Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade

Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade

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Mandated standards used for vehicle airbags, International Organization for Standards (ISO) standards adopted for photographic film, de facto standards for computer software--however they arise, standards play a fundamental role in the global marketplace. Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of the link between standards, product testing and certification, and U.S. economic performance. The book includes recommendations for streamlining standards development, increasing the efficiency of product testing and certification, and promoting the success of U.S. exports in world markets. The volume offers a critical examination of organizations involved in standards and identifies the urgent improvements needed in the U.S. system for conformity assessment, in which adherence to standards is assessed and certified. Among other key issues, the book explores the role of government regulation, laboratory accreditation, and the overlapping of multiple quality standards in product development and manufacturing. In one of the first treatments of this subject, Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade offers a unique and highly valuable analysis of the impact of standards and conformity assessment on global trade.He is the founder and former President of MET Electrical Testing Company, Inc. He is a founding and charter member ... He also served for 21 years with the United States Navy, including 10 years as a project design engineer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ... of Business and Public Policy in the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. ... His research deals with the economics of technological innovation and with the effects of public policies on innovationanbsp;...

Title:Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade
Author:International Standards, Conformity Assessment, and U.S. Trade Policy Project Committee, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1995-03-29


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