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The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority is announcing that it has successfully implemented the Online Type Approval Process of Electronic Communications equipment. The main objective of the Type Approval is to ensure that communication equipment intended for use in the country complies with national/international standards, do not pose any health or safety hazards and to minimise the harmful electromagnetic interference thus enhancing quality.

The on line (electronic) Type Approval process requires applicants to apply for the certification of the communications equipment ‘online’ using a web based system with electronic process.

Users must first register with TCRA OTAS (Online Type Approval System) for an on line account necessary for login to the system for electronic application of communications equipment Type approval.

The electronic process consists of the following basic steps;

Application submission by Applicant,
Application processing by the Authority and issuing invoice to successful applications,
Payment by the Applicant
Issuing electronic Certificate to the Applicant

Before the introduction of the online system a manual process was used. In this system users had to fill in the form and submit them together with all the attachments to TCRA offices.

TCRA is expecting that this new online portal will go in a long way to provide efficient and timely manner certification of Type Approval applications.

The Online Type Approval online portal is filled with detailed guidelines and information on how the new system works.