Israel Agrees to Accept USA Approval Tests for Telecoms Equipment
Published on: 22nd Oct 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
The USA and Israeli governments have signed a trade agreement covering the export of USA supplied telecommunications products into Israel.
Under the Mutual Recognition Agreement, Israeli regulatory authorities will now accept tests that recognized U.S. laboratories perform to determine the conformity of telecommunications equipment with Israeli technical requirements, rather than requiring additional testing by Israeli laboratories, before American products can be sold in Israel.
The Agreement also allows for the United States and Israel to agree in the future to accept equipment certifications from recognized conformity assessment bodies in the United States and Israel on a mutual basis.
"This Agreement will save American manufacturers money and time. It will facilitate trade by allowing for product testing and certification only once, in the United States, prior to exporting the product to Israel," said US Ambassador Miriam Sapiro.
The Agreement covers equipment subject to telecommunications regulation, including wire and wireless equipment, and terrestrial and satellite equipment. The Agreement fully preserves the authority of the USA's FCC to determine the technical requirements it considers appropriate, and in no way lowers current U.S. safety requirements.
The Agreement will enter into force after both the United States and Israel have completed all internal legal requirements.
In 2011, two-way trade between the United States and Israel totaled over USD31 billion.