8.2 In the event that, during or at the end of the transition period, a proposal inviting a competent/notifying authority to restrict the scope of recognition of a designated CAB or to exclude it from the list of accredited or designated bodies in accordance with the procedures set out in the framework agreement, such a proposal is based on objective reasons and must be properly documented in writing to the joint committee. 1. The obligation for each party to grant mutual recognition under a sectoral annex of this agreement is conditional on the continuation of the establishment by the other party of a joint sector group for the purposes of managing this sectoral agreement. The joint sector group will define its composition and define its own rules and procedures. Its role is described in Appendix 3. The group will include representatives from Health Canada`s therapeutic products program, the European Commission and the relevant EC authorities. The presidency is co-chaired by a member of both parties. Foreign CABs wishing to test or certify devices in accordance with Canadian technical requirements must apply to an accreditation body designated by the MRA accredited in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 and/or ISO/CIS 65. With an evaluation process similar to that of CSC in Canada, the designated accreditation body issues ISO certificates to successful foreign CABs. Accredited CABs then apply to their granting authority for recognition of Canadian requirements. In the United States, nist (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that develops and promotes measurement, standards and technology.
If you already have a license, certificate or registration with a regulatory authority or professional body in a province or territory, recognition agreements in Canada can facilitate your mobility. In June 1998, APEC leaders called for the development of a multilateral telecommunications MRA to facilitate trade in the APEC region. It is a non-binding “agreement” as opposed to a binding “agreement” covering 21 economies. Participation in this MRA is voluntary. At the APEC TELMIN6 meeting (June 2005, Lima) and on behalf of Industry Minister Carol Swan, then Assistant Minister of APEC, congratulated APEC-TEL Ministers on the progress made in APEC TEL MRA and approved a proposal to accelerate negotiations on a new MRA on the technical requirements currently underway at APEC TEL.