NIJ requires that models of equipment (i.e., ballistic- or stab-resistant body armor, autoloading pistols) tested for NIJ compliance must be tested at a NIJ-approved laboratory. To be NIJ-approved, a lab must:
The Criminal Justice Testing & Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC), located in Raleigh, NC, operates NIJ’s voluntary Compliance Testing Program (CTP). NIJ has authorized CJTEC to accept applications from laboratories that meet the above qualifications for consideration as NIJ-approved laboratories.
IMPORTANT: Please note that the first step in this process is for the laboratory to obtain NVLAP accreditation; please contact NVLAP (contact information below) to learn more about this process before completing and submitting a laboratory application package to CJTEC.
The application package for laboratories to complete after obtaining NVLAP accreditation can be downloaded from our website. The CTP application package explains the roles and responsibilities of each individual party involved in the process and the NIJ-Approved Laboratory Agreement contains specific forms and agreements that must be completed and returned to email@example.com; in the subject line of the email, please enter “[Name of equipment seeking approval to test] Test Laboratory Application”.
CJTEC, as the administrator of the CTP, will review completed applications upon receipt and either contact the laboratory for additional information/clarification as necessary, or forward on to NIJ for review and approval.
Hazel Richmond, Program Manager
Phone: (301) 975-3024
Alex Sundstrom, CTP Operations Manager
Phone: (919) 541-5888