Independent Laboratories conduct initial (approval) and follow-up (production) testing of equipment and materials that require United States Coast Guard (USCG) Approval. This includes testing of lifesaving appliances and fire protection equipment and materials.
ABS has been accepted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as an independent laboratory to witness production tests and inspections, and supervise prototype construction, where appropriate.
For an ABS surveyor to witness a prototype test or production test, please submit a request via the form link.
Pre-Approval Plan Review Process
ABS Houston is authorized to perform the pre-approval plan review for non-novel lifesaving launching appliances, under approval series 160.115, 160.132, 160.133, 160.135, 160.156 for non-novel designs constructed by established manufacturers. A laboratory does not issue the approval; this is completed by the CG-ENG-4 office.
For an ABS engineering evaluation, please submit a request via the form link.
Our status as an accepted independent laboratory is publicly available at http://cgmix.uscg.mil.