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Personal Protective Technology Program and National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Conformity Assessment Public Meeting

August 2013
NIOSH Docket Number 237-A, CDC-2013-0015

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following public meeting: "Conformity Assessment Meeting on Non-Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)."

To view the notice and related materials, visit and enter CDC-2013-0015 in the search field and click "Search".

Federal Register Notices:
Federal Register Notice; 78 FR 49524 [PDF - 174 KB]
Federal Register Notice; Extension of comment period; 78 FR 60874 [PDF - 243 KB]

Related Materials:

Public Comment Period

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EST on December 2, 2013.

Written comments, identified by CDC-2013-0015 and docket number NIOSH-237-A, may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Federal rulemaking portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number (CDC-2013-0015; NIOSH 237-A). All relevant comments, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to , including any personal information provided. All electronic comments should be formatted as Microsoft Word. Please make reference to CDC-2013-0015 and Docket Number NIOSH 237-A.

  • Mail: NIOSH Docket Office
    Robert A. Taft Laboratories
    4676 Columbia Parkway
    Cincinnati, OH 45226

Supplementary Information

Attendance: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the capacity (150) of the conference room. Registration will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to consider remote participation through live meeting. Registration by September 13, 2013 is required for both attendance in person and live meeting participation. Registration for both options is available on the NIOSH website. Non-U.S. citizens, attending in person, need to register on or before August 16, 2013, to allow sufficient time for mandatory CDC facility security clearance procedures to be completed. An e-mail confirming registration will be sent from NIOSH to all participants. Government-issued photo identification is required to obtain entrance to the NIOSH location.

Background: In response to recommendations made by the National Academies of Science during a programmatic review, the NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Conformity Assessment Working Group was established in 2011. The goal of this group is to prepare a national framework establishing criteria, including comprehensive and consistent processes, to address conformity assessment of non-respiratory personal protective equipment. Conformity assessment is defined as the "demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled." Conformity assessment processes for PPT products are focused on product effectiveness and include the following primary components: Certification (ISO/IEC 17065), Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020), Testing (ISO/IEC 17025), Accreditation (ISO/IEC 17011), Surveillance (ISO/IEC 17011, ISO/IEC 17065), Supplier's Declaration of Conformity (ISO/IEC 17050), Registration (ISO/IEC 17021) and Quality Management Systems (ISO/9001).

For further information contact:
Richard Metzler -; 412-386-6866, NIOSH,
626 Cochrans Mill Rd, Mail Stop Bldg 20, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236