Trade Association Requests Improved Efficiency From Federal Agency
ARLINGTON, Va. — In recent comments submitted to a federal technology agency, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute asked that the government to work with stakeholders to improve the efficiency of domestic and international standards.
The comments were in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s request for information on the effectiveness of federal agencies’ participation in the development and implementation of standards, and conformity assessment activities and programs.
AHRI’s comments focused on improvements that must be made to the standards development process and its relationship to the public sector in both the international and domestic spheres.
The trade association stated that improvements in both spheres would make the United States more competitive and help to realize administration’s national export initiative goal to double exports over the next five years.
"The current U.S. model of a private-public approach to domestic standards development has been successful in the past," said Jim Walters, the association’s vice president of international affairs. "But AHRI would like to see it evolve to become an even stronger and more exportable model in the future."