Mobile handset required to comply with new radiation rules with effect September 1

In a bid to set the highest standards to mobile phones in India and to ensure the safety of users, the Department of Telecom has adopted stringent rules which would require manufacturers to ensure that their handsets are compliant with new radiation norms.


The Department of Telecom (DoT) has revised the regulation as per which the exposure of radiation emitted from a mobile phone over a gram of human tissue should not be more than 1.6 watt if a consumer uses it for six minutes. Also all companies will have to compulsorily display radiation emitted from mobile phones on the handset in terms of SAR (specific absorption rate) unit.

The DoT has asked all the Companies manufacturing or importing mobile phones for sale in India to start complying with the new radiation norms from September 1, 2013. However, old stock of handsets available in Indian market can be sold but no fresh stock of non-compliant mobile phones will be allowed to be sold from September 1. The Bureau of India Standards is working on certain norms which are expected to provide clause for seizure of non-compliant handsets

Speaking about the new norms, Indian Cellular Association’s National President Pankaj Mohindroo said, “With the new SAR norm, India would become one of few countries that are following the most stringent norm of 1.6 watt per kg average over six minutes period on 1 gram of human tissue. All legal and ethical companies doing business here are compliant to it.”