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Consultation response

Test House framework development

A summary of our response to the Test House Framework development consultation. Includes consultation questions, responses, and our position on these questions.

Revocation of test house approval

Consultation proposal

We propose to introduce a mechanism to suspend or revoke test house approval.

Consultation questions

To what extent do you agree with our proposals:

  • Q12. To introduce a process by which we can suspend or revoke approval of a test house or individual?
  • Q13. On the proposed criteria when suspension or revocation could apply?

The significant majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal to introduce a process to suspend or revoke approval and to the proposed criteria.

There were concerns expressed as to the impact upon a company’s reputation should suspension or revocation take place and some concerns about the test house approval being revoked if they are not performing testing within GB.

Most test houses gain approval in several jurisdictions, and we understand that potential impact of a suspension or revocation on any company. There will be a fair and proportionate process in place, which will allow test houses the opportunity to explain and challenge the Commission if we are considering suspension or revocation.

The current information that we have is that all currently approved test houses are active within GB. However, if a test house does not provide services in GB for over two years, we will question the continued need for the approval to remain in place. The process will allow a test house to explain their circumstances before any decision to suspend or revoke is put in place.

Our position

We will develop a process by which we can suspend or revoke a test houses’ approval. The process will allow opportunities for test houses to explain their circumstances and provide supporting documentation before a final decision is made. The criteria by which we will suspend, or revoke are:

  • there are concerns about the suitability of the test house or a person of influence
  • there are concerns about test house, or individual independence from industry
  • the test house is not providing services or have no intention to provide services to GB licensees
  • the test house fails to become accredited to the correct standards
  • the services they are providing fall below the standard that the Commission expects
  • failure to adhere to reporting requirements.
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