Laboratory Recognition per FMC 1278 (updated 7/29/2019)
All formal design and production validation EMC testing of automotive products for Ford Motor Company (FMC) is performed only by EMC testing laboratories recognized by FMC. Prior to September 2011, the process used for laboratory recognition was the Automotive EMC Laboratory Recognition Program (AEMCLRP) co-developed by FMC, General Motors (GM) and Fiat/Chrysler (FCA). However, FMC, GM and FCA have collectively agreed to officially terminate AEMCLRP and replace it with a similar "OEM recognition process". It must be noted that while the OEMs will strive to keep their processes as similar as possible, laboratory recognition will be executed by each OEM independently and will therefore vary somewhat due to differences in OEM specific test methods and other factors.
The information presented describes the process that will be used by FMC for recognition per FMC1278 only. Recognition per FMC1280 is a separate process limited only to existing suppliers of HV commodities Ford Motor Company in addition to select independent labs previously identified by Ford. Recognition of additional labs is based on a needs assessment by Ford Motor Company for specific regions.
Questions and/or comments concerning laboratory recognition shall be forwarded the individuals, listed below, who are responsible for laboratories within their geographical region:
Keith Frazier (email@example.com)
North/South America, Japan
Peng Peng (firstname.lastname@example.org)
China, SE Asia
Ayhan Gunsaya (email@example.com)
It is neither necessary nor recommended for the lab to gain accreditation to FMC specific test methods. Accreditation to FMC test methods will not facilitate recognition by FMC. Accreditation is granted by an, ILAC MRA signatory assessment body but recognition comes from the FMC.
Existing recognized EMC laboratories are maintain their accreditation to ISO 17025 inclusive of the relevant international standards (see Step 3, Table 1). Additional information may be required from the laboratory upon request from FMC. For example, if FMC test requirements change, issues are reported, or lab test setup conditions dramatically change (i.e. new equipment).
FMC reserves the right to suspend the recognition of any laboratory that does not follow the requirements delineated herein in addition to any FMC documented conditions of recognition, specifications and/or processes (e.g. data reporting). FMC may also elect to terminate recognition of laboratories that are not actively engaged in EMC testing of their related products.
Process for Recognition per FMC1278 (New Laboratories)
Step 1: Request for Consideration of Recognition
The lab shall contact FMC to request consideration for support of recognition. The lab shall verify that they are accredited to ISO 17025 and include a copy of their scope of accreditation showing inclusion of the base standards listed below. All information must be in English. It is preferred that this information be available as a link from the accreditation body’s website.
List of Base Specifications Used in FMC EMC Recognition Process
The lab will also need to present a business case for consideration of recognition.
· Supplier labs: # products provided to Ford and projected volume.
· Independent labs: Location relative to location of Ford suppliers
If the business case is accepted and the ISO 17025 Scope of accreditation is complete, the lab will be provided a copy of the FMC EMC specifications for self-assessment
Step 2: Self-Assessment and On-site Laboratory Visits
The laboratory shall provide a self-assessment of its capabilities to perform testing to FMC requirements, including a listing of any limitations. The self-assessment shall include a list of equipment available to perform each test method. If deemed acceptable, arrangements for an on-site visit may follow.
Step 3: Test Facility Report
An EMC test facility report shall be provided which includes, but not limited to, equipment list for each test, lab procedures, setup diagrams / test setup photos, performance history plan / data, and an example test report. FMC will provide details concerning the pro forma of this report.
Step 4: Performance History
Upon request by FMC, the lab shall provide evidence that they are executing a periodic verification of the stability in their test/measurement system for each test method. This verification procedure must also be clearly defined in the facility report and approved by FMC.
Step 5: Proficiency Testing
The lab may be requested to perform testing at their expense using an artifact provided by FMC or using an artifact owned by the laboratory if approved by FMC. The test results are reviewed and approved by FMC.