General and certification requirements for licensed and licence-exempt radio apparatus used for radiocommunication

Type Approval


This document sets out the general and certification requirements for licensed and licence-exempt radio apparatus used for radiocommunication. All transmitting devices are required to be type approved prior to sale in country.

The Process

The following documentation is required when submitting a request for Type Approval;

  • The Test Reports
  • Name of the device
  • Name and Address of the Applicant & Manufacturer (Authority Letter if the Applicant isn’t the Manufacturer)
  • Model Number
  • Certification from a recognized standards body FCC, ETSI or Industry Canada Certification
  • Pictures of the device/component
  • Device Manual

The process usually takes 3 – 5 business days depending on the backlog of approvals and whether all the information has been submitted. This documentation can either be submitted via email to:

or via regular mail to the following address;

The Chief Telecommunications Officer
Telecommunications Unit
Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology
Third Floor
Baobab Towers
St. Michael


Presently, there is no cost associated with the request

Labeling Requirements

There is no local/additional labeling requirement

Host/Modular Product Requirements

Radio equipment designed as modules for installation in a host product may obtain product certification as modular products provided that they meet the requirements. Host products alone (without modular products) are not required to be certified separately provided that all the intentional radio emissions are generated by the certified modules.

Family Product Certification

Multiple versions of a product design are permitted to be certified under a single family certification service with one Certification Number provided that all the product variants within a family certification meet the following conditions:

  • a. the enclosure and general appearance of all product versions in a family certification shall be identical except for enclosure colour and/or minor external cosmetic differences
  • b. two or more versions of a product with one printed circuit board (PCB) design with different frequency bands/technologies enabled by software
  • c. a new version of a certified product which may have minor PCB modifications to improve existing frequency bands/technologies and/or add non-RF features
  • d. all the product versions within the family certification shall be identical or have differences permitted under Class I and III permissive changes

Two or more versions of a product with two or more PCB designs with different frequency bands/technologies within identical enclosures are not permitted within a family certification.


All queries can be submitted via email to:

Barbados signs Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) Agreement with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at a meeting held at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Chief Telecommunications Officer of Barbados, Mr Reginald Bourne (left) and the Director of ITU's Telecommunications Development Bureau, Mr Brahima Sanou (right), are congratulated by the Secretary General of the CTU, Ms Bernadette Lewis after the signing of the CIRT Agrreement.

Government Notices

Government Notice - 2019 Licences

The following types of licences are renewable in January 2019 as they will expire on December 31, 2018

Licensees have until January 30, 2019 to renew their licences.

From January 31, 2019 to March 31, 2019 these licences may be renewed but a 25% late payment fee will be payable.

 From April 01, 2019, unpaid licences may be revoked by the Minister responsible for Telecommunications:


1. Sellers and Dealers;
2. Citizen Band Operators;
3. Amateur Radio Operators;
4. Model Equipment Owners;
5. General Radio Communications;
6. Fishing Vessels and all other Ship Stations;
7. Coast Stations;

 Date: 16 November 2018


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Update: 30 November 2012