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Conformity Assessment Steering Committee

​​​​​​​​​​​The Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (ITU-T CASC) was established in April 2015 by ITU-T SG11 to elaborate detailed procedures for the implementation of a test laboratory recognition procedure in ITU-T. 

The ITU-T CASC works in accordance with the ITU-T SG11 Guideline “Testing laboratories recognition procedure” which describes the procedure for recognition of Testing Laboratories that have competence for testing against ITU-T Recommendations. Mr Isaac BOATENG (SG11 Vice-chairman, Ghana) has been appointed as Chairman of ITU-T CASC.

For more background information see here.

Terms of Reference

The ITU-T CASC (Conformity Assessment Steering Committee) is working under the auspices​ of ITU-T SG11 with the participation of ITU-T experts from all ITU-T SGs.​​​
The ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) will provide secretariat and facilities as required by ITU-T CASC.
The ITU-T CASC will collaborate with existing conformity assessment scheme in order to implement the ITU-T testing laboratory (TL) recognition procedure that are competent to testing  against ITU-T Recommendations.

The main objectives of the ITU-T CASC are:
1) to provide the ITU-T view and position to the management organs of the established Conformity Assessment Systems and Schemes such as that of the IEC, GCF and ILAC;​
2) to provide ITU-T's technical experts to perform relevant TL's assessment against ITU-T Recommendations through:
  • ​defining criteria, rules and procedures for the appointment of ITU-T technical experts by working with established Conformity Assessment Systems and Schemes of IEC, in collaboration with ILAC aiming for a common testing and conformity assessment;
  • processing applications from candidate experts from ITU-T membership;
  • appointing the ITU-T technical expert(s);
  • recommending to the recognizing bodies, such as IECEE or ILAC accreditation bodies (signatories to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement) the relevant ITU-T technical experts with respective competence who may join assessment team to provide technical assistance to assess Testing Laboratories

Any expert from ITU-T membership can be appointed by CASC as an ITU-T technical expert according to the requirements in paragraph 7 of the ITU-T SG11 Guideline "Testing Laboratories recognition procedure". Initially the editors of ITU-T Recommendations which are specified in The living list of Recommendations and related specifications within key technologies suitable for C&I testing, the Reference table of ITU-T Recommendations to be used for Conformity/Interoperability assessment as well as focal points of pilot projects in the Living list of pilot project for conformity assessment against ITU-T Recs could be candidates for appointment by the ITU-T CASC as technical experts. The list of ITU-T technical experts will be made publicly available.
​Bearing in mind that the ITU-T CASC cooperates with international accreditation bodies, the ITU T technical experts appointed by ITU-T CASC can work directly as part of the accreditation body teams.

​3)   to develop a procedure to recognize Testing Laboratories that are competent to test against ITU-T Recommendations
4)   to recognize TL(s) with a scope of ITU-T Recommendation(s) which is assessed by IEC or by ILAC accreditation bodies and register it in the ITU recognized TL list;
5)   To collect a list of ITU-T Recommendations from ITU-T SGs, which could be candidates for the joint IEC/ITU certification scheme, taking into account the user needs and market demand.

Working Method
The ITU-T CASC will work mostly using electronic working methods and have face-to-face meetings which will normally occur concurrently with SG11 meetings. Meetings will be held as determined by the Chairman of ITU-T CASC as soon as a pool of applications have been gathered and will be announced to its participants. The ITU-T CASC will follow the working rules and procedures which are applied to a Working Party.

The ITU-T CASC will report its activities to ITU-T SG11.

The ToR are available in ​SG11-TD314/GEN​.