Compliance & Standards

In agriculture, automotive, food, packaging and new product development governments have established critical compliance standards (including industry organizations and associations, both domestic and international) as part of the laws that  monitor a level of quality and safety in products we purchase and use. These standards help qualify the process of evaluating all of the thousands of new products that are tying to get introduced to their market. Meeting these standards not always mandatory or voluntary and can affect product designs, so all new food, packaging and product ventures must be watched diligently for compliance. Below is a list of some of the most utilized standards and monitoring organizations.

ANSI American National Standards Institute
Used by industry organizations standards – regulated/ mandatory civic & civil architectural, & product)

ASTM International (American) Society
for Testing and Materials Used by industry organizations standards – regulated (civic & civil, architectural, vehicle & product)

CE Conformité Européenne
(European Union – similar to US based UL) EU – Industry standards Gov. regulated certification, not mandatory

DOT Department of Transportation
Industry standards Gov. regulated certification (automotive, private and commercial vehicles)

FDA Food and Drug Administration
Industry standards Gov. regulated – certification (automotive, private and commercial vehicles)

IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
Non mandatory (OEM electrical & electronic products)

ISO International Standards Organization
Internationally used by industry organizations standards – regulated voluntary certification, (civic & civil architectural, & product)

UL Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Used by industry organizations standards – regulated, voluntary certification, (Electro-mechanical products, vehicle OEM components)

USCPSC United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
Gov. regulated but not mandatory, safety reviews & product recalls

 

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