How to entry into the Colombian market with accredited type approval certification with the help of WWBridge.



Local regulations can pose challenges for companies looking to export their new products to Colombia. Most of the products entering the Colombian markets must meet the country's requirements. Local laws and regulations regarding products are usually enacted to ensure that products and services are safe, of good quality and meet the needs of consumers.

Why do you need to be certified?

Many types of product are regulated by the Government of Colombia through a Mandatory Technical Regulation. The minimum standards required by the Safety and, in some cases, functionality Regulations must be met. It also gives you the confidence that you have a safe product that is safe for the environment and meets the minimum standards for import and marketing in Colombia.

When to get certified?

Certification is mandatory for imports in the case of products manufactured outside the country. For commercialization in the case of imported products and in the case of products produced in Colombia. Before you start importing or manufacturing, you need to study these standards and apply them to the certification process.

WWBridge can help with obtaining need certificates according to technical regulations established by the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MINMINAS).

Safety Approvals Certification:


Telecom Approval Certification:

  • CRC Type


 is the Technical Regulation of Electrical Installations and was created by Decree 18039 of 2004, of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Its main objective is to establish measures that guarantee the safety of people, animal and plant life, and the preservation of the environment, preventing, minimizing or eliminating electrical risks.

Products requiring RETIE approval include:

  • Elevators
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Jacuzzis
  • Switchgears,
  • Motors,
  • Relays,
  • Plugs,
  • Socket-outlets,
  • Cables,
  • Transformers,
  • Hardware and others


is the Technical Regulations for labeling end-use electrical and fuel gas equipment.

Products requiring RETIQ approval include:

  • Electric Motors,
  • Refrigeration appliances,
  • Air Conditioners,
  • Gas Cooking Appliances,
  • Washing Machines,
  • Water Heaters


is the Technical regulations for lighting and street lighting.

Products requiring RETILAP approval include:

  • Lighting Products

RETIE, RETIQ and RETILAP Approvals can be achieved in accordance with four optional certification schemes (based on ISO/IEC 17067 standard):

  • Scheme Type 1a: Type testing (valid for the tested product only).
  • Scheme Type 1b: Type testing (product sample from a production batch)
  • Scheme Type 4: Type testing (product sample), factory inspection and surveillance (periodical testing and factory inspection)
  • Scheme Type 5: Type testing (product sample), management system audit (production process) and surveillance (periodical testing and audit)

WWBridge can offer three certification schemes that are related to the validity of certificates:

  • Certification Scheme 1b: valid for the lot (undefined)
  • Certification Scheme 4: 1 year
  • Certification Scheme 5: 3 years

CRC Type Approval

CRC (Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones - Telecommunications Regulatory Commission) is a regulatory body that promotes competition and regulates the market for telecommunications networks and services in Colombia. It is a special administrative unit with administrative, technical and property independence, without legal status under the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications .

Products requiring CRC Type Approval:

  • Most satellite equipment and all cellular products (voice and data) and devices that connect to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network)

WWBridge provide services for manufacturers with expert support and guidance on the marking requirements and procedures. We are up-to-date with the latest guidance and standards and we can guide you through the entire process in a few steps.

How to get Colombian Safety Approvals Certification for your business?


Determine all the necessary product information provided by the manufacturer, contact the manager of WWBridge and, if necessary, make an appointment.


Fill in the requested information in the formats provided by our sales manager. Include a list of references to be certified and the number, as well as technical sheets. If the manufacturer has a management system certificate, it must also be attached.


Choosing WWBridge is a sign of trust in our 10 years of experience, a symbol of your organization's unwavering commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.

Resolution performance

Perform the certification together with the auditor. Our auditors have extensive knowledge of specific industries, local regulations, and markets, enabling them to offer solutions that meet your needs.

Looking for more information to get Colombian approval documents? Feel free to contact us through e-mail: [email protected], or call +7 (495) 787-87-70.

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