5/31/2019: Important Announcement about CTP Transition

NIJ Voluntary Compliance Testing

The National Institute of Justice Compliance Testing Program (NIJ CTP) is a program operated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Office of Research, Evaluation and Technology (ORET). The NIJ CTP is authorized pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, relevant portions as codified at 6 U.S.C. 162(b)(4).

This act authorizes ORET to "establish and maintain a program to certify, validate, and mark or otherwise recognize law enforcement technology products that conform to standards established and maintained by the Office in accordance with the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-113). The program may, at the discretion of the Office, allow for supplier's declaration of conformity with such standards."

ORET controls strategy, policy and decisions on certification and evaluation. ORET has tasked its Criminal Justice Testing & Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC) with the management and operation of the CTP, which includes:

  1. Type testing to the requirements of selected NIJ Standards (click on the boxes to below to learn more about each program).
  2. Inspection of type tested samples.
  3. Surveillance activities.
  4. Program administration.

Testing is performed by independent test laboratories accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program to ISO/IEC 17025, and which also meet NIJ-specific criteria for independence from manufacturers/suppliers of the equipment tested to NIJ Standards.

Manufacturing location surveillance inspections are performed by an independent inspection body selected by CJTEC. The inspection body must be accredited by a signatory of the ILAC MRA and be a Type A (third party) Inspection Body as defined by ISO/IEC 17020:2012, Clause A.1.

A swim lane diagram describing the certification process used by the NIJ CTP is available for reference in the NIJ CTP Process Charts presentation (PDF).

CJTEC currently operates compliance testing programs for the following equipment. Please visit the following links to learn more about the process for submitting each type of equipment to the CTP for testing.

Previously, NIJ’s Compliance Testing Program (CTP) operated a voluntary compliance testing program for metallic handcuffs in accordance with NIJ Standard-0307.01. That program has ended, and the NIJ list of approved restraints to that standard is no longer available. Metallic and non-metallic wrist and ankle restraints will now be tested by laboratories in the private sector in accordance with NIJ Standard-1001.00. Please click here for information on the new private sector program.


Comparative Evaluations

The purchase of patrol vehicles and their components is one of the largest expenditures a law enforcement agency faces within its fleet budget. For many years, police fleet administrators have had numerous choices to make when choosing patrol vehicles, replacement brake pads, replacement tires and winter tires. Often, agencies are left to sift through manufacturers' marketing information when attempting to make a purchasing decision. To assist agencies with this difficult decision, NIJ, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police (MSP), conducts comparative evaluations on vehicles and their replacement components to provide agencies with a tool to assist them in determining which product is right for their agency.