The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology will publish in tomorrow’s Federal Register the amended final rule for the Fastener Quality Act of 1990 and announce that the act’s implementation date is being extended 60 days until July 26, 1998.
The FQA establishes a national program to protect public health and safety by ensuring that certain nuts, bolts and other fasteners used in critical situations (such as attaching aircraft engines to fuselages) conform to specifications. Along with the extension of the act’s implementation date, tomorrow’s Federal Register notice:
NIST has determined that more time will be needed to complete the accreditation process for the number of testing laboratories needed to carry out the act. More than 150 laboratories already have been accredited, and another 300 are progressing toward accreditation by July 26, 1998. In addition, some 50 fastener manufacturers are expected to be QAS/SPC-qualified by the implementation date.
The Fastener Quality Act of 1990 protects public safety by (1) requiring that fasteners identified by the act conform to the exact specifications represented by the manufacturer; (2) providing for accreditation of laboratories engaged in fastener testing; and (3) requiring inspections, testing and certification, in accordance with standardized methods for fasteners covered by the act.
For more information on the FQA, contact Subhas G. Malghan (301-975-5120, malghan [at] nist.gov), fax: (301) 975-2183. Additional information is available on the FQA page of NIST’s World Wide Web site at http://www.nist.gov/fqa/.
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