Mark Foster Law: Business, Government, International and Domestic Law
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Regulatory and Government Affairs
Technical Standards and Regulatory Compliance Projects and Transactions

We have spent considerable effort over the years to overcome government regulations and other “non-tariff barriers”. These constitute the principal obstacle to manufacturers and exporters of value-added products worldwide.  Under the WTO regime, members are obligated to eliminate non-tariff barriers to imports, particularly nontransparent systems of setting product technical standards and the procedures used to certify compliance with those standards. As an integral part of our aggressive representation of clients in business matters, where our client’s products or services are regulated, we obtain regulatory approvals enabling clients exploit WTO trade liberalization.

Our pioneering efforts toward convincing Japan’s Ministries to open their historically non-transparent regulatory systems to non-Japanese manufacturers – including particularly the government-driven product technical standards and regulatory approval systems -- have led to billions of dollars in increased U.S. and third-country exports.

And Japan is often a metaphor for the rest of the world. China and other Asian countries seek to replicate Japan’s success in selectively restricting imports by employing non-transparent regulatory schemes against imports of value-added products like U.S. medical devices, telecom, agricultural products, and the like.

Drawing on Foster’s work as Special Counsel to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, we have a track record of successfully breaking down technical barriers to trade. And we’ve obtained regulatory approvals in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Europe, and in the U.S. for products ranging from testing laboratories to medical devices to processed foods to telecom equipment.

One example is our work for Fluid Management (now a division of IDEX).
Our work for Northwestern Steel and Wire in Illinois, enabling certification by the Government of Japan of Northwestern’s steel mill and export of its steel to Japan is documented in the Chicago Tribune.

We created our proprietary consultancy TRADE, Ltd., in order to serve the technical standards certification and regulatory compliance needs of clients worldwide. T.R.A.D.E., Ltd., represents companies, consortia and trade associations worldwide. One recent example is our work for the City of Osaka.

REPRESENTATIVE REGULATORY APPROVALS and
TECHNICAL STANDARDS COMPLIANCE PROJECTS

COMPANY NAME

PRODUCT

JAPANESE MINISTRY

Volumetrics, Inc.
North Carolina
Real-time Color 3-D Ultrasonic Diagnostic Medical Device
Ministry of Health and Welfare
Natus Medical, Inc.
California
Newborn Baby Hearing Screener Medical Device Ministry of Health and Welfare
Tuscaloosa Steel (British Steel Corporation)
Alabama
Structural Steel Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Brooktrout Technology Inc. Massachusetts
Computer-Telephony Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Oregon Steel Mills
Oregon
Structural Steel Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Fax International Company
Massachusetts
Fax Call Diverter Telecommunications Device Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
MBM Technology Ltd.
U.K.
Encoder for Fuel Tank (aerospace), Ultra-hazardous conditions Ministry of Labor
Applied Research Laboratory
Florida
Testing Laboratories Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Societe Generale de Surveillance Singapore
Geneva, Suisse
Testing Laboratories Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Nixdorf Computer AG
Germany
Digital PBX Telephone System Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
United States Testing Company, Inc.
New Jersey
Testing Laboratories Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Datacraft Hong Kong Telecommunications Modem Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Protocol Medial Systems
Oregon
Portable Patient Monitoring System Medical Device Ministry of Health and Welfare
Swagelok Company
Ohio
High-Pressure Industrial Valves and Fittings Ministry of International Trade and Industry
TrusJoist Corporation
Idaho
Structural LVL (laminated veneer lumber) Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and fisheries (JAS), and Ministry of Construction
Wang Computer Company Voice Mail Fax Card Telecommunications Device
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Northwestern Steel & Wire Company
Illinois
Rolled Structural Steel Ministry of International Trade and Industry (JIS)
Columbia Laboratories, Inc.
Oregon
Food Testing Laboratory
Accreditation
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Fluid Management L.P.
Illinois
Accutinter and Eurotinter, Complex industrial machinery
Ministry of Labor
The J. M. Ney Company
Connecticut
Proprietary Dental Alloy Ministry of Health and Welfare
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