CGA Certification Board, LLC Holds First Exam

The CGA Certification Board, LLC (CGACB) held its first exam on December 12, 2018, for personnel involved in the installation and maintenance of bulk compressed medical gas supply systems. Candidates who successfully completed the exam will obtain a dual certification to CGA M-1, Standard for Medical Gas Supply Systems at Health Care Facilities, and ASSE 6015, Bulk Medical Gas Systems Installers. The candidates included representatives from Airgas, Air Products and Chemicals, Matheson, and Linde North America.

The CGA M-1/ASSE 6015 Certification provides a comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s knowledge of the process of designing, locating, installing, commissioning, maintaining, testing, removing, and documenting work on a bulk CMG supply system, including:

  • the minimum requirements for the design, installation, maintenance, testing, and removal of all new or upgraded bulk CMG supply systems at health care facilities;
  • FDA current good manufacturing practice requirements that shall be taken into account to prevent adulteration of the compressed medical gases; and
  • requirements from applicable national regulations and model codes.

The certification indicates to inspectors, health care facility operators, and other stakeholders that a technician has been evaluated by an independent certification body and found to have a thorough working knowledge of applicable industry standards including CGA M-1, NFPA 99, NFPA 55, and the FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements. Candidates are also required to submit their training history and company standard operating procedure contents for review to ensure that they meet or exceed the requirements of CGA M-1 or ASSE 6015.

The CGACB is working to schedule CGA M-1/ASSE 6015 Certification exam dates and locations in 2019 based on requests from interested candidates. If you are interested in obtaining the certification and would like to suggest a location or get more information about the 2019 schedule, please contact the CGA Certification Board, LLC.

New U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 158, Analysis of Gases

CGA is taking on the administration of a new U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG), for International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/Technical Committee (TC) 158, Analysis of gases. ISO/TC 158 operates under the following scope:

Standardization in the field of analysis of gases, including terminology; preparation of gas mixtures; sampling; transfer lines; and analytical methods including evaluation of characteristics of the analyzers. Subjects falling within the scope of any other ISO TC (e.g. ISO/TC 28, ISO/TC 146, or ISO/TC 193) are excluded, unless specifically requested.

ISO/TC 158 is currently responsible for 24 published ISO standards and has nine ISO standards under development or revision. Five working groups (WGs) and one joint working group (JWG) are responsible for the TC’s work program. Additional information about this TC is available on ISO’s website.

Membership on this new U.S. TAG is open to U.S. national interested parties who might reasonably be expected to be, or who indicate that they are, directly and materially affected by the TC’s work. Requests for membership on the U.S. TAG shall include a completed application (available here). The TAG membership will elect the Chair at its first meeting.

CGA is also an ANSI-Accredited Administrator for the following six U.S. TAGs:

• ISO/TC 58, Gas cylinders
• ISO/TC 58/SC 2, Cylinder fittings
• ISO/TC 58/SC 3, Cylinder design
• ISO/TC 58/SC 4, Operational requirements for gas cylinders
• ISO/TC 197, Hydrogen technologies
• ISO/TC 220, Cryogenic vessels

Contact CGA for more information on any of the U.S. TAGs listed above.

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