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Taiwan APEC Telecommunications Mutual Recognition Arrangement

AMERICAN INSTITUTE IN TAIWAN

1700 N. Moore Street

Suite 1700

Arlington, Virginia 22209

Tel: (703) 525-8474

Fax: (703) 841-1385

Mr. Stephen S.F. Chen

Representative

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative

Office in the United States

4201 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20016

Dear Representative Chen:

March 16,1999

I have the honor to refer to the recent agreement reached between the representatives of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) concerning the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment (APEC Telecom MRA). The agreement, as embodied in this letter and in your return letter, shall become effective upon AIT's receipt of your return letter.

AIT confirms that the United States will apply the general provisions, Appendix A, and Phase I Procedures in Appendix B of the APEC Telecom MRA to telecommunications equipment from Chinese Taipei. The APEC Telecom MRA is attached to and an integral part of this letter.

In particular, the United States will apply the Phase I Procedures in Appendix B for the recognition of testing laboratories designated by Chinese Taipei as Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and the acceptance of test reports from recognized Chinese Taipei CABS for conformity assessment of telecommunications equipment with the Technical Regulations of the United States. Attached is the list of Technical Regulations for which the United States will accept test reports from recognized CABs. Any modifications to this list shall be notified in accordance with the general provisions of APEC Telecom MRA.

I also am pleased to inform you that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the Designating Authority for the United States. NIST may designate testing laboratories in accordance with the general provisions and Appendix A of the APEC Telecom MRA for recognition as CABs by Chinese Taipei. The United States understands that it will be necessary to exchange information on the technical criteria for accrediting CABs. The FCC is the point of contact for the United States for activities under this mutual recognition arrangement.

Except, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the point of contact for the United States for electrical safety.

AIT further confirms that the United States will undertake steps with Chinese Taipei for mutually satisfactory implementation of the Phase II Procedures in Appendix C of the APEC Telecom MRA with the goal of beginning such implementation as early as possible after completion of necessary domestic procedures.

Sincerely,

[signature]

Richard Bush

Chairman of the Board

and Managing Director

Attachments: APEC Telecom MRA

Annex I List of technical Regulations

ANNEX I

TO PHASE I AND II PROCEDURES

LIST OF TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

(Note: CFR stands for Code of Federal Regulations)

The Technical Regulations for which the United States of America will accept test reports or equipment certifications from recognized Conformity Assessment Bodies designated by other Parties are:

1. Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Title 47 of the United States Code).

2. The U.S. FCC Rules and Regulations for Telephone Terminal Equipment are contained in 47 CFR Parts 2 and 68. Interpretations of these regulations may be obtained on the FCC Web page or by contacting the Common Carrier Bureau of the FCC. (FCC Form 730 Application Guide provides useful guidelines for the implementation of conformity assessment procedures for telecommunications equipment falling within these regulations.)

3. The U.S. FCC Rules and Regulations for Transmitter Equipment are contained in the FCC Rule Parts shown below. Interpretations of these regulations may be obtained on the FCC Web page or by contacting the Office of Engineering and Technology.

Administrative Provisions (47 CFR Part 2)

Commercial Mobile Radio (47 CFR Part 20)

Domestic Public Fixed (47 CFR Part 21)

Domestic Mobile (47 CFR Part 22)

Personal Communication Service (47 CFR Part 24)

Satellite Communications (47 CFR Part 25)

Broadcast (47 CFR Part 73)

Auxiliary Broadcast (47 CFR Part 74)

Cable Television Radio (47 CFR Part 78)

Maritime (47 CFR Part 80)

GMDSS (47 CFR Part 80W)

Private Land Mobile (47 CFR Part 90)

Private-Fixed Microwave (47 CFR Part 94)

Personal Radio Services (47 CFR Part 95)

IVDS (47 CFR Part 95F)

Amateur Radio (47 CFR Part 97)

Radio Frequency Devices (47 CFR Part 15)

Fixed Microwave Services (47 CFR Part 101)

4. The U.S. FCC Rules and Regulations for Telephone Terminal Equipment Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Requirements are contained in the FCC Rule Parts shown below. Interpretations of these regulations may be obtained on the FCC Web page or by contacting the Office of Engineering and Technology.

Administrative Provisions 47 CFR Part 2

Electromagnetic Requirements 47 CFR Part 15; and

47 CFR Part 18

5. The U.S. regulatory and administrative provisions in respect of equipment subject to electrical safety requirements, are contained in 29 CFR 1910 subpart S, and 29 CFR 1910.7, and are limited to equipment subject to Technical Regulations specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 above.

PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

The texts of Technical Regulations for which the United States of America will accept test reports or equipment certifications from recognized Conformity Assessment Bodies designated by other Parties may be obtained through links at the following Internet addresses, or by purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office (see WWW.GPO.GOV for ordering information).

Technical Regulations Available at following website

1. Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Title 47 of the United States Code). HTTP://WWW.FCC.

GOV.TELECOM.

HTML

2. The U.S. FCC Rules and Regulations for Telephone Terminal Equipment are contained in 47 CFR Parts 2 and 68. Interpretations of these regulations may be obtained on the FCC Web page or by contacting the Common Carrier Bureau of the FCC. (FCC Form 730 Application Guide provides useful guidelines for the implementation of conformity assessment procedures for telecommunications equipment falling within these regulations). HTTP://WWW.FCC.GOV/FORMPAGE.HTML

(Only the form is provided. The application guide may be provided on-line in future.)

HTTP://WWW.FCC.GOV/OET/RULES.HTML

HTTP://WWW.FCC.GOV/WTB/RULES.HTML

3. The U.S. FCC Rules and Regulations for Transmitter Equipment are listed in paragraph 3 above. Interpretations of these regulations may be obtained on the FCC Web page or by contacting the Office of Engineering and Technology. HTTP://WWW.FCC.GOV/WTB/RULES.HTML

HTTP://WWW.ACCESS.GPO.GOV/NARA/

CAR/CAR-RETRIEVE.HTML #PAGE1

4. The U.S. FCC Rules and Regulations for Telephone Terminal Equipment Electromagnetic Requirements are listed in paragraph 4 above. Interpretations of these regulations may be obtained on the FCC Web page or by contacting the Office of Engineering and Technology. HTTP://WWW.FCC.GOV/OET/INFO/RULES

5. The U.S. regulatory and administrative provisions in respect of equipment subject to electrical safety requirements, are provided in 29 CAR 1910 subpart S, and 29 CAR 1910.7, and are limited to equipment subject to Technical Regulations specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 above. HTTP://WWW.OSHA- SLC.GOV/SLTC/NRTL/

INDEX.HTML

or via HTTP://WWW.OSHA.

GOV

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

in the United States

4201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016

Tel: (202) 895-1800

March 16, 1999

Mr. Richard Bush

Chairman

American Institute in Taiwan

1700 N. Moore St., 17th Fl.

Arlington, Virginia 22209.

Dear Mr. Bush:

I acknowledge receipt of your letter of March 16, 1999 which reflects the recent agreement reached between representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) concerning the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment (APEC Telecom MRA). The agreement, as embodied in your letter and in this return letter, shall become effective upon AIT's receipt of this letter.

TECRO confirms that Chinese Taipei will apply the general provisions, Appendix A, and Phase I Procedures in Appendix B of the APEC Telecom MRA to telecommunications equipment from the United States. The APEC Telecom MRA is attached to and an integral part of this letter.

In particular, Chinese Taipei will apply the Phase I Procedures in Appendix B for the recognition of testing laboratories designated by the United States as Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and the acceptance of test reports from recognized U.S. CABs for conformity assessment of telecommunications equipment with the Technical Regulations of Chinese Taipei. Attached is the list of Technical Regulations for which Chinese Taipei will accept test reports from recognized CABs. Any modifications to this list shall be notified in accordance with the general provisions of APEC Telecom MRA.

I also am pleased to inform you that the Directorate General of Telecommunications (DGT) is the Designating Authority for Chinese Taipei for purposes of this letter. DGT may designate testing laboratories in accordance with the general provisions and Appendix A of the APEC Telecom MRA for recognition as CABs by the United States. Chinese Taipei understands that it will be necessary to exchange information on the technical criteria for accrediting CABs. The DGT is the contact point for Chinese Taipei for activities under this mutual recognition arrangement.

TECRO further confirms that Chinese Taipei will undertake steps with the United States for mutually satisfactory implementation of the Phase II Procedures in Appendix C of the APEC Telecom MRA with the goal of beginning such implementation as early as possible after completion of necessary domestic procedures.

Sincerely,

[signature]

Stephen S.F. Chen

Representative

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

Attachments: APEC Telecom MRA

Annex I List of Technical Regulations

Annex I To Phase I and Phase II Procedures List of Technical Regulations for Chinese Taipei

NO. TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

1 1996 Telecommunications Act

2 Technical Specifications and Approval Inspection Regulations of Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

3 The Assessment and Approval Guidelines for Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Testing Laboratories

4 Assessment Manual for Testing Laboratories

5 Subscriber Self-provided Equipment Type Approval Guidelines

6 In-House Wiring Apparatus Type Approval Guidelines

7 Private Branch Exchange and KTS Type Approval Guidelines

8 Data Equipment Type Approval Guidelines

9 DS I Equipment Type Approval Guidelines

10 ISDN CPE Type Approval Guidelines

11 CT-2 Wireless Private Branch Exchange System Equipment Type Approval Guidelines

12 AMPS- Mobile Station Type Approval Guidelines

13 GSM Mobile Station Type Approval Guidelines

14 DCS- 1800 Mobile Station Type Approval Guidelines

15 160MHz- 1200 bps Radio Paging Receiver with Numeric Display Type Approval Guidelines

16 280MHz- 1200 bps Radio Paging Receiver with Numeric Display Type Approval Guidelines

17 Radio Paging Receiver with Chinese Character Display Type Approval Guidelines

18 284.5MHz-285.5MHz Radio Paging Receiver Type Approval Guidelines

19 Mobile Data Terminal Equipment Type Approval Guidelines

20 Trunked Radio Mobile Station Type Approval Guidelines

21 Satellite Personal Communications Networks (S-PCN) Mobile Earth Stations (MESs) Technical Requirements and Type Approval Guidelines

22 Mobile Telecommunications Base Stations RF Equipment Technical Specifications and Approval Inspection Guidelines

23 Regulations on Inspection and Certification of Controlled Telecommunications Equipment

24 Technical Regulations for Low-power Radio-frequency devices

25 Amateur Radio Technical Guidelines

26* CNS 13233, for Facsimile Machines

27* CNS 11011 and CNS 12890 for Telephones

28* CNS 13452 for Cordless Phones

$ * Test reports for these products should be sent to the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) until further notice.

The following is the list of HTS numbers and the UL Standard that applies:

HTS # UL 1950 HTS# UL 1950 UL 6500 UL 3101 UL3111

8469-11 X 8517-22 X $$ $$ $$

8470 X 8517-30 X $$ $$ $$

8470-10 X 8517-50 * $ $ $

8470-21 X 8517-80 * $ $ $

8470-29 X 8517-90 * $ $ $

8470-30 X 8518-10 (ex) Xb $ $ $

8470-40 X 8518-29

(ex) Xb $$$ $$ $

8470-50 X 8518-30

(ex) Xb $ $ $

8470-90 X 8518-40

(ex) X $ $ $

8471 X 8520-20 Xb $$ $$ $$

8471-10 X 8524-32 Xc $$ $$ $$

8471-30 X 8525-10 X $$ $$ $$

8471-41 X 8525-20 ** $$ $$ $$

8471-49 X 8525-40

(ex)

Xd $$ $$ $$

8471-50 X 8527-90 $$ X $$ $$

8471-60 X 8531-80 $$ X $$ $$

8471-80 X 9009-12(ex) X $$ $$ $$

8471-90 X 9009-21 X $$ $$ $$

8472-90 Xa 9009-90 X $$ $$ $$

8473-21 X 9026 $$ $$ $$ Xe

8473-29 X 9026-10 $$ $$ $$ Xe

8473-30 X 9026-20 $$ $$ $$ Xe

8473-50 X 9026-80 $$ $$ $$ Xe

8517 Xb 9026-90 $$ $$ $$ Xe

8517-11 X 9027-20 $$ $$ X $$

8517-19 X 9027-30 $$$$ $$$$ X $$$$

8517-21 X 9027-50 $$$$ $$ X $$

9027-80 $$ $$ X $$

9027-90(ex) $$ $$ X $$

9030-40 $$ $$ X $$

Xa - For burglary protection models, UL Lists products additionally to UL 291

Xb - Either UL1950 or UL1459

Xc - Either UL 1950 or UL6500

Xd - Either UL1950 or UL122

Xe - These products could fall under the generic scope with UL3111, but UL has specific product categories and standards depending on the products end use (i.e. for gauges intended for pressures greater than I000psi, UL404 would apply and the gauge would be listed; for gauges less than I 000psi, UL252A would apply and the gauges would be recognized; if measuring equipment is intended specifically for use with hazardous fluids, than UL1238, UL913, etc could apply; if equipment designed for fire protection service, than UL393 could apply, etc)

View the APEC Telecommunications MRA


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