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Public workshop - NIST Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities (15 C.F.R. Part 287)


  • Examine current approaches to conformity assessment among Federal agencies and the private sector;
  • Provide a forum for discussion with NIST on conformity assessment practices, challenges, and the means by which these challenges are being addressed;
  • Seek input from individuals on the planned update of the regulations Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities (15 C.F.R. Part 287) initially issued by NIST in 2000.


  • Carol Bean, Ph.D, Health and Human Services (HHS), The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Maryann D’Alessandro, Ph.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
  • Julia Doherty, Senior Director, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
  • Randy Dougherty, Chairman, International Accreditation Forum (IAF)
  • Ellen Emard, Standards Services
  • Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology & NIST Director
  • Gordon Gillerman, Standards Services
  • William Hurst, Federal Communication Commission (FCC), Equipment Authorization Program
  • Ileana Martinez, Standards Services
  • Kevin Robinson, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL)
  • Ramona Saar, Standards Services
  • Mary Saunders, Director, Standards Coordination Office
  • Dan Shipp, President, International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
  • Elizabeth Sommer, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Design for the Environment (DFE) Program
  • Dana Stahl, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Programs
  • Stephanie Tanner, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense® Program
  • Peter Unger, Chairman, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)


Start Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
End Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Location: Building 101/Green Auditorium
Format: Workshop


Registration Deadlines:

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents - 5:00 pm ET April 3, 2012.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens (without a green card) - 5:00 pm ET March 27, 2012.

This event is free, but advance registration is required.  Please register early as space is limited.  There will be no onsite registration.

Technical Contact:

 Ramona Saar, rsaar@nist.gov, 301-975-5521