The NSF Certification Policies for the Biosafety Cabinet Field Certifier Accreditation Program identify all of the requirements for accreditation.
The policies include both general requirements, applicable to all of the NSF Certification programs, and program specific requirements, applicable only to the NSF Class II biosafety cabinet field certifier accreditation program.
General Program Policies (examples):
- Eligibility requirements to participate in the program, including minimum qualifications for training and experience.
- Corrective action steps to be taken by the field certifier in the event they are found to be no longer in compliance with the requirements of accreditation.
- Enforcement actions taken by NSF for general noncompliance with the requirements for accreditation.
- Administrative review provisions, as requested by any party directly affected by a decision or action of NSF regarding the accreditation.
- Appeals process, as requested by any party directly affected by a decision or action of NSF resulting from an administrative review.
- Complaints process in the event NSF receives complaints relating to misuse of the NSF Mark by an accredited or non-accredited individual.
- Advertising requirements for proper use of the NSF Mark on sales literature, technical publications, promotional materials, packaging, catalogs, et cetera.
- Records maintenance for those relating to accredited services.
- Confidentiality provisions for the non-disclosure of any confidential information supplied to NSF by the individual.
Program Specific Policies (examples):
- Listing book information, including such things as the individuals name, company name and address, telephone number, accreditation number and expiration date, and service locations.
- Facilities and equipment available for use by the individual, including current calibration and compliance with minimum specifications.
- Examination requirements for the written and practical examinations.
- Requalification units for maintenance of accreditation.
- Cabinet labeling information, as applied to all cabinets certified in the field.
The policy book also includes copies of the program application form, contract for accreditation services, and code of ethics.
The policies are developed by the program office, in coordination with members of the stakeholder community. They are then reviewed and balloted by a consensus body, with representatives from the industry, regulatory community, and users, collectively referred to as the NSF Certification Council.