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Understanding MIC Certification

Ensuring compliance with Japan’s Radio Law, MIC/GITEKI Certification holds a pivotal role in this regulatory landscape.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is the authoritative entity overseeing this MIC approval process. Aligned with the Radio Act, MIC establishes criteria for product registration through MIC-authorized Registered Certification Bodies (RCBs). These designated bodies conduct rigorous compliance testing, evaluating products against specific technical standards based on radio equipment classification.

Navigating the intricacies of MIC/GITEKI Certification is essential for those looking to penetrate the Japanese market with wireless and telecom products.

It involves meeting the criteria set by MIC, obtaining product registration through an authorized RCB, and undergoing thorough compliance testing to ensure adherence to prescribed technical standards.

Products Requiring MIC Certification

The Japan  Radio Law’s scope covers all products which emit electromagnetic waves with frequencies under 3 THz. The Radio Law requires approvals of not only wireless communications devices,
but also high-frequency devices such as welders and induction heating (IH) cooking equipment

In-scope Products

Specified Radio Equipment (SRE) and Special Specified Radio Equipment (SSRE)

These products cover a range of products, including 

  • Bluetooth devices
  • WiFi equipment
  • LTE devices
  • GSM devices
  • ZigBee devices
  • Wireless microphones
  • RFID devices (2.4 GHz, 920MHz)
  • Telemeters, pagers
  • UWB radio systems, and more. 


Most SRE products require third-party certification, provided by an MIC-designated Registered Certification Body (RCB) . However, certain SRE products fall under the category of SSRE, which undergo a simplified process of self-declaration and registration with MIC, while still requiring compliance testing.

According to Article 38-2-2 of the Radio Law, SRE typically refers to consumer-operated radio equipment.


High-Frequency Devices

It includes

  • IH cooking devices
  • Microwaves
  • Electrode-less discharge lamps
  • Welders
  • RFID devices (13.56 MHz),
  • Ultrasonic devices,
  • PLCs, and
  • Other equipment operating above 10 kHz (including ISM, such as MRI machines and plasma devices).

As stated in Article 46 of the Enforcing Ordinance, most High-Frequency Devices must be tested for compliance and registered by a local Japanese company with the relevant regional branch of MIC before they can be placed on the market.

However, some products may be exempt from registration but still need to comply with legal requirements. 


Extremely Low-Power Devices (ELPs)

Devices that possess the following parameters are categorized as Extremely Low Power Devices. They are defined in Article 6-1 of the Enforcing Ordinance. 

Frequency Range      

Maximum Emission Limit (µV/m)

< 322 MHz  

 < 500 µV/m                   

 322 MHz – 10 GHz     

< 35 µV/m                    

10 GHz – 150 GHz     

< 3.5x µV/m or 500 µV/m     

ELPs are not subject to licensing or MIC certification but must adhere to the interference regulations specified in the Radio Law. To address non-compliance issues, a voluntary certification and registration scheme called the ELP Mark has been introduced. 

This scheme ensures that ELPs do not cause interference or experience adverse effects from interference.

Type of Certifications

The Radio Law specifies different approval schemes for equipment, ranging from self-declaration to third-party certification. 

When it comes to Specified Radio Equipment (SRE), there are two main types of certifications: Type Certification and Batch Certification.


SRE Type Certification:


This certification involves testing a representative sample (usually 1 or 2 units) to ensure that the product’s construction and design meet the required standards. It also requires a “Declaration of Quality Management System” to verify the manufacturer’s quality management practices. 

No on-site factory inspections are typically necessary for this type of certification. SRE Type Certification is suitable for radio equipment that is mass-produced, and foreign manufacturers can also obtain this certification.


SRE Batch Certification:


Batch Certification is a slightly different process. It involves testing a sample from each batch of equipment produced (usually fewer than 100 units) to ensure compliance with the technical standards. This certification is suitable for radio equipment that is produced in small batches. Similar to Type Certification, foreign manufacturers are eligible to obtain Batch Certification as well.


Declarations of Conformity (DoCs):


For High-Frequency Devices (HFDs), there are three types of Declarations of Conformity: “Specification of Type,” “Confirmation of Type,” and “Authorization for Use.” The manufacturer can use their own test reports if they have the appropriate testing equipment. However, a local Japanese company must submit a notification to the local MIC branch office to complete the approval process.

Approval Process

The process of certifying radio or telecommunication products can vary depending on the specific type of product. However, there are generally several common steps involved in the certification process:

  • Application: The first step is to submit an application for the required certification license.
  • Testing and Evaluation: The application and accompanying documentation are carefully reviewed and evaluated to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations and technical standards.
  • Inspection (for non-certified equipment): In certain cases, equipment that has not yet been certified may undergo an inspection to verify its conformity to the necessary specifications.
  • License Issuance: If the product successfully meets all the necessary requirements, a license is issued to indicate its official certification status.
  • Labeling and Documentation: After receiving the Type Approval certificate, the manufacturer can affix the MIC certification label on the product, indicating its compliance.


Products that have the capability to connect to the state communications network in Japan must comply with the Japanese Telecommunication Business Law. As part of this law, registration of the product is mandatory for its connection to the public network.

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The product marking for SRE Type Certification must be placed in a prominent and easily visible location on the product. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to carry out the marking process. On the other hand, for products registered through SRE Batch Certification, the Registered Certification Body (RCB) will handle the marking.


In addition to the marking, all certified products will receive an official certification code to further signify their compliance.


For High-Frequency Devices, a specific label is used for marking, which may vary slightly depending on the type of equipment.




Label for SRE Type Certification  ( R is for Radio devices and T is for Telecom devices) 


Label for High Frequency Devices For the DoC schemes , “Authorization for Use” has no marking


 ELP Mark for Extremely Low Power Devices ( Not a mandatory mark) 

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