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Wireless - Singapore

Compliance Services

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Types of Telecommunication Dealer’s License

  • Dealer’s Class License ($50 one-time license fee payment for life): Allows the licensee to import or sell for local use registered telecommunication equipment or equipment not requiring approval (e.g. single line telephones).

  • Dealer’s Individual License ($250 license fee for 5 years): Allows the licensee to import or sell

    1. Registered telecommunication equipment or equipment not requiring approval for use in Singapore or,

    2. Non-registered telecommunication equipment for re-export purposes.

Compliance Label

  • Licensees are required to affix compliance label on registered telecommunication equipment OR its instruction manual or packaging OR electronic labelling (equipment’s built-in display screen or softcopy instruction manual).

  • Purpose: Facilitates easy identification of approved/registered equipment for use in Singapore AND identifies the registering equipment supplier.

Equipment Registration Framework

Telecommunication Dealer’s Licensees who intend to sell telecommunication equipment for local use in Singapore are required to register the equipment with IMDA. Equipment shall comply with IMDA Standards before registering it with IMDA, to ensure network compatibility and prevent radio frequency interference to other authorised radio-communication stations/networks.

Equipment Registration Schemes

  • Simplified Equipment Registration (“SER”)

    1. Self-declaration - suppliers carry out own conformity assessment to IMDA standards.

    2. Applies to equipment whose standards have been largely harmonised worldwide, and which requires checking of a few key parameters by IMDA before granting approval.

  • Enhanced Simplified Equipment Registration (“ESER”)

    1. Based on a declaration of conformity that does not need prior verification by IMDA.

  • General Equipment Registration (“GER”)

    1. Declaration evaluated by IMDA: Applies to equipment with high potential for causing radio interference and equipment of new technologies yet to be stabilised.

    2. Declaration certified by IMDA recognised Certification Body (CB): Applies to registration of telecommunication equipment by CBs under the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) Phase II.

IMDA’S Requirements for importation of Wireless Telecommunication Devices for Clinical Trials

  • Importers of telecommunication devices (limited to wireless devices such as tablets and mobile phones) into Singapore for the purpose of conducting clinical trials will no longer be required to apply for a Technical Trial Permit from IMDA.

  • However, importers shall need to indicate the purpose of importing such devices when declaring the imports via TradeNet and indicate whether local or overseas SIM cards are used, and if so, indicate the name(s) of the local or overseas telecommunication service provider(s).

  • For those who are hand-carrying the telecommunication devices into Singapore to conduct clinical trials, please provide the relevant information (i.e. contact details, details of import, purpose of import, duration and location of trial, etc) and whether local or overseas SIM cards are used, and if so, indicate the name(s) of the local or overseas telecommunication service provider(s) to email: for IMDA’s information.

  • If the equipment used for the trial is to be imported/sold for use in Singapore after the trial, the person/company importing/selling the equipment would need to:​

    1.  Apply for the Telecommunication Dealer’s Licence from IMDA, to import and sell the equipment, and

    2. Register the equipment with IMDA, to ensure that the equipment is compatible with the public networks.

    3. Otherwise, the equipment should be exported and returned to overseas supplier.

  • As far as possible, please use the telecommunication services provided by authorized public network service providers (e.g. Singtel Mobile, M1, StarHub Mobile, etc.) for the clinical trial and for any subsequent service.

  • Do ensure that the collection, use, retention and disclosure of any personal data comply with the requirements under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), prior to and after the trial.


[1] IMDA

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