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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Thermoplastic Containers to Male Contraceptives


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Thermoplastic Containers

Thermoplastics are substances that become plastic upon heating, harden upon cooling, and are able to repeat these processes. Thermoplastics have wide-ranging applications including acrylic used in Plexiglas or Lucite; polyester and nylon used in textiles such as carpet and clothing; Teflon used as non-stick coating of cookware; and much more. A recently released American National Standard (ANS) provides safety guidelines for the proper use of thermoplastic containers used for the storage of refuse.

Published by NSF International, NSF/ANSI 21-2015, Thermoplastic refuse containers, establishes minimum sanitation requirements for the materials, design, and construction of new thermoplastic containers intended for the indoor and outdoor storage of refuse. NSF International, an ANSI accredited standards developer and audited designator, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of food, water, and indoor air through standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health, safety, and protection of the environment.

Male Contraceptives

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States, and account for almost $16 billion in health care costs. When used properly, male contraceptives, commonly referred to as condoms, are proven to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and prevent unwanted pregnancy.

To ensure condoms are manufactured to meet safety requirements, ASTM International has published ASTM D3492-15, Standard Specification for Rubber Contraceptives (Male Condoms). This ANS is intended to assist buyers in obtaining condoms of consistent quality and covers the minimum requirements for individually packaged male condoms made from natural rubber latex and intended for single use. ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, seeks to develop voluntary consensus standards to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

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