3.16 Conformance assessment

Conformity assessment (or compliance assessment) is an area of AS/CA Standards development that covers activities used to ensure customer equipment and customer cabling products meet the specified requirements in those Standards. These activities can include testing, inspection, evaluation, examination, declaration, certification, accreditation, peer assessment, verification and validation.

Requirements in AS/CA Standards for customer equipment and customer cabling products are written in accordance with the ‘neutrality principle’, such that conformity can be assessed by a manufacturer or supplier or a test laboratory. AS/CA Standards do not include requirements related to conformity assessment other than requirements which are necessary to provide repeatable and reproducible conformity assessment results.

AS/CA Standards comply with the principles in ISO/IEC 17007, Conformity assessment - Guidance for drafting normative documents.