Workshop on Conformity Assessment in the Americas
Apr 23 - 27, 2001 ( Gaithersburg, MD )
NIST and private sector representatives cosponsored a workshop, entitled "Conformity Assessment in the Americas," during the week of April 23, 2001. A selected group of 24 experts from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and the United States discussed conformity assessment practices and enforcement issues. The objective was to explore possible joint projects to facilitate trade in the Americas. The non-NIST sponsors were the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Intertek Testing Services (ITS).
The workshop addressed: (1) quality systems certification; (2) third party product certification; (3) self-declaration of conformance; (4) the use of the private sector in regulatory conformity assessment; and (5) product safety and performance.
The workshop participants recommended several action items, such as collating lists (by NIST) of official contacts throughout the region in order to provide alerts when the U.S. Government (or other countries) ban importation of items that might otherwise be trans-shipped, and working collectively to increase effective hemispheric participation in international fora.
- To discuss conformity assessment practices and enforcement issues relevant to the market needs of the participating countries.
- To discuss types of conformity assessment appropriate to the product or service.
- To identify the present status of conformity assessment requirements in the invited countries.
|Argentina||Ministerio de Economia|
|Argentina||Comision Nacional de Comunicaciones|
|Argentina||Instituto Argentino de Normalizacion|
|Brazil||Agencia Nacional de Telecommunicacaoes (ANATEL)|
|Brazil||Ministerio do Desenvolvimento, Industria e Comercio Exterior|
|Brazil||Fundacao Carlos Alberto Vanzolini|
|Brazil||Certificação Confederacao Nacional da Industria|
|Brazil||National Agency for Health Surveillance|
|Chile||Instituto Salud Publica de Chile|
|Chile||Instituto de Investigaciones y Ensayes de Materiales de la Universidad de Chile|
|Colombia||Ministerio de Desarrollo Económico|
|Mexico||Comision Federal de Telecommunicaciones (COFETEL)|
|Mexico||Normalizacion y Certificacion Electronica, A.C. (NYCE)|
|Mexico||Direccion General de Normas (DGN)|
|Peru||The National Society of Organization Accredited in Quality Systems (SNOA)|