April 1, 2011


For Immediate Release

American Certification Body Inc. (ACB)
Receives Recognition for Japan

Device Certification Services to Japanese Radio Law Now Available

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 market."

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® program.  

ACB can advise on the necessary tests and methods.

Mike Violette
Director of Marketing



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Please note that the above represents, in most cases, technical opinions with justification in regulatory agency requirements, however the particulars of the product must be considered. Thus, we welcome a call or email if you have any special needs or questions.  contact us

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