Standards & Certification FAQ
How Standards Are Developed
ASME publishes its standards; accredits users of standards to ensure that they are capable of manufacturing products that meet those standards; and provides stamps that accredited manufacturers place on their products, indicating the manufacturer's certification that a product was manufactured according to a standard.
The proposed standard (or revision) is also subject to a public review in Mechanical Engineering magazine, and on the ASME web site, and usually in ANSI's Standards Action publication. Anyone may submit comments during the public review period, to which the committee must respond. The draft is also submitted for approval to the supervisory board and ANSI. When all considerations have been satisfied, the document is approved as an American National Standard and published by ASME.
ASME standards committees are required to maintain a balance of members in various interest classifications so that no one group dominates. Some examples of the various interest classifications are: users, manufacturers, consultants, insurance interests, universities, testing laboratories, and government regulatory agencies.
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