MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE IN
TAIWAN AND THE TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE OFFI-
CE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR COOPERATION ASSOCIATED WITH CONSUMER
PRODUCT SAFETY MATTERS
ARTICLE I - SCOPE
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the American Ins-
titute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Rep-
resentative Office in the United States (TECRO), hereinafter ca-
lled "the Parties," provides a framework through which AIT, thr-
ough its designated representative, the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), can provide expertise, information ex-
change and other support in consumer product safety to TECRO and
its designated representative, the Bureau of Standards, Metrolo-
gy and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan.
ARTICLE II - AUTHORIZATION
This MOU is carried out pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act of
April 10, 1979, Public Law 98-6 (22 USC 3301 et seq).
ARTICLE III -PURPOSE
The purpose of the MOU is to help reduce the number of deaths
and serious injuries associated with some consumer products. Th-
is MOU sets forth the working relationship between AIT and its
designated representative, the CPSC, and TECRO and its designat-
ed representative, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspe-
ction, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan. AIT and TECRO ag-
ree to work together, through their designated representatives,
toward the common goal of improving consumer product safety.
ARTICLE IV - INFORMATION EXCHANGE
The designated representatives of AIT and TECRO will each desig-
nate a contact person who will be responsible for notifying the
other contact person on consumer product safety matters of pote-
ntial mutual interest. Information exchange on consumer product
safety matters may include, but not be limited to, e-mail messa-
ges on consumer product recalls and other safety notices. Each
Party's designated representative will provide to the other Par-
ty's designated representative, upon request and to the extent
practicable, public documents (e.g., periodicals, annual reports
, case studies, proposed regulation, statistics, and information
related to international conferences, corrective actions and po-
tentially hazardous products) relating to consumer product safe-
ARTICLE-V COOPERATION TO REDUCE LOSSES FROM HAZARDOUS CONSUMER
The Parties, through their designated representatives, will coo-
perate, subject to limitations of funds, resources, policies,
priorities, and other factors, to help reduce the loss of life
and serious injuries associated with specific consumer products
. Such cooperation may include, but not be limited to, identifi-
cation of hazard reduction strategies and exchange of suggestio-
ns to lessen these losses.
ARTICLE VI-OTHER ACTIVITIES
The Parties, through their designated representatives, will con-
sider, on a case-by-case basis and subject to resource and other
limitations, safety training programs, expert exchanges, and ot-
her activities that are considered to be mutually beneficial.
ARTICLE VII - PRIORITY TO DOMESTIC POPULATION
The Parties reserve the right to give priority to addressing ha-
zards to the population of the territories they represent while
this MOU is in effect.
ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENT
This MOU can be amended by the Parties in writing by mutual con-
ARTICLE IX - TERMINATION
This MOU is effective until a notice of termination is given by
either Party. Termination of this MOU shall be by written notice
at least 30 days prior to the effective date of termination.
ARTICLE X - OTHER LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMEN-
This MOU and the responsibilities of the Parties and their desi-
gnated representatives remain subject to all applicable laws and
regulations. Each of the Parties and their designated represent-
atives affirm their respective rights and obligations under any
existing or future arrangements or MOUs to which that Party and
its designated representative are participants.
ARTICLE XI - PERIODIC MOU REVIEW
The Parties, through their designated representatives, will est-
ablish a regular review process whereby both Parties and their
designated representatives may evaluate the implementation of
the MOU. The first review shall be undertaken on or before the
first anniversary date of this MOU.
ARTICLE XII - LIAISON
Each of the Parties and their designated representatives will
designate a liaison to whom correspondence and communications
concerning this MOU will be directed.
ARTICLE XIII - EFFECTIVE DATE
This MOU, written in duplicate in the English language, will be-
come effective on the date of the last signature hereafter.
FOR THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR THE TAIPEI ECONOMIC
IN TAIWAN AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE
OFFICE IN THE UNITED STATES
Barbara J. Schrage David T. Lee
Date:04/29/2004 Date: 07/27/2004