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Former ANSI Director to Lead AHAM Standards and Certification Programs

New York, Sep 09, 2002

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, announced last week that former ANSI director of conformity assessment, Richard D. James, has been hired to lead the AHAM standards and certification program. At ANSI, he was responsible for the operation of the Institute's accreditation programs for third party product certification agencies; he also acted as a contact for conformity assessment and trade related issues.

A not-for-profit trade association representing manufacturers of major and portable home appliances and suppliers to the industry, AHAM processes its standards under ANSI's canvass method. "ANSI approval means that a standard has undergone rigorous peer review by all materially interested parties including consumers, government, manufacturers and other organizations. ANSI consensus standards increase consumer confidence, broaden recognition and foster greater government reliance on industry standards. AHAM is proud of its long legacy of developing ANSI approved consensus standards," explained Larry Wethje, AHAM vice-president of engineering services.

In his new position, James will have responsibility for the overall management and administration of AHAM's standards and certification programs and serve as the primary contact for AHAM's certification program participants.

"Rick's seven years of experience as Director of Conformity Assessment at ANSI will bring considerable value to AHAM's Standards and Certification Programs and other issues involving Conformity Assessment," said the AHAM press release announcing the appointment. "[He] has more than 23 years of experience in the operation of accreditation programs, laboratory operations management and certification programs and standards development."

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