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Fastener Quality Act of 1990; Public Law 101-592



Charles D. Ehrlich


The OSS' Technical Standards Activities Program (TSAP) manages responsibilities assigned to NIST under the Fastener Quality Act (FQA) of 1990. Fasteners are a $6 billion U.S. industry critical to the automobile, aerospace, construction, chemical and manufacturing sectors. The Act established a national program to protect public health and safety by ensuring that certain nuts, bolts and other fasteners conform to prescribed specifications.The Act deters introduction into commerce of non-conforming fasteners; requires that fasteners identified by the Act conform to the exact specifications represented by the manufacturer; provides for accreditation of laboratories engaged in fastener testing;and requiring inspections, testing and certification in accordance with standardized methods for covered fasteners.TSAP is responsible issuing final implementation regulations; approving laboratory accreditation bodies to accredit fastener testing laboratories under the Act and implementing the regulations; providing technical advice and assistance to the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA), which is responsible for enforcing the Act and regulations, and to the Patent and Trademark Office, which is responsible for recording insignia under the Act and regulations; and the worldwide fastener industry for implementing and enforcing the FQA. TSAP carries out accreditor recognition activities under its Accreditation Body Evaluation Program (ABEP) and coordinates standards and conformity assessment activities of public agencies and private sector organizations.
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ABEP, Bureau of Export Affairs (BXA), conformity assessment, fasteners, FQA, laboratory accreditation, Patent and Trademark Office, Public Law 101-592, standards


Ehrlich, C. (2008), Fastener Quality Act of 1990; Public Law 101-592, World Wide Web-Internet and Web Information Systems (Accessed May 17, 2024)


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Created October 16, 2008