NFPA 790: Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies

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Use NFPA 790: Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies to promote effective field evaluations of electrical equipment.

Installed electrical products or assemblies that are not previously certified, listed, recognized, or classified undergo a "field evaluation" to ensure electrical safety. NFPA 790: Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies provides qualifications and competencies for third parties performing field evaluations and specifies how they are to be completed.

The Standard is used in tandem with NFPA 791: Recommended Practice and Procedures for Unlabeled Electrical Equipment Evaluation.

Requirements in NFPA 790 are essential for fire marshals, AHJs, and other personnel involved with evaluating:

  • Electrical products not pre-certified, listed, recognized, or classified to an applicable product safety standard
  • Electrical products and assemblies that are unique or modified after the manufacturing process

Created to meet industry needs, NFPA 790 is vital for electrical safety for the public. (Softbound, 18 pp., 2014)

NFPA® 790 Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies 2014 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications. (Reserved)
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 FEB Application for Recognition
4.1 Application
4.2 Contents of Application
Chapter 5 FEB Organization
5.1 General Provisions
5.2 Organization and Management
5.3 Operations
5.4 Subcontracting
5.5 Management System
5.6 Conditions and Procedures for Field Evaluations
5.7 Internal Audits and Management Review
5.8 Documentation
5.9 Records
5.10 Confidentiality
Chapter 6 FEB Personnel
6.1 General
6.2 Qualification Criteria
Chapter 7 Appeals, Complaints, and Disputes
7.1 Appeals, Complaints, and Disputes Procedures
7.2 Documentation and Subsequent Actions
Chapter 8 Application for Evaluation
8.1 Information on Procedures
8.2 Application
Chapter 9 Preparation for Evaluation
9.1 Evaluation Preparation
9.2 Assignment of Qualified FEB Personnel
Chapter 10 Evaluation
10.1 Evaluation Standards
10.2 Evaluation Locations
Chapter 11 Evaluation Report
11.1 Technical Reports
11.2 Personnel
11.3 Notification of Applicant
11.4 Corrective Actions
11.5 Format and Content
11.6 Accuracy
11.7 Review
Chapter 12 Decision to Issue an FEB Statement of Conformity
12.1 Conformity Decision
12.2 Evaluator Decision
12.3 Delegation
Chapter 13 Use of FEB Statement of Conformity
13.1 Control of FEB Statements of Conformity
13.2 Improper References
Chapter 14 Test and Measuring Equipment
14.1 Calibration Program
14.2 Operator and Maintenance Instructions
14.3 Suspect Test Equipment
14.4 Trace Back Process
14.5 Calibration Marking
14.6 Equipment Records
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Application for Recognition as a Field Evaluation Body (FEB)
Annex C Electrical Product Groups
Annex D Informational References