ASTM WK27616

    New Guide for Conformity Assessment of Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F23.50 | Committee F23 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1. Scope 1.1 This guide describes options for conformity assessment (CA) requirements relating to personal protective clothing and equipment (hereafter referred to as PPE). This guidance can optionally be used to define conformity assessment requirements in a PPE specification standard or in a companion ASTM conformity assessment Standard Practice document associated with the PPE specification standard.

    A conformity assessment scheme is a means for managing hazards and risks associated with a nonconforming product. This requires participation by the conformity assessment stakeholders. Conformity assessment stakeholders can include other organizations such as suppliers, purchasers, certification bodies, testing laboratories, regulatory bodies, trade associations, labor associations, etc. Standards-writing groups are encouraged to engage in a thorough and thoughtful discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of independence and robustness of conformity assessment activities required to meet hazard/risk assessed. Conformity assessment activities with greater independence and requirements robustness can sometimes have unintended negative consequences, including being time consuming and expensive, and may not deliver proportional benefits to the user community. Conversely, conformity assessment activities with less independence and robustness, while cost effective, are reliant on claims from the manufacturer and may not be robust enough to serve stakeholder needs.


    Keywords: certification, conformity assessment, hazard, personal protective clothing and equipment, PPE, quality assurance, risk, supplier declaration, third-party testing

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Bill Haskell

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