For Immediate Release
American Certification Body Inc. (ACB)
Recognition for Japan
Device Certification Services to Japanese Radio Law Now
WASHINGTON, DC - ACB has been approved in the first
round of Certification Bodies recognized to perform
Certification for wireless devices to Japanese Radio
Law, increasing market-access for manufacturers on both
sides of the Pacific.
Under a bi-lateral agreement, the US and Japan have
effected the implementation of a Mutual Recognition
Arrangement that allows the acceptance of certification
decisions under each respective country’s regulations.
This new arrangement—and ACB’s program—now offers more
options for device manufacturers.
Prior to the agreement and the recognition of ACB, it
was necessary to test and certify products in Japan.
This new recognition allows ACB clientele to submit
applications and gain approval in the US. “This is a
great boon to our clients, especially given the global
nature of the high-technology market,” says Dennis Ward,
Director of Engineering for ACB. “It rounds out our
certification authority to include this important
To obtain an approval, one must generate a report and
demonstrate conformance (and submit to a Certification
Body). To determine what data must be collected, it is
necessary to refer to the ordnances that cover the
specified equipment, notably the “Ordinance concerning
Technical Regulations Conformity Certification of
Specified Radio Equipment (aka Ordinance of the Ministry
of Posts and Telecommunications No. 37, 1981).” This
document lays out the various types of equipment and
what data are to be collected and what instrument is
used to collect the data.
This process is the end-result of a public-private
partnership and commitment; a commitment that improves
the trade and good relationship between the US and
Japan, now more important than ever. NIST and the FCC
partnered with their counterparts in Japan at the MIC to
develop the criteria for mutual acceptance. On the
private side in the US, ANSI and ANSI-ASQ National
Accreditation Board (ANAB) provided the necessary
accreditations. On the private side in Japan, DSP
Research led invaluable technical liaison and fostered
communications amongst the various partners.
ACB, with operations in North America, China, Taiwan,
Hong Kong and the UK, serves the technology market and
device manufacturers seeking fast wireless approvals and
energy efficiency certifications to the EPA ENERGYSTAR®
ACB can advise on the necessary tests and methods.
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