U.S. - Mexico Telecommunications MRA (Revised September 9, 2016)
The Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Mexican States for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment was signed on May 26, 2011. This Agreement is not yet operational.
This Agreement provides for the mutual recognition by the Parties of testing laboratories, and for the mutual acceptance of the results of testing undertaken by these recognized testing laboratories in assessing conformity of equipment to a Party's technical regulations. Specifically for the U.S, the Agreement provides for the Mexican regulatory authorities IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) to accept test results from third-party U.S. laboratories for the conformity of telecommunications equipment to specific Mexican technical regulations listed in Annex I (August 22, 2016) of the MRA.
Status of Implementation
Following May 2011 signing, the governments of the US and Mexico were in an 18 month transition period during which a number of confidence building activities took place. Implementation of the MRA was then delayed as a result of reforms to Mexican telecom regulations that occurred in 2013. Specifically, the Federal Teleommunications Commission (COFETEL) was replaced by an independent government agency, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT). Efforts to implement the MRA have continued through 2014 and 2015, and Mexico published relevant procedures in early 2016. It is currently anticipated that the agreement could become operational by the end of 2016.
NIST is not currently accepting applications for designation.
(1) This bi-lateral Agreement covers the recognition of testing laboratories (and acceptance of test reports) only.
(2) Mexico will recognize qualified third-party U.S. testing laboratories (national treatment) only. Manufacturers' laboratories (first-party) are not eligible to apply for recognition under this Agreement.
(3) This Agreement covers equipment regardless of the equipment's country of origin.
(4) The Agreement does not cover recognition of certification bodies.
(5) The Agreement does not include Homologation. Homologation is handled directly by IFT.
(6) The Agreement does not cover electrical safety of telecommunications equipment.
(7) The technical regulations for which Mexico will accept test reports from recognized U.S. testing laboratories designated by NIST are listed in Annex I. *In the future, Mexico may add additional technical regulations to Annex I.
(8) The laboratory's ISO/IEC 17025 Scope of Accreditation must include the relevant technical regulations for which recognition is being sought. Laboratories may now begin to obtain accreditation for the relevant technical regulations.
Applying for Designation
A list of the documents that laboratories will need to submit to NIST for designation to Mexico is under development and will be posted on this website shortly.
It will include submittal of the following:
- The current ISO/IEC 17025 Scope and Certificate of Accreditation with the relevant technical regulations included.
- Two (2) electronic copies of the most recent ISO/IEC 17025 assessment documentation (Assessor Report, Deficiency Report, Corrective Action Response(s) one in English and the other translated into Spanish.
- Other documents (TBD)
For Further Information
For questions about the application process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current List of Recognized CABS for Mexico (None Yet)
Link to relevant Technical Regulations (TBD)