The univariate weak convergence theorem of Murota and Takeuchi (1981) is extended for the Mahalanobis transform of the $d$-variate empirical characteristic function, $d \geq 1$. Then a maximal deviation statistic is proposed for testing the composite hypothesis of $d$-variate normality. Fernique's inequality is used in conjunction with a combination of analytic, numerical analytic, and computer techniques to derive exact upper bounds for the asymptotic percentage points of the statistic. The resulting conservative large sample test is shown to be consistent against every alternative with components having a finite variance. (If $d = 1$ it is consistent against every alternative.) Monte Carlo experiments and the performance of the test on some well-known data sets are also discussed.
"Testing for Normality in Arbitrary Dimension." Ann. Statist. 14 (2) 708 - 723, June, 1986. https://doi.org/10.1214/aos/1176349948