EPI announced that it has been awarded the TIA-942 Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) accreditation, making EPI the first Certification Body to receive this accreditation. Per a Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) statement, "EPI has demonstrated the highest level of competence to audit data center conformity to the ANSI/TIA-942 standard with their global team of experienced and certified TIA-942 auditors."
According to Edward van Leent, chairman and CEO of the EPI Group of companies, "It is an honor to receive the formal CAB recognition confirming the quality that we have always practiced in all our projects. We would like to thank our customers and partners who have placed their trust in the quality and value we offer, making us by far the largest ANSI/TIA-942 audit and certification body globally."
Concurrent with TIA's launch of the ANSI/TIA-942 Accreditation Scheme, TIA established the qualification for TIA-942 CABs to ensure that audits and certification of data centers are done by qualified organizations.
TIA has appointed Certac, an independent third-party organization, to manage the verification of the CABs and to issue the TIA-942 certificate of conformance to qualified data centers. This will ensure the quality of the TIA-942 conformance certificates and protect the interest of the data center providers and end-users from non-authorized parties, explains TIA.
Karin Kok, certification manager for Certac comments, "The team at EPI has demonstrated the highest level of competence and professionalism. It was a pleasure to work with them, and we experienced first-hand their in-depth knowledge and unwavering commitment to excellence."
"I have personally engaged with Certac auditors and EPI during the CAB audit and EPI has exceeded our expectation," notes Harry Smeenk, Senior Vice President for Technology Programs at TIA.
Smeenk concludes, "The ANSI/TIA-942 is the most complete, updated and relevant standard for data center design and build. We want to uphold the standard of the TIA-942 conformity certification to ensure its value. To achieve this goal, we require the CABs to prove they have auditors competent on the TIA-942 standard and auditing, and that the organization is following the stringent processes for conducting audits according to the ISO-17020/17021 standard, and the additional requirements TIA enforces on audit organizations. Any data center owner/manager who wants to protect their business and verify their data center design and build for conformity to TIA-942 can rest assured that they will get top-notch quality with EPI as their auditor."