Through the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), the US and Chinese Taipei signed exchange letters to implement Phase I of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement for the Conformity Assessment of Telecommunication Equipment (APEC Tel MRA) on March 16, 1999.
The MRA between the US and Chinese Taipei covers the recognition of testing laboratories (Phase I) and acceptance of test reports generated by those recognized labs.
There are two Chinese Taipei organizations that regulate aspects of telecommunications equipment:
This webpage covers the requirements for designation to NCC only. To obtain the requirements for designation to BSMI, please visit the NIST BSMI webpage.
NCC’s Annex I (March 3, 2021) lists the technical regulations available for Phase I recognition. Please also check the NCC website and the CNS online website (for CNS standards) to reconfirm the current availability of each technical regulation listed in the Annex I.
NCC requires that the year of the technical regulation be included on the ISO/IEC 17025 Scope of Accreditation as noted in the first column of Annex I (CODE Name).
IMPORTANT NOTE: EMC test requirements are covered under CNS 13438 (similar to CISPR 22). NCC accepts the test reports for CNS 13438 C6357 that are issued by BSMI recognized laboratories (including foreign MRA CABs). If your organization is already recognized by BSMI for CNS 13438, it is NOT necessary to apply for designation of this standard to NCC.
The CAB must meet the following General Requirements.
The CAB shall submit the following documents to NIST electronically at mra [at] nist.gov (mra[at]nist[dot]gov).
Once NIST has reviewed the application and confirmed its completeness, NIST will forward a designation request to NCC, who, under the terms of the MRA, has up to 60 days to respond to NIST.
NCC requires that test reports be based upon the latest version of one of the NCC Standards of interest. Under NCC certification procedure, the following are normally required for acceptance of a test report.
Include the test procedure, laboratory layout and photographs with the test report.
Include the test method and test procedure being performed on the test report and also include:
- Name, trade name, model number of test equipment
- Measurement setup diagram and description
- Name, trade and model number of testing instruments
- Technical regulations be performed
- Test items and its standards
- Test data and verdict of test results
- Date of acceptance and completion of testing
- Uncertainty of measurement
- Signature of the testing personnel
The initial signing of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment (APEC Tel MRA) took place on May 8, 1998. Participation in the APEC Tel MRA is voluntary and includes two phases: Phase I for mutual acceptance of test reports and Phase II for certification or product approvals. The United States has implemented the APEC Tel MRA with many countries and more are forthcoming.
For questions about the implementation of the APEC TEL MRA with Chinese Taipei, please contact the NIST Telecom MRA Program via mra [at] nist.gov (mra[at]nist[dot]gov).
Technical Content Last Revised on March 26, 2021