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Issue Background

ASME has over 130 years of experience in developing voluntary consensus standards that are used in over 100 countries around the world. ASME uses a process to develop standards that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is consistent with principles established by the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade.

A standard is a document that establishes uniform criteria, methods, processes, and practices. It provides rules and guidance to designers, manufacturers, inspectors, and users of equipment and products. Standards serve as a form of communication between producers of a product and the user, serving as a common language to define quality and safety criteria. Standards also substantially reduce the burdens of government by providing a basis for regulation that is both technically sound and commercially relevant.

Voluntary consensus standards are developed by committees of individuals with technical expertise in a specific field. ASME consensus standards are built upon a five principle foundation:

1. Openness

2. Transparency

3. Balance of interest

4. Due Process

5. Consensus.

By funding standards development through the sale of standards, ASME is able to keep the barriers to participation low and to retain independence and freedom from potential influence by any industry or group. More

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