The purpose of Testing and Evaluation (T&E) is to provide an independent assessment of the suitability and effectiveness of mine action equipment. The results of such assessments may be used by planning staff in UN headquarters and National Mine Action Authorities (NMAA), and by designers and donors to establish programme options, inform procurement decisions and establish Quality Assurance (QA) requirements. T&E can assess the potential of new technologies or confirm the performance and characteristics of Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) equipment.
The need for T&E standards is evident. The results of T&E are most useful if the testing conforms to accepted protocols and the results are presented in a uniform manner.
This IMAS is aimed mainly at T&E ‘stakeholders’ at the international level (ITEP) and the national level (manufacturers). It establishes principles, definitions and the methodology for an ‘ideal’ T&E programme as part of the procurement process. The ‘user’ at the field level will clearly find it impractical to conduct the extensive T&E programme contained within this IMAS, however they should follow the principles that are established, albeit on a smaller scale.
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