ANSI Achieves Accreditation Body Qualifications under the European Union Electromagnetic Compatibility and Radio Equipment Directives
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has successfully demonstrated compliance with all accreditation body qualifications under the European Union (EU) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive and Radio Equipment Directive (RED). ANSI will offer notified body (NB) accreditation under the conformity assessment standard ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying product, process and services.
ANSI is listed under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) U.S. Accreditation Bodies for NB Activities webpage, and is recognized as successfully establishing compliance with all accreditation body qualifications included in Section 10 of the NIST Requirements and Application for U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies Seeking (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU Notified Body Status and the NIST Requirements & Application for U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies Seeking EU (RED) 2014/53/EU Notified Body Status.
ANSI’s latest recognition falls under guidelines of the NIST-National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Evaluation (NVCASE) program, which assists federal agencies in organizing product certification and related activities to ensure that products or processes comply with U.S. or foreign requirements included in trade agreements such as Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs). NVCASE assesses accreditors based on the criteria of ISO/IEC 17011:2004, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, and the NVCASE Program Handbook, NISTIR 6440:2004 ED.
“ANSI is honored to receive this continued recognition as part of our 15-year partnership with NIST on the NVCASE program,” said Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president for accreditation services. “NIST’s continuing recognition of the Institute’s accreditation services helps foster global commerce. Manufacturers who sell electrical and radio equipment can rely upon a single set of test results and product certifications accepted across national borders.”
For more information on ANSI’s accreditation services, visit www.ansiaccreditation.org.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.
The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
ANSI Accreditation Meets Requirements of National Defense Authorization Act
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law on November 25 marks changes for military on all levels— including the launch of pioneering legislation of quality assurance of certification programs and standards for professional credentials obtained by members of the Armed Forces. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) proudly reports that its accreditation for certification organizations would meet the requirements of the legislation—reflecting the latest example of government reliance on accreditation as a mark of quality and excellence in the national workforce.
“This law is groundbreaking as it puts in place a mechanism for quality assurance of certifications thereby recognizing only those certification programs that meet a national/international standard,” said Vijay Krishna, Ed.D., ANSI’s director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs.
Programs accredited by ANSI under the Personnel Certification Accreditation Program (PER) are in compliance with the legislation —highlighting the enormous value associated with ANSI accreditation. This is specifically described in the legislation, Section 559 – Quality Assurance of Certification Programs and Standards for Professional Credentials obtained by members of the Armed Forces, outlined here.
Specifically, the legislation requires that credentialing bodies be accredited by an accreditation body that “meet[s] a recognized national or international standard.” All ANSI accreditation programs follow the process outlined in the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies. The process, which represents the basis for mutual recognition of accreditation bodies in countries around the world, includes using specially trained assessors to review documents submitted by applicants against defined requirements, conduct on-site assessments, and make recommendations to the ANSI accreditation committee that is responsible for making the accreditation decisions. ANSI’s compliance with the 17011 standard also assures that ANSI-accredited credentials are ultimately seen as equivalent and are transportable across borders.
The legislation further requires that the accreditation body “apply a recognized national or international certification standard in making its accreditation decisions regarding certification bodies and programs.” ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Program accredits against ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons, an American National Standard and international standard that is widely recognized as a globally accepted benchmark for bodies managing the certification of persons.
“ANSI accreditation, which is recognized nationally and internationally, assures the consistency and integrity of credentials,” said Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president of accreditation services. “This new legislation demonstrates that lawmakers understand the hallmarks of quality credentialing, and of the key role that accreditation plays in demonstrating quality.”
About ANSI Accreditation
ANSI Accreditation provides assurance that standards, goods, and services meet essential requirements throughout the global supply chain – engendering consumer trust and fostering competitiveness. Increasingly, procurement authorities, government agencies, and program/scheme owners are specifying accreditation in order to demonstrate the technical competence and impartiality of conformance services and processes. These assessments enhance confidence between buyers and sellers as they mitigate risk.
Read more about the legislation here, and see more about ANSI’s accreditation programs here.
ANSI and Gold Standard Join Forces to Enhance the Auditing Process for Gold Standard Energy Projects
The climate agreement reached at the COP21 in Paris this month recognizes the need for robust, transparent accounting of emissions, providing a clear mandate for standards operating in this space. Monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) are essential elements of climate and development initiatives, ensuring that project investments go further to deliver greater impacts – a key outcome from Gold Standard programs. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Gold Standard are working together to develop a new accreditation scheme that will extend the list of auditors eligible to review Gold Standard energy projects while also improving the quality of audits through better oversight.
Historically, only designated operational entities (DOE) registered under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been eligible to act as auditors for Gold Standard projects. While Gold Standard will continue to recognize DOEs, this new scheme also opens the doors to ANSI Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs), providing additional validation and verification options for project developers and implementers.
The energy program will be the first scope that ANSI and Gold Standard collaborate on, with goals to add additional sectors in the future.
“We are really excited about this new partnership,” said Owen Hewlett, chief technical officer for Gold Standard. “By working with auditing experts such as ANSI, we are able shape the system to improve efficiencies and quality while also providing more choice to the market.”
“We are looking forward to this starting point in the ANSI–Gold Standard partnership and also to expanding the program to encompass other areas in the future. We also look forward to working with the ANSI accredited VVBs as they will now be able to offer ANSI accredited services to Gold Standard energy projects,” said Ann Howard, director of the GHG program at ANSI.
For more information on how you can become a Gold Standard–approved Validation and Verification Body (VVB), please contact Ann Howard at email@example.com.
About Gold Standard
Gold Standard works to create a climate-secure world where sustainable development brings life-changing benefits to communities everywhere. The organization’s role as a standards and certification body is to maximize the impact of climate and development activities. Gold Standard designs processes that amplify the impact of efforts to deliver clean energy and water, responsibly manage land and forests, and transform lives of the world’s poor. The organization then verifies those outcomes, inspiring greater confidence that drives investment to accomplish even more.
Gold Standard was established in 2003 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on their dual mandate to foster sustainable development. Now with more than 80 NGO supporters and 1,100 projects in over 70 countries, Gold Standard’s projects have delivered billions of dollars in climate and development outcomes in local communities all around the world. Learn more at www.goldstandard.org.
About ANSI’s Accreditation Program
ANSI offers an accreditation program for organizations providing third-party validation/verification services for the reduction and removal of greenhouse gases (GHG). A member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), ANSI is the only U.S. body accrediting to ISO 14065. The ANSI Accreditation Program for Greenhouse Gas Validation/Verification Bodies operates according to requirements defined in under ISO/IEC 17011:2004, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. For more on ANSI’s complete portfolio of accreditation programs, visit www.ansi.org/accreditation.