The Department of Energy this week launched a new online database offering guidance on the Department’s test procedures for appliances and commercial equipment. The new database will provide a publicly accessible forum for anyone with questions about -- or needing clarification of -- DOE’s test procedures. This new online resource will also ensure that all manufacturers and members of the public are equally and immediately aware of the Department’s interpretations of its test procedures. The database is available here.
The database -- which is searchable by product category -- is designed to enable manufacturers, trade associations, and all other interested members of the public to submit questions regarding the proper interpretation of DOE test procedures. Questioners desiring to submit diagrams or other non-text files along with their questions may do so using a dedicated email feature available through the website. In response to questions submitted, the Department will develop draft interpretive guidance, post it on the website, and solicit public comment for a period of 30 days.
At the end of that comment period, draft guidance documents may be adopted as final, revised, or withdrawn. Guidance marked as final and posted on the website represents the definitive interpretation of the Department on the questions addressed and may be relied upon by industry and members of the public.