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International Workshop on Mutual Recognition Agreements for Telecommunications Equipment

New York, Aug 24, 2005

Telecommunications and computer equipment sold in foreign markets are subject to licensing, approvals and other government regulations that can vary greatly from country to country. To ensure that products comply with the regulations of the nation in which they are marketed, Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs) act as contracts between nations to provide assurance of this compliance.

To help affected stakeholders keep up with these technical regulations, an International Workshop on MRAs for telecommunications equipment will be held October 3-7, 2005, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Gaithersburg, MD. The workshop is sponsored by NIST, the Federal Communications Commission, the Telecommunication Certification Body Council, and the Organization of American States.

The United States is involved in three MRAs for telecommunications equipment:

  1. the European Community (EC)-U.S. MRA,
  2. the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) MRA, and
  3. the Inter-American Commission on Telecommunications (CITEL) MRA.

ANSI is recognized by NIST as an accreditor of telecommunication certification bodies via the National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Education program (NVCASE) in compliance with requirements of the FCC. The NVCASE program helps federal agencies organize product certification and related activities for ensuring that products or processes comply with United States or foreign requirements spelled out in trade agreements such as MRAs.

The NIST workshop will provide instructive presentations and discussions on how various telecom regulatory authorities are successfully implementing technical programs to implement MRAs and/or their efforts to work towards this goal. Government and industry representatives will include CITEL Member States, EU Member States, and economies within the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Telecom regulatory authorities, designating authorities, EMC and telecom accreditation bodies, regional accreditation organizations, conformity assessment bodies, test laboratories and certification bodies, manufacturers, and all other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The deadline for registration is Friday, September 16, 2005. There is no fee to attend this workshop, however, due to security requirements at NIST, all participants must register in advance.

For registration details, click here.

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative