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NIST Expands ANSI’s Scope as Accreditor of Telecommunications Certification Bodies to Include Singapore Requirements


New York, Nov 09, 2005

In an effort to facilitate cross border trade of telecommunications products between Singapore and the United States, the scope of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) accreditation program for Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCB) was recently expanded to include recognition of Singapore telecommunications requirements. The agreement eliminates duplication of product testing, as it allows for test results and product certification performed by ANSI-accredited telecommunications product certification bodies to be accepted in Singapore.

This arrangement, which was recognized by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), makes Singapore the third country to benefit from ANSI’s TCB program. ANSI has been recognized since June 2000 by NIST as an accreditor of telecommunications product certification bodies that test equipment for adherence to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory standards in the United States. In October 2003, NIST expanded ANSI’s role, granting the Institute the authority to accredit TCBs in accordance with Industry Canada requirements.

Final approval of the ANSI-Singapore arrangement was granted November 8 by the NIST National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Evaluation (NVCASE) panel by unanimous vote after an evaluation process that included on-site assessments, witness audits, and final recommendation.

For additional information, contact Reinaldo Figueiredo, product certification accreditation program director, (202-331-3611; rfigueir@ansi.org)

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