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Requirements for NIST Designation of U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies

NIST, through the Telecom MRA program office (mra [at] (mra[at]nist[dot]gov)), designates qualified U.S accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs) to telecom regulatory authorities for specific conformity assessment activities.    

The regulatory authority or other responsible party issues a formal recognition for qualified CABs and then accepts the CAB’s relevant conformity assessment results in accordance with (1) the scope of conformity assessment activities covered by the CAB’s recognition and (2) the economy’s regulatory scheme.  

The administrative and technical requirements for each economy, and the NIST designation application instructions can be viewed by selecting the link in the second column of TABLE 1.     

TABLE 1:  List of Economies & Designation Requirements

Regulatory Authority/Responsible Party*



 Designation Requirements

Additional Information   

Designation of U.S. TCBs to the FCC

United States



Federal Communication Commission (FCC)

Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs)

NIST designates qualified accredited U.S. Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs) to the FCC. Please refer to the FCC TCB Program Roles and Responsibilities DocumentSearch the database of FCC Recognized TCBs here.

The process of FCC testing laboratory recognition is not administered by NIST.  Please refer to the FCC Accredited Testing Laboratory Program Roles and Responsibilities Document . Search the database of all FCC Recognized Labs here.

Designation of NBs

European Union 



European Commission (EC)* on behalf of the regulatory authorities of the Member States.

Notified Body (NB) Requirements

EMC Directive (EMCD)

Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

United Kingdom    
  UK Approved Body Requirements

Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations (SI 2016/1091)

Radio Equipment Regulations (SI 2017/1206)

Designation of Labs and CBs to Foreign MRA Partners




Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA)

Testing Laboratory Requirements





Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Testing Laboratory & Certification Body Requirements 


Chinese Taipei



Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)

Testing Laboratory Requirements


National Communications Commission (NCC)

Testing Laboratory Requirements


Hong Kong



Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA)

Testing Laboratory & Certification Body Requirements





Ministry of Communications (MOC)

Ministry of Economy (MoE)

Testing Laboratory Requirements






Testing Laboratory Requirements

The VCCI registration process is not administered by NIST.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Certification Body Requirements





National Radio Research Agency (RRA)

Testing Laboratory Requirements





Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Testing Laboratory Requirements

NIST Designation and MCMC Recognition not required




Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT)

Testing Laboratory Requirements

IFT recognition is only available for 3rd Party Testing Laboratories.

New Zealand



Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) 

Testing Laboratory Requirements  

NIST Designation and MBIE Recognition not required




Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Testing Laboratory & Certification Body Requirements





Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC)

Testing Laboratory Requirements





Created April 4, 2017, Updated June 2, 2023