November 7, 2013
NAPPANEE, IN: Eric Tompos, the NTA Executive Vice President of Compliance, has been reappointed to the International Accreditation Service’s (IAS) Technical Advisory Council (TAC) Product Certification Agencies for a second term ending December 31, 2014. TAC members are senior managers selected from testing laboratories, inspection agencies, and from among recognized technical experts. The IAS Board of Directors authorize members of the TAC.
The TAC’s activities relate to IAS accreditation criteria and IAS Rules of Procedure. The TAC will also advise on international standards relating to accreditation and conformity assessment and other appropriate subjects as requested by IAS management.
NTA is a world leader in quality assurance testing for building materials and products, and a globally recognized leader for assisting in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. NTA, under Eric Tompos’ leadership, provides building product certification, building code compliance review, engineering design services, inspection and product testing. The company has a staff of highly trained professional engineers and associated professionals with registrations in all of the states and the District of Columbia. Eric Tompos is licensed as a civil engineer or structural engineer, or both, in all 50 states, and Eric is one of a few professionals who has achieved this level of licensure. NTA is accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) as an ISO Guide 65 Product Certification Agency (PCA-102).
Tompos brings a wealth of knowledge and applied expertise in product certification and quality assurance to the IAS Technical Advisory Group for Product Certification Agencies. Eric holds both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University, and he is recognized as a Certified Building Official by the ICC. He has extensive experience in building products certification, materials testing and compliance. As Executive Vice President of Compliance, Eric’s current responsibilities relate to the development of policies supporting NTA’s building product certification activities and solving code compliance issues related to new and innovative building products.
NTA’s product certification mark is widely recognized as evidence of compliance to the highest standards, signifying a product or manufacturing facility has met the strict guidelines of an in-plant quality program, and it has completed the testing or met the building code requirements applicable to the product. Product certification marks are a common method that consumers, contractors, code officials and regulators rely on for quality and compliance to applicable product requirements and appropriate codes.
Eric has worked with the ASTM on several projects and is a recognized leader in the ASTM and the ANSI consensus development process. B.J. Yeh, P.E., and Director, Technical Services Division of the American Planning Association (APA) said: “Eric Tompos is highly qualified to participate in any effort to develop standards that will be used by product certification agencies, regulatory bodies and government agencies.”
IAS-accredited certification agencies, like NTA, provide every aspect of product testing, inspection, surveillance and product labeling. These are widely recognized indicators that products have been evaluated to the highest standard. The products are continuously monitored by an internationally recognized and highly respected accreditation organization. Inspection and testing are the strengths of certifying a product. IAS has over 30 years of experience in accrediting laboratories and inspection agencies, and this guarantees an experienced team of professionals are available to help a product manufacturer navigate the accreditation process.
IAS is a recognized accreditation body and a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. As a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), IAS is one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States and a signatory to several international mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs).
About NTA, Inc.: NTA, Inc., located in Nappanee, Indiana, provides building product certification, building code compliance review, engineering design services, inspection and product testing. The company has over 60 trained professional engineers, plan reviewers, technicians, consultants and design draftsmen with professional registrations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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