This Memorandum of Understanding, made as of (month,date,year),
by and between Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BS-
MI) under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economic Affairs,
having its address at 4 Chinan Road, Section 1, Taipei, 100, Tai-
wan, Republic of China and Japan Electrical Safety & Environment
Technology Laboratories (JET), a juridical entity organized as t-
he not-for-profit foundation under the laws of Japan having its
principal place of business at 5-14-12 Yoyogi Shibuya-Ku Tokyo 1
51-8545 Japan. The parties both conduct assessments of clients'
quality management systems and register such systems in accordan-
ce with international standards and requirements. The parties r-
ecognize the need to effectively respond to requests for registr-
ation of quality management systems and to minimize the costs and
burdens on clients requesting such registration. This MOU outli-
nes the arrangements between BSMI and JET to facilitate the proc-
ess of assessing and registering quality management systems.
1.1 This MOU is to provide a mechanism whereby BSMI and JET will
cooperate to respond efficiently to requests for registrati-
on and to minimize costs and burdens on clients in the asse-
ssments and registration of quality management systems acco-
rding to the International Organization for Standardization'
s latest ISO 9001 standard and other comparable standards s-
uch as JISQ9001, CNS 12681, etc. When applicable version of
those standards is changed, both parties shall agree to set
up the grace period which is internationally recognized for
the application of a new version.
2.1 Both BSMI and JET intend to offer their services to evalua-
te and register client's quality management systems.
2.2 This MOU applies to the following situations:
(1) Clients seeking registration of their quality management
systems from both parties.
(2) Quality management systems first registered by one party
to this MOU may be recognized for joint registration by
the other party subject to reasonable verification and
investigation of the particular registration conducted
pursuant to this MOU.
2.3 A client should apply for registration to the party located
in the same country as the client. This party shall be the
Primary Registrar and shall be responsible for the assessme-
nt and surveillance. The other party may send its personnel
to participate in the assessment and surveillance as observ-
er in order to understand the on-site operation after confi-
rming the written consent from the other party.
2.4 Upon successful completion of an assessment, the party perf-
orming the assessment shall share the results of its work w-
ith the other party for the purpose of the other party issu-
ing its certificate of registration. Each party reserves t-
he right to comment or request additional information before
accepting the results of the other's assessment.
3.1 TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
3.1.1 Lead Assessors and Assessors must meet the minimum criter-
ia in accordance with currently accepted practices and gu-
idelines as followed by other qualified Registrars and ot-
her international standards and practices.
3.2 JOINT APPLICATION PROCEDURES
3.2.1 Separate applications and initial information data will be
required for the BSMI and JET registration programs. Eit-
her party may accept applications and initial information
forms on the other's behalf, provided such information is
necessary and in accordance with both parties' registrati-
3.2.2 A client seeking registration must submit documents descr-
ibing its quality management systems to the Primary Regis-
3.2.3 The Lead Assessor of the assessment team will schedule the
visit with the client seeking registration at a time mutu-
ally convenient for the client and the assessment team.
The Lead Assessor will also be responsible for the coordi-
nation of arrangements, paperwork, etc., between the part-
ies. All such arrangements must be mutually acceptable to
3.2.4 Each party shall have the right to conduct the necessary
verification and investigation for its registration and s-
hall have the right to determine the process relating to
3.3.1 Each party shall be responsible for issuance and control
of its certificate of registration.
3.3.2 In the event that joint registration is in effect, each p-
arty agrees to notify the other if the client's use of di-
splay of the other's certificate of registration and mark
(s) is improper.
3.4 SURVEILLANCE VISITS
3.4.1 Follow-up visits shall be conducted by the Primary Regist-
3.4.2 In the event of joint registration, routine follow-up vis-
its will be regularly scheduled and conducted annually.
3.5 FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Each party will independently determine and administer its
program of financial charges associated with assessment and
registration. Accordingly, each party shall separately inv-
oice the client seeking registration, for its charges for t-
he assessment and registration. Each party shall bear its
own costs and expenses incurred in the assessment and regis-
3.6.1 BSMI shall indemnify and hold harmless JET, its successors
and assignees, directors, officers, agents, and employees
against in respect of any and all damages, claims, losses,
liabilities, expenses, fines, penalties, or suits of what-
ever nature, from third parties which may, solely by an a-
ct or omission of BSMI's, arise as a causal consequence o-
ut of: (i) any breach or violation of this MOU by BSMI; (i
i) any negligent, fraudulent, defective, or delayed perfo-
rmance of BSMI's obligations under this MOU; and (iii) any
negligent or willful misrepresentation in any certificate
of document delivered in conjunction with this MOU by BSMI
which is not caused by JET. Said indemnification also sh-
all include all legal fees and defense expenses incurred
by the indemnitee unless otherwise specified herein.
3.6.2 JET shall indemnify and hold harmless BSMI, its successors
and assignees, officers, agents, and employees, and ROC g-
overnment and the employees of ROC government, against in
respect of any and all damages, claims, losses, liabiliti-
es, expenses , fines, penalties, or suits of whatever nat-
ure, from third parties which may, solely by an act or om-
ission of JET's, arise as a causal consequence out of: (i)
any breach or violation of this MOU by JET; (ii) any negl-
igent, fraudulent, defective, or delayed performance of J-
ET's obligations under this MOU; and (iii) any negligent
or willful misrepresentation in any certificate of docume-
nt delivered in conjunction with this MOU by JET which is
not caused by BSMI. Said indemnification also shall incl-
ude all legal fees and defense expenses incurred by the i-
ndemnitee unless otherwise specified herein.
3.6.3 Upon obtaining knowledge of facts which, in JET's or BSMI'
s (as applicable, the "indemnitee") sole discretion, are
determined to be sufficient to justify a claim for indemn-
ification under this MOU, BSMI or JET (the "indemnitee"),
shall promptly notify the other party (the "indemnitor")
in writing of any damage, claim, loss, liability, expense,
fine, penalty or suit which the indemnitee has determined-
has given or could give rise to a claim under 3.6.1 or 3.
6.2 above (such written notice being a "Notice of Claim")
. A Notice of Claim shall specify, in reasonable detail,
the nature of any such claims, and all facts relevant th-
ereto, giving rise to a claim for indemnification and de-
scribing all action taken and to be taken by the indemni-
tee in response to such claim.
3.6.4 With respect to any claim or demand set forth in a Notice
of Claim, the indemnitor may defend, in good faith and at
its expense, any such claim or demand, and the indemnitee
, at its expense, shall have the right to participate in
the defense of any such claim. So long as the indemnitor
is defending in good faith any such claim, the indemnitee
shall not settle or compromise such claim without consent
of the indemnitor. The indemnitee shall make available to
the indemnitor or its representatives all records and oth-
er materials reasonably required to contest any claim, and
shall cooperate fully with the indemnitor in the defense
of all such claims.
If the indemnitor does not elect to defend any such claim,
the indemnitee shall have no obligation to do so. The in-
demnitor's obligation under 3.6.1 or 3.6.2 above shall not
be affected in any way by its election to defend or not d-
efend any such claim.
3.6.5 Notwithstanding 3.6.3 and 3.6.4 above, the parties acknow-
ledge that use of internal legal staff may be most cost-e-
ffective and able to provide the best defense. Therefore,
the indemnitee shall have the right to utilize, at its op-
tion, its own internal legal staff, if any, to participate
in the defense or to defend itself (as the case may be de-
pending upon whether the indemnitor elects to defend purs-
uant to 3.6.4 above) and to retain local counsel, if and
when appropriate. The indemnitor shall have no responsib-
ility to pay for any portion of a staff attorney's salary,
counsel's time, or time spent in defending said damages a-
nd claim; all other defense expenses shall be reimbursed.
3.7.1 It is not intended by this MOU that (a) BSMI be or refer
to itself as a JET "accredited" party or any similar desc-
ription or (b) JET be or refer to itself as a BSMI "accre-
dited" party or any other similar description. Neither p-
arty shall refer to or use the other's name or Mark in any
advertising, orally or in written materials, without the
other's prior written consent.
3.8 AGENCY NOT CREATED
3.8.1 Neither party is authorized by this MOU to incur obligati-
ons on behalf of the other party or to bind the other par-
ty in any respect.
3.9 INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION
3.9.1 BSMI and JET are independent organizations not affiliated
with nor influenced or controlled by customers in any man-
ner which might affect their capacity to render assessmen-
ts and registrations objectively and without bias. Speci-
fically, they comply with all of the following:
(A) No managerial affiliation with customers.
(B) Results of their work accrue no financial benefits to
any customers, via stock ownership or the like.
(C) Sufficient breadth of interest or activity that the l-
oss or award of a specific contract to assess a custo-
mer's quality management system with the applicable s-
tandard would not be a determinative factor in its fi-
(D) Employment security status of its personnel is free of
influence or control of customers.
4.0 GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
The parties hereto shall strive to settle any disputes amic-
ably between themselves. Any controversy or claim arising
under, out of, in connection with, or relating to this MOU
which cannot be settled amicably shall be subject to the ju-
risdiction of Taipei District Court according to Taiwan leg-
islation, in case that the suit is instituted by JET and su-
bject to the jurisdiction of Tokyo District Court according
to Japan legislation, in case that the suit is instituted by
5.1 Both parties will provide the public with non-proprietary i-
nformation about quality management registration programs a-
nd answer general questions.
5.2 Both parties will furnish the other with all necessary info-
rmation reasonably required to ensure the effectiveness of
this MOU. Each party will refrain, without the client's pr-
ior authorization in writing, from voluntarily disclosing to
third parties secret information which is obtained by BSMI
or JET in confidence from the client.
5.3 In the event where either party does not adhere to any of t-
he items stated in this MOU, the other party shall bring it
to the attention of the other for corrective action.
5.4 This MoU, written in duplicate in the English language, sha-
ll come into effect upon signing by both Parties and shall
remain effective until a notice of termination is given by
either party. Termination of this MOU shall be by written
notice at least 90 days prior to the effective date of term-
For:Bureau of Standards, For:Japan Electrical safety &
Metrology and Inspe- Environment Technology Lab-
ction (BSMI) oratories (JET)
Neng-Jong Lin Hiroaki TAKAGI
Director General President