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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC83 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory 
Abstract: OSHA proposes to issue a Request for Information (RFI) for the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program. The NRTL Program was recently the subject of a GAO study, which recommended that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reexamine the NRTL Program's structure and accreditation application procedures to identify and implement any alternatives that better align program design with resource levels and improve program timelines. As a result of the complexity of several issues identified in the GAO study, OSHA needs to gather more information before it can address some of the items identified and determine whether it must undertake rulemaking. The proposed RFI will solicit information on those topics identified in the GAO study as well as other topics proposed through discussions with stakeholders. Such topics include, but are not limited to, the use of a third party accreditation model, increased alignment with international standards, and allowable certification marks for the NRTL Program. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.7    29 CFR 1910.7 app A   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  01/00/2014 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amanda Edens
Director, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3653,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2300
Fax:202 693-1644