Non-Government Consensus Standards: Changes in the Wind—

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 3, Pg. 75-79

Document Type: Feature article


Article clarifies the standards-writing climate in the U.S. today. Among key thrusts are: (1)The Federal Trade Commission just published a draft regulation that would significantly change the non-government consensus standards-writing process, by mandating or encouraging wider pre-action notification, wider participation by groups in addition to those marketing the product in question, and an appeals system intended to give greater assurance that those unhappy with a given standard would have their views heard and corrective action taken, if appropriate; (2)The federal Office of Management and Budget has drafted a circular that would encourage federal agencies to use in deciding which products to buy, non-government, consensus standards rather than separate federal standards. Final form of both documents is uncertain, as is their implementation, but both may importantly influence the non-government consensus standards-writing process. (A companion article describes progress of ASCE's fledgling standards-writing committees and program.)

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Federal government | Climates | Thrust | Marketing | Budgets

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