Revising RIC001.1-2016: Specifications for the Process of Remanufacturing
The Remanufacturing Standard, ANSI/RIC001.1-2016: Specifications for the Process of Remanufacturing is the only American National Standard for remanufacturing. This standard addresses the process of remanufacturing and is product-neutral. Since remanufacturing is returning a product to a like-new state, this standard leaves the product specifics as well as the quality and safety aspects of the product to be addressed by standards governing the new product.
This standard will be revised in 2022 in accordance with ANSI’s requirement to revise or reaffirm a published standard every five years.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, not-for-profit organization, coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards system. Their rigorous guidelines ensure that ANSI approved standards are developed with integrity.
The Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC) is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.
American National Standard (ANS)
An American National Standard (ANS) is a voluntary standard developed following a consensus process, including professionals from public and private sectors.
The Consensus Body (CB)
The Consensus Body (CB) is made up of RIC members and non-members who are materially or directly affected by the proposed standard. Any such person can apply for membership in the CB. RIC reviews the CB applications and accepts members based on criteria of balance across the different interest groups (producer, user, or general interest), as well as a balance of the sectors in the remanufacturing industry.
Forming the Consensus Body
In the fall, RIC will release an application for participation in the CB. After the application deadline, RIC’s Trade & Policy Committee will review all applications and select the CB participants based on the balance criteria outlined above.
The Role of the Consensus Body
The CB’s responsibility is to approve a standard that meets consensus. This includes reviewing the drafted standard and providing feedback. Once all feedback is considered and a new draft is produced, the CB votes whether to approve the standard as drafted. Participants can choose to vote in favor, vote negatively with comments, or to abstain. Interested parties who are not included in the CB are eligible to provide feedback through a public comment period.
Submitting the Standard to ANSI
Following the final ballot and public feedback, if any negative votes remain, the CB will meet again to address them. Once these have been addressed, the CB approval will be submitted to ANSI. The final version of the standard will be published once approval is received from ANSI.
After the Standard is Approved
Every five years ANSI audits RIC’s standards development process. Their goal is to ensure that RIC is following its ANSI-approved procedures and also to offer recommendations for improvement. RIC completed its first audit in 2020 and will be implementing several recommendations for a more streamlined standards development process in the upcoming revision cycle.
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