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Vice President's Message 
 
 
Hugo Aguilar, P.E.
Vice President of Codes & Standards Development

 

The IAPMO industry standards undergo a rigorous development and revision procedure with the input from interested stakeholders including manufacturers, city officials, building and plumbing inspectors, and product distributors through our open standards development process. This includes a 20-day public review period, where the draft standard is published on our public webpage. The standard is presented for review and adoption to IAPMO’s Standards Review Committee (SRC) members, a standing body of experts in product review and certification, before the industry consensus standard is published. All this is done to confirm that IAPMO’s Standards Department strives to continue development and revision of all its industry and ANSI national standards in a thoroughly consensus and comprehensive manner as possible. The IAPMO SRC members meets every month to review proposals for new IAPMO standards and changes to existing standards.

IAPMO Standards Department develops and maintains the following types of industry standards:
- IGC: “IAPMO Guide Criteria,” developed for innovative products not addressed by existing standards
- IS: IAPMO “Installation Standard,” for industry installation practices for plumbing products
- PS: IAPMO “Material and Property Standard,” supersedes the IGC standard for same product
- TS: IAPMO “Trailer and Recreational Vehicle Standard,” for trailer and recreational vehicles

The country’s improving economy has prompted manufacturers to develop new innovative products and modify their existing products in effort to enhance functional product features. These activities continue to incline in the present. The Standards Department currently maintains approximately 39 American National Consensus Standards (ANSI), and 229 industry standards, (131 IGC, 60 PS, 25 TS, and 24 IS Standards). IAPMO Standards Department develops an average of 1 new standard per month and oversees 400+ standards in addition to those developed by IAPMO used for testing and certification.

IAPMO's national standards are developed via an open consensus process, in accordance with the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards and the IAPMO Policies and Procedures for Consensus Development of American National Standards, and approved by the respective standards committee. Furthermore, the Standards Department is currently under process for accreditation by SCC (Standards Council of Canada) for development Canadian National standards which when complete will open an additional opportunity for propagation of consensus standards through the Standards Department.

To help resolve domestic and global issues, such as drought conditions that affect many countries around the world and especially the southwestern areas here in the United States, some manufacturers have requested our assistance in creating new water conservation IGCs for the following applications:
- IGC 324 “Alternate Water Source Systems” for graywater applications
- IGC 330 “Recirculating Shower Systems” for showering applications

As technology rapidly improves, the IAPMO Standards Department is ready to meet the needs of the industry. The customer and progressive services offered by IAPMO Standards Department is, by far, the best in the industry. The industry can rest assure that IAPMO Standards will serve your entire product standard needs. We’re continually open to suggestions and are thinking of new ways to further enhance our services to better serve you — manufacturers, industry, and society.

There has never been a better time to have IAPMO Standards Department develop your product’s standard to help get it tested and certified for enhanced marketing within today’s rapidly emerging market, but it all begins with development of your product’s performance standard. Please browse the IAPMO Standards’ website and its services, and let us know how we may help you.

A list of all industry or ANSI standards developed and maintained by IAPMO can be found in the Standards Index webpage or the National Standards Index webpage. IAPMO’s Industry and National Standards are available for purchase at the IAPMO Standards Online Store.