The Department of Telecom,(DOT) Ministry of Telecommunications is Government department handling all telecom and wireless equipments.

In relation of certifications, the DOT has primarily prescribed following policies:

1. All telecom equipments deployed kin telecom network to be of world level standards and security certified. Now these would be covered under Mandatory testing and MTCTE.

2. Mandatory Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for mobile handsets

SAR is the unit of measurement for the amount of RF energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. Normally the phones are designed to use the minimum power required to connect to the network. Therefore, the SAR value depends upon the proximity to Base station.

The Mobile SAR value has been defined vide O.M. 18-10/2008-IP Dated the 17th Aug 2012 Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India (DOT), as less than or equal to 1.6w/kg average over 1gm tissue. All mobile phones have to comply with these regulations. Until the mandatory testing date is announced, the SAR clearance is on the basis of self certification (on the basis of a ILAC accredited lab)

3. Mandatory IMEI Numbers in Mobile Handsets

4. Mandatory Panic Button.