For Immediate Release
January 2, 2014
ACB Gains Japan Recognition
Can Now Certify Licensed Radios
McLean, VA - Japan's Ministry of Information and
Communication (MIC) has approved American Certification Body to
certify Licensed Devices for the Japan market. Licensed devices
include mobile phones, emergency services radios (public service),
base stations and radar equipment. All wireless devices must conform
to the Japan Radio Law before they are allowed to be used in Japan.
Under the arrangement developed between the National Institute for
Standards and Technology (NIST) and MIC, ACB developed procedures
and processes to review and certify licensed device. ACB has been
certifying unlicensed products for over two years and now can
certify an entirely new class of products.
"We are excited to gain this approval and thank NIST (nist.gov)
for its efforts on our behalf. Their efforts are greatly
appreciated" said Susan Holman, Quality Assurance Representative. "Our accreditation body, the American National Standards Institute (ansi.org),
provided great support during this process, allowing us to complete
the scope expansion efficiently and quickly."
The process for acceptance includes a Joint Committee decision,
which is detailed under the 'Agreement on Mutual Recognition of
Results of Conformity Assessment Procedures between the United
States of America and Japan (US-Japan MRA).'
"The implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement allows us to
help more manufacturers gain access to the Japan market," said
Pieter Robben, ACB Reviewing Engineer in the Netherlands The MRAs
do more than help access to markets. "The establishment of MRAs
provides great facilitation of technical exchange between
participating markets," Mr. Robben added.
The full text of the acceptance and joint decision is here.
Contact your regional ACB
representative for more information about American Certification