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NIST Recognizes ANSI as Accreditor of Telecommunication Certification Bodies


New York, Aug 12, 2004

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration (and an American National Standards Institute member and accredited standards developer) has renewed its recognition of ANSI’s conformity assessment program as an accreditor of Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs).

The scope of the recognition includes the Federal Communication Commission’s TCB program and Certification Bodies (CBs) for Industry Canada’s requirements. This means that ANSI is a recognized accreditation body of product certifiers that test equipment such as radio transmitters, telephone handsets, modems and more to determine whether they satisfy FCC regulatory standards. Moreover, tests results and product certification by U.S. TCBs for this equipment will also be accepted in Canada without the need to re-test the product.

The recognition is valid from May 31, 2004 through May 30, 2006, and is the result of an on-site assessment, witness audit, and recommendation performed under NIST’s National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Evaluation (NVCASE) program and using the criteria of ISO/IEC Guide 61, General Requirements for Assessment and Accreditation of Certification/Registration Bodies. The NIST NVCASE program helps federal agencies organize product certification and related activities for ensuring that products or processes comply with United States or foreign requirements. This is usually done in response to obligations spelled out in trade agreements.

ANSI administers more than 30 distinct product accreditation scopes -- ranging from appliances and bottled water to plumbing products and produce. Click here for more information about ANSI's conformity assessment programs.

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