In 2012 Israel signed two mutual recognition agreements (MRA), with the United States and Canada, regarding tests of conformity to standards and other technical regulations for telecommunication products. The significance of these agreements is international recognition of the level of Israeli standardization and easier export of Israeli telecommunication products to the North American market. In other words, recognition of the standardization and laboratory system in Israel as equal to that of the USA and Canada with respect to telecommunication products.
In general, a MRA for conformity of products to local requirements is an agreement between two or more parties, which states that the test and standardization processes of each of the parties are accepted by the other party. In other words, the MRA with the two countries in North America requires the parties to recognize the test results and documentation of the approving entities in the countries for the purpose of import processing of telecommunication products.
In accordance with the two said agreements, an Israeli product examined in Israel in a laboratory recognized in the agreement, according to the regulation requirements in one of the countries, will not be required to undergo a renewed test in that country.
Mutual Recognition Agreement between Israel and the United States for telecommunications equipment (English)
Mutual Recognition Agreement between Israel and the United States for telecommunications equipment (Hebrew)
In 2014, Annex I of the agreement was modified with respect to the list of technical regulations in Israel regarding telecommunications equipment.
The Commissioner of Standardization published an announcement to laboratories in Israel regarding submission of requests for laboratory approval as part of the said agreement that contained a list of requirements and contact information with entities involved in the approval and recognition process.
In accordance with the requirements of the MRA with the United States, Annex IV of the agreement was published, listing laboratories in the United States recognized by Israel for the purpose of conformity testing of telecommunications equipment.