Materials Performance

NOV 2018

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54 NOVEMBER 2018 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM NACE NEWS The Value of Standards O ne of the primary driving forces for the formation of NACE in 1943 was the need to develop and share corrosion control technologies and to document them for use in the industry. The founders of NACE rec- ognized the value of voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assess- ment activities, which in the United States have operated in the private and public sec- tors for more than a century. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 1 oversees the creation, promulgation, and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector, includ- ing the corrosion industry. According to ANSI, 2 of which NACE is a member, stan- dards are established by consensus and provide rules, guidelines, or characteris- tics for activities or their results. They may establish the size, shape, or capacity of a product, process, or system. They can specify performance of products or per- sonnel, and can also define terms so there is no misunderstanding among those using the standard. In the case of NACE, standards ensure the effective use, longev- ity, and safety of everything from cathodic protection and coatings systems to inhibi- tors, materials, and management of best practices in every corrosion technology and industry classification around the world. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 100,000 standards at work across all indus- try sectors. These standards can be: 8 Product-based 8 Performance-based 8 Construction-based 8 Management systems 8 Personnel certifications As is the case with NACE, any entity or individual can participate in standards development activities. It is a matter of figuring out what industry professionals are interested in, and then finding the standards development organizations that are currently working in that area. The market-driven, sector-based approach to standards development offers flexibility, efficiency, and respon- siveness to industry requirements and evolving needs. Conformity assessment is also a criti- cal component of standards development. ANSI defines conformity assessment as any activity concerned with determining directly or indirectly that relevant require- ments are fulfilled. Sometimes, conformity assessment is referred to as conformance or compliance. While a standard is a tech- nical expression of how to make a product safe, efficient, and compatible with others, a standard alone cannot guarantee perfor- mance. Conformity assessment, however, provides assurance to consumers by increasing confidence when personnel, products, systems, processes, or services are evaluated against the requirements of a voluntary standard. Problems with implementation and operation of products or services, such as corrosion protection systems, are fre- quently not due to the inadequacy of the standard, ANSI notes, but rather confor- mance to the standard. Testing, inspection, and auditing of products and management systems are as important as the standard in ensuring that products and systems are safe and perform as expected. References 1 https://www.ansi.org. 2 https://www.standardsboostbusiness.org/ value_standards.aspx. This article is based on " Value of Standards," published online by Standards Boost Busi- ness, an ANSI-established collaborative of companies and organizations across the standardization community. Content used with permission.

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