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• Publication Date: 01/08/1998
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 63:1127
• Standard Number: 1910.7
• Title: TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., Request for Expansion of Recognition.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. NRTL-3-92]

TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., Request for Expansion of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of request for expansion of recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), and preliminary finding.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the application of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a NRTL under 29 CFR 1910.7, for programs and procedures, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding.

DATES: The last date for interested parties to submit comments is March 9, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Send comments concerning this notice to: NRTL Program, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N3653 Washington, D.C. 20210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet, NRTL Recognition Program at the above address, or phone (202) 219-7056.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Application

Notice is hereby given that TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUV) has made application pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.7, for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory for the programs and procedures listed below. TUV previously made application pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.7, for recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (58 FR 61101, 11/19/93), and was so recognized (60 FR 42594, 8/16/95).

The address of the TUV laboratory covered by this application is: TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., 12 Commerce Road, Newton, Connecticut 06470.

Background

This Federal Register notice announces TUV's application for additional programs and procedures, dated September 15, 1997 (see Exhibit 13D). This application supplements TUV's request for expansion of its recognition for additional test standards, received on January 13, 1997 (see Exhibit 13C), and since modified by TUV. OSHA announced this request of January 13 in a separate notice, which incorrectly shows May 12, 1997 as the date of the request. The final notice(s) for the overall expansion will reflect the correct information.

TUV requests expansion of its recognition, based upon the conditions as detailed in the Federal Register document titled "Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories; Clarification of the Types of Programs and Procedures," (60 FR 12980, 3/9/95), for the following programs and procedures:

1. Acceptance of testing data from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.

2. Acceptance of product evaluations from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.

3. Acceptance of witnessed testing data.

4. Acceptance of product evaluations from organizations that function as part of the International Electrotechnical Commission Certification Body (IEC-CB) Scheme.

5. Acceptance of services (other than testing or evaluation) performed by subcontractors or agents.

In a recommendation dated November 25, 1997, the NRTL staff recommended that TUV's recognition be expanded to include these additional programs and procedures.

Preliminary Finding

Based upon a review of the complete application, and the recommendations of the staff, including the recommendation dated November 25, 1997, the Assistant Secretary has made a preliminary finding that TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. can meet the requirements as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for the expansion of its recognition to include the five (5) programs and procedures previously listed.

All interested members of the public are invited to supply detailed reasons and evidence supporting or challenging the sufficiency of the applicant's having met the requirements for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, as required by 29 CFR 1910.7 and Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. Submission of pertinent written documents and exhibits shall be made no later than the last date for comments (see DATES above), and submitted to the address provided above (see ADDRESSES). Copies of the TUV application letters and supporting documentation, the recommendation on the programs and procedures, and all submitted comments, as received, are available for inspection and duplication (under Docket No. NRTL-3-92) at the Docket Office, Room N2634, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address.

The Assistant Secretary's final decision on whether the applicant (TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.) satisfies the requirements for expansion of its recognition as an NRTL will be made on the basis of the entire record including the public submissions and any further proceedings that the Assistant Secretary may consider to be appropriate in accordance with Appendix A to Section 1910.7.

Signed at Washington, D.C. this 23rd day of December, 1997.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 98-410 Filed 1-7-98; 8:45 am]


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