Both consumer representatives and standards developers cite lack of funding as a major barrier to consumer participation. And that’s why ANSI and five founding sponsors—ASTM International, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), NSF International, UL Standards & Engagement (ULSE), and the Toy Association—launched the Consumer Participation Fund in 2022.
Aimed at reducing financial barriers to participation, the fund reimburses eligible travel expenses and participation fees of consumer representatives involved in the development of a new or revised American National Standard (ANS).
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD
There is a whole world of opportunity in standardization that could benefit you, and your family - and make great use of your knowledge in turn. “We need your voice at the table to help make products, processes and services better and safer,” said Linda Golodner, former president of the National Consumers League and chair of ANSI’s Consumer Interest Forum. “It can be hard work, and like other volunteer efforts, can be a commitment, but at the end of the day, your viewpoint will be heard and can make a difference!”
To learn more about the Consumer Participation Fund and opportunities to get involved in standards activities, contact ANSI’s consumer and legislative outreach manager, Cleo Manuel Stamatos, at [email protected].
According to Stamatos, “Everyone has a place in standards development for products that impact our lives; consumers’ voices are especially important. I’m excited to help consumers find the right opportunities to volunteer and contribute to making products and services safer.”