Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way
The time intervals between the initiation of harmonization projects and the publication of the developed standards as well as their adherence to a realistic maintenance cycle are cause for concerns by industry given the state of today’s economy.
While global trade and manufacturing require timely development of standards containing common requirements, some National processes remain transfixed in methods that predate the WTO mandate for technical harmonization. This can only impede the progress of true globalization for those affected products. National processes and the SDO’s that must adhere to them need to adjust and advance towards more pragmatic processes just as the products they serve to evaluate must do if North America is to remain competitive.