Guidelines to ensure smart grid products are interoperable updated


Rik Drummond,
Chair, SGIP Testing
and Certification
Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 27, 2012 – The U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has issued an updated version of the Interoperability Process Reference Manual, setting out the processes for accreditation of test laboratories and certifying organizations for evaluation of smart grid products and for testing of the products.

The aim is to enhance the introduction of interoperable products in the market place. The manual is seen as a key foundational element of the SGIP’s testing and certification framework and is based on international standards-based processes for interoperability testing and certification.

“This update is a major step forward from the manual’s 1.0 version of last year,” said Rik Drummond, chair of the SGIP’s Testing and Certification Committee. “Our objective is to ensure high quality easily installed products reach the marketplace that are fully interoperable with the new ‘smart’ power grid.”

Several accrediting organizations have agreed to offer accreditation that adheres to IPRM v2.0 procedures. These include:

  • A2LA, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
  • ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS, a joint effort of ANSI and the American Society for Quality
  • ANSI, American National Standards Institute
  • L-A-B, Laboratory Accreditation Bureau
  • PJLA, Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation.