The standard, developed by the Remanufacturing Industries Council, RIC, received final approval this month by the ANSI Board of Standards Review, the U.S. authority on voluntary industry standards.
Developing a universal standard has been a holy grail for the industry for years. In 2012, a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation concluded that the lack of a commonly accepted definition of remanufacturing and the absence of standards for the remanufacturing process were major impediments to growth for the remanufacturing industry.
“This is just the beginning. I was amazed at how many leaders from different sectors came together to make this a success,” stated Bill Davies, RIC Chairman and founder of Davies Office, referring to the cross-section of reman producers working with RIC on the standards.
The new standard will serve as a baseline for RIC and it’s remanufacturing sector partners to develop additional reman standards for specific remanufactured products and product groups.
According to RIC, the “Specifications for the Process of Remanufacturing” described in the RIC001.1-2016 standard will enable remanufacturers to improve and standardize their remanufacturing processes and help ensure that the reman products provided to customers by the remanufacturing industry are dependable and of a consistent high quality.
It is hoped the standardization will enable the Office of the United States Trade Representative to continue to expand market access for remanufactured products around the world.