The University of Arkansas RFID Research Center laboratory has passed accreditation criteria established by EPCglobal Inc., a global not-for-profit standards organization commercializing the Electronic Product CodeTM (EPC) and RFID worldwide. The UA lab is one of the first EPC/RFID research laboratories worldwide to receive the EPCglobal Performance Test Center accreditation.
The UA research center recieved its EPCglobal accredited Test Center accreditation along with three other labs in the first round of accreditation in 2005. Since, the program has grown to incude other labs internationally in Asia Pacific, Europe, South America and the United States. The UA research center currently co-chairs the Accredited Test Center Council, a group comprised of all of the accredited test centers, and has taken a leadership role in developing standardized testing methods among accredited labs.
EPCglobal Inc. is the not-for-profit standards organization entrusted by industry to establish and support the EPCglobal NetworkTM as the global standard for real-time, automatic identification of information in the supply chain of any company, anywhere in the world. EPCglobal leads the development of industry-driven standards for the Electronic Product Code to support the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in today's fast-moving, information-rich, trading networks.
"The certification validates the excellent work of the lab crews led by Justin Patton and David Cromhout and solidifies our standing as the foremost academic RFID lab in the world," said Bill Hardgrave, director of the RFID Research Center and executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute. "We are very pleased to be the first academic lab to earn this certification."