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The Government of Canada and South Korea 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 South Korea 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.
2. Regulatory authority in South Korea
The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) is the national regulatory authority in South Korea and the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) is the affiliated institution responsible for regulating telecommunications and managing the radiofrequency spectrum.
2.1 Standards available for RRA recognition
Please refer to South Korea’s Annex I to Phase I Procedures for the list of technical and administrative requirements available for recognition.
South Korea frequently updates the versions of the requirements posted in Annex I. The most recent versions must be included on the Scope of Accreditation (ISO/IEC 17025). Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) must verify for the most up-to-date versions posted on the Conformity Assessment System website.
Note: RRA does not accept any exceptions, restrictions or limitations to the accreditation to the standards being recognized.
Required measurement distances: The following are the required measurement distances for radiated emissions:
- up to 1 GHz: 10 m
- from 1 to 6 GHz: 3 m
CABs must be able to test the full range of frequencies. No exceptions or exclusions are permitted.
Mandatory calibration intervals: Test laboratories must meet the equipment calibration intervals regardless of the manufacturer’s recommendations. The RRA-specified calibration intervals are mandatory and no flexibility is allowed.
3. General requirements for Canadian CABs
Canadian CABs must meet the General Requirements for Designation as a Canadian Conformity Assessment Body (CAB).
4. Application requirements and processes for Canadian CABs
Online designation application forms as well as lists of required documentation can be found for:
- Phase I (Testing Laboratories): in section 7 of DES-LAB, Procedure for Designation and Recognition of Canadian Testing Laboratories
- Phase II (Certification Bodies): in section 5 of DES-CB, Procedure for the Designation of Canadian Certification Bodies (CB)
Note: The Application for Recognition Checklist to MRA Partner Certification Body is also required for CBs.
Once Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) receives an application and confirms its completeness, ISED will forward a designation request to RRA, 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-South Korea MRA, please contact MRA Admin.