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Exclusive: Indian government to enforce SAR rating regulations for phones sold in the country

29 Jul

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of the Indian government is set to enforce a regulation regarding Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) ratings of cellphones sold in India, according to a notification sent to all handset vendors in the country. The regulation will apply to phones whether they are imported or manufactured in India.

DoT has decided to adopt the International Commission on Non-Iodizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines in the telcom sector (both handsets and carrier base stations) for “limiting exposure to time varying electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields.” The document, which is in CellPassion’s possession, states that cellphones manufactured in India or imported to India should comply with basic restrictions in terms of SAR value limited to 2W/kg localised for head and trunk in the frequency range of 10 MHz to 10 GHz.

Further, handsets imported to India will have to bear self-certification from the handset manufacturer that they meet the required standards. We learn that the regulation has not been enforced, yet.

What is SAR? SAR rating, in simple terms, denotes the amount of radiation that is absorbed by the human tissue while using a mobile phone. It is calculated by the amount of energy absorbed by a unit mass of tissue.