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Certification Schemes

A number of organisations provide voluntary certification schemes for specific areas of technology.

Global Certification Forum
The GCF operates a certification scheme for mobile phones and wireless devices that are based on 3GPP standards. A database of certified equipment is available.

CTIA – The Wireless Association
The CTIA – The Wireless Association administers the:

WiFi Alliance
The WiFi Alliance operates certification programs  for products based on IEEE 802.11 standards. Lists of Wi-Fi Certified products are available.

WiMAX Forum
The WiMAX Forum Certification Program certifies interoperability of IEEE 802.16e products. Lists of WiMAX Forum certified products are provided.

Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)
The MEF manages certification programs for Carrier Ethernet equipment, services and professional staff. List of MEF certified service providers and equipment

Broadband Forum (BBF)
The BBF has produced test specifications for DSL and TDM services over MPLS, accredits independent DSL testing laboratories and administers an MPLS certification program. MPLS in mobile backhaul certified products 

HomeGrid Forum
The HomeGrid Forum is developing a G.hn compliance and interoperability programme.

IEEE Conformity Assessment Programme (ICAP)
The IEEE offers a Product Conformance Registry for manufacturers to register products that conform to IEEE specifications and a Test Lab Registry for testing laboratories to register their services.

IEEE 1588 Conformity Alliance 
This is a programme to ensure conformance to the IEEE 1588 "Standard for a Precision Clock Synchronization Protocol for Networked Measurement and Control Systems". A certification test suite is being developed derived from IEEE 1588 and ITU-T Recommendations G.8265, G.8260 and G.8261.

CableLabs produce specifications with the aim of developing interoperable cable devices such as cable modems, set-top boxes, digital TVs and telephony devices. They operate schemes for “certification” of customer premises equipment, “qualification” of non-CPE devices and network elements and “verification” of Plug & Play devices (Unidirectional Digital Cable Products – UDCPs). Lists of Certified/Qualified products are available.

SIP Forum
The SIPForum has established a programme for supplier declaration of compliance with the SIPconnect technical specification.

The IPv6 Forum manages a number of certification programmes. IPv6 Ready Logo Program is a conformance and interoperability testing program using test specifications for Customer Edge Routers, SIP, DHCPv6, IPsec and SNMP produced by the IPv6 Forum and the IPv6 Enabled Program is a validation program for websites and ISPs. Vendors with IPv6 products are invited to register these products at the IPv6 to Standard site.

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