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    PCATS Seeks Neutral Certification Manager

    The selected third party will participate in a joint effort with the organization to build, integrate and manage testing programs.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is looking for a neutral third party to assist it in managing an overall certification program for the various standards that have been or will be developed by the organization, PCATS stated.

    A comprehensive certification program, along with appropriately related laboratory testing, is required to assure prospective purchasers that software or hardware products and services that purport to be based on PCATS standards actually conform to those standards, the group stated.

    The selected contractor will participate in a joint effort with PCATS to build testing tools, to integrate and manage all conformity testing programs, and, in the future, provide access to and/or operate a testing laboratory to conduct certification testing as required, according to the organization.

    The selected third party must be independent of any manufacturer of software/hardware or provider of services that may be tested for conformance to PCATS standards, emphasized PCATS executive director John Hervey.

    The request for information is available to interested parties at http://cms.pcats.org/node/1305. All responses must be received by PCATS no later than April 30, 2008.

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