Canadian Conformity Assessment Bodies — Guide on the designation requirements for Hong Kong

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1. Introduction

The Government of Canada and Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong covers:

  • the recognition requirements of testing laboratories and the acceptance of test reports generated by recognized labs; and
  • the recognition requirements of certification bodies (CBs) and the acceptance of product certification results issued by recognized CBs.

2. Regulatory authority in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s regulatory authority is the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA).

2.1 Standards available for OFCA recognition

Please refer to the OFCA’s List of Technical Regulations for Hong Kong, China (Annex I to Phase I and Phase II Procedures).

Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) must be accredited to perform testing and/or certification for at least one technical specification in any of the following three (3) scopes:

  • Radio Equipment Specifications (HKCA 10XX)
  • GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) Marine Radio Equipment Specifications (HKCA 12XX)
  • Network Equipment Specifications (HKCA 2XXX)

3. General requirements for Canadian CABs

Canadian CABs must meet the following requirements:

4. Application requirements and processes for Canadian CABs

Online designation application forms as well as lists of required documentation can be found for:

Once Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) receives an application and confirms its completeness, ISED will forward a designation request to OFCA, 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.

5. 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 of product approvals.

6. For more information

For more information about the Canada-Hong Kong MRA, please contact MRA Admin.