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    TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Renewal of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 42 (Friday, March 5, 2021)]
[Pages 12974-12975]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-04545]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0042]

TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.: Grant of Renewal of 

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to grant 
renewal of recognition to TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA) 
as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES: The renewal of recognition becomes effective on March 5, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is 
available from the following sources:
    Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office 
of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone: (202) 693-1999; 
email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    General and technical information: Contact Mr. Kevin Robinson, 
Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, 
Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, phone: 
(202) 693-2110 or email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.


I. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice that it is granting the renewal of 
recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUVRNA) as a NRTL 
under 29 CFR 1910.7.
    OSHA recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal 
Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Recognition is an acknowledgment that the 
organization can perform independent safety testing and certification 
of the specific products covered within the scope of recognition and is 
not a delegation or grant of government authority. As a result of 
recognition, employers may use products properly approved by the NRTL 
to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification. OSHA 
maintains an informational web page for each NRTL that details the 
scope of recognition available at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    OSHA processes applications submitted by an NRTL for renewal of 
recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA 
conducts renewals in accordance with the procedures in 29 CFR 1910.7, 
App. A II.C. In accordance with these procedures, NRTLs submit a 
renewal request to OSHA between nine months and one year before the 
expiration date of the current recognition. A renewal request includes 
a request for renewal and any additional information demonstrating 
their continued compliance with the terms of the recognition and 29 CFR 
1910.7. If OSHA has not conducted an on-site assessment of the NRTL 
headquarters and any key sites within the past 18 to 24 months, it will 
schedule the necessary on-site assessment prior to the expiration date 
of the NRTL's recognition. Upon review of the submitted material and, 
as necessary, the successful completion of the on-site assessment, OSHA 
announces the preliminary decision to grant or deny renewal in the 
Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. OSHA then 
publishes a final Federal Register notice responding to any comments 
and renewing the NRTL's recognition for a period of five years, or 
denying the renewal of recognition.
    TUVRNA initially received OSHA recognition as a NRTL on August 16, 
1995 (60 FR 42594). TUVRNA's most recent renewal was on July 30, 2014, 
for a five-year period, expiring on July 30, 2019. TUVRNA submitted a 
timely request for renewal, dated August 16, 2018 (OSHA-2007-0042-
0035), and retains its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in 
this renewal process. The current addresses of TUVRNA facilities 
recognized by OSHA and included as part of the renewal request are:

    1. TUVRNA Newtown, 12 Commerce Road, Newtown, Connecticut 06470;
    2. TUVRNA Pleasanton, 1279 Quarry Lane, Suite A, Pleasanton, 
California 94566;
    3. TUV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH (Germany), Am Grauen Stein 
29, Koln, NRW 51105 Germany;
    4. TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd., Global Technology Assessment 
Center, 4-25-2 Kita-Yamata, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 224-0021 
    5. TUV Rheinland (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., 1F East & 2-4F, Cybio 
Technology Building No.

1, No. 16, Keibei 2nd Road High-Tech Industrial Park North, Nashan 
District, 518057 Shenzhen, China;
    6. TUV Rheinland (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, TUV Rheinland Building No. 
177, Lane 777, West Guangzhong Road Zhabei District, Shanghai 
200072, P.R. China;
    7. TUV Rheinland Taiwan Ltd., 11F, No. 758, Sec.4, Bade Road, 
Songshan District, Taipei City 105, Taiwan; and
    8. TUV Rheinland Taiwan Ltd., Taichung Branch Office, No. 9, 
Lane 36, Minsheng Rod. Sec. 3, Daya District, Taichung City 428, 

    OSHA evaluated TUVRNA's application for renewal and made a 
preliminary determination that TUVRNA can continue to meet the 
requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing TUVRNA's renewal 
application in the Federal Register on July 13, 2020 (85 FR 42017). The 
agency requested comments by July 28, 2020, and received no comments in 
response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this final notice 
to renew TUVRNA's NRTL recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the TUVRNA's application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the 
Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-3655, 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350. Docket No. OSHA-2007-
0042 contains all materials in the record concerning TUVRNA's NRTL 
recognition. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Docket 
Office is closed to the public at this time but can be contacted at 
(202) 693-2350.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the renewal of recognition of TUVRNA as 
a NRTL. OSHA examined TUVRNA renewal application and all pertinent 
information related to TUVRNA's request for renewal of NRTL 
recognition. Based on this review of the renewal request and other 
pertinent information, OSHA finds that TUVRNA meets the requirements of 
29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of recognition as a NRTL, subject to the 
specified limitation and conditions. OSHA limits the renewal of 
TUVRNA's recognition to include the terms and conditions of TUVRNA's 
recognition found in 60 FR 42594. The NRTL scope of recognition for 
TUVRNA is also available on the OSHA website at: https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/tuv.html. This renewal extends TUVRNA's recognition as a 
NRTL for a period of five years from March 5, 2021.

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
TUVRNA must abide by the following conditions of recognition:

    1. TUVRNA must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of 
any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any 
major change in their operations as a NRTL, and provide details of 
the change(s);
    2. TUVRNA must meet all the terms of their recognition and 
comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. TUVRNA must continue to meet the requirements for 
recognition, including all previously published conditions on 
TUVRNA's scope of recognition, in all areas for which it has 

    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby renews the 
recognition of TUVRNA as a NRTL.

III. Authority and Signature

    Amanda L. Edens, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, 
DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. Accordingly, the 
agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2)), 
Secretary of Labor's Order No. 8-2020 (85 FR 58393, Sept. 18, 2020), 
and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on March 1, 2021.
Amanda L. Edens,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-04545 Filed 3-4-21; 8:45 am]