Applicable from 25th January, 2012 the revised SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value of 1.6 W/Kg (average over 1 gram tissue) was notified for compliance by mobile phone manufacturers with effect from 1st September, 2012.

As per the notification: SAR value needs to be displayed on the handset like (IMEI) display, all the handsets sold in India shall support hands free operation, mobile handsets manufactured and sold in India or imported from other countries shall be checked for compliance of applicable SAR limits, self declaration of manufacturers for conformity to SAR level of mobile handsets and testing in ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) accredited labs shall continue to be enforced and manufacturer's booklet shall contain safety precautions.

All the mobile handset manufacturers, both indigenous and imported shall provide a self declaration in respect of SAR value based on certificate from internationally accredited labs or accredited by Telecom Engineering Centre India to TEC with a copy to DoT for necessary action. Such self declared SAR limits shall be subjected to TEC audit as and when required.

1. Specific Aborption Rate (SAR) value for Mobile Phone: 17th August, 2012