DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and
Technology 15 CFR Part 287
Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities
AGENCY: National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), Commerce. ACTION: Final policy
published in US Federal Register of August 10, 2000
SUMMARY: This document contains final
policy guidance on Federal agency use of conformity assessment
activities. The provisions are solely intended to be used as guidance
for agencies in their conformity assessment activities and do not
preempt the agencies' authority and responsibility to make regulatory
procurement decisions authorized by statute or required to meet
programmatic objectives and requirements.
DATES: This guidance becomes effective
August 10, 2000.
This guidance outlines Federal agencies'
responsibility for evaluating the efficacy and efficiency of their
conformity assessment activities. Each agency is responsible for
coordinating its conformity assessment activities with those of other
appropriate government agencies and with those of the private sector to
make more productive use of the increasingly limited Federal resources
available for the conduct of conformity assessment activities and to
reduce unnecessary duplication.
This guidance applies to all agencies, which set
policy for, manage, operate, or use conformity assessment activities and
results, both domestic and international, except for activities carried
out pursuant to treaties. ``Agency'' means any Executive Branch
Department, independent commission, board, bureau, office, agency,
government-owned or controlled corporation, or other establishment of
the Federal government. It also includes any regulatory commission or
board, except for independent regulatory commissions subject to separate
statutory requirements regarding policy setting, management, operation,
and use of conformity assessment activities. It does not include the
legislative or judicial branches of the Federal government.