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Why We All Need to be Involved in the Standards Development and Conformity Assessment Process. Fact: Standards Mean Business To government, industry, and the bottom line. The U.S Department of Commerce estimates that standards and conformity assessment impact 80% of global commodity trade.

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fact standards mean business to government industry and the bottom line
Fact: Standards Mean BusinessTo government, industry, and the bottom line

The U.S Department of Commerce estimates that

standards and conformity assessment impact

80% of global commodity trade.

Standards and conformance provide significant value to society and government, are essential for an expanding

national economy, and vital to the global

competitiveness of U.S. industry.All aspects of American products and services are affected at some point by standards.

They cannot be ignored or put aside. 

how do standards boost business
How Do Standards Boost Business?

Public-Private Partnerships

Competitive Advantage

Efficiency/Cost Savings

  • Innovation/R&D
  • Customer Confidence/Loyalty
  • Market Access/Trade
public private partnerships
Public-Private Partnerships
  • The U.S. standards system is diverse and inclusive in participation; promotes an open, consensus-based development process; and is fast, flexible, and completely market driven – resulting in more effective standards and a better trade environment for U.S. interests.
  • Thousands of technical, industry, and scientific standards are developed each year, which support market growth and business innovation; promote health, safety, and the environment; and save time and money for companies, organizations, and governments at all levels.
  • Public-private partnerships provide an opportunity for government employees to network on issues relating to standards and to provide input on issues of specific concern to their agencies.
competitive advantage
Competitive Advantage
  • Participating in standards development activities offer competitive advantages and positions the U.S. as a leader on the global stage
    • Gain insider knowledge and early access to information
    • Exert influence on technical content
    • Develop new markets for products, services, and technologies; and strategic positioning within those markets
  • On almost any given day, a standards group or technical committee is meeting and making decisions that could affect the bottom line of our national economy – and yourorganization

Shouldn’t we be involved?

efficiency and cost savings
Efficiency and Cost Savings

Standardization lowers costs by eliminating redundancy, minimizing errors, and reducing time to market

Beyond the bottom line: standards improve quality, lead-time, factory flexibility, and supply chain management

Reliance on standards and conformance ensures quality, safety, and reliability, all of which provide cost savings and a better ROI

innovation and r d
Innovation and R&D

Builds on previously standardized technologies, systems, and terminologies which lowers R&D costs

Shorten the cycle: research, prototyping, and standardization are symbiotic overlapping processes

Gain insider knowledge and early access to key process and application information for developing new products, services, and technologies

By participating in standards development activities, you have an opportunity to directly influence the requirements and guidelines for your products

customer confidence loyalty
Customer Confidence/Loyalty

Consumers want products that are high quality, reliable and safe. They also want a greater selection of goods and services at continuously lower costs. Standards and conformance help make this possible.

Standards and conformance efforts benefit public health, safety, and the environment. Consumers benefit from the development and design of new and improved requirements for the safety and quality of products and services we rely on every day.

Government relies on private-sector standards solutions that take consumer needs into account. Adopting these standards into regulation saves the government time and money.

Every agency or department in government has a need for standards, whether as an element of the regulatory process or as a key part of procurement policy and operations.

market access and trade
Market Access and Trade

Build it here, sell it there: demonstrating compliance to standards helps our products, services, and personnel to cross borders and trade barriers

Standards/conformity assessment are inextricably linked with the supply chain throughout multiple tiers of contractors and suppliers

Market access: Standards and conformance make cross-border interoperability possible, ensuring that products manufactured in one country can be sold and used in another

Standards and conformance foster innovation in the marketplace, shortening the cycle between initial concept and global market access

we need to
We Need To…

Understand that standardization and conformity assessment play a strategic role in government initiatives and public policy implementation

Leverage the public-private partnership of U.S. standards development to promote quality, safety, and an improved environment for the continued global competitiveness of U.S. industry

Identify and support employees participation in standardization efforts

Educate our younger employees and allow them to participate in the standards development process

Make a resource commitment – time, money, and manpower – to the U.S. standardization system

for more information
For More Information

American National Standards Institute

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