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The Government of Canada and Chinese Taipei have agreed, through an exchange of letters, to implement Phase I and Phase II of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment (APEC-TEL MRA).
The MRA between Canada and Chinese Taipei covers:
- the recognition requirements of testing laboratories and the acceptance of test reports generated by recognized laboratories; and
- the recognition requirements of certification bodies (CBs) and the acceptance of product certification results issued by recognized CBs.
Two Chinese Taipei organizations regulate aspects of telecommunications equipment:
- National Communications Commission (NCC) is the authority responsible for regulating the telecommunications/radio, information and broadcasting sectors
- Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) is the authority responsible for regulating electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of information technology (IT) products and for standardization, metrology and product inspection
2.1 Standards available for NCC recognition
The technical specifications for NCC recognition under the APEC-TEL MRA are limited to those listed under Technical Specifications in the Type Approval section of the NCC website.
Note: EMC test requirements are covered under CNS 13438 (a National Standard of the Republic of China). NCC accepts test reports from BSMI-recognized laboratories for CNS 13438 C6357. Organizations that are already recognized by BSMI for CN 13438 do not need to apply to NCC for designation of this standard.
2.2 Standards available for BSMI recognition
BSMI requires that EMC testing be performed in accordance with the following two (2) National Standards of the Republic of China:
- CNS 13438 (2006) – Up to 6 GHz
- a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) shall have the necessary facilities to test up to 6 GHz
- the measurement distance for frequencies up to 1 GHz is 10 metres
- the measurement distance for frequencies from > 1 GHz up to 6 GHz is 3 metres
- CNS 14757-2 (2010) – Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) - Part 2: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements (added December 1, 2016)
Refer to the Table of Products Subject to BSMI EMC Regulations.
Canadian CABs must meet the General Requirements for Designation as a Canadian Conformity Assessment Body (CAB).
Online designation application forms as well as lists of required documentation can be found for:
- Phase 1 (Testing Laboratories): in section 7 of DES-LAB, Procedure for Designation and Recognition of Canadian Testing Laboratories
- Phase 2 (Certification Bodies): in section 5 of DES-CB, Procedure for the Designation of Canadian Certification Bodies (CB)
- A list of additional documents required by NCC for the recognition of certification bodies can be found in section 6 (Recognition Procedure) of its Guidelines for the Recognition of Foreign Certification Bodies of Telecommunication Equipment
See annex A for details on the filing process and requirements for the acceptance of test report(s) for both testing laboratories and certification bodies for Chinese Taipei.
Once Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) receives an application and confirms its completeness, ISED will forward a designation request to NCC, who, under the terms of the MRA, has up to 60 days to respond.
Upon recognition by the foreign regulatory authority, ISED will assign a unique CAB ID and issue a recognition letter to the CAB. The recognition letter will state the standards or specifications for which recognition has been granted, and the recognized CAB will be added to ISED’s list of Conformity Assessment Bodies.
For renewals, recognized CABs shall update their recognition expiration date by submitting their renewed or extended ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17065 Scope(s) of Accreditation and Accreditation Certificate(s) through DES-LAB Application for Designation or Recognition of a Canadian Testing Laboratory or DES-CB Application for Designation of a Canadian Certification Body.
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 of product approvals.
For more information about the Canada-Chinese Taipei MRA, please contact MRA Admin.
This annex outlines the test report and filing requirements for Chinese Taipei.
A.1 National Communications Commission (NCC)
Under NCC certification procedures, the following are required for acceptance of a test report:
- Laboratory layout and photographs
- Test method and test procedure being performed, including:
- name and address of applicant
- name and address of laboratory
- name, trade name, model number, calibration date and expiration date of test equipment
- colour photos or pictures of the sample device (six sides of the sample and its accessories)
- photos or pictures shall be minimum 4” x 6” and shall clearly show the brand name, model number and printed circuit board (PCB) components
- measurement set-up diagram and description
- name, trade name and model number of testing instruments
- applicable technical regulations
- test items and their standards
- test data and verdict of test results
- date of acceptance and completion of testing
- measurement uncertainty
- signature of personnel performing the testing
A.2 Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
Under BSMI procedures, the following are required for acceptance of a test report:
- Test reports submitted by the CAB can be in English.
- Documentation (user manuals, warnings, etc.) for class A devices may be in English but the warning label for class A devices must be in Mandarin Chinese.
- Documentation (user manuals, warnings, etc.) for class B devices must be in Mandarin Chinese.
- There must be a legally responsible representative (to act as the applicant) in Chinese Taipei to manage the application with BSMI.
- The CAB must send the test report (electronically or otherwise) to the representative in Chinese Taipei.
- The representative will submit all application documents to BSMI via the e-filing system.
- A file number will be assigned upon receipt of each application.
- The representative in Chinese Taipei must be available to help facilitate communications on any issues that come up with the test report that has been filed.