What is the WPC Certificate? What is the reason behind it?

  • February 04, 2022
  • Dushyant Sharma
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WPC Certificate is a required essential for those wishing to import wires products for trade. However, unlike standard certifications, it doesn’t certify the equipment, but the frequency they operate at. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at what is WPC Certificate and how to acquire it.

WPC Certificate: Authorization that approves equipment in India

In all seriousness, a WPC certificate is an ETA or Equipment Type Approval. The Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing, in a bid to ensure that all imported wireless product follow particular regulatory standards, make this approval mandatory for importers. They are those who bring in foreign wireless equipment for trading them on Indian soil.

A different type of approval is necessary for importing products for personal usage. We will discuss them in our upcoming articles.

So, what is the main task of WPC, other than maintaining a regulatory course as far as wireless products are concerned? Well, the only other tasks it has been given is to issue amateur radio licenses, monitor the frequency spectrum and allocate the frequencies within that spectrum.

What is the importance of this license?

The reasons Wireless Planning and Coordination wing has set forth the guidelines for Equipment Type Approval are as follows:

  1. Ensuring that all products communicate with each other properly: Wireless products work as intended when they communicate with other devices. If that communication has issues, the product is considered defective.
  2. Maintaining national security: Products of wireless nature can often pose great danger to the security of the nation. Therefore, the Wireless Planning and Coordination wing has established strict guidelines to assess the internal architecture of wireless devices.
  3. Preventing intrusion of frequencies: Many devices work on de-licensed frequencies and if the user is not careful, such devices can intrude with the workings of other wireless articles. ETA certificate removes such intrusions.

What is the process to acquire WPC License?

The WPC Certification process is a simple one – involving the following steps:

  1. Preparing the documents for the application
  2. Getting the product tested at a NABL accredited laboratory
  3. Submission of the application of the license
  4. Assessment of the application by the WPC authorities
  5. Issuance of WPC certificate

What are the documents required to obtain the certificate?

The documents that one requires to obtain the license are as follows:

  1. Business incorporation certificate depending upon your business infrastructure
  2. Memorandum of Association & Articles of Association/ LLP agreement/ partnership deed
  3. An authorization letter assigning an AIR
  4. Test report of the wireless product that you have acquired from a NABL accredited lab
  5. Sample of the wireless product
  6. ID proofs of the importer
  7. Import Export Code issued by DGFT

Remember that there are only certain wireless products on which an ETA certificate is a requirement.

Products that come under WPC certification requirements

Here are some of the products that come under the WPC certification requirements:

  1. Antennas
  2. Receiver
  3. Transmitter
  4. Transceiver
  5. Radio sets

There are others, but all of them would be in the same vein as these mentioned products.


Wireless products have to go through many regulations before they can be allowed to enter India. In this article, we have listed most of them. And, you now know what you must comprehend about WPC certification. That being said, the procedure to obtain it, as simple as it seems, cannot be followed if you follow conventional steps.

You need the assistance of AIR – Authorized Indian Representative to go further. Hire the experts of Registrationwala to proceed further.

There are several aspects of ETA Certificate that you must be aware of. In this article, we have its meaning and its need within the telecommunication sector.

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Dushyant Sharma
Author: Dushyant Sharma

Hey there, I'm Dushyant Sharma. With the extensive knowledge I've gained in past 8 years, I have been creating content on various subjects such as banking, insurance, telecom, and all the important registration and licensing processes for various companies. I'm here to help everyone with my expertise in these areas through my articles.

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