Nema Offers Online Conformity Assessment Guide and Market Access Consulting Service


ROSSLYN, Va., September 1, 2005-NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has converted its Conformity Assessment Guide, a document for manufacturers of electrical equipment that sets forth general conformity assessment practices affecting importing and exporting, to an online, continually updated format available only to subscribers.

In addition to this valuable information, NEMA is now offering market access consulting services through its regional offices located in Mexico, Brazil (including South America), and China.

The intent of both the new Conformity Assessment Guide Online and the Conformity Assessment and Market Access Consulting Service is to help manufacturers increase international market access through a better understanding of the applicable conformity assessment practices and regulations, as well as to offer assistance in managing ongoing certification issues.

The Conformity Assessment Guide Online lists practices related to product certification, marking, and acceptance of test reports and certificates, including those related to the international product schemes of IECEE CB and IECEx. This guide provides value by reducing the confusion that is currently experienced by manufacturers attempting to get products accepted in the international marketplace.

The online edition includes revised information based on organizational changes and feedback received from readers of the original hardcopy edition. The guide's points of contact throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe have been updated and expanded to provide readers with the latest information. It will be updated often to remain a valuable resource.

"Although the online guide will serve as a good roadmap for companies wishing to handle their own product testing and certification management, it has become quite evident that a need exists for a consulting service to help companies manage the administrative burdens of gaining test certificates and meeting importation requirements in markets where certification and testing requirements can be confusing," says Doug Read, NEMA's conformity assessment manager. "These two services together will help manufacturers navigate the often muddy waters of importing products to foreign countries."

Subscriptions to the new Conformity Assessment Guide Online may be purchased by visiting Information about the Conformity Assessment and Market Access Consulting Service can be found at

NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion.

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