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National Standards
The IAPMO Standards Department represents IAPMO in many standards-writing organizations throughout North America. These organizations include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The IAPMO Standards Department is also involved in its own standards work. IAPMO publishes over 90 current IAPMO property standards. These are standards which have been developed through IAPMO’s standards development process. Many of IAPMO property standards have been developed into nationally recognized standards in conjunction with organizations such as ANSI, ASME, ASSE, and ASTM. With the help of industry, IAPMO also writes and revises installation standards, which are guidelines for proper installation of plumbing products.

IAPMO Guide Criteria
The IAPMO Standards Department works with industry to provide an opportunity for the development of new standards when no applicable standard exists for a product. Often, new products or new technologies surge ahead far faster than most standards can keep pace. Through IAPMO’s IAPMO Guide Criteria (IGC) procedure, IAPMO provides manufacturers and product developers an opportunity to draft IAPMO standards as a vehicle for introducing new products. Once an IGC is accepted, IAPMO R&T can list products manufactured in compliance with the new requirements.

Plumbing and Mechanical Product Standards
For over 30 years, IAPMO’s standards-developing efforts have primarily focused on plumbing product standards. This concentration was mainly because IAPMO members possessed a great degree of expertise from over 50 years of writing and updating the Uniform Plumbing Code. Recently, IAPMO’s efforts have broadened to include standards for mechanical products as well. Drawing on their years of experience, many IAPMO members have also contributed to the development of the Uniform Mechanical Code. Mechanical product standards cover heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration system products. IAPMO also publishes standards covering products used in the Recreational Vehicle and Manufactured Housing Industry called IAPMO Trailer Standards.

For more on IAPMO visit their website at WWW.IAPMO.ORG

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