CRC (Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones) is the telecommunications regulating agency in Colombia. All voice cellular products, most satellite equipment, and products that connect to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) require CRC certification.
Most radio frequency equipment does not require approval in Colombia at this time. For those products exempt from approval, we suggest obtaining a No Homologation letter from the agency for your records and to avoid any issues with customs.
In most cases, in-country testing is not required in Colombia. Therefore, we can use international test reports for the homologation process. Technical documents will be reviewed and validated in the approval process.
Local representation is also not required. Labeling requirements apply in some cases, however. For products that require type approval labeling, the assigned FCC ID, brand and model must be affixed to the device in order to import and commercialize.
Key CRC resolutions:
Resolution 087, 1997: Establishes the general regulations for Telecommunications in Colombia
Resolution 4507, 2014: Modifications and additions to Resolution 087, 1997
Circular 060, 2007: Describes the technical requirements for the homologation process implemented for land line, satellite phones and cellphones. Updates Resolution 087, 1997 and Resolution 1673, 2006
Resolution 711-2016: Frequency band regulations in Colombia
Current lead-time for CRC approval and certification is 6 weeks.
Safety Approvals Certification:
RETIE: Technical Regulations for electrical Installations.
Products requiring RETIE approval include:
Fire alarm systems
RETIE Resolutions that may apply:
90708 – August 30th of 2014. Update of fist resolution created in 2013.
90708 of 2013. RETIE technical requirements, terms and conditions.
90907 of 2013 Clarification of General Annex of 90708 of 2013
90795 of 2014 Clarification of General Annex of 90708 of 2013
Technical regulations for lighting and street lighting
Regulations for labeling end-use electrical and fuel gas equipment
Type A plugs, rated at 15 Amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This is a Class I, non-grounded, non-insulated plug that operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 1-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. The neutral blade is 7.9 mm wide, while the hot blade is 6.3 mm wide.
This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is only compatible with socket type A.
Type B plugs, rated at 15 amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This is a class I grounded, non-insulated plug that operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 5-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length, and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. It also features a 4.8 diameter round, or u-shaped earth pin measuring 3.2 mm which acts as a ground. This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is compatible with type A and B sockets. Grounded type B outlets are still rather uncommon in some parts of Central and South America.
However, it is not uncommon for people to cut off the earth pin to achieve compatibility with two-pole ungrounded sockets.