The Fastener Quality Act and its Potential Impact on the Supply of Fasteners 972804
Public Law 101-592, or the Fastener Quality Act (FQA), becomes effective May 26, 1998. Fasteners manufactured after that date, may not be offered for sale in the United States unless they are part of a lot which has been inspected, tested, and certified by an accredited laboratory in accordance with the FQA and its implementing regulations. Fasteners that are “significantly altered” also require testing in an accredited laboratory. As of this writing, it is estimated that approximately 350 laboratories will be accredited in accordance with the FQA at the time of implementation. At the current pace of application and accreditation, the number of laboratories able to perform testing in compliance with the FQA may result in a significant reduction in the availability of fasteners.