulation and issuing new certificates. However unlike our common understanding of Life Time Validity, BOCRA certificate is actually issued for the "assumed life" of the product. The assumed life is indicated in the guidelines and varies according to the type of equipment.


Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us.







Botswana BOCRA to enforce labelling requirements from April 2017

Following Botswana BOCRA revised Type Approval Guidelines issued March 2016, the provisions related to the labeling requirements will be enforced from April 2017. Consequently Type Approved equipment should be clearly identified with BOCRA label as specified in the Guidelines. 


Additionally, the Approval Certificates issued under the new scheme will be valid for lifetime.




For more information please feel free to contact us.

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