• and those of major trading partners on the accreditation of testing and certification laboratories and on quality control requirements.
  • (4)  

    Information coordination regarding product acceptance and conformity assessment mechanisms between the United States and foreign governments.

  • (5)  

    The appropriate Federal, State, and private roles in coordination and oversight of testing, certification, accreditation, and quality control to support national and international trade.

    • (b)  

      Membership.—In selecting the members of the review panel, the National Research Council shall consult with and draw from, among others, laboratory accreditation organizations, Federal and State government agencies involved in testing and certification, professional societies, trade associations, small business, and labor organizations.

    • (c)  

      Report.—A report based on the findings and recommendations of the review panel shall be submitted to the Secretary, the President, and Congress within 18 months after the Secretary signs the contract with the National Research Council.



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