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ANAB’s NFPA 790 accreditation program allows accredited organizations to demonstrate through independent third-party evaluation their competence and ability to operate in accordance with NFPA 790, Standard for Competency of the third-party evaluation bodies; NFPA 791, Recommended practice and procedures for unlabeled electrical equipment evaluation; and Recommended Competency Guidelines for Third Party Field Evaluation Bodies (a document developed by the American Council for Electrical Safety, a Division of the American Council of Independent Laboratories).
Authorities Having Jurisdictions (AHJs), such as code officials or building departments, throughout the United States are starting to mandate that field evaluation bodies conducting evaluation of unlisted electrical equipment conform to the requirements of NFPA 790.
NFPA 790 provides qualification and competency requirements for third parties performing field evaluations. Field evaluation bodies are required to apply requirements from nationally recognized standards when evaluating installed products, while demonstrating technical expertise on the equipment being evaluated.
AHJs are responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving installed electrical equipment. The U.S. Electrical Code requires that installed electrical equipment not previously certified, listed, recognized, or classified or modified after installation must undergo a field evaluation to ensure compliance.
ANAB management and technical staff ensure high-quality service, integrity, independence, impartiality, confidentiality, and unmatched customer service.
ANAB policies and the accreditation process are described in MA 2100, ANAB Accreditation Manual for Laboratory-Related Activities.
This diagram outlines the ANAB accreditation process:
Because final approval for field evaluation lies with the AHJ, ANAB is committed to working with the AHJs and field evaluation bodies for recognition of third-party accreditation as a means to demonstrate competence and integrity of field evaluation body operations.
What is Accreditation and How Does It Relate to Competence of Field Evaluation Bodies?
Read the article by ANAB's Natalia Larrimer in the September-October 2016 issue of IAEI Magazine.