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DoC Seeks Input on the Burden of Information Collection

New York, Sep 14, 2006

As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) invites public comment on the type and manner of information collected from testing and calibration laboratories applying for accreditation by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).

The NVLAP application process entails the completion of a general application form in addition to program-specific applications for each field in which the laboratory is seeking accreditation. Additionally, applications are requested for both new and renewed requests for accreditation and require the signature of the laboratory’s authorized representative.

In particular, DoC invites comments pertaining to:

  • the necessity and utility of the requested information
  • ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the information
  • the accuracy of the department’s estimate of the time and cost burdens of the information collection, as outlined in the Federal Register notice
  • means of minimizing the burden

The affected public includes business and other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; and federal, state, and local government.

Written comments should be submitted to Diana Hynek, departmental paperwork clearance officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 or via email ( Comments must be submitted by November 6, 2006.