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ANSI Publishes Second Edition of National Conformity Assessment Principles Document

National Framework Reflects Current Practices in U.S.

New York, May 15, 2007

Recognizing the importance of conformity assessment to national competitiveness, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC) recently updated the National Conformity Assessment Principles for the United States (NCAP). The document articulates principles for U.S. conformity assessment activities that promote confidence among consumers, buyers, sellers, regulators and other parties, without creating unnecessary barriers to trade. Approved by the Institute’s Board of Directors earlier this month, the second edition builds on the original framework published in October 2002.

“The primary focus of the revision was to ensure that the document reflects the latest definitions for current U.S. conformity assessment practices,” explained Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president, accreditation services. “The original framework provided a solid foundation for today’s version, with the continued intention to clearly and concisely promote the understanding and recognition of competent conduct of these practices.”

The NCAP can be applied to all types of conformity assessment activities, including accreditation, certification, inspection, registration, testing, and supplier’s declaration of conformity. Particular consideration is given to approaches that facilitate trade, provide regulatory confidence, and protect public safety.

“This document is intended as a companion to the standardization framework described in the United States Standards Strategy,” said ANSI president and CEO Joe Bhatia. “The two documents should be considered together in the evaluation of standards and conformity assessment activities and related issues. Understanding these principles will help stakeholders maximize benefit from compliance-related activities.”

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