Defining conformance and creating a method for verifying and certifying HOST products is vital to establishing an effective standard. Certification provides formal recognition of conformance to a HOST standard or specification. Without the associated conformance criteria and processes, there is no assurance that a supplier has developed or implemented products or solutions according to the approved HOST Technical Standards and Specifications. Verification provides evidence of conformance to a HOST Technical Standard or Specification, which allows:
- Buyers to specify and successfully procure hardware from vendors who provide solutions that conform to the HOST Specifications and Standards.
- System Integrators to make and substantiate clear claims of conformance to HOST Specifications and Standards.
- Hardware component suppliers to make and substantiate clear claims of conformance to HOST Specifications.
The government will establish conformance criteria and define an associated Conformance Program for the HOST Tier 3 Specifications and HOST Components.
The conformance assessment is intended to certify compliance with HOST requirements and is not intended to ensure a component or system will function as intended in its final application. Conformance assessment is not meant to assist with or replace developmental or operational tests.