Submitting a Product

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There are two distinct
components of the NMRA's Conformance & Inspection Program -
Inspection and Conformance.

In the Inspection component, the NMRA procures products for the purpose
of ensuring that products being produced follow our Standards, applicable Recommended Practices,
and any identified Industry Quality metrics. When problems are identified we work
with the manufacturers to resolve the problems.• 

The Conformance component is a more formal program where manufacturers,
importers, and/or distributors (generally referred to as manufacturers
on this web site)
submit their products to the NMRA for testing to our Standards,
Recommended Practices, and Industry accepted quality norms. Products that
pass these rigorous tests are granted an NMRA Conformance Warrant and
are allowed to display the NMRA Conformance
seal on that product. The Conformance program is therefore a much more rigorous program
and is driven by the manufacturer's desire to display the NMRA Conformance
seal.• 

Applying for a Conformance
Warrant

Any manufacturer interested in applying
for
a NMRA Conformance Warrant should complete the following steps:

  1. Contact any of the following NMRA
    representatives:

Your contact will ensure that
your request is directed to the NMRA C&I Program Chair.
The NMRA C&I Program Chair will contact you if made your
initial contact with another of the representatives.
Complete any applicable Submission
Forms
with the details applicable to the product on which
you are applying for a Conformance Warrant
Submit the product, any applicable
submission forms (completely filled in), and any additional
information indicated as necessary• by the NMRA C&I
Program Chair (e.g., FCC test reports) in order to complete
the conformance and inspection process. Items submitted immediately
become the property of the NMRA unless alternate arrangements
are made prior to submission.

Once your submission has been received,
the NMRA C&I Program Chair will acknowledge receipt and schedule
the inspection. Generally the C&I Program strives to complete
the process in 30-60 days with the exact schedule being determined
by a combination of factors including complexity of the C&I
process for the specific product submitted, current workload of
the C&I team (i.e. products already in the inspection queue
ahead of your submission), timelineness of responses to additional
inquiries from the NMRA during the inspection process, etc.

We encourage those planning to apply
for Conformance Warrants to contact/alert• the NMRA C&I
Program Chair in advance of your formal submission in order to plan
for resources, ensure the manufacturer understands what is required
for the submission, etc. The NMRA C&I Program attempts to provide
timely completion of the inspection process, but manufacturers requesting
an accelerated schedule must contact the NMRA Program Chair
in advance to assess the opportunity for such an accelerated process
and what additional steps would be required.

Finally we strongly encourage each
manufacturer to have pre-screened their products against NMRA Standards,
applicable NMRA Recommended Practices, and any identified Industry
Quality Metrics PRIOR TO formal product submission to the NMRA.
The NMRA • web site includes information on many of the tests
that will be performed in addition to all Standards, Recommended
Practices, and any identified Industry Quality Metrics. Failure
to pre-screen your product prior to submission will more than likely
lengthen the time required for the inspection process. Remember
the NMRA C&I Program should not be positioned as the manufacturer's
quality program.

Renewing a Previously
Issued Conformance Warrant

NMRA Conformance Warrants are good
for a period of five (5) years. Upon expiration, or any time with
the ninety day window prior to expiration, manufacturers may
chose to re-submit their product for review and inspection, subject
to any new, applicable requirements contained within the Standards
and Recommended Practices. Manufacturers interested in renewing
their Conformance Warrant(s) should contact the NMRA C&I Program
Chair to make the necessary arrangements.