5. 1Granting of Certification Authorization


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NFRC Ballot Fall 2016

Ballot:

NFRC 700, Section 5.6 IVP Recertification Exception

Committee:

Ratings Committee

Subcommittee:

NFRC 700 PCP Certification Subcommittee

Ballot Open Date:

August 19, 2016

Due Date:

September 8, 2016

Ballot Description

The NFRC 700 PCP Review Task Group, is proposing a modification to Section 5.6 of the “NFRC 700: Product Certification Program Document” for the purpose of adding new language creating an exception for recertification validation testing for products participating in the Independent Verification Program (IVP). This proposed change will result in streamlining of the program and minimize redundant testing and will not add additional cost to the program.
This ballot pertains to only the sections referencing balloted language for the following:

  • Section 5.6.A Recertification


All proposed revisions to NFRC 700 are shown in underline / strike-out format vs. NFRC 700-2016 E0A0. Ballots responses shall reference only to the section(s) and language per the items listed above.

To submit your vote please use the NFRC Ratings Committee Voting sheet

online at https://nfrccommunity.site-ym.com/?page=Ballots
If you have any questions please contact NFRC 700 PCP Review Task Group Chair: Tina Seese (tina.seese@plygem.com).



5.Certification Authorization


Sections 5.1 through 5.5 and Section 5.6.B through 5.6.1 are included for information purposes only – [No change]

Except as indicated in Section 4.3.4, the Licensee shall seek product certification authorization for required ratings: U-factor, SHGC, and VT. Additionally, a Licensee may seek certification authorization for optional ratings: Air Leakage (AL) and Condensation Resistance.

5.1Granting of Certification Authorization


6.The Licensee is given authorization to label a product and generate an FMC as NFRC-certified only when the IA issues product certification authorization.

7.Products not authorized for NFRC Certification, even when rated following NFRC rating procedures, may not be advertised as NFRC-Certified and may not be labeled or have an FMC generated as such.

8.Initial certification authorization shall expire five years from the physical test date.

    1. Exception: For products that do not require validation testing, the initial certification authorization shall expire five years from the simulation report date.

9.Any product line that has been voluntarily withdrawn from the Certification Program by the Licensee may be re-instated prior to certification authorization expiration upon review and approval of the IA. The certification authorization expiration date remains as previously established.

9.1IA Review of Simulation and Test Reports for Validation


  1. The NFRC-licensed IA is responsible for reviewing both simulation and test laboratory reports prepared by NFRC-accredited laboratories, which shall also include reviewing NFRC-approved computer software files and information documented in the NFRC 701 and supplemental document reporting requirements.

  2. The Licensee shall select and then direct an NFRC-licensed IA to review simulation and test results/reports to determine whether the products rated meet certification authorization requirements. A current contact listing of licensed IAs is maintained on the NFRC website.

  3. The NFRC licensed-IA shall review the reports to determine whether

    1. The physical test results for the baseline product within the product line, when compared with the simulation results for that product, fall within the range variation permitted under the requirements of ANSI/NFRC 100,

    2. The physical test results for test-only products meet the Testing Alternative requirements of ANSI/NFRC 100, or

    3. Any thermophysical property values that were obtained from Appendix B of NFRC 101 are substantiated with product drawings and/or material specifications as specified in Section 4.1 of NFRC 101.

9.2IA Initial In-Plant Inspection


  1. In connection with the Licensee’s initial product certification authorization, the Licensee shall submit to an in-plant inspection by the IA in accordance with the procedures governing inspections set forth in this document.

  2. The initial in-plant inspection may occur after initial product certification authorization is granted, at the sole discretion of the IA, but shall occur not later than six months after the date of notification by the IA of initial product certification authorization.

  3. In the event the IA is unable to conduct an initial in-plant inspection in order to determine compliance at the time of initial product certification authorization, such authorization may be granted contingent upon subsequent completion of such inspection.

    1. Exception: The requirement of initial inspection shall be waived for site-built product certification authorization; an inspection of the Site-Built Licensee’s facility shall be conducted by the IA within one year of the issuance of an NFRC Label Certificate.

  1. If the results of the initial inspection in connection with initial product certification authorization indicate compliance with all requirements for product certification authorization, and certification authorization has been issued, the Licensee shall be entitled to become NFRC-licensed.

9.3IA Issuance of Certification Authorization


Product certification authorization shall be granted with respect to any one or more of the performance ratings for any product for which the IA has determined that the Licensee has fulfilled all certification requirements.

9.3.1Certificate of Authorization


Certification authorization shall be issued in the form of a Certificate of Authorization (CA). The designated IA shall send a copy of the CA to the Licensee by mail and/or electronically.

9.3.2Certification Authorization Report


In addition to the CA, the Licensee may request a Certification Authorization Report (CAR). The designated IA shall send a copy of the CAR to the Licensee by mail and/or electronically.

9.3.3Energy Performance Ratings


The energy performance ratings that are permitted to be displayed on the NFRC Temporary Label, Label Certificate, or FMC shall be obtained from the NFRC CPD.

9.4IA Denial of Certification Authorization or Licensee License Agreement


  1. If the results of the initial inspection do not reflect compliance with inspection requirements, the Licensee shall have 15 business days from the date of the inspection report in which to comply or correct the non-compliance issue(s). Otherwise, initial product certification authorization and/or the Licensee’s license agreement shall be denied.

  2. In such an event, the IA shall deliver a Notice of Denial to the Licensee with a copy to NFRC.

  3. The Licensee may appeal the denial of certification authorization and/or the license agreement pursuant to the appeals procedures set forth in this document. Costs related to re-inspection necessitated by a failure to meet requirements in the first review shall be borne by the Licensee.

9.5Recertification


  1. Products which have obtained certification authorization shall be subject to recertification prior to the product line expiration date listed on the CA.

Exception: Product lines that are eligible for selection in the NFRC 713, Independent Verification Program (IVP) shall not be subject to recertification validation testing.

  1. Recertification may occur at any time within the certification cycle.

    1. If recertification occurs earlier than 6 months prior to the certification expiration date, the new certification expiration date shall be five years from the recertification test date.



      1. Exception: For products that do not require validation testing, the certification authorization shall expire five years from the recertification simulation report date.

    1. If recertification occurs within six months prior to the certification expiration date, the new certification expiration date shall be five years from the previous expiration date.



  1. The Licensee may request a six-month extension of certification authorization.

    1. The extension request shall be sent in writing to the IA before the expiration of the five-year certification cycle.

    2. If recertification is completed before the six-month extension is expired, the new certification expiration date shall be five years from the previous certification expiration date.

    3. If recertification is not completed during this extension, certification authorization shall expire for that product line.

  1. If recertification occurs more than six months after the certification expiration date, the new certification expiration date shall be five years from the recertification test date.



    1. Exception: For products that do not require validation testing, the certification authorization shall expire five years from the recertification simulation report date.
      1. Recertification Procedures


10.A Licensee shall designate each individual product within a product line, for which an authorized rating is desired, to be simulated by an NFRC-accredited simulation laboratory using simulation procedures in effect at the time recertification is requested.

11.The Licensee shall select one individual product from within the product line matrix for physical testing and submit the selected test specimen to an NFRC-accredited test laboratory for physical testing in accordance with NFRC 102. For Special Cases, as specified in Section 4.3.4, other NFRC test procedures may apply.

    1. The product simulation matrix shall be considered validated if the results of the test meet the equivalence criteria of ANSI/NFRC 100 or, in the case of Special Cases as specified in Section 4.3.4, all other applicable NFRC procedures. All test samples shall be production line units.

12.For products utilizing component testing values, previously obtained component values shall be permitted to be reused provided the component or the test method has not changed.

[NOTE: Determination that any test methods have changed shall be the purview of the NFRC Technical Committee.]

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