Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) on Telecommunications Equipment
MRAs are government-to-government pacts that help assure the compatibility of telecommunications equipment by fostering conformance to specified standards. The agreements cover two-way communications equipment, both wired and wireless.
MRAs between governments focus on the accreditation bodies that certify the competence of bodies that conduct conformity assessments. These assessment bodies verify that developers and manufacturers produce telecommunications equipment in accordance with all standards and technical requirements of the importing country.
MRAs yield many benefits:
- Reduce the time and cost of moving a product to market by eliminating redundant testing (allowing products tested in one country to meet the regulations of another).
- Clarify technical regulations, laws, policies, and procedures to help certification bodies, labs, and manufacturers understand and stay current on regulations and policies.
- Encourage communications and information sharing among industry committees and with regulatory authorities, designating authorities, and accreditation bodies.
Existing MRAs help assure mutual acceptance of testing performed on telecommunications equipment to be traded between the United States and the following governments or regions:
- The European Union
- The European Economic Area
- The APEC economies