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NECA Receives Reaccreditation as Standards Development Organization from ANSI

Jan 31, 2018

NEIS_Logo_BlockThe National Electrical Contractors Association, the largest North American organization for electrical construction firms, has been reaccredited by the American National Standards Institute as a standards development organization for production of National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS).

“NECA is proud to have once again received full accreditation from ANSI, an organization that ensures and maintains openness and balance for all interest groups in the industry, said Aga Golriz, NECA’s Administrator of Standards and Safety. “It has been a seamless process, and NECA will continue to support ANSI through sponsorship at the annual World Standards Week. We look forward to our ongoing cooperation in the future.” 

NECA’s first NEIS and flagship document was NECA 1, Standard for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction, published in the early 1990s and included as one of more than 44 published National Electrical Installation Standards. NECA is accredited by ANSI to develop standards using a "canvass" (consensus body) process. The process is used to approve the creation, revision, reaffirmation or withdrawal an American National Standard.

ANSI requires that American National Standards, like NEIS, be produced by consensus, which signifies the concurrence of more than a simple majority, but not necessarily unanimity. Consensus requires that all views and objections be considered and that an effort be made toward their resolution. More info about the ANSI process and maintaining accreditation can be found at www.ansi.org/accreditation/

“NECA’s National Electrical Installation Standards are the only workmanship quality and performance standards for electrical construction,” said Michael Johnston, NECA’s Executive Director of Standards and Safety. “The NEIS library has grown in subject matter, and as new technologies emerge, the NEIS evolve and keep pace.

“Johnston said electrical industry standards today are in a state of continuous development and revision to remain current. The NEIS provide significant value to those in the electrical contracting, designing and engineering communities. They help professionals in developing design specifications by reducing and often eliminating specification writing time.”

As the electrical industry continues to evolve and new technologies and methods are developed, the NEIS will remain valuable and relevant. It is keeping pace as the Internet of Things (IoT) grows and becomes essential day to day.

“ANSI accreditation as a standards developer conveys high levels of integrity and confidence to everyone that uses NEIS documents,” Johnston said. “It is important to NECA to raise the standard of workmanship in electrical construction to levels desired by the customer.”


ABOUT THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

NECA is the voice of the $160 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office in Bethesda, Md., four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical construction industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. Go to www.necanet.org for more information.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE (ANSI)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) offers highly recognized accreditation programs globally for organizations that certify products and personnel; bodies engaged in the validation and verification of carbon emissions data and carbon offsets; and organizations that issue education and training certificates to workers. Learn more at www.ansi.org.