The Inter-American Mutual
Recognition Agreement for Conformity
Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment
was approved by CITEL PCC.I on
November 1999 and then was endorsed by
COM/CITEL on December 1999.
This is a non-binding, agreement similar
to APEC TEL MRA.and has as objective to improve the
conditions of introduction of products to the market taking into
account not only the cost but also the time required to analyze the
meeting of the national technical standards.
It focus on two main
Products tested by exporting country to importing
country’s requirements and accepted by importing country
Products certified by exporting country to
importing country’s requirements and accepted by importing country
It has a phased approach.
The Phases are independent of each other
Several countries are already
participating in its phases, while others are adopting measures to be
able to implement it, including the adjustment of national laws and
regulations, as appropriate.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has organized
the International Workshop
on the implementation of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) on
telecommunication equipment and promotion of trade
in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), the Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB)
Council, and the Inter-American Telecommunication
Commission of the Organization of American States in order to
bring together all interested parties.
The workshop will take place the week of October
3-7, 2005 (Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.A.).
It will be full of instructive, thought-provoking 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.
draft agenda is available and will be updated regularly.
Who Should Attend?:
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
Registration: The deadline for
registration is Friday, September 16, 2005. There is no fee to
attend this workshop, but all attendees must register in advance.
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