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The U.S. Certification System from a Governmental Perspective



Maureen A. Breitenberg


This report is designed to provide the reader with an introduction to the U.S. certification system from a governmental perspective. It highlights some of the relationships that exist between federal and state agencies and the private sector and discusses some of the history and philosophy behind the U.S. system.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6077
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accreditation, certificates of conformity, certification, certification marks, conformance testing, conformity product listing, product approval, product testing


Breitenberg, M. (1997), The U.S. Certification System from a Governmental Perspective, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created October 1, 1997, Updated October 16, 2008