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ANSI Members sign agreement to synchronize plumbing standards.

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March 31, 2010 - ASME, ASSE, and CSA have signed agreement to harmonize plumbing products standards which address automatic compensating valves, antisiphon fill valves, trap seal primers, pressurized flushing devices, and water temperature limiting devices. First standard to be addressed will cover automatic compensating valves for individual showers and tub/shower combinations. Goal is to assist U.S./Canadian manufacturers by eliminating need to rewrite standards for same products in different countries.

American National Standards Institute - New York, NY

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ANSI Members ASME, ASSE, and CSA Sign Agreement for Harmonized Plumbing Standards

Press release date: March 26, 2010

ASME, the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE), and CSA Standards, all members and accredited standards developers of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), have signed an agreement to harmonize five standards for plumbing products. This initiative aims to bring clarity and consistency to the plumbing community and manufacturers of plumbing devices. The standards included in the agreement address automatic compensating valves, anti-siphon fill valves, trap seal primers, pressurized flushing devices (flushometers), and water temperature limiting devices. The organizations' goal in harmonizing the standards is to assist U.S. and Canadian manufacturers by eliminating duplicate efforts of writing standards for the same products in different countries. This will allow each product to be designed, manufactured, and tested to a common standard. The harmonized standards will help assure high quality and consistent products, reduce costs for producers and consumers, and provide a common basis for product comparisons in the U.S. and Canadian markets. They will provide a fair process for assessment for manufacturers and buyers in different countries, and help improve product performance. The standards will also be maintained on an ongoing basis to address new technologies, allow for regional or regulatory differences, and move towards performance-based requirements and standards wherever possible. The first standard to be addressed under this new agreement will cover performance requirements for automatic compensating valves for individual showers and tub/shower combinations. It is expected to be completed and ready for distribution later this year.

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