On June 28, 2016, the governments of United States and Malaysia 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 ).
The MRA between the US and Malaysia covers the acceptance of test reports only (Phase I).
The telecom regulator of Malaysia is the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), also known as the Suruhanjaya Komunikasi Dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM).
Telecommunications products placed on the market in Malaysia must obtain a type approval/certification through the single government appointed Certifying Agency (CA), SIRIM QAS International.
Acceptance of Test Reports
US test labs do not need formal designation and recognition to have test reports accepted by SIRIM QAS International but must be accredited by a NIST Listed Accreditation Body (AB) for one or more test methods listed in the MCMC Chart of Test Methods(dated September 20, 2019).
Note: All NIST Listed ABs are ILAC Signatory ABs. For further information, please reference page 7 of the following document, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Communication Equipment Certification, under Q12 e.
Scope of Accreditation Format
The ISO/IEC 17025 Scope of Accreditation must include the following
Importers/ manufacturers must comply with the Technical Specifications to obtain certification of communications equipment under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
About the APEC TEL MRA
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.
Technical specifications Please select the entry titled Technical Regulation – Register of Technical Codes.
Certifying Agency, SIRIM QAS International: http://www.sirim-qas.com.my/our-services/product-certification/communication-and-multimedia-product-certification
SIRIM QAS International Type Approval Application Portal, eComM: https://ecomm.sirim.my Type Approval applications are submitted to SIRIM through this online portal. The system guides applicants on what documents are required.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the communications equipment certification process: https://www.mcmc.gov.my/faqs/communications-equipment-certification?lang=en-US
For questions about the US-Malaysia MRA, please contact the NIST Telecom MRA Program via mra [at] nist.gov (mra[at]nist[dot]gov).
Content last revised on September 26, 2019