Frederick, MD (PRWEB) May 11, 2015
A2LA is pleased to announce its recognition by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) for the upcoming Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP), managed by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.
This is a voluntary program that allows P25 equipment suppliers to formally demonstrate their products’ compliance with a select group of requirements within the suite of P25 standards through assessments by DHS-authorized accreditation bodies (such as A2LA). Ultimately, this chain of oversight will lead to emergency response agencies having evidence that the communications equipment that they purchase meets P25 standards. The program will require test laboratories to demonstrate their competence through a rigorous and objective assessment process. Such a process promotes the user community’s confidence in, and acceptance of, test results from DHS-recognized P25 CAP laboratories.
All equipment suppliers that participate in the P25 CAP must use recognized laboratories to conduct performance, conformance and interoperability tests on their products. DHS will be requiring these laboratories to be accredited by a DHS-authorized accreditation body, such as A2LA, in order to be recognized. P25 CAP services from A2LA will be available to public and private testing laboratories, including commercial laboratories, manufacturers’ in-house laboratories, university laboratories, and federal, state, and local government laboratories. Additional information may be found on the http://www.FirstResponder.gov website.
A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally-recognized accreditation services and training to testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certifiers.