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Lithium Batteries Remain in Regulators’ Crosshairs

Lithium Batteries Remain in Regulators’ Crosshairs

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As Congress considers legislation this year to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), discussions continue on the proper approach to achieving safe transportation of lithium batteries and devices containing them. Current law prevents the FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials…

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Regulatory Update and 2017 Outlook

Regulatory Update and 2017 Outlook

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA In the closing weeks of the previous administration, the Department of Energy pushed numerous rules to completion in an effort to finalize as many regulatory actions as possible. Power Electronics Originally part of the rulemaking for battery chargers and external power supplies, uninterruptible…

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Setting a Global Priority: Test Once, Sell Everywhere

Setting a Global Priority: Test Once, Sell Everywhere

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Hans Beinke, Chair, MITA Global Affairs Committee Just as MITA works with Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve regulatory and business conditions, its Global Affairs Committee (GAC) works with partners in an increasingly interconnected world to streamline regulatory procedures and strengthen members’ businesses. When threats…

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Focusing on Regulatory Environment

Focusing on Regulatory Environment

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Diane Wurzburger, Executive, Regulatory Affairs, GE Healthcare MITA’s Technical and Regulatory Committee (TRC) promotes a regulatory environment that supports growth and innovation in medical imaging. In 2016, the TRC set three priorities: successful Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) negotiations; critical to quality (CtQ) engagement, which is part of…

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The Copyright Debate

The Copyright Debate

Whose Rights Prevail When Privately Developed Standards Are Incorporated into Law? This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Clark R. Silcox, Legal Counsel, NEMA Privately developed standards, often a form of voluntary self-regulation, facilitate commerce and serve a variety of economic and societal purposes and interests. Privately developed standards facilitate common understanding between parties to…

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Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several member companies met with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate conference committee working to reach an agreement on the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade. We are advocating for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill…

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Regulatory Challenges Emerge for Additive Manufacturing

Regulatory Challenges Emerge for Additive Manufacturing

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Megan A. Hayes, Director, Regulatory and Standards Strategy, MITA Additive manufacturing (AM) is another term for the synthesis of three-dimensional objects—otherwise known as 3D printing. This concept is nothing new to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which already has approved or cleared more than 80 medical devices and one…

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It Is Time for Congress to Update the Regulatory Model

It Is Time for Congress to Update the Regulatory Model

Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On Friday, June 10, I presented oral testimony on behalf of NEMA’s nearly 400 member manufacturers to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, urging Congress to stop serial rulemaking on mature products that now experience diminishing returns on savings. My testimony was regarding the Energy Conservation Standards program implemented by the Department…

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In Standby Power Race to the Bottom, DOE Takes New Path

In Standby Power Race to the Bottom, DOE Takes New Path

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA In the November 2015 edition of this magazine, I expressed strong concern over an apparent “race to the bottom” with respect to standby power allowances. With their recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for minimum energy conservation standards for general…

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Building Relationships Strengthens Advocacy

Building Relationships Strengthens Advocacy

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Michael L. Belitzky, Manager, State Government Relations, NEMA Seasoned government relations professionals are often judged by their connections—not just who they know but also who knows them. Relationships are the cornerstone of influence. NEMA’s affiliations with external organizations foster and strengthen our relationships with elected…

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