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Accreditation Requirements for Quality System Registrars Under Provisions of the Fastener Quality Act



S. W. Stiefel, R L. Gladhill


On November 16, 1990, the United States Congress enacted the Fastener Quality Act (FQA), P.L. 101-592 (the Act). The Act was amended in 1996 by Section 11 of P.L. 104-113. The Act protects the public safety by: (1) requiring that certain fasteners which are sold in commerce conform to the specifications to which they are represented to be manufactured; (2) providing for accreditation of laboratories engaged in fastener testing and registration of manufacturing facilities; and (3) requiring inspection, testing and certification, in accordance with standardized methods, of fasteners covered by the Act.This handbook describes the NIST requirements that Registrars of Quality Systems seeking accreditation to register fastener manufacturers, employing a fastener quality assurance system (QAS), must satisfy. It provides specific guidance on the implementing regulations published at 15 CFR Part 280 Procedures for Implementation of the Fastener Quality Act, subparts I through L. This handbook amplifies subpart L of the regulations, which is based on ISO/IEC Guide 62, and compliments other handbooks in the QAS series: NISTIR 6261, which is based on ISO/IEC Guide 61, provides guidance to Accreditors desiring NIST recognition for meeting the requirements of subpart K of the regulation, and NISTIR 6263 provides guidance to Facilities to satisfy the elements of a fastener QAS and contains the audit requirements for Registrars to register Facilities.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6262
Report Number


accreditation, fastener, Fastener Quality Act, P.L. 101-592, quality assurance system, quality system registrar, registrar


Stiefel, S. and Gladhill, R. (1998), Accreditation Requirements for Quality System Registrars Under Provisions of the Fastener Quality Act, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed February 24, 2024)
Created December 1, 1998, Updated October 16, 2008