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Conformance Testing and Certification Framework



Lisa J. Carnahan, Lynne S. Rosenthal, Mark Skall


This white paper presents the general concepts, components, and issues related to establishing and administering a conformance testing and certification program. It identifies the types of activities, responsibilities, services, and documentation required to conduct conformance testing. The paper addresses both formal validation and certification of products, as well as self-testing. An example using the ebXML Registry specification is given.
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards


certification, conformance, conformance testing, ebXML, registry specification, test laboratory, validation


Carnahan, L. , Rosenthal, L. and Skall, M. (2001), Conformance Testing and Certification Framework, Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, [online], (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created April 1, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017