The American National Standard for remanufacturing was developed by the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC) in collaboration with a diverse consensus body made up of respected leaders from the industry.
The standard defines and provides a benchmark for the process of remanufacturing, and establishes specifications that characterize the remanufacturing process and differentiate remanufacturing from other practices.
The Remanufacturing Industries Council is an Accredited Standards Developer with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). After several years of development, ANSI approved the RIC001.1-2016: Specifications for the Process of Remanufacturing, on February 2, 2017.
In October 2021, ANSI approved the revision to the original standard, RIC001.2-2021.
What is Remanufacturing?
Remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, leased, used, worn, or non-functional product or part is returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition, from both a quality and performance perspective, through a controlled, reproducible, and sustainable process.
Why Create a Standard?
The standard was developed to promote a common understanding of remanufacturing and credibility for the remanufacturing industry.
The specifications in this standard will promote continual improvement in the remanufacturing process and help ensure that the products provided to customers by the remanufacturing industry are dependable and of a consistently high quality.
This standard is intended to serve as a baseline for additional standards for specific remanufactured products and product groups to be developed in the future.
Now that the 2021 revision has been published, RIC’s Trade & Policy Committee is discussing the next steps, including the possibility of an international remanufacturing standard.